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Richard Stallman was talking up his "copyleft" idea, which he called "a mirror image" of copyright.

What is CopyLeft?
Who wrote the
GNU/Linux operating system code? Linus Torvalds.

Copyleft is a sort-of-profit company that supports free and open source software by donating a large portion of each sale to various organizations that develop or support the development of free software.

Eric Raymond Home Page <esr@thyrsus.com>
AKA <esr@snark.thyrsus.com>
Advocate "Open-Source Software" Linux
The Open Source movement is grounded in the computer industry. If the "free" model of intellectual property has more advantages than the proprietary model it will change all the rules for everything from publishing to you name it."Now that Unisys is shaking down websites that use GIFs for a $5000 license fee, you should burn all your GIFs too."
The Cathedral and the Bazaar
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The Freenet Site Resources for Acorn Computers
Software is being developed in Ireland that may turn copyright legislation on its head. The new software named Freenet is still being developed, but when it is complete, it will enable totally anonymous transfer of any digital material. The software creators are attempting to achieve free sharing of all information and media over the internet. According to the software's developer the concept of copyright in the not too distant future will be looked upon at that time in a way similar to the way we view witchcraft today. A test version of this software is already available from England for free download. At the very least, this new software should open a very interesting new chapter in the area of intellectual property law enforcement.

Public Library of Science group will publish two Journals that will make works of scientists "freely and universally available from the moment of publication, without sacrificing the recognition and audience that a reputable journal can provide," http://www.publiclibraryofscience.org The journals, to be titled Public Library of Science Biology and Public Library of Science Medicine, are expected to start publication during the last half of 2003. Scientists are urged to boycott scientific and scholarly journals that refused to make articles freely available online no more than six months after their original publication.

Open Content
OpenContent's only excuse for existing is to "facilitate the prolific creation of freely available, high-quality, well-maintained Content." This Content can then be used in an infinity of ways, restricted only by the imagination of the user. One of the most significant uses may be supporting instruction and helping people learn. 'What is content?', you ask. Content is just about anything that isn't executable. If you're interested in freely sharing your software, visit the Open Source Initiative or the the Free Software Foundation. If you're interested in freely sharing content, read on.

Creative Types: A Lot in Common
Creative Commons will release its collection of free, machine-readable licenses. The idea is to give copyright holders another way to get the word out that their works are free for copying and other uses under specific conditions. "Many of the authors, musicians, developers and other content creators we have spoken to want to be able to communicate to their potential customers that the customer can do more with their content than standard copyright law allows," said Bob Young, CEO of Lulu Press.

Open Source Initiative
(OSI) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to managing and promoting the Open Source Definition for the good of the community, specifically through the OSI Certified Open Source Software certification mark and program. We also make copies of approved open source licenses.
The basic idea behind open source is very simple: When programmers can read, redistribute, and modify the source code for a piece of software, the software evolves.


Just what is GPL - A Contract? A Copyright? Both?
Software licenses are generally considered to be contracts. A copyright, meanwhile, is not a contract. Instead, it avails the creator of intellectual property of the protection of copyright law, which is limited to the life of the author plus 70 years.

UCITA Background information on is available at the ALA Washington Office website. If you have any questions, concerns or would like further information on UCITA, contact Miriam Nisbet UCITA, the ``Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act,'' is the technology industry's version of Dracula. It's designed to suck money from overmatched consumers, and it keeps emerging from the coffin. JOIN AFFECT, Americans for Fair Electronic Commerce Transactions, is a broad-based national coalition of industry leaders, libraries and consumer organizations dedicated to educating the public and policy makers about the dangers of UCITA, the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act. MORE ABOUT UCITA HERE

P2P Companies and programs:
ShareSniffer peer-to-peer file sharing: Article The site encourages netizens to rummage through strangers' music files, digital movies, Microsoft Word documents and spreadsheets on"random, unprotected hard drives on the Internet.Company motto "because it's there".
Flycode and OpenCola are developing file sharing programs.
BearShare built around Gnutella
Entropia, Popular Power and United Devices are building distributed computing services, which propose to use thousands of Internet-connected computers to process large computational problems.
KaZaA is a media community, where millions community members can share their media files audio, video, images and documents - with each other. You can search for and download media files with any of three products - KaZaA.com, KaZaA Media Desktop and the new KaZaA Winamp Plug-in. One of the main differences between KaZaA and other peer-to-peer networks is that KaZaA is built on standardised p2p technology from FastTrack.
Limewire software package which enables individuals to search for and share computer files with anyone on the internet. A product of Lime Wire, LLC, LimeWire is compatible with the Gnutella file-sharing protocol and can connect with anyone else running Gnutella-compatible software.
About Peekabooty

Ian Clarke, a 23-year-old Irish programmer,
is finishing a program that he says will make it impossible to control the traffic in any kind of digital information -- whether it is music, video, text or software. His program, known as Freenet, is intended to make it possible to acquire or exchange such material anonymously while frustrating any attempt to remove the information from the Internet or determine its source. Mr. Clarke and his group of programmers have deliberately set themselves on a collision course with the world's copyright laws. They express the hope that the clash over copyright enforcement in cyberspace will produce a world in which all information is freely shared. In any case, the new programs could change the basic terms of the discussion about intellectual property.

Justin Fletcher
The Freenet Archive
Justin's stuff you can download
Justin's Utilites
Everybody doing the Freenet work and their stuff
About Freenet

Aimed more at keeping information and communications out of corporate hands rather than away from prying governments. "The threat comes from companies," lead Cryptobox developer Nick Bobic wrote in an e-mail interview. "Everyone's Web browsing habits will be under a microscope, and all of that information could end up for sale."

Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Lawsuit makes it illegal to discuss or provide technology that might be used to bypass industry controls limiting how consumers can use music they have purchased. Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI) Foundation threatened litigation against Felten, his research team, and the relevant universities and conference organizers.

The RIAAs Statistics Dont Add Up, posted on his Web site (azoz.com). George Ziemann makes two key assertions: 1) that the labels raised CD prices during a down economy, and 2) that they slashed the number of new releases by almost 25% during the past three years. He says that these factors, and not downloading, are responsible for sluggish CD

DeCSS - is a program that cracks the code designed to protect the content on DVDs from being copied -- for either legal or illicit uses, the court case, censorship, issues etc. are all spelled out here - Find Everything!!

Before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee July 11, 2000
Statement of Roger McGuinn Songwriter and Musician Formerly with The Byrds
on “The Future of Digital Music: Is There an Upside to Downloading?”

Aimster integrates with your instant messenger service so you can: search the major internet file-sharing services- including AOL FIle Sharing, Gnutella and soon Microsoft Networking - and lets you target hundreds of thousands of files within seconds. And swap any kind of digital file, including video, text and photographs.

The Coalition is committed to "striking an appropriate balance in law and public policy between protecting intellectual property and affording public access to it." More




Publius.net will be the home to a wide range of anonymity services and is meant to guarantee freedom of speech and anonymity on the Internet while abolishing online censorship.


A speech from Bruce Sterling from 1992 to the LITA

Library Information Technology Association is more prescient every day...
"free as air, free as water, free as knowledge." -- Melville Dewey
Well, we don't know what "knowledge" is, but we can get you plenty of *data,* and as soon as we figure out how to download it straight into student skulls we can put all the teachers into the breadline and the librarians as well.

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