Intellectual Property Links

Back in the internet dark ages of the 1990’s, this website used to have loads of links to various essays, articles, law journals,¬† and intellectual property related websites, as they were hard to find, and not many folks were fighting this fight. Nowadays, that’s all changed, and the debate about these issues has become very mainstream indeed. So we’ve ditched a lot of that old info, put up some of our own essays, audio and video about this topic, and now have the below links to various groups who agitate, educate, lobby, and litigate around issues of IP from a progressive standpoint. Of course we’ll be adding new sites and articles that come across our radar if they seem relevant.

 

Click HERE for Negativland’s material on the subject.

 

 

Believe it or not, in 2007 Negativland was asked to be on the advisory board of a brand new Washington, DC based lobbying group that lobbies and educates around Fair Use issues. They are funded by the Consumer Electronics Association who also put on the yearly Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas, the largest trade show on earth, so their agenda is largely capitalist and profit oriented rather than cultural. It makes for strange bedfellows to say the least, but they seem to value Negativland’s input, and tolerate our anti-corporate/anti-capitalist critiques. Are they using us? Are we using them? We’re not sure, but check them out at –


www.digtitalfreedom.org

 


Some suggested books to read


Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How it Threatens Creativity

by Siva Vaidhyanathan

Highly recommended, this book is the essential historical¬† overview of how copyrights got to where they are today. It’s a quick and easy read, and this book will most likely have many factoids in it about copyright that you didn’t even know ( did you know that copyright originally only lasted for 14 years? It’s true).




Freedom of Expression: Overzealous Copyright Bozos and Other Enemies of Creativity

by Kembrew McLeod

An enlightening, amusing, and frightening look at how the growth of intellectual property law is making us all less free to say and think what we want.

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