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The Public Domain : Enclosing the Commons of the Mind

By James Boyle

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Book Id: WPLBN0001235260
Format Type: PDF eBook
File Size: 1.60 MB
Reproduction Date: 2008
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Title: The Public Domain : Enclosing the Commons of the Mind  
Author: James Boyle
Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, Philosophy, Technology
Collection: Authors Community
Subcollection: Education
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Publisher: Caravan Books
Member Page: James Boyle

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. In The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind (Yale University Press) 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.(1.6MB PDF File)


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