Why Open Content Matters

Knowledge must forever govern ignorance, and a people who would be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. Popular government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy--or perhaps both." -- James Madison, 1815

Public Library of Science Petition If you're a scientist in the life sciences or medicine, please consider signing this petition. You can do so on-line.

PubMed Central provides free on-line access to the full text of life science research articles.

BioMed Central offers an alternative: An on-line peer-reviewed journal that bypasses the commercial journal publishing establishment completely.

OpenContent.org is developing open content licenses for written work.

Here's what the Free Software Foundation has to say about licenses for documentation.


Law Reviews

Benkler, Yochai. 1999. "Free As the Air to Common Use: First Amendment Constraints on Enclosure of the Public Domain," New York University Law Review, Vol. 74, May 1999.

Benkler, Yochai. 1999. "The Free Republic Problem: Markets in Information Goods vs. The Marketplace of Ideas," paper presented at a conference entitled Private Censorship/Public Choice: The New Age of Information Regulation, April 9-11, 1999.

Loren, Lydia P. 1997. "Redefining the Market Failure Approach to Fair Use in an Era of Copyright Permission Systems," Journal of Intellectual Property Law, Vol. 5, No. 1 Fall 1997.

Netanel, Neil W. 1996. "Copyright and a democratic civil society," Yale Law Journal, Vol. 106, No. 2, November 1996, pp. 283-387.

Post, David G. 1998. "Some Thoughts on the Political Economy of Intellectual Property: A Brief Look at the International Copyright Relations of the United States," National Bureau of Asian Research, Conference on Intellectual Property, Congqing, China, September 1998.

Other Sources

Band, Jonathan. 1999. "Armageddon on the Potomac: The Collections of Information Antipiracy Act," D-LIB Magazine , January 1999.

Katz, Jon. 2001. "Analysis: The Rise of Open Media," available on-line at http://slashdot.org/features/00/06/19/1714239.shtml.

Yu, Peter K. "Evolving Protection for Databases," JurisNotes.com (viewed April 3, 2001).



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Kinton's picture

How are you. Always be nice to those younger than you, because they are the ones who will be writing about you.
I am from Indonesia and know bad English, give please true I wrote the following sentence: "The article also provides information."

Thank you so much for your future answers :D. Kinton.

Some really interesting

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Some really interesting points! Still a good article!

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