The Disappearing Public Domain:

What is is, what’s happening to it, and why should we care?

NINCH Town Hall Meeting

San Francisco Visual Resources Association Meeting, 4/5/00

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The Disappearing Public Domain: What is is, what’s happening to it, and why should we care? NINCH Town Hall Meeting VRA San Francisco 4/5/00

The Disappearing Public Domain-

Very short history of Public Spaces

Public Spaces are rapidly disappearing in the late 20th Century-

Bath bathrooms circa 1650

Paddington Station

Public Spaces are rapidly disappearing in the late 20th Century

Street-cams

3 blocks of NYC

Enemy of the State

Conversation at Westwood Farmers Market

Public Spaces are rapidly disappearing in the late 20th Century

Public Space is no longer public

Beverly Center Mall

Wisconsin Mall

Bookstores replace Libraries

Westwood Farmers Market

Public Spaces are rapidly disappearing in the late 20th Century

Static Over Low-Powered Radio NYT Editorial, 3/31/00

The erosion of the public domain-

Constitution, Article 1, Section 8

What is Copyright?

What’s part of Public Domain?

Lawyers defining the Public Domain

A simpler description

Importance of Public Domain

What threatens it?-

Time before works enter public domain

Lengthier Copyright Means

Works that should have already entered the Public Domain (but didn't)

Works that should have entered the Public Domain in the next few years (but won't)

Copyrighting Facts: Proposed Database Extraction legislation

NRC analysis of Coble Bill

Economics and Contract Laws preempting long-standing rights

Further commodification of information

Why does any of this matter?

The Disappearing Public Domain: What is is, what’s happening to it, and why should we care?

Author: Howard Besser, UCLA School of Educ & Info

Email: besser@ucla.edu

Home Page: http://www.gseis.ucla.edu/~howard