The Public Domain

Book cover of "The Public Domain" by James Boyle (2008)James Boyle believes in the public domain enough to give away his new book there. You can acquire The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind in the conventional way, buying it from a book store. And you can download it as an indexed PDF (1.68 MB). The PDF extends the book’s fungible possibilities, including immediate accessibility to blind readers. When I downloaded the complete text, I needed to finesse opening it in Firefox and reading it with the ZoomText application reader. So I deconstructed the original file into individual chapters (accessible with the links below), which should provide a more stable format for screen readers. The PDFs are indexed using Adobe Acrobat Professional 8.0’s OCR function. Please let me know how well other screen readers access the texts. The Public Domain is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike License. I applaud James Boyle’s example of releasing this book in the public domain. I bought a print copy, and I encourage you to do the same.

Book cover

Creative Commons License & Publisher Data

Contents

Acknowledgments

Preface: Comprised of at Least Jelly?

1 Why Intellectual Property?

2 Thomas Jefferson Writes a Letter

3 The Second Enclosure Movement

4 The Internet Threat

5 The Farmers’ Tale: An Allegory

6 I Got a Mashup

7 The Enclosure of Science and Technology: Two Case Studies

8 A Creative Commons

9 An Evidence-Free Zone

10 An Environmentalism for Information

Notes and Further Readings

Index

The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike License.

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