84967Book: The Public Domain
- Nov 30, 2008New book, offered in print and free via PDF.
"Our music, our culture, our science, and our economic welfare all
depend on a delicate balance between those ideas that are controlled
and those that are free, between intellectual property and the public
domain. InThe Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind James
Boyle introduces readers to the idea of the public domain and
describes how it is being tragically eroded by our current copyright,
patent, and trademark laws. In a series of fascinating case studies,
Boyle explains why gene sequences, basic business ideas and pairs of
musical notes are now owned, why jazz might be illegal if it were
invented today, why most of 20th century culture is legally
unavailable to us, and why today’s policies would probably have
smothered the World Wide Web at its inception. Appropriately given its
theme, the book will be sold commercially but also made available
online for free under a Creative Commons license."