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The Public Domain : Enclosing the Commons of the Mind

By: James Boyle

...s? Even the ones they claim to have been dictated by gods or aliens? Even if American copyright law requires “an author,” presumably a human one? 9 Ca... ... if the market likes it, you will be rewarded. (At the very least, the giant producers of culture will be able to assemble vast teams of animators and... ...r the films of the Second World War, or footage on the daily lives of African-Americans during segregation, or the music of the Great Depression, or th... ...hey were successful. 36 As Yochai Benkler puts it, Alice Randall, an African American woman, was ordered by a government official not to publish her cr... ...x the law in this area. When the case of Bridgeport Music, Inc. v. Dimension Films came up, they thought they had what they wanted. The band NWA had u... ...dividual members. What’s true for the users of networks is doubly so for the producers of the goods that create them. From the perspective of a produc... ... at http:// www.law.duke.edu/cspd/pdf/cspdproposal.pdf, and Access to Orphan Films: Submission to the Copyright Office—March 2005, available at http://... ...k: New York University Press, 2001). 22. Bridgeport Music, Inc. v. Dimension Films, 410 F .3d 792, 804n16 (6th Cir. 2005). 23. Walter Benjamin, “The W...

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