A Look At 'Ownership' Society
from the it's-gotten-out-of-hand dept
- The Current State of Ownership: which covered the DRM Chair, and also talks to one of our favorite scholars on the subject, Professor James Boyle, about how the concept of "ownership" of culture has gone too far.
- Happy Birthday: which explored the history of the song and the claims that Warner Music owns it -- even though all of the evidence suggests that Happy Birthday is 100% in the public domain. In the segment, producer PJ Vogt suggests that he wanted to test this by putting up a version of the song on iTunes, but unfortunately, their lawyers nixed that idea.
- Fan Fiction and the Law: in which they talk to another of our favorite scholars, Rebecca Tushnet on the nature of fair use.
- 3D Printing, in which Chris Anderson explains how 3D printing is going to change the world in amazing and astounding ways.
- Don't Screw It Up, in which Public Knowledge's Michael Weinberg worries about politicians killing off all those amazing and astounding things that Chris Anderson talked about once they freak out about how 3D printing will disrupt a bunch of industries.
- Plaigiarism: Maybe It's Not So Bad where they talk to professor Kenneth Goldsmith, the new poet laureate of the NY MOMA, who apparently thinks that plagiarism is an art form. He apparently has his students buy an online term paper, hand it in, and then has them defend it as if it was their own. At one point, he notes that students are doing this anyway, so he might as well teach them to be better at it.
Either way, it's great to see the rest of the segments get public attention, as more and more people are recognizing that copyright law today is broken, and is creating a society where a focus on "ownership" takes things so far, as to actually hinder the rights of the public in dangerous ways.