The Public Domain : Enclosing the Commons of the Mind / James Boyle.
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- New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, 
1 online resource (288 p.) : 10 b/w
- Intellectual property.
Public domain (Copyright law).
- In English.
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- Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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- In this enlightening book James Boyle describes what he calls the range wars of the information age-today'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 domain-the 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.
Preface: Comprised of at Least Jelly?
1. Why Intellectual Property?
2. Thomas Jefferson Writes a Letter
3. The Second Enclosure Movement
4. The Internet Threat
5. The Farmers' Tale: An Allegory
6. I Got a Mashup
7. The Enclosure of Science and Technology: Two Case Studies
8. A Creative Commons
9. An Evidence-Free Zone
10. An Environmentalism for Information
Notes and Further Readings
- Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 24. Apr 2020)
- De Gruyter.
- Contained In:
- De Gruyter University Press Library.
- Publisher Number:
- 10.12987/9780300142754 doi
- Access Restriction:
- Restricted for use by site license.
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