Fair Use Etc

This group has become officially dormant. It happens. If you want to revive this group, or create a new group on the same topic see this page.

Passionate about fair use? Never like to talk about "copyright", "trademark", or other limited monopolies without using words like "balance", "information ecology", "consumers", and "free expression"? Have you ever put the words copyright next to imperialism? Do you dislike the term "intellectual property" (and understand its history)?

If you know and love sections 107, 108, 109 ... if the idea/expression dichotomy, merger doctrine, and Feist get you hot ... if you know that first sale and exhaustion doctrines are the stuff of a well-ordered and consumer-friendly market ... if you hate the DMCA, and can explain why until your audience has gone to sleep ... if you read Freedom to Tinker ...

... then this group is for you.

This is a group for CISters (critical information studies), copylefters, FOSS geeks, public domain advocates, lovers of the developing nation agenda at WIPO, members of the EFF or Public Knowledge, and all far-thinking individuals who resist propertization of knowledge/information/communications.

We can share information (freely, of course) about ideas, books, talks, articles, and new endeavors.

I would expect to see Larry Lessig & Siva Vaidhyanathan's books in the top of the "shared" books list.

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