Cory Doctorow on the term “intellectual property”

For the few of you unfamiliar with the name, Cory Doctorow is a Toronto-born writer perhaps best known as co-editor of Boing Boing. His recent article about “intellectual property” (which I came across via LISNews) should be a great read for anyone interested in copyright and freedom of information. He argues that the term is a euphemism designed to sway the public’s sympathies in favour of big business, and he goes on to explain exactly why ideas should not be treated as property in the same way that physical objects should be.

I also learned from this article that Doctorow has a new baby girl (who was born earlier this month on the day before my birthday). Congrats, Cory!

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