09/05: Copyrights & Copywrongs

After reading chapters 1 & 2 of Lawrence Lessig’s The Future of Ideas, go onto Google News and enter one of the two search terms “copyright infringement” or “patent infringement.” Find a news story of particular interest to you that features a dispute over intellectual property. Write a 400-500 word essay that details the dispute and post it to the website. Your response should express an informed opinion about the case. What’s at stake? Is the infringement really damaging, or is it just people jostling for cash. Answering this question means you’ll have to find out, if you can, what law is regulating the dispute and what the grounds are for violation, and you’ll need to find out what other writers around the web have said. You’ll also want to describe how the question of intellectual property in your particular case relates back to what we’ve read from Kant and Milton. THIS MEANS THAT YOUR RESPONSE NEEDS TO CITE LESSIG, KANT, AND MILTON, AS WELL AS LINK TO ONLINE SOURCES ABOUT YOUR PARTICULAR CASE. Make sure to cite your sources with links to other content!

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