Friday, April 20, 2007

UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day

Monday 23rd April is UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day. Do you agree with the sentiment of Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, when he claims:

Lastly, as there can be no book development without copyright, the celebration of the Day has always been closely associated, from its inception and throughout all these years, with an awareness of the importance of the moral and heritage protection afforded to works of the human spirit and their creators.

Really?? "there can be no book development without copyright" I concur. There was no copyright in China from the 6th to the 12 century when thousands of texts were produced. The library at Alexandria did not have to pay millions for access to electronic journals. Was the Vatican library or the Biblioteca Sansoviniana assembled within the system of copyright? The sages of the Vedas and Upanishads did not know anything of copyright. Did Petrarch have to deal with copyright as he scoured Europe rebuiling the ancient texts?
What of the situation today? The poor of Africa, South America and Asia need books but does copyright provide for these people? Meanwhile there are books being made available online for the use of millions, without the restrictions and market rationalization of copyright. Here are a few in various (free) forms (Happy Copyright day):

Deleuze Cinema 1: The Movement-Image and Cinema 2: The Time-Image
New Media Art - Nothing - Mark Tribe - Brown University Wiki
Henri Lefebvre The Production of Space - Google Books
Computer Lib/Dream Machines, Ted Nelson
Hypertext DigitalTheory Hypermedia
We Media
The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom
Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
Derrida Dissemination
Codev2:Lawrence Lessig
Mark ROTHKO - presentation par Geneviève Vidal
eBook Downloads - Get eBooks - eBookMall
Medieval Sourcebook: Full Text Sources
Internet Sacred Text Archive Home
superbunker » i feel better after i type to you
Global Text Project
The Libri of Aleister Crowley
Wireless Networking in the Developing World
Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts
The Agrippa Files
Language and the Internet - Google Print
Soft Skull: Home
Handbook for Boggers and Cyber-dissidents
Gen Hex
SparkNotes: Busted
The Kalevala Index
Eternalicious - the Magic of the Naths!
My Most Memorable Teacher (or Trainer) - FREE Digital Book!
Free e-books
Home Page - Hypnerotomachia Poliphili
:: Antiquities of the Illuminati :: Grey Lodge Occult Review :: IDX ::
Edison's Eve
Mechanical Bodies, Computational Minds : Artificial Intelligence from Automata to Cyborgs
Digital Poetics by Loss Pequeno Glazier- R A I N T A X I o n l i n e
Sabotage -- Emile Pouget tr. Arturo Giovannitti
Egyptological texts
Pyramids and Temples of Gizeh: Table of Contents
Annotated ancient Egyptian texts
Babbage, Ninth Bridgewater Treatise
Google Print

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