A whole series of stories about Intellectual Property. First, an interesting story in the Globe and Mail. The Globe and Mail: How copyright could be killing culture. Unfortunately, this one is no longer freely available, but it argues that the way television programs have been locked up in copyright is stifling the development of culture, citing a PBS documentary that can no longer be shown due to the copyright on some of its footage.
Patents are usually regarded as something positive for innovation, but if you haven't looked closely lately, you may be surprised to find them having the opposite effect. Here's a set of rules to encourage innovation, published by Science Hobbyist: Rules for unconventional researchers. And here's an inventor's explanation of why he doesn't patent his inventions: Eagle-Research We Don't Patent.