The Public Domain Manifesto

I am currently reading James Boyle’s, “The Public Domain”, which is a thoroughly engaging and enlightening read. He tweeted a link to this public domain manifesto today. He didn’t have anything to do with its authoring but not surprisingly signed it, as did I.

I am of two minds. We shouldn’t need a manifesto in defense of the public domain. If we do not protest its enclosure, though, we may soon no longer have a public domain to defend. Ultimately, my decision to sign was fueled by the need to send a clear signal that the current default of permission when it comes to copyright is unacceptable with regards to so many aspects of a post-filter, post-net world.

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