Public Domain and Public Space:
Resources and Recent Coverage
Copyright Law and Intellectual Property
U.S. Copyright Office See
especially the Copyright
Basics page and searchable lists of recent NIEs (Notices of Intent
Title 17, the official
U.S. copyright code, as it currently stands.
Association of Research Libraries History
of Copyright page.
When Works Pass into
the Public Domain, in handy table format. Last updated 10/9/1999.
Bono Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998 (AKA the Fairness in Music
Licensing Act) and its Senate equivalent, the Hatch-sponsored Copyright
Term Extension Act of 1997, when enacted, endured that virtually nothing
will enter the public domain for the next twenty years. See also the Copyright
Amendments Act of 1992, which changed the rules on automatic copyright
Intellectual Property and the National Information Infrastructure: The
Report of the Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights (from 1995)
The Copyright Website includes multimedia
examples and simple explanations of tricky copyright issues.
Opposing Copyright Extension
site offers some direct criticism of the recent changes to copyright law.
The Berkman Center's Openlaw
site, a project of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard,
includes commentary and documentation for one case challenging the Sonny
Bono Act (Eldred v. Reno) and two cases concerning digital content, DeCSS,
and DVD technology.
Public Domain Materials
News from the
Micropower and Pirate Radio Movement Part of the anarchist offerings
on the Mid-Atlantic
Infoshop, this page features a listing of key stories and other media
coverage on pirate radio.
Mother Jones featured a recent piece on pirate
radio in Colorado
The Green Guerillas, a group
devoted to strengthening New York neighborhoods through the creation of
community gardens, was a major figurant in the Esperanza Gardens battle
from early 2000
Village Voice: November 1999 article on the impending destruction
of the Esperanza Community Garden in New York. The garden was eventually
bulldozed to make way for a high-rise, depsite protests and sit-ins that
resulted in 31 arrests in mid-February. Protesters gathered again in early
The Trust for Public Land is a national
nonprofit promoting the creation of parks and public spaces, and emphasizing
the importance of public space as a national resource.
RTMARK works with its public "shareholders"
on projects to reclaim public space and force big companies to stop being
bullies when it comes to domain names (some--well, most--of their projects
involve corporate sabotage and internet terrorism)
Snowden Becker's March 2000 pictures
of public spaces
Camera Players An anarchist theater group, based in New York, which
aims to raise citizen consciousness of the prevalence of security cameras
in a community where crime rates are on the downswing. (From their site:
"Only someone completely distrustful of all government would be opposed
to what we are doing with surveillance cameras." -- NYC Police Commissioner
Howard Safir, 27 July 1999. "The Surveillance Camera Players: completely
distrustful of all government.")
NYC Surveillance Camera Project
documents the encroachment of the government eye on public/private space,
in part by attempting to list the locations of all surveillance cameras
in New York City.
The Surveillance Camera Players were featured in Details
and the New
York Daily News in 1999.
The Village Voice ran a three-part series on surveillance cameras in New
YorkÑit starts here
story about security cameras in Great Britain, the world's most surveilled
country, from the London Times.
are even showing up in restaurants, where they're combined with in-house
computer systems to destroy dinersÍ privacy.
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