Intellectual Property in the Information Age: The Politics of Expanding Ownership Rights

Intellectual Property in the Information Age: The Politics of Expanding Ownership Rights

Intellectual Property in the Information Age: The Politics of Expanding Ownership Rights

Intellectual Property in the Information Age: The Politics of Expanding Ownership Rights

Synopsis

Halbert examines the expansion of intellectual property rights in the information age. She critiques the theoretical foundations and current American approach to copyright law, and she suggests that we should not extend copyright law without critically assessing the impact such a move would have on the free exchange of information.

Excerpt

This book is a product of the information age and is a testimony to much of what is said within its pages. After completing my dissertation at the University of Hawai'i, I was asked if I would follow my own advice and put the dissertation on the Internet, to which I answered "Of course." As soon as it was ready, I placed it in a subdirectory of the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies home page (http://www.hawaii.edu/ -- future/). Thus, the dissertation entered the ever-expanding web of knowledge available on the World Wide Web (WWW or Web).

It was not long before the advantages of such a direct form of communication became recognizable. I have had the opportunity to talk with the hackers about whom I had written, speak with other people researching similar topics, and get published in traditional journals because of the availability of my work on the Intemet. Ultimately, this book is a result of placing my dissertation on the Web. Jeremy Geelan was one of the many who read the dissertation. He contacted me regarding a revised manuscript for publication. This volume is the result.

In another important way, this book is proof of my argument that there is no single author. Although my name appears on the cover, this book would not have reached completion without the help and support of many people. I thank my parents for their support. Thanks to Neal Milner, Kathy Ferguson, Michael Shapiro, Jim Dator, and Richard Vincent for reading and commenting on many drafts. I also thank Michael Sysiuk, Brian Richardson, Colleen Fox, Kennan Ferguson, Kerry Burch, Scott Daniels, Cindy Mackey, Jeff Heidrich, and Christen Hesselbacher for providing the intellectual and emotional support necessary for such a project. Additionally, I thank Allen Cooper for tirelessly reading the . . .

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