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Information commons, such as physical libraries and online communities, are central to building and strengthening our culture and human capacity. They exist to provide and preserve information for current and future generations. Without information commons we would be denied access to knowledge that has been collected over time.

A Whole World of Knowledge at Your Fingertips

February 9, 2014 | by Jay Walljasper

The School of Open helps us navigate the immense resources of on-line learning

A Whole World of Knowledge at Your Fingertips

February 9, 2014 | By Jay Walljasper

The School of Open helps us navigate the immense resources of on-line learning

Why Brewster Kahle Archives the Internet

December 16, 2013 | by Jessica Conrad

And works toward creating universal access to all knowledge

The Rise and Fall of Broadcasting as a Commons

April 1, 2013 | By David Morris

By U.S. law, the airwaves belong to all of us. But there's no sign of that today

The Tragic Death of a Commons Hero

January 24, 2013 | By David Bollier

Aaron Swartz (1986-2013)

The Public Domain Manifesto

February 4, 2010 | By David Bollier

New statement declares the public domain the rule and copyright the exception.

DIY Book Scanning Takes Off

January 20, 2010 | By David Bollier

The rise of a global commons devoted to the cheap scanning of books for personal use.

Artists vs. Copyright Law

January 15, 2010 | By David Bollier

World Fair Use Day explains why artists need the right to remix and mash up culture.

Stealth Treaty Seeks Strict Controls Over Internet

November 30, 2009 | By David Bollier

Never heard of ACTA? That’s exactly what Hollywood and other copyright industries want.

Celebrating the Academic Commons

October 21, 2009 | By David Bollier

Open Access Week educates faculty and students about free access and sharing of research.

The Politics of Copyright Law Explained.

October 6, 2009 | By David Bollier

William Patry's "Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars"

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