Thursday, November 8, 2007

Intellectual Privilege Imagery

To accompany the text of my book-in-progress, Intellectual Privilege: Copyright, Common Law, and the Common Good, I've been trying to come up with some appropriate imagery. I'm looking for descriptive and striking graphics that at least hint at the book's theme. Let me see what you think about three images, one for each of the three phrases in the book's subtitle.

  • For "Copyright": A red c-clamp, tight shut, within a circle of chains. I doubt that I need to explain that image, much. The red clamp would make for a nice favicon, too.

  • For "Common Law": A chain strung along a series of posts, such as you might see marking lines in a bank or in front of a painting in a gallery. That represents the gentle but firm guidelines established by contract, property, and tort law.

  • For "the Common Good": A computer screen showing a long string of alternating zeros and ones. These numbers—". . . 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 . . ."—would represent both binary code and the links of a chain, each of them free of the others and rotated to stand proudly upright.

Why worry about mere pictures so early in the process? I'd say "pleasantly muse" rather than "worry"; I like illustration puzzles. I find, too, that good visual symbols can help me work up good verbal symbols.

[Crossposted to Agoraphilia..]


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