Public Domain Enclosing the Commons of the Mind

ISBN-10: 0300158343

ISBN-13: 9780300158342

Edition: 2010

Authors: James Boyle
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Description: In this enlightening book James Boyle describes what he calls the range wars of the information agetoday's heated battles over intellectual property. Boyle argues that just as every informed citizen needs to know at least something about the environment or civil rights, every citizen should also understand intellectual property law. Why? Because intellectual property rights mark out the ground rules of the information society, and today's policies are unbalanced, unsupported by evidence, and often detrimental to cultural access, free speech, digital creativity, and scientific innovation. Boyle identifies as a major problem the widespread failure to understand the importance of the public domainthe realm of material that everyone is free to use and share without permission or fee. The public domain is as vital to innovation and culture as the realm of material protected by intellectual property rights, he asserts, and he calls for a movement akin to the environmental movement to preserve it. With a clear analysis of issues ranging from Jefferson's philosophy of innovation to musical sampling, synthetic biology and Internet file sharing, this timely book brings a positive new perspective to important cultural and legal debates. If we continue to enclose the "commons of the mind," Boyle argues, we will all be the poorer.

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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 1/26/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

James Boyle is Professor of Law at Washington College of Law, The American University, Washington D.C.

Acknowledgments
Preface: Comprised of at Least Jelly?
Why Intellectual Property?
Thomas Jefferson Writes a Letter
The Second Enclosure Movement
The Internet Threat
The Farmers Tale: An Allegory
I Got a Mashup
The Enclosure of Science and Technology; Two Case Studies
A Creative Commons
An Evidence-Free Zone
An Environmentalism for Information
Notes and Further Readings
Index
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