Submitted by Blake on July 27, 2000 - 2:11pm
Against intellectual property is an interesting chapter out of the book Information Liberation by Brian Martin. This chapter is interesting in that he makes a strong case against IP. It\'s a long and well argued chapter.
\"There is a strong case for opposing intellectual property. Among other things, it often retards innovation and exploits Third World peoples. Most of the usual arguments for intellectual property do not hold up under scrutiny.
Submitted by Steven on June 19, 2000 - 10:16pm
The Salt Lake Tribune has this article on computers programmers picketing at the U.S. Copyright office. It includes a complete breakdown on the current issues surrounding copyright.
\"For 103 years, this niche of the Library of Congress has overseen the registration and cataloging of books, music, movies, architectural drawings and any other creative works that can be copyrighted. Its staff toiled in obscurity, with controversies rare and protests unheard of.
Then came the Internet...
Submitted by Steven on May 20, 2000 - 12:05pm
ZDnet.com has this article on the copyright issue that has everyone in an uproar.
\"Cyber-rights advocates, open-source evangelists and even librarians met at Stanford Law School on Thursday in an attempt to limit the effectiveness of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 -- a piece of legislation that gives music producers, Hollywood studios and software companies unprecedented powers over the use of copyrighted works.\"
Submitted by Steven on May 16, 2000 - 6:14pm
Wired.com has this interesting article on the how the Digital Mellennium Copyright Act of 1998 is holding up.
\"The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 was supposed to clear up copyright issues in the Internet era.
That hasn\'t exactly happened. Instead, there have been a series of lawsuits between the recording and motion picture industries, private companies and individual users, seeking clarification on how intellectual property is protected as music and video moves to the digital world.\"
Submitted by Blake on March 21, 2000 - 2:06pm
In a follow up to infodude\'s great Story on amazon.com and patents, you may want to check out the exchange between Jeff Bezos and Tim o\'Rielly.
Jeff has his open letter on
Amazon.com and Tim O\'Reilly has his on oreilly.com
Submitted by Blake on March 13, 2000 - 2:19pm
Jon Katz has a really neat Story over on Slashdot that deals with the timely topic of copyright and intellectual property. I especially like this quote from Thomas Jefferson.
\"That ideas should freely spread from one to another over the globe, for the moral and mutual instruction of man, and improvement of his condition, seems to have been peculiarly and benevolently designed by nature, when she made them, like fire, expansible over all space, without lessening their density at any point, and like the air in which we breathe, move, and have our physical being, incapable of confinement or exclusive appropriation. Inventions then cannot, in nature, be a subject of property.\"
Submitted by AnnaKh on March 2, 2000 - 5:56pm
Books, patents, business and intellectual property are all intertwined at Amazon.com. There is now a growing boycott of Amazon.com. The boycott is a result of the company\'s legal pursuit of patent right infringement for a patent many people say should not have been granted because the idea was neither unique nor new. Should libraries support the boycott? Read on…
Submitted by Blake on February 7, 2000 - 6:18pm
Maureen writes \"Probe of EBay Hinges On Rights to Data
Territorial Disputes On Web
Saturday, February 5, 2000
One of the fundamental issues of the Internet--the property rights of those who compile vast data storehouses on the global network--is now under scrutiny by lawmakers, regulators and the courts. \"
...the company\'s \"senior intellectual property counsel,\" Jay Monahan, acknowledged yesterday that the company has had \"some discussions with staff at the Justice Department regarding eBay and the online trading business generally.\" The company suggested that Justice was doing the bidding of Bidder\'s Edge and other competitors.
Submitted by Blake on February 5, 2000 - 11:21am
An Article from Reason Magazine outlines how copywright laws are causing problems for the online community.
There is an inherent conflict between intellectual property rights and freedom of speech, a tension between your right to control a story you\'ve written and my right to use it as raw material for my own work. Thanks to two trends, that tension is turning rapidly into a collision...
Submitted by Blake on February 2, 2000 - 6:33pm
Lawnesnetwork has a Story on the Intellectual Property battle that is heating up at colleges across the US.
As the Internet continues to shake up traditional notions of intellectual property, a storm is brewing in academia over the ownership of writings, class notes, and inventions generated by faculty members.
Submitted by rochelle on November 2, 1999 - 11:00am
djfiander writes "Boy Scouts rejoice. According to the story at Slashdot it was first published in a songbook in 1945 for which the copyright was never renewed. See the Slashdot story for all the links to the details, including a PDF of the original songbook."