Freedom of Expression®: Resistance and Repression in the Age of Intellectual Property
Freedom of Expression covers the ways in which intellectual property laws have been used to privatize all forms of expression—from guitar riffs and Donald Trump’s “you’re fired” gesture to human genes and public space—and in the process stifle creative expression. Kembrew McLeod challenges the blind embrace of privatization as it clashes against our right to free speech and shared resources.
Kembrew McLeod is professor of communication studies at the University of Iowa, author of Owning Culture: Authorship, Ownership, and Intellectual Property Law, and coproducer of the documentary Copyright Criminals: This Is a Sampling Sport.
Lawrence Lessig is professor of law at Stanford Law School.
This book’s documentary companion will be available through Media Education Foundation.
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One of the best discussions of the ludicrous copyright laws that exist today.
McLeod weaves a wandering and enjoyable narrative about how intellectual property laws, and the corporatinos that abuse them, are hurting creativity in the United States. Despite being harshly critical of the crimes corporations routinely commit, and demanding that we boldly ignore most copyright and patent claims, McLeod concludes by saying would should not radically alter the copyright system in the US, and should make sure not to disobey the regulations it sets forth. Worthwhile, but anti-climatic.