Common as Air: Revolution, Art, and Ownership
Common as Air offers a stirring defense of our cultural commons, that vast store of art and ideas we have inherited from the past that continues to enrich our present. Suspicious of the current idea that all creative work is "intellectual property," Lewis Hyde turns to America's founding fathers--men like John Adams, James Madison, and Thomas Jefferson--in search of other ways to value the fruits of human wit and imagination. What he discovers is a rich tradition in which knowledge was assumed to be a commonwealth, not a private preserve.
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Review: Common as Air: Revolution, Art, and OwnershipUser Review - Sara - Goodreads
Interesting. Highly readable and accessible for the non-specialist. Clear, fluid explanations of some potentially fairly "dry" concepts. Hyde understands the density of his topic and supplies helpful ... Read full review
Review: Common as Air: Revolution, Art, and OwnershipUser Review - Carol Weaver - Goodreads
Really enjoyed it and will be starting a discussion with colleagues - it provides a really good starting point for reflection on the open access debate. Read full review
2 WHAT IS A COMMONS?
3 THE ENCLOSURE OF CULTURE
4 FRAMING A COMMONWEALTH
5 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN FOUNDING PIRATE
6 LIBERTY TO COMMUNICATE
7 THE COMMON SELF