Information Liberation by Brian Martin

By Brian Martin

Techniques for releasing details from the distortions of strength in mass media, bureaucracies, highbrow estate, surveillance, study etc.

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6-19; Surendra J. ” Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 24, No. 18, 6 May 1989, pp. 978-993; Darrell A. Posey and Graham Dutfield, Beyond Intellectual Property: Toward Traditional Rights for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (Ottawa: International Development Research Centre, 1996). Against intellectual property 33 though, most creators do not actually gain much benefit from intellectual property. Independent inventors are frequently ignored or exploited. When employees of corporations and governments have an idea worth protecting, it is usually copyrighted or patented by the organisation, not the employee.

Benjamin Ginsberg, The Captive Public: How Mass Media Promotes State Power (New York: Basic Books, 1986). 21. Stanley Ingber, “The marketplace of ideas: a legitimizing myth,” Duke Law Journal, Vol. 1984, No. 1, February 1984, pp. 1-91. 46 Information liberation The alternative The alternative to intellectual property is straightforward: intellectual products should not be owned. That means not owned by individuals, corporations, governments, or the community as common property. It means that ideas are available to be used by anyone who wants to.

In addition, it retains the role of the mass media as the central mechanism for disseminating ideas. So-called reform proposals either retain the status quo or introduce government censorship. Underlying the market model is the idea of self-regulation: the “free market” is supposed to operate without outside intervention and, indeed, to operate best when outside intervention is minimised. In practice, even markets in goods do not operate autonomously: the state is intimately involved in even the freest of markets.

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