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Thursday, January 16, 2003

Gigi Sohn's public statement on the Eldred case for Public Knowledge (cited in my previous post) is the first I've seen to make an explicit connection to FOS issues. Excerpt: "Finally, today's decision highlights the importance of mechanisms like the Creative Commons and the Budapest Open Access Initiative. These initiatives are designed to work outside of the policy process in ways that give creative artists and researchers greater ability to control their works and make them available to the public under terms more generous than copyright law normally allows." (PS: This is right. Creative Commons and BOAI don't require copyright reform and can both proceed unhindered by this new obstacle to copyright reform. Instead of asking legislators to change the law, these initiaitves ask copyright holders to consent make their works available to the worldwide online audience without charge or permission barriers.)