Help Reclaim the Public Domain
2004-06-16 21:38:37

The Corporate Fuck
I really should drink more, but I just don't have the energy...
-- Johnnie Royale


Would you like to have a positive impact on copyright law, take a stand against corporate greed, and help put works back in the public domain that belong there? Lawrence Lessig needs your story.

Lawrence Lessig and friends have filed a lawsuit.

Kahle v. Ashcroft is a lawsuit challenging recent changes to U.S. copyright law which created a large number of "orphan works." Orphan works are copyrighted works which are no longer commercially available, but are still regulated by copyright -- not a part of the public domain like they would be if not for recent changes made to copyright law on behalf of the Disney Corporation.

To win the lawsuit, they need your help. They need more examples -- your personal stories -- telling how you were affected by copyright-related barriers when you tried to use orphan works.

Yeah, not necessarily something that happens everyday, but if you work in any media industry and you needed to secure rights to an orphaned work, but couldn't because you couldn't track down the copyright holder -- or had other problems securing rights to the material -- your story could help win the lawsuit. More info and examples can be found at http://notabug.com/kahle/.

Help reclaim the public domain!

Over.  End of Story.  Go home now.


comments powered by Disqus


C L A S S I C   P I G D O G

Solex vs. the Pigdog
by The Compulsive Splicer

Sex Crimes of the X-Men
by El Destino

Skunk School -- Learn Why Not To Keep Skunks As Pets
by El Snatcher & Ms. BunnyPenny

by El Snatcher, Mr. Bad


Poindexter Fortran

University of California special collections: now with more Hunter S. Thompson


Baron Earl

Amazing hand-stitched scenes from DUNE


Baron Earl

Contributions to Top Dark Money Spenders


Baron Earl

CES claims dildo is not a robot


Baron Earl

Rep. Steve King wonders how the phrase "white supremacist" became "offensive"


El Destino

Zeitgeist's Legendary 'Tamale Lady' Dies Just Weeks Before Opening Her Long-Awaited Restaurant


Baron Earl

Cliff Burton Day in Castro Valley


El Destino

When Spock met PLATO


El Destino

A musical reminder: Don't Say GIF


El Destino

Devo's one and only Christmas song

More Quickies...