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Day 1: Fair Use and Creativity

Day 2: Copyright and Competition

Copyright should not be used to control knowledge, creativity, or the ability to tinker with or repair your own devices. Copyright should encourage more people to share, make, or repair things, rather than concentrate that power in only a few players.

Learn More:

  • iFixit: When Did We Stop Owning Our Stuff?
  • IFLA: Competition and Creativity: A Draft Good Practice Checklist for Collecting Society Governance
  • EFF: In Serving Big Company Interests, Copyright Is in Crisis

    Day 3: Remedies

    Copyright claims should not raise the specter of huge, unpredictable judgments that discourage important uses of creative work. Copyright should have balanced remedies that also provide a real path for deterring bad-faith claims.

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  • Defective By Design: It Is Time to End the DMCA Anti-Circumvention Exemptions Process and Put a Stop to DRM
  • EFF: The Key To Fixing Copyright Is Ending Massive, Unpredictable Damages Awards
  • IFLA: Remedies, Removals and Rights: (Lack of) Conclusions So Far from the EU Stakeholder Dialogue on Upload Filters

    Day 4: The Public Domain

    The public domain is our cultural commons and a crucial resource for innovation and access to knowledge. Copyright should strive to promote, and not diminish, a robust, accessible public domain.

    Learn More:

  • EFF: The Public Domain Is the Rule, Copyright Is the Exception
  • IFLA: Why Is It Important to Make Digital Reproductions of Collections in the Public Domain Free and Accessible?

    Day 5: Copyright and Democracy

    Copyright must be set through a participatory, democratic, and transparent process. It should not be decided through back-room deals, secret international agreements, unaccountable bureaucracies, or unilateral attempts to apply national laws extraterritorially.

    Learn More:

  • EFF: Don’t Write Copyright Law in Secret
  • IFLA: Policy Incoherence for Stagnation: How Richer Countries’ Position at WIPO Contradicts their Commitments to the Rest of the World

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