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Books that free culture advocates might find interesting, with descriptions.

Free Culture

  • David Bollier, Silent Theft (ISBN 0415932645)
    Silent Theft is a fresh and compelling critique of how private markets are eclipsing and “enclosing” the American commons. Bollier – a journalist, activist and public policy expert – not only documents the serious costs and consequences of runaway market activity, he develops a new language for understanding and reclaiming the commons.
  • James Boyle, Shamans, Software and Spleens: Law and the Construction of the Information Society (ISBN 0674805224).
  • Lawrence Lessig, The Future of Ideas (ISBN 0375505784)
    This book might be something close to the founding text of the free culture movement. In it, Lessig lays out the case for an online commons and a more balanced approach to "intellectual property."
  • Lawrence Lessig, Free Culture (ISBN 1594200068)
    In this book, Lessig will again stress the need for balance. He draws a contrast between "free culture," which provides lattitude for creativity, and "permission culture," which does not.

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