The reasoning for copyright is encourage innovators, but perhaps it discourages innovation.
Recently, I had the opportunity to interview James Boyle. He’s a law prof at Duke University, and he’s also the author of The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind. He argues that the current move to define intellectual property (copyright, patent, and trademark law) very strictly, deprives us of the kind of creative and intellectual “commons” we need to innovate and create. He says we need the equivalent of an environmental movement for the Public Domain.
Although the book is available for purchase, it’s also available as a free download at The Public Domain website.
A shorter version of this interview will air on the April 8th and 11th episode of Spark, but you can hear the full, uncut interview below, or download the MP3.