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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... ...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... ...simpler, but the broad strokes are the same.) Since that point, in two broad stages, we have moved away from this system at the very moment in history... ...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... ...ates, and eventually a blueprint for our systems of com- munication. At this stage, the range of possibilities is extremely wide. A lot of different c... ...ar end lies the Internet and the online version of the human genome. At each stage, copying costs are lowered and goods become both less rival and les... ...ruling sounded reasonable and clear, something that would only strike at bad actors while paying heed to the Sony Axiom and the assurance of safety th... ...-mockery, as it explores the concerns of the rich African-American celebrity male. My favorite line is “If you ain’t no punk, holler ‘We want prenup!!... ...l, who uses her sexuality for profit. Put them together and you have bookends—male fantasy and male nightmare. Was that Mr. West’s point? Perhaps. The ...

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