Use of Copyright to Fight Intelligent Design
Bad idea. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has backed decisions by the National Acadamies’ National Research Council and the National Science Teachers Association to prevent Intelligent Design proponents in Kansas to use parts of their standards text on copyrights grounds. I think this is a mistake.
One of the lines of argument that the ID proponents use is being open to new ideas and new ways of looking at phenomena and having debate about such issues. By using copyright to limit the use of text on school science stanards such a move could be portrayed as stifling debate. In fact, this is one of my complaints about copyrights for scientific writings. It makes copying and sharing information problematic in general. In short, this move could be spun by the ID proponents to their advantage and in the end really wont help win the debate.