Intellectual Property Law in Fiction

I collect fiction in which intellectual property rules are a substantial part of the plot or setting. Here I will compile a list of novels and stories in which copyright, patent, or trademark law play a part.

Paolo Bacigalupi. The Windup Girl. http://www.amazon.com/Windup-Girl-Paolo-Bacigalupi/dp/1597808210/

Set in future world in which most food crops have patented genetic sequences, giving food corporations immense power.

 

Cory Doctorow. Makers. http://www.amazon.com/Makers-Cory-Doctorow/dp/0765312816/

Characters using 3D printers and creating amusement rides draws the ire of entertainment companies.

 

Cory Doctorow. Pirate Cinema. http://www.amazon.com/Pirate-Cinema-Cory-Doctorow/dp/0765329093/

Teenage film enthusiasts create cinematic mashups and protest draconian copyright legislation.

 

William Gaddis. A Frolic of His Own. http://www.amazon.com/Frolic-His-Own-William-Gaddis/dp/0684800527/

In this satire of American litigiousness, a college professor sues a filmmaker for infringing on a play the professor wrote.

 

Paul Goldstein. Errors and Omissions. http://www.amazon.com/Errors-Omissions-Paul-Goldstein/dp/0307274896/

Legal thriller in which a litigator is ensnared in a plot over copyright in a popular spy movie franchise.

 

Paul Goldstein. A Patent Lie. http://www.amazon.com/Patent-Lie-Paul-Goldstein/dp/030727490X/

Protagonist from Errrors and Omissions hired to litigate a patent over an HIV vaccine, dealing with subterfuge in and out of the courtroom.

 

Paul Goldstein. Havana Requiem. http://www.amazon.com/Havana-Requiem-Thriller-Paul-Goldstein/dp/B00BJY0BQY/

Legal and political thriller involving copyright over popular Cuban music and U.S.-Cuba relations.

 

Year Zero. Rob Reid. http://www.amazon.com/Year-Zero-Novel-Rob-Reid/dp/0345534514/

Earth is threatened when aliens discover they have been systematically infringing the copyrights of all music broadcast by radio into space.

 

The Android’s Dream. John Scalzi. http://www.amazon.com/Androids-Dream-John-Scalzi/dp/0765348284/

Humans face conflict with an alien race over finding a genetically engineered and patented creature.