The idea of “intellectual property” is a crock.

Who owns culture? Who owns language, science, art, the accumulated genius of technology? Who owns history? Who owns the collective intellectual heritage of the human species – culture, broadly defined? Who owns, in short, the human library? Who owns it, and who has the right to sell it? Mostly culture is intangible. You mostly can’t […]

Information, disinformation or misinformation?

If you’re trying to make sense of  the privatization of water (itself a slippery term – privatization of what, exactly? The water? Or its delivery systems?) where are the facts to be found? From Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians, who tells us that “untold millions” (her phrase) of poor people have been cut […]