The Anarchist in the Library

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Intellectual property owners are destroying our cultural commons. But according to critic Siva Vaidhyanathan, peer-to-peer networks are transforming politics, culture, and the control of information in ways that may pave the way to a renewal of cultural democracy. Vaidhyanathan is an assistant professor of Culture and Communication at New York University and author of Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How it Threatens Creativity (NYU Press, 2001). He spoke recently with Minneapolis writer Paul Schmelzer. Here are a few choice bits from this fascinating interview, posted on Schmelzer?s weblog Eyeteeth:

On the importance of free access to creative culture:

On the folly of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA):

On the USA PATRIOT Act:

On libraries:

Vaidhyanathan?s next book, The Anarchist in the Library, will be released in early 2004 from Basic Books.

Go there>> Eyeteeth interview with Paul Schmelzer

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