The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind

The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind

by James Boyle
     
 

Our failure to appreciate the importance of the public domain-the realm of material that is free for any one to use without permission or fee-limits free speech, digital creativity, and scientific innovation, argues the author of this book. The public domain is under siege, and James Boyle explains why and how we must protect it.

Winner of the 2008 Donald

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Overview

Our failure to appreciate the importance of the public domain-the realm of material that is free for any one to use without permission or fee-limits free speech, digital creativity, and scientific innovation, argues the author of this book. The public domain is under siege, and James Boyle explains why and how we must protect it.

Winner of the 2008 Donald McGannon Award for Social and Ethical Relevance in Communications Policy Research given by the Donald McGannon Communications Research Center

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300158342
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
01/26/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preface: Comprised of at Least Jelly? xi

1 Why Intellectual Property? 1

2 Thomas Jefferson Writes a Letter 17

3 The Second Enclosure Movement 42

4 The Internet Threat 54

5 The Farmers Tale: An Allegory 83

6 I Got a Mashup 122

7 The Enclosure of Science and Technology; Two Case Studies 160

8 A Creative Commons 179

9 An Evidence-Free Zone 205

10 An Environmentalism for Information 230

Notes and Further Readings 249

Index 297

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