Monday, August 23, 2010

Intellectual Property, Cultural Commons, and Ancient Traditions

  • A comic (literally) review of a book whose author "has returned to offer a critique of the idea that all creative work is 'intellectual property' and to elucidate and defend our 'cultural commons'" — Common as Air.

  • "Yoga is a part of humanity's shared knowledge, the agency says, and any business claiming the postures as its own is violating the very spirit of the ancient practice" — 'Yoga wars' spoil spirit of ancient practice, Indian agency says.
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    3 Comments:

    Anonymous Steven P. Cornett said...

    I've heard some horror stories about copyright, but being sued for silence, as Michael Batt was? Does that mean I owe the John Cage Estate performance fees every time I simply sit and listen and ponder the world in my home?

    What if I do it in public?

    Would that make every note and even any act of silence an (un)intentional copyright violation?

    As Charles Dickens' character Mr. Bumble said in Oliver Twist, "If the law supposes that, the law is an ass."

    8:43 AM  
    Blogger The Western Confucian said...

    How anyone can claim four minutes and thirty-one seconds of silence as intellectual property is beyond me. I suspect it may have been beyond him as well, but not beyond his "estate."

    1:06 AM  
    Anonymous Steven P. Cornett said...

    Nothing seems to be beyond these "estates" to do.

    OTOH, that sounds like a magnificent bit of protest against intellectual property law. Publicly announce that you are about to commit a criminal act under copyright law, have somebody start a timer and tell you when the minute is up, and then...sit down and do nothing.

    Combine that with the sign about Cage's work and the copyright abuse committed, and that would get the point across.

    9:09 AM  

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