The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind
Why the public domain is vitally important and what we must do to protect it
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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - RicDay - LibraryThing
An outstanding book which takes a hard look at the mistakes we have made in copyright and patent law in the past century and explains the negative impact this has on access to knowledge now and in the future. Highly recommended for anyone interested in this subject. Read full review