building the public domain

public access through the net to open noncommercial media generated from public proceedings

yesterday my class in evidence watched obama’s inauguration live on the net along with millions of others. cable clearly clearer and more reliable but net ok

we have been lured by copyright to think of the public domain as what’s left over after copyright has taken its share.

who owns the copyright in the inauguration event
no one you say
who owns the copy rights in recordings of it
may i freely copy from nbc

who makes the recording that is in the public domain
who makes the recording available to the public

3 Responses to “building the public domain”


  • Charlie,

    I am intensely interested in the net’s potential to increase the quality of education in this country. My life and scholarly pursuits are devoted to studying law and education, and the net is becoming an increasing influence in both.

    Most computer scientists agree that we are capable of extending Moore’s Law down to the 10nm scale by the year 2020—the most advanced transistors today are at 65nm. This means an improvement by a factor of 100 in terms of what chips can practically do. This also means that a $1000 computer today will potentially cost around $10 in less than 11 years.

    As a tool for education, a $10 device of this power would have boundless potential. However, we are not moving our educational system toward utilizing this incredible opportunity. Cyberone is a step in the right direction. However, if I remember correctly, one popular Ivy League blog called the Cyberone course and its instructor “batshit crazy.”

    This worries me. As one who was born in 1988 (born digital), it is inconceivable to me that someone of my generation would not recognize that our educational system is not structured for the future of the net. We are going to have a train with an incredibly cheap steam engine, and we need to build railroad tracks ahead of time. In short, we need to build the public domain.

    This educational problem is inextricably tied to the other problems we will have to face in this century. We are educating the people who will solve these problems–but not nearly well enough.

    Is university going to help solve the problem, or contribute to it? What about copyright?

    Thanks for Cyberone: a quintessential first step, a few feet of tracks.

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