Too Important to Be Protected: Limits on Copyright Necessary for a Healthy Society
Copyright, Open Policies, and Access to KnowledgePresentation by Julia Reda, Berkman Klein Fellow, Member of the European Parliament 2014-2019.Introduction by Peter Jaszi, Professor of Law Emeritus, American University Washington College of Law
Access to the Law - Georgia vs. Public Resource Org
Creative Styles and Vocabularies as Shared Cultural Resources
Michael Carroll, Professor of Law, Director, Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, American University Washington College of Law
Copyright and the Public Domain
For categories of information that are central to a thriving public life, copyright protection is inherently inappropriate as a default legal status. Access to such information undergirds both discourse and practice in areas such as:
Provision of justice and legal representation;
Due process and equal protection of law;
Technological interoperability, consumer choice, and risks of corporate concentration;
Innovation, scientific research, and informed consent;
Cultural education and creativity.
We will explore categories of ideas and information serves such a vital social purpose that legal restraints on public access are counterproductive. Instead, these are the essential building blocks that should form part of a broadly conceived public domain, connected, but not limited to, works whose term has expired and those placed in the public domain by statute.
“[C]opyright assures authors the right to their original [*350] expression, but encourages others to build freely upon the ideas and information conveyed by a work… This result is neither unfair nor unfortunate. It is the means by which copyright advances the progress of science and art. ”
Feist Publ'ns, Inc. v. Rural Tel. Serv. Co., 499 U.S. 340, 349-350 (1991)