By Siva Vaidhyanathan
It has taken legal professionals 200-plus years to morph copyright legislation from the balanced compromise that our framers struck to the intense method of keep watch over that it has develop into. during this superbly written ebook, a nonlawyer has exposed a lot of the wear performed. Copyrights and Copywrongs is a wealthy and compelling account of the bending of yankee copyright legislation, and a promise of the stability that lets once more make the legislations develop into.
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T h e social v a l u e of t r a d e m a r k s is m i n i m a l . T h e i r c o m mercial a n d p r o p r i e t a r y v a l u e is e n o r m o u s . 2 Trade secret law, w h i c h is extralegislative in origin a n d nature, is a p o w e r f u l part of "intellectual p r o p e r t y . " It h a s f e w limitations. A n idea's p e r c e i v e d v a l u e is the o n l y basis for a t r a d e secret. T h e secret m a k e r declares s o m e t h i n g a secret, so it is. E x a m p l e s of subjects of trade secrets i n c l u d e c h e m i c a l s , c o m p l e x (and n o t n e c e s s a r i l y " n e w " or " n o n o b v i o u s " ) m a n u f a c t u r i n g processes, lists of c u s t o m e r s or potential clients, " s o u r c e c o d e " for c o m p u t e r p r o g r a m s , a n d corporate policies.
E x a m p l e s of subjects of trade secrets i n c l u d e c h e m i c a l s , c o m p l e x (and n o t n e c e s s a r i l y " n e w " or " n o n o b v i o u s " ) m a n u f a c t u r i n g processes, lists of c u s t o m e r s or potential clients, " s o u r c e c o d e " for c o m p u t e r p r o g r a m s , a n d corporate policies. T h e r e are t w o " s t a n d a r d s " for trade secret legal protection: " s e c r e c y " a n d " c o m p e t i t i v e a d v a n t a g e . " In other w o r d s , a trade secret ceases to be a t r a d e secret o n c e the secret gets out b y legal m e a n s or w a s easy to ascertain i n the first place.
Fearing, justifiably, that copyright m i g h t e v e n t u a l l y e x p a n d to e n c o m p a s s i d e a protection, n o t just expression protection, Jefferson w r o t e in 1813, If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea, which an individual may exclusively possess as long as he keeps it to himself; but the moment it is divulged, it forces itself into the possession of everyone, and the receiver cannot dispose himself of it.
Copyrights and copywrongs: the rise of intellectual property and how it threatens creativity by Siva Vaidhyanathan