[Air-l] re: the commons; the public domain, etc.

jeremy hunsinger jhuns at vt.edu
Tue Mar 19 06:27:48 PST 2002

I also have a significant interest in the commons, having done some work 
on it in relation to a variety of topics, historical,, theoretical, and 
internet related. But on a much sadder note, I received a copy of this 
announcement a few weeks ago and now it is up on their website, so I 
thought I'd share it.

> http://www.centerforthepublicdomain.org/ 

* Update on the Center for the Public Domain*

Dear Friends,

The Center for the Public Domain passionately believes that the 
scientific, artistic and entrepreneurial spirit of our society relies on 
access to a robust public domain. We recognize that the balance between 
intellectual property rights and freely reusable knowledge is the basis 
of our cultural heritage and scientific tradition. For the past two 
years, the Center has invigorated the vibrant public domain of knowledge 
part of the equation.

Since our inception as a venture philanthropic enterprise, we have 
contributed to the founding of several organizations that study, nurture 
and secure the health of the public domain. We've helped ensure the 
success of these institutions through major gifts, grants and donations. 
We have built partnerships, united key parties and supported programs 
that strengthen the public community of shared knowledge and culture 
across many sectors - technology, law, medicine, academic research, 
education, media and the arts.

Our job here is done. We are passing the torch to these leaders who will 
carry on the Center's legacy. We'd like to thank everyone who recognizes 
the importance of Sir Isaac Newton's truth, "If I have seen further, it 
is by standing on the shoulders of giants." We'd particularly like to 
thank everyone who has helped the Center further its mission over the 
past two years. It has been a blast.

Please nourish these organizations as they carry this important work 

Public Knowledge <http://www.publicknowledge.org/>

Creative Commons <http://www.creativecommons.org/>

Center for the Study of the Public Domain at Duke University School of 
Law <http://www.law.duke.edu/ip/>

The Norman Lear Center at University of Southern California 

Berkeley Center for Law & Technology 

Consumer Project on Technology <http://www.cptech.org/>

ibiblio at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 

National Academy of Sciences 

Future of Music Coalition (FMC) <http://www.futureofmusic.org/>

Legal Information Institute at Cornell University Law School 

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) <http://www.eff.org/>

Very Truly Yours,

The Center for the Public Domain

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Durham, NC 27713
tel: 919.549.8388
fax: 919.549.8449
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