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Publications
Another feature that distinguished intellectual property in Britain in the last forty years was its publications. Their influence is hard to quantify but it is undeniably that they facilitated and augmented the ways to communicate materials, news and contacts. While these publications might provide a useful lens through which to explore the development of the law, it is possible to argue that they helped to constitute the field as a distinct object of reflection and inquiry. For instance, the dynamic development of journals in the late 1970s and 1980s, the publication of fundamental textbooks and the successive editions of practitioners’ books are essential to understand the historical specificity of the discipline until now.