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Public Domain : Enclosing the Commons of the Mind - James Boyle

Public Domain

Enclosing the Commons of the Mind

Paperback

Published: 1st September 2009
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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.

"In this delightful volume, Professor Boyle gives the reader a masterful tour of the intellectual property wars, the fight over who will control the information age, pointing the way toward the promise-and peril-of the future. A must read for both beginner and expert alike!"-Jimmy Wales, founder, Wikipedia

ISBN: 9781616100773
ISBN-10: 161610077X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 333
Published: 1st September 2009
Publisher: Orange Grove Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.49