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Day 1: 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.

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  • EFF: It’s Copyright Week 2022: Ten Years Later, How Has SOPA/PIPA Shaped Online Copyright Enforcement?
  • EFF: Welcome to the Public Domain, Winnie-the-Pooh

    Day 2: Device and Digital Ownership

    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.

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  • EFF: Copyright Shouldn’t Stand in the Way of Your Right to Repair
  • Blake Reid: Copyright and Disability
  • Day 3: Copyright and Competition

    Copyright policy should encourage more people to create and seek to keep barriers to entry low, rather than concentrate power in only a few players.

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  • EFF: In the Internet Age, Copyright Law Does Far More Than Antitrust to Shape Competition
  • ARL: US Copyright Office Allows Access to E-books for People with Disabilities, but Licenses May Still Restrict Access

    Day 4: Free Expression and Fair Use

    Copyright policy should encourage creativity, not hamper it. Fair use makes it possible for us to comment, criticize, and rework our common culture.

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  • Day 5: Copyright Enforcement as a Tool of Censorship

    Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right essential to a functioning democracy. Copyright should encourage more speech, not act as a legal cudgel to silence it.

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