Pages or organizations which debating various issues surrounding copyrights, such as length of coverage or whether the entire copyright concept is valid in the first place.
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Anarchism Triumphant: Free Software and the Death of Copyright
How the Internet and free software render copyrights useless, dooming them much as capitalism doomed slavery.
Artists Rights Society
Provides visual artists with support for copyright clearance and monitors the use and potential abuse of artists' rights.
Copyright and Globalization in the Age of Computer Networks
Transcript of a talk by Richard Stallman, on how copyright law no longer protects the public interest, and how it might be curtailed in different ways for different kinds of works.
Organization for protecting fair-use rights in the digital world. Advocates a Consumer Technology Bill of Rights including the rights to time-shift and space-shift media and to make backup copies.
History of Copyright
A very simple but authoritative reference for the history of copyrights back to the 14th Century with references.
I Am Gonna Copy
Poll to vote on the proposition that everything that can be copied should be free, with no copyright and no intellectual property. Also includes links to articles and opinions.
Intellectual Property and Copyright Ethics
Academic paper. General introduction to the subject of copyright ethics.
Jewish Law and Copyright
Rabbi Israel Schneider gives his interpretation of Mosaic law and copyright issues.
Explains how the perpetual copyright policy manifested in the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998 has made it impossible to preserve art.
Politics of Copy Protection Technology, The
Paper by Damian Yerrick about "under the table" laws such as the Bono Act and the DMCA sponsored by corporate lobbyists that dilute the public's right to publish.
A weblog questioning the idea that copyright is necessary for the promotion of creative expression. Has a collection of interesting links.
The Revolt of the Poor - The Demise of Intellectual Property?
With the advent of new media, e-publishing, self-publishing, and differential patent enforcement and pricing - intellectual property rights may be in trouble.
A lobbying group formed by typeface designers, targeting copyright protection for the design of fonts in the United States, bringing copyright law in line with other western countries.
LA Times: Copyright This
Dallas Weaver argues that intellectual property's social value may eventually trump copyright law. (February 20, 2008)
A Great Idea Lives Forever. Shouldn’t Its Copyright?
Opinion article arguing that copyrights, like physical property rights, should last forever. By Mark Helperin. (May 20, 2007)
The Campaign to Have Copyright Interests Trump Technology and Consumer Rights
Speech by Gary Shapiro, President of the Consumer Electronics Association, to the Optical Storage Symposium. (September 17, 2002)
Slashdot - Canada to Hold Public Hearings on Digital Copyright
Article on the Canadian government holding public hearings on the Copyright Act reform. (February 19, 2002)
Buy DVDs and Games Abroad - and Break the Law
"British consumers will be on the wrong side of the law for the first time if they buy overseas DVDs or computer games 'unauthorised' for the UK and play them on their PCs at home." By Drew Cullen. [Register] (January 24, 2002)
Washington Post: Copyright, copywrong
The old copyright rules apply, and figuring out just how is giving heartburn to lawyers the world over. (September 10, 1997)
Reevaluating Copyright: The Public Must Prevail
Open source pioneer Richard Stallman discusses some problems with copyright restrictions. (May 01, 1996)