So, here's "Freedom of Expression®: Overzealous Copyright Bozos and Other Enemies of Creativity". Available for free of course. It must have just come out. I haven't even read it yet, but I will. Perhaps after we all "steal" it we'll go and buy copies and the writer will actually make money. Imagine that? A writer who encourages sharing. Profit withoutout draconian DRM. Crazy.
For those of you who don't know Kembrew first drew attention for trademarking "freedom of expression" and suing the pants of the first major corportation that came along and dared use it. Thank you Kembrew McLeod for putting your money where your mouth is.
Read it: mcleod-freedomofexpression3.pdf
In 1998, university professor and professional prankster Kembrew McLeod trademarked the phrase "freedom of expression" as a joke, an amusing if dark way to comment on how intellectual property law is increasingly being used to fence off the culture and restrict the way we're allowed to express ideas. But what's happened in recent years to intellectual property law is no joke and has had repercussions on our culture and our everyday lives. The trend toward privatization of everything?melodies, genes, public space, English language?means an inevitable clash of economic values against the value of free speech, creativity, and shared resources. In Freedom of Expression®, Kembrew McLeod covers topics as diverse as hip-hop music and digital sampling, the patenting of seeds and human genes, folk and blues music, visual collage art, electronic voting, the Internet, and computer software. In doing so, he connects this rapidly accelerating push to pin down everything as a piece of private property to its effects on music, art, and science.
More info: Kembrew.com
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