The Failure of Copyright and the War for Mars

Micheal Eisen, biologist at UC Berkeley, just made a strong case for what is broken in the way copyright law is being applied to limit discussion and protect the interests of conglomerates at the expense of artists and writers. Research detailing the prevalence of water on Mars was funded by the public and must remain in the public domain, according to copyright law. Instead, these papers were published on a site that requires readers to pay for limited access to the information.

Eisen explained what’s wrong with that on his blog “NASA paywalls first papers arising from Curiosity rover, I am setting them free.” Drop by his site and read the research that the public funded on before Eisen gets sued to cease and desist.

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