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Fair Use Protects So Much More Than Many Realize

Librarian of Congress Expands Protections for Fair Uses

How I Changed My Mind on Intellectual Property

Copyright Monopoly As Censorship Instrument

Don't Lock Laws Behind Paywalls

Sita Sings the Blues


mein kampf

Copying Is Not Theft

Public Domain Is the Rule

Nina Paley: Journey to Intellectual Disobedience

Big Win For Fair Use In Google Books Lawsuit



The Constitution guarantees individuals the sole ownership rights to their own creations for a limited time.

Creative works, intellectual property, first held an intial copyright period of 28 years from the date of publication of the first edition.

A copyright could be renewed for another 28 years for a total of 56 years.

1976 Copyright Act changes existing copyright.

After January 1, 1978, the copyright period became the life of the author plus fifty years after the author's demise.

June 26, 1992 1976 Copyright Act amended to extend all copyrights still in existence to a term of 75 years.

For works penned after January 1, 1978, the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act, signed into law on October 27, 1998, amends the copyright protection term to the life of the author plus an additional 70 years.

Anonymous and pseudonymous works and works made for hire; the term is 95 years from the year of first publication or 120 years from year of creation.

For pre-1978 works still in their original or renewal term of copyright, the total term is extended to 95 years.

"Under Eisner's watch Disney was the driving force behind the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act. Disney success was due to its widespread use of stories and concepts from the public domain." - Mike Masnick


Copyright periods have been more than doubled recently.

This benefits corporate elite in three ways:

first, corporate elite retain a revenue stream;

second, information capture and retention;

third, important broad knowledge concerning health, economics, statistical trends, psychological operations, science, the environment as well as other general knowledge is hidden away and not available to the general public.

Television has replaced the Oral Traditional.

The storyteller is a rarity these days.

Remote specialists produce entertaining television and movies.

For most of human history, no one imagined that you could own a story.

Cultural commonwealth is now walled off and converted into money.



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There was a court case between Exxon and Kellogg over the cartoon tigers used to market the brands: the Exxon gas tiger and Tony the Tiger.

The two look quite similar (similar as well to "Tigger" of Winnie the Pooh fame, and to "Hobbes" from the comic strip Calvin & Hobbes).

These corporations asserted property rights over a drawing of a tiger.

Tigers may be part of nature, but the idea and image of a tiger, with all its associations of strength, power, and beauty, is cultural capital.

Since there are really only a limited number of ways to draw a tiger and have it still look like a tiger and carry these associations, the litigants were in effect asserting private ownership over an item of cultural capital.

"I'm lovin' it™", a phrase, is the property of the McDonalds®.

"Make every drop count™" is the property of Coca-Cola®.

"Ideas for life™" is the property of Panasonic®.

"Always™" is the property of Walmart®.

"Making life better™" is the property of Penn State.

You can still use these words, but not as a slogan for your organization.

Nike has taken "Just do it™"

Donald John Trump has taken "You're fired!™"

These are a few common phrases expropriated from the public language.

Corvette owns a shade of red, United Parcel Service a shade of brown.

These are parts of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Did these companies create these colors, or just enclose and wall them off !

"In 2001 a Michigan jewelry merchant, "Love your neighbor™", sued a Florida charity named "Love thy neighbor™" for trademark infringement, claiming the similar name confused customers and resulted in lost profits" - Charles Eisenstein



silence is not an option

Why Do Good People Become Silent - or Worse - About 9/11?


"Silence the angry man with compassion.

Silence the ill natured man with kindness.

Silence the miser with generosity.

Silence the liar with truth."

Siddhartha Gautama




"To our great surprise,

the internal mental process

was perfectly noiseless."

Carlos Brody




willful_ignorance

Ode to Paradise

from The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

Then saw I clearly how each spot in heav'n

Is Paradise, though with like gracious dew

The supreme virtue show'r not over all.

Contemplate here the wonder I unfold.

