Campaign: Making Data More Accessible

Agencies should minimize use of copyright claims on gov't sponsored materials

The president should direct agencies to minimize the use of copyright claims on government-sponsored materials and include a statement on websites establishing that in the absence of expressed copyright agency-produced materials are copyright free. The government should minimize the copyright claims it allows for materials produced under contract with federal agencies. Each agency should include on its website a clear ...more »

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Free "Happy Birthday"

We, the public, wish to extend our Domain, called the Public Domain. Every extension of copyright is at the expense of the Public Domain. Corporations will extend copyright forever if we, the Public, let them trample on our Domain. When "Happy Birthday" is sung in a film, should Mildred and Patty Hill get credit? Absolutely, they wrote it in 1893. Should AOL Time Warner reel in $2 million a year licensing the song more ...more »

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Reduce copyright terms to the minimum required by the Berne Convention

Copyrightable intellectual property is required by the Berne Convention to be for at least the life of the author plus 50 years. But US law provides much longer protection than that. Corporate "citizens" such as Disney continue lobbying for further increases, because they have a vested interest in making money from their properties as long as possible. So, copyrights have been extended many times over the years. The ...more »

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Reposting Copyrighted Articles

Moderate and delete copyrighted articles reposted by individuals, please.

 

There can be a flag that leave the topic title or subject in place, and a line that says "deleted due to copyright."

 

Anyone who wants to make their point can link to a copyrighted article.

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Establishing a statutory rate for mobile multimedia will pave the way to growth in that sector.

Internet digitization and peer2peer file sharing are the main culprits in the huge loss of sales for the photography industry, recording companies and other multimedia industries. If those industries would have stood together as "multimedia" when the Internet was young they could have lobbied to get Congress to put a statutory rate on ALL multimedia downloads from the Internet. The collective would have then worked ...more »

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