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:
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