by  Lawrence
Lessig (2001, 352 pages, Random House.)

I just finished reading this and must agree with the people that
have been insisting  (including those who borrowed my copy before
I got to it!) that I give it a look that it is indeed a “Must
Read”.

Lessig examines the concept of the commons and goes on to argue that
the principle  reason for the success of the world wide web is
that it is, at its very core, a commons. He then laments some of the
growing threats to  this commons, and suggests remedial  laws needed
to protect it.

Lessig argues that when  we have little understanding about how a
resource will be used, we have more reason to keep that resource in the
commons and goes on to show by example that this is exactly the case in
the development, growth and use of the web.

Along the way Lessig often shows Patent and Trademark Law in a most unflatering light….

I can’t agree with all of Lessig’s arguments or positions, but this is
a book that should make all readers take pause to consider where we are
heading with the DMCA, patents on business process, and increasingly
aggressive action by trademark holders.

originally Posted to cep.weblogger.com by David Soul on 2/16/04; 11:36:22 PM
in the IP section.

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