The Potential Loss of Our Public Domain
Copyright Extension: It Is a Mickey Mouse Affair [http://pages.ripco.com:8080/~antrobus/] is an open letter to the Disney Corporation, graphically supported by John Logie's parody of Disney choking the life out of America's public domain. The letter "expresses the wish of many members of the public domain that the Disney Corporation cease any and all campaigning to extend the term of copyright"; it is supported by a number of signatures, primarily from academics who fear the negative results of the loss of our public domain.
Opposing Copyright Extension
Opposing Copyright Extension [http://www.public.asu.edu/~dkarjala/] is a site produced by Dennis Karjala, Professor of Law at the Arizona State University School of Law. Professor Karjala's site provides current information explaining the copyright term extension bill and why it should be opposed.
The Home Page of CCCC-IP, the Intellectual Property Caucus of the Conference on College Composition and Communication
The CCCC-IP Home Page [http://addison.english.purdue.edu/cccc-ip/] provides information about IP Caucus activities and current efforts to protect educational interests in copyrighted materials and the public domain. This site reflects CCCC-IP's work "to (1) consider how intellectual property, copyright, and related legal and political issues affect the work of scholars of rhetoric/communication; and (2) recommend action plans to the Conference on College Composition and Communication."
The Home Page of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
The Electronic Frontier Foundation Home Page [http://www.eff.org/] provides information about the activities of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, "a non-profit organization working in the public interest to protect privacy, free expression, and democracy online." The EFF has played an important role in promoting public access to information.
The Home Page of the Digital Future Coalition (DFC)
The Home Page of the Digital Future Coalition [http://www.dfc.org/] describes the DFC as another organization that supports public access to information:
The Digital Future Coalition (DFC) is committed to striking an appropriate balance in law and public policy between protecting intellectual property and affording public access to it. The DFC is the result of a unique collaboration of many of the nation's leading non-profit educational, scholarly, library, and consumer groups, together with major commercial trade associations representing leaders in the consumer electronics, telecommunications, computer, and network access industries. Since its inception, the DFC has played a major role--domestically and internationally--in the ongoing debate regarding the appropriate application of intellectual property law to the emerging digital network environment.