Category Archive: IP

Perhaps It’s the Terms that Are the Culprits

An Australian musician named Dan Beazley has written a nice essay on music “piracy” that reminds me once again how we have allowed corporate copyright defenders define the debate over “intellectual property.” Beazley writes: Music… Continue reading

On the Shoulders

It’s appropriate to contemporary discussions of the ownership of Intellectual Property (IP) that Isaac Newton’s famous “If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants” was… Continue reading

SOPA and PIPA: Who Are the Pirates?

We forget, in our discussions of piracy of Intellectual Property, that those complaining loudest about piracy are pirates themselves. Or, at least, are the descendants of pirates, still profiting by the piracy of… Continue reading

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… Continue reading