Suggested mission statement
- Intellectual progress comes from building upon a strong intellectual commons. A strong public domain is a vital part of that commons.
- Everyone is a copyright holder.
- Everyone is a copyright consumer.
- Thanks to advances in technology, a lot of people are creators of publishable works who previously did not have this chance.
- Thanks to the Internet, a lot of people are publishers who previously did not have this chance.
- It follows that in any discussion of what copyright law should be.
- Copyright is a balance between the rights of the copyright holder and the copyright consumer. It has historically been a good thing for the promotion of the useful arts and sciences, by allowing authors to temporarily benefit from a monopoly on their creative works.
- Copyright law is currently not in balance.
Here's a possible reformulation of the above list. I'm not happy with the jump from public domain to the internet, perhaps these should be separated, or better merged.
- The creative act does not happen in a vaccum; it requires the consumption of intellectual works.
- Everyone, to some degree or another, is creative. We all create intellectual works, whether for work or pleasure.
- Thus we all consume intellectual works, often in proportion to what we create. The more we need to create the more readily we consume the creative works of others.
- The "public domain" is a body of creative works that are freely available for the consumption (and consequent creation) of others.
- A strong and vibrant public domain is the key to a creative society and intellectual progress.
- With the internet and digital technology we can directly stimulate creativity by encouraging "amateur" publishing and nich markets.
- With the internet and digital technology we can indirectly stimulate creativity by strengthening and extending the availability of the public domain.
- A proper balance of copyright, which includes both a strong public domain and addequate renumeration for the creative act, is the key to both direct and indirect promotion of creativity and intellectual progress.
- Copyright law is not in balance.
Some suggestions as to what we stand for:
- Our position on copyright terms is that, at a minimum, the CTEA must be repealed.
- Our position on the WIPO is that it is a non-democratic institution where the overwhelming majority of both copyright holders and copyright consumers are not represented.
- Our position on fair use is that recent restrictions necessitate a number of rights, some existing and some new, to be codified in law.
In summary, our mission is to to promote intellectual progress by:
- Restoring the traditional balance of copyright law.
- Reducing copyright terms to a sane level.
- Promoting fair use rights for consumers and creators of derivative works.
- Preserving cultural heritage and returning it to the public.
- Protecting small copyright holders.
These are fairly general and they're just to start a discussion with something semi-concrete.
The Inception Of Information
- Ideas and innovation.
The Creation Of Information
- (perhaps discuss information "formats" (like file formats) and their legal concerns. (such as with gif)
The Ownership Of Information
- Rights to control one's ideas
- Profit from the efforts of innovation
- Licenses and their philosophies and goals.
- (perhaps discuss how only original and succesful ideas are perpetually rewarded with current systems)
The Distribution Of Information
- Constraints: Licenses, enforcement of licensing.
- Tools for distribution, such as file sharing or various internet issues.
The International World
- Existant international laws
- International law interpretations
- international enforcement
- Law and the internet
The Value Of Information
- The Lifespan Of Ownership - perpetual reward?
- Public-Domain - perpetual reward!
- The value of information - free use is valuable for free innovation.
- Interpreting the law to protect one's intellectual property rights
- Open collaboration for free innovation.
- Using traditional concepts, like laws, to protect or enforce newer ideas.
- Unprotecting ideas and their future-use for future-innovation.
- Current ideas
- Existant righteous activism