When it comes to copyright policy, you will not find strict bipartisanship between Republicans and Democrats. Both parties tend to focus on maintaining the business models that they are familiar with. Do no harm to the content companies, help the starving artists without understanding why they are not making money, and make Internet companies and anyone who provides internet services more accountable for copyright piracy (aka infringement). But not everyone is a Republican or Democrat; there are others, like Independents, Tea Party people and Libertarians, who favor small government, individual freedom, the market economy and private property. Of course, like all political parties, there is a spectrum of thought among libertarians— there are libertarians, and then there are libertarians. But in general, what do Libertarians think about copyright law? Were copyright ever to be reformed, what reform would a libertarian want to see?
ALA is a founding member of Re:Create: a coalition of industry, civil society, trade associations, and libertarians who seek balanced copyright, creativity, freedom of speech and a more understandable copyright law.
The April 7th CopyTalk will feature coalition partner R Street—“a free market think tank advancing real solutions for complex public policy problems.” This webinar will be our first policy related webinar, so get ready for a trip to Wonky Town!
Details: Thursday, April 7th at 2:00 pm (Eastern) and 11:00 am (Pacific). This is the URL that will get you into the webinar. Register as a guest and you’re in. Yes, it’s still FREE because the Office for Information Technology Policy and the Copyright Education Subcommittee want to expand copyright awareness and education opportunities.
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