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Society: Issues: Intellectual_Property

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Weblog on intellectual property issues.

Brian Martin: Against intellectual property
An Australian university gives a powerful case against "intellectual property" laws. Includes a long bibliography of books supporting the point.

Copyright: Guardian of Intellectual Property
Guide to computer ethics issues and current news includes an introduction to the problematic copyright issues raised by digital media.

Copyright Law and Independent Creation Theory
Complaining that the law of independent creation allows the theft of music.

Free Intellectual Property Exchange (FreeIPX)
A news and discussion site dedicated to critical analysis of the use, abuse, and relevance of IP Law. [Slash-style site]

Giftfile Project
A project to enable authors of computer files containing nonproprietary intellectual works (free music, literature, software) and their supporters (including fans, users) to participate in a gift economy.

The GNU Manifesto
The last name in software freedom...this outlines the reasons that "Gnu's Not Unix" produces free software.

Information Liberation: Against Intellectual Property
A chapter from the book Information Liberation, written by Brian Martin.

Intellectual Property at the National Academies
A guide to the Academies' documents and publications on Intellectual Property and a forum to discuss ongoing work.

Intellectual Property Compensation Via Tipping
Article that proposes (with case studies) that tipping may be a viable compensation model for intellectual property (such as music and books).

Intellectual Property Issues
An impressive list of links to articles concerning intellectual "property" issues, from all sides.

Intellectual Property Rights Overview
The W3C's take on intellectual property rights in the Information Age.

International IP Law Forum
Features ideas and opinions on issues related to establishing and protecting intellectual property.

Invention Development Group
Offers information on intellectual property agreements, patents, product licensing, and trademarking.

IP Future
This group is organized to promote discussion of intellectual property laws worldwide. It is hoped that a network of interested people can come together to begin discussing a future for intellectual property law which balances the needs of people with the needs of intellectual property owners.

Library Juice Copyright Issue
A supplement to the weekly e-zine Library Juice from September, 2000, devoted to the political and philosophical issues of intellectual property, especially as they relate to libraries and the internet.

Mid-Atlantic Infoshop - Against Intellectual Property
A page critical of copyrights, trademarks, and intellectual property.

Negativland - Fair Use
An essay exploring whether artists, for profit or not, have the right to freely "sample" from an already "created" electronic environment that surrounds them for use in their own work.

A Politics Of Intellectual Property: Environmentalism for the Net? by James Boyle
Paper by James Boyle calling for reduction of intellectual property laws, to be achieved by political machination inspired by the environmental movement.

A Primer On the Ethics of "Intellectual Property"
This primer provides a general framework for freeing any information covered under copyright and patent laws.

The Right to Read
Richard Stallman's famous parable about the Right to Read, and what will happen if intellectual monopoly laws continue to grow.

Roundtable - 98.09
An Atlantic Unbound roundtable on the future of intellectual property and copyright law in the digital age

University of Toronto Fraud
A PhD student alleges theft of intellectual property.

Weaving Webs of Ownership: Intellectual Property in an Information Age
Debora J. Halbert's doctoral dissertation in progress concerning on intellectual property laws in the West.

Wired - The Eagle Is Grounded
Article comparing today's toughening of US intellectual property laws to help given to the US shipping industry 30 years ago, resulting in even greater losses for US firms, higher prices, and frustrated consumers. (February, 2004)

The Register - Sneaky Cable Crypto Scheme in the Works
Article exposing that the cable television industry is moving to implement a copy protection scheme that will allow movie studios and cable providers to control what viewers are able to record. (December 22, 2000)

The Mark is the Beast
An article describing the change in the usage of trademarks, and how it stifles our use of our own language. (July 20, 1998)


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