New OA book on intellectual commons by James Boyle

James Boyle, The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind, released November 17, 2008 by Yale University Press. Boyle is a professor at Duke Law School and chairman of Creative Commons. The book is also available OA as a CC-licensed download.

… Boyle argues that just as every informed citizen needs to know at least something about the environment or civil rights, every citizen should also understand intellectual property law. Why? Because intellectual property rights mark out the ground rules of the information society, and today’s policies are unbalanced, unsupported by evidence, and often detrimental to cultural access, free speech, digital creativity, and scientific innovation./p>

Boyle identifies as a major problem the widespread failure to understand the importance of the public domain—the realm of material that everyone is free to use and share without permission or fee. The public domain is as vital to innovation and culture as the realm of material protected by intellectual property rights, he asserts, and he calls for a movement akin to the environmental movement to preserve it. …

See also our past posts on James Boyle.