Public Domain Enclosing the Commons of the Mind
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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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Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 1/26/2010
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
James Boyle is Professor of Law at Washington College of Law, The American University, Washington D.C.
|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|