This is supplemental materials from”What is Fair, Free, and Available, and How to Make Sure it Lasts”, a workshop I led with Radical Reference at the Anarchist Bookfair on June 6th, 2009 in Portland, OR. The Fair Use Analysis handout was copied from Carrie Russell’s Complete Copyright: An Everyday Guide for Librarians. If you would like to check out this book, Multnomah County Library carries it.
The following are examples that show how copyright is being used to make profits and oppress the public:
- Accessing materials is restricted by DRM, even limiting services for the blind. (Kindle/Authors’ Guild fiasco).
- Copyright term is continually extended, leaving the Public Domain lacking (Mickey Mouse and the Sony Bono Copyright Extension Act).
- Copyright is used to restrict freedom of speech (Rodeo Cowboy Organization v. animal rights group on YouTube).
- Large corporations own much of the copyright-protected work, and congress legislates copyright law in their interests, not in the interest of the public.
- Copyright owners charge ridiculous fees for the use of their materials (Sita Sings the Blues).
Creative Commons: http://creativecommons.org/
Flickr Images w/ CC Licenses: http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/
Public Domain Art, Books, Images and Links: http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/links/clipart.html
Public Domain Works DB: http://www.publicdomainworks.net/
Public Domain Music: http://www.pdinfo.com/index.php
Public Domain Images: http://www.public-domain-image.com/
Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page
The Internet Archive: http://www.archive.org/
The Electronic Freedom Foundation: http://www.eff.org/
Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division: http://lcweb.loc.gov/rr/mopic
Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress: http://lcweb.loc.gov/rr/geogmap/gmpage.html
Copyright Term and the Public Domain: http://www.copyright.cornell.edu/public_domain/