The nature with its Maker thus conjoin'd,

forged first was blameless, pure and good;

But through itself alone was driven forth

From Paradise, because it had eschew'd

The Way of Truth and Life, to evil turn'd.

Your nature, which entirely in its seed

Trangress'd, from these distinctions fell, no less

Than from its state in Paradise.


"Long as the joy of Paradise shall last,

Our love shall shine around that raiment, bright,

As fervent; fervent, as in vision blest;

And that as far in blessedness exceeding,

As it hath grave beyond its virtue great.

Our shape, regarmented with glorious weeds

Of saintly flesh, must, being thus entire,

Show yet more gracious. Therefore shall increase,

Whate'er of light, gratuitous, imparts

The Supreme Good; light, ministering aid,

The better disclose his glory: whence

The vision needs increasing, much increase

The fervour, which it kindles; and that too

The ray, that comes from it. But as the greed

Which gives out flame, yet it its whiteness shines

More lively than that, and so preserves

Its proper semblance; thus this circling sphere

Of splendour, shall to view less radiant seem,

Than shall our fleshly robe, which yonder earth

Now covers. Nor will such excess of light

O'erpower us, in corporeal organs made

Firm, and susceptible of all delight."


"O thou, my blood!

O most exceeding grace divine! to whom,

As now to thee, hath twice the heav'nly gate

Been e'er unclos'd?" so spake the light; whence I

Turn'd me toward him; then unto my dame

My sight directed, and on either side

Amazement waited me; for in her eyes

Was lighted such a smile, I thought that mine

Had div'd unto the bottom of my grace

And of my bliss in Paradise. Forthwith

To hearing and to sight grateful alike,

The spirit to his poem added things

I understood not, so profound he spake;

Yet not of choice but through necessity

Mysterious; for his high conception scar'd

Beyond the mark of mortals. When the flight

Of holy transport had so spent its rage,

That nearer to the level of our thought

The speech descended, the first sounds I heard

Were, "Best he thou, Triunal Deity!


At the sweet sounds of comfort straight I turn'd;

And, in the saintly eyes what compassion was seen,

I leave in silence here: nor through distrust

Of my words only, but that to such bliss

The mind remounts not without aid. Thus much

Yet may I speak; that, as I gaz'd on her,

Affection found no room for other wish.

While the everlasting pleasure, that did full

On Mercedes shine, with second view

From her fair countenance my gladden'd soul

Contented; vanquishing me with a beam

Of her soft smile, she spake: "Turn thee, and list.

These eyes are not thy only Paradise."

"I am not worthy, of my own desert,

That thou shouldst answer me; but for her sake,

Who hath vouchsaf'd my asking, spirit blest!

That in thy joy art shrouded! say the cause,

Which bringeth thee so near: and wherefore, say,

Doth the sweet symphony of Paradise

Keep silence here, pervading with such sounds

Of rapt devotion ev'ry lower sphere?"


I was as one, when a forgotten dream

Doth come across him, and he strives in vain

To shape it in his fantasy again,

Whenas that gracious boon was proffer'd me,

Which never may be cancel'd from the book,

Wherein the past is written. Now were all

Those tongues to sound, that have on sweetest milk

Of Polyhymnia and her sisters fed

And fatten'd, not with all their help to boot,

Unto the thousandth parcel of the truth,

My song might shadow forth that saintly smile,

flow merely in her saintly looks it wrought.

And with such figuring of Paradise

The sacred strain must leap, like one, that meets

A sudden interruption to his road.


"Glory to the Father, to the Son,

And to the Holy Spirit," rang aloud

Throughout all Paradise, that with the song

My spirit reel'd, so passing sweet the strain:

And what I saw was equal ecstasy;

One universal smile it seem'd of all things,

Joy past compare, gladness unutterable,

Imperishable life of peace and compassion,

Exhaustless riches and unmeasur'd bliss.

Before mine eyes stood the four torches lit;

And that, which first had come, began to wax

In brightness, and in semblance such became,

As Jove might be, if he and Mars were birds,

And interchang'd their plumes.


Silence ensued.




the sound of silence


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