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

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 by David Soul on 2/16/04; 11:36:22 PM
in the IP section.


Related posts on Bricoleur Systems -auto generated:

  1. Rambus being hit on all fronts A very interesting case… Rambus sat on industry standards groups and was accused of  flagrant violations of the process… never-the-less...
  2. Lessons Forgot : patent policy circa 1882 Since I resurrected this weblog I’ve been asked several times if there is any rhyme or reason for the eclectic...
  3. Patents 2.0 IEEE Spectrum: Patents 2.0 Writing in Spectrum online,  Lee Hollaar sugests “…. scrapping software patents altogether is not the solution....
  4. Wrinkle in 'Seamless' Feel of the Web U.S. Patent No. 5,838,906 was assigned by the University of California to Chicago based Eolas Technology in return for a...
  5. XML Patent : Core Techcnology locked up ? A news item on (a site discussing intellectual property issues): This Can’t be Good: Over the past year, there...

Tags: CEP, intellectual property

This entry was posted on Friday, January 13th, 2006 at 3:30 am and is filed under Books (other). You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed at this time.