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Re: Creative Work Law for the EU. We have the right to share!

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  • Andrius Kulikauskas
    Thom, Thank you for your letter! I included a recommendation in the draft of COMMUNIA policy recommendations, see:
    Message 1 of 2 , Sep 26, 2009
      Thom, Thank you for your letter! I included a recommendation in the
      draft of COMMUNIA policy recommendations, see:
      (username: communia_private; password: com9628mu)
      "Thom Hastings: Educating the public about the intricacies of copyright"
      I invite all to let me know of more recommendations to suggest at our
      Barcelona meeting of COMMUNIA on October 1-2, 2009.
      Thank you also Ananya for your letter!
      For our lab's purposes, you can put your work in the Public Domain
      simply by using any of our venues (mailing lists, wikis, chat room)
      because they are all marked as "Public Domain except as noted".
      Andrius Kulikauskas, Minciu Sodas, http://www.ms.lt, ms@..., +370 699

      tghastings@... wrote:
      > I have a passion for public domain materials which are, quite directly, free knowledge. I have blogged on the topic at http://thomhastings.com/blog and personally believe that a healthy public domain is vital to the future of the human race.
      > On that note, I want to suggest that the most important issue surrounding the public domain is a lack of common public knowledge around copyright law and all the intricacies therein.
      > Time and time again I find myself explaining the 'copyleft' movement, or pointing people toward 'RiP! a remix manifesto' to better educate themselves on the subject.
      > I often wonder what better ways there might be to bring the general public up-to-speed on this important issue. I am open to all feedback.
      > Sincerely,
      > Thom Hastings

      Dear Andrius,

      Thanks. Yes we should write expressing our views, which the public and
      see and give further inputs. By the way how I go about writing in the
      Public Domain? We have the right to share, and care!


      Ananya S Guha.
      > -----Original Message-----
      > Date: Monday, September 14, 2009 3:02:07 pm
      > To: earthtreasury@yahoogroups.com, fightingpeacefully@yahoogroups.com, learnhowtolearn@yahoogroups.com
      > From: "Andrius Kulikauskas" <ms@...>
      > Subject: [earthtreasury] Creative Work Law for the EU. We have the right to share!
      > The Public Domain is key for our Worknets culture. Public Domain
      > content is copyright-free (like our letters) so that all can share and
      > reuse freely, without asking for permission.
      > Please share your thoughts on the Public Domain. What would be good
      > policy for the European Union and the world? Your participation now is
      > important if you'd like to participate in our COMMUNIA meeting,
      > especially on June 28-30, 2010 in Torino, Italy. We have some travel
      > money to get together then!
      > -------------------
      > Minciu Sodas is a member of the European Union's thematic network
      > COMMUNIA for the Public Domain http://www.communia-project.eu We (and
      > all) have the opportunity to provide our ideas for what should be the
      > European Union's policy regarding the Public Domain. I encourage us to
      > write and will share our thoughts through the COMMUNIA mailing list and
      > at the Barcelona meeting on October 1-2, 2009.
      > I share below my own thoughts on the policy that I would like to see!
      > Of course, my letter is in the Public Domain.
      > Andrius Kulikauskas, Minciu Sodas, http://www.ms.lt, ms@...
      > ------------------------------------------------
      > We Have the Right to Share
      > ------------------------------------------------
      > Currently, the laws of the European Union presume that any creative work
      > is necessarily protected by copyright and the author must explicitly
      > approve all uses. This conflicts with the wishes of people who want to
      > share creative work freely in the Public Domain so that all may rely on
      > their own best judgement to use it, transform it, incorporate it and
      > share it.
      > We, the people of the European Union, acknowledge a right to share, just
      > as we do the right to own. These two rights are related. The purpose of
      > ownership is stewardship. The steward of property is recognized as the
      > judge of how to apply that property so that it serves the best use of
      > all. The steward has the right to transfer their property, to allow some
      > or even all to apply their own best judgement. If we have the right to
      > own property, then we must also have the right to share it.
      > By acknowledging the right to own, we acknowledge the wisdom of the
      > society of all which acknowledges and defends such a right. Likewise, we
      > may entrust our creative works to that same wisdom.
      > ------------------------------------------------
      > Creative Work Law
      > ------------------------------------------------
      > Creativity is positive. There is no need for laws to restrict it, but
      > rather for laws to restrict those who might inhibit it, those who might
      > retard the evolution of society. Creative work law (historically known
      > as copyright law) is phrased and structured accordingly.
      > Our right to share is especially relevant for creative works from which
      > other works can be derived or copied. Such works are purposeful and
      > fruitful when they inspire other such works, when they are social.
      > Creative work law does not apply to secret works or private works, but
      > to social works. The purpose of creative work law is
      > ------------------------------------
      > Please note our rule: Each letter sent here enters the Public Domain unless it explicitly notes otherwise. In case your legal system does not recognize this claim, you may use these letters under CC0 — "No Rights Reserved". http://creativecommons.org/about/cc0
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