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Common as Air by Lewis Hyde
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Dec 13, 2011

really liked it
Read from December 13, 2011 to January 17, 2012

An excellent book for understanding the history and legislation surrounding copyright that has lead to the current quandry of the 21st century. With SOPA and PIPA bills pending in congress, I found Hyde's book a sobering look at the principles and intentions of copyright & patent law. Fans of Lessig will find another eloquent voice in the fight against the commodification of culture and a champion for rational legislation that protects artistic & intellectual property in fair and realistic ways, while at the same time allowing for the creative commons to flourish. Hyde is a Faculty Associate at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society and he is also a trememdously gifted writer; I found myself bookmarking page after page so I would remember an exquiste turn of phrase or analogy. A wonderful book!

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