SOPA, PIPA, and the Strangling of Creativity

There’s not much I want to add to this today, except to applaud those sites going black to draw attention to what happens when we constrict the commons, as we have been doing slowly over the past two centuries, expanding copyright protections and contracting just what one can do in terms of new creative work.

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) are bills now making their way through Congress, bills that will allow tighter control of Intellectual Property (IP) by corporations than is already possible–and control is now way too tight. If you will, please, sign this petition against PIPA. Here’s a Daily Kos piece on it and on the websites going black for the day.

Here’s a link, though, to the first pages of my chapter “Intellectual Property in a Digital Age” in Robert Leston and my Beyond the Blogosphere: Information and Its Children. In the chapter, I discuss the history and implications of the way we look at IP and at the concept of “copy.”

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