Against Intellectual Property

We live in a world dominated by large intellectual property dinosaurs.

We think that copyrights, trademarks, and intellectual property should be abolished. Proudhon said it long ago, that "property is theft," and if anything current intellectual property fights on the Internet bolster his claim. Intellectual property is for those with power, who can use the force of the state to enforce their claims. But intellectual property simply gets in the way of communication and the sharing of ideas, be it in the arts or in biology.

The mouse who would be king
Disney's ever-expanding copyright powers are threatening to squash everyone's cultural creativity. As two new books compellingly argue, the time is ripe for more anarchy, and fewer lawyers.

Phantom editors
If Hollywood studios could deliver their dream products in their dream formats, they would send every first-run film via electronic pipes to thousands of theatres around the world. Digital projectors would emit high-quality images on screens. And the studios could control which versions got to which theatres. Theatres in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, India, Singapore, or Utah might receive versions that lacked nudity. Theatres in New York, Amsterdam, and San Francisco might receive versions with extra nudity.


A Copyfighter's Musings
Creative Commons
Current copyright readings
Freedom to Tinker
Lawrence Lessig


Anarchism Triumphant: Free Software and the Death of Copyright
Another Word About Plagiarism
The Cathedral and the Bazaar by Eric S. Raymond
Changing Copyright by Negativland
Copyright Law is Wrong
Is Corporate Research Funding Leading To Secrecy in Science?
Foraging on Internet For Raw Materials
Intellectual Value by Esther Dyson
The Internet and the Anti-net
Life, Liberty and... the Pursuit of Copyright
Negativland's Tenets Of Free Appropriation
Rhizome: detritus references
"Shiny, Aluminum, Plastic, and Digital"


The Confounded Mr. Valenti
The Death Of Intellectual Property website parodies pro-copyright site
Dysfunctional Family Circus told to shut down.
ADL threatens AADL over trademark
Anti-Defamation League of B'nai Brith argues that it owns the word "anti-defamation." They sent a threatening letter to the Anarchist Anti-Defamation League (AADL).

Web Sites Critical of Intellectual Property

Against Intellectual Property
Applying Copyleft To Non-Software Information
Biotechnology, Intellectual Property Rights and Regulation
The Free Music Philosophy
Free Software Foundation
Indigenous Peoples Council on Biocolonialism
Lumen Database
Negativland - Intellectual Property Issues
Creators of the George Bush parody site and the Barbie Liberation Front.

RIAA Gorilla Watch

U. Houston administration to limit access to Napster
NetPD Wants To Be Web's Police Department
Napster to ban Metallica fans who pirated songs
Napster's 'Safe Harbor' Sinks
Ask Metallica About Napster
Shut Down Metallica, Not Napster
Metallica Wants To Ban 335,435 Napster Users

Trademark Fights

Archie Comics versus baby Veronica
FOX vs. King of the Hill fan sites
Another King of the Hill site shut down
Dysfunctional Family Circus
Former Playmate Wins Right to Use Title on Web Site
More Fun With "For Dummies" Trademarks
Ruling Draws a Line on Trademarks and the Web
Radio Shack vs. Bianca's Smut Shack
Trademark Wars On The Web
TSR/Copyright Debate Compilation

Domain Disputes

Verizon Attacks Critical Domain Names
Court OKs some domains with trademarked names
ICANN Rules on Dot Com Disputes
Porn site squeezed by juice maker

Copyright Fights

Lawsuits Claim Right to Use 'Dirty Words' in Web Addresses


Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution

Copyright and IP Resources

EFF 'Intellectual Property Online: Patent, Trademark, Copyright' Archive
National Writers Union
Philosophy of the GNU Project
Stanford University Libraries - Copyright and Fair Use