Related link: http://www.praxagora.com/andyo/ar/ip_owners.html
This is a pointer to an article I published last Friday in The American Reporter. Excerpt follows.
Why copyright? Why did this obscure branch of “intellectual
property,” this private concern of entertainment and
software firms, become the most pressing public policy area
of the computer field?
[The Sklyarov and Jonansen cases] make us suspect that the
multiple tentacles of the “intellectual property” leviathan
bear barbed hooks on each end–and that some of the
critical issues in modern democracy and discourse may be
snagged by them.