Issue No.03 - May-June (2004 vol.2)
Michael Lesk , Rutgers University
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MSP.2004.6
Larry Lessig documents the concentration of media ownership and the expansion of intellectual property's protected area, which work to put increasingly more creative output in the hands of fewer organizations. Even cliché phrases can now belong? to somebody. Rupert Murdoch?s Fox News has tried to claim control of the words "fair and balanced." for example, and Donald Trump wants to trademark "you're fired." What can you say if you can't allude to anything that's gone before without stepping on the toes of someone who can afford a bigger lawsuit than you can?
copyright law, Larry Lessig, media ownership, intellectual property
Michael Lesk, "Copyright and Creativity", IEEE Security & Privacy, vol.2, no. 3, pp. 76-78, May-June 2004, doi:10.1109/MSP.2004.6