Fixing IP laws, part 2 - Copyright and the Public Domain

Series links:

  • Part 1 - Introduction
  • Part 2 - Copyright and the Public Domain (This page!)
  • Part 3 - Copyright and Technology
  • Part 4 - Positioning Copyright
  • Part 5 - Policing Patents
  • Part 6 - Closing Comments

What is the public domain?

The Public Domain is where works that aren't subject to intellectual property laws go.

Fixing IP laws, part 1 - Introduction

For a couple of years now, I've been more and more disappointed with the way the world's IP laws have been trending. I believe that they are moving away from their original intentions in subtle (and not-so-subtle) ways, and that this is increasingly rendering them unfit for purpose.

So I thought I'd write a series of short articles in which I take a positive stance, and say how we can improve them.

Structure

Here's the rough outline of what to expect - links will be provided as each one is written:

SOPA, PIPA, and DEA and the rest...

On Wednesday the 18th, Wikipedia is going dark globally to protest against the latest ham-fisted intellectual property laws.

I've put a banner up for the duration, so every page on this website will have an anti-SOPA statement. I don't see a need for a full blackout - and I don't want to turn away those that may need vCardSplit, which accounts for most of my visits.

But I do see a need to protest.

 

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