THE COPYRIGHT MANIFESTO

The following is a manifesto on copyright. It is a set of principles that should guide our thinking and actions with regard to copyright law. We believe that these principles will lead to a more just and productive society.

Copyright should foster creativity, not stifle it.

Copyright law should encourage people to create new works of art, literature, and software. It should not be used to prevent people from building upon the works of others. When copyright law stifles creativity, it hurts us all.

Copyright should promote sharing, not hoarding.

Copyright law should encourage the sharing of works, so that more people can enjoy them and build upon them. When copyright law is used to prevent sharing, it hurts us all.

Copyright should be fair, not biased.

Copyright law should be fair to both creators and users of works. It should not give one side an unfair advantage over the other. When copyright law is unfair, it hurts us all.

Copyright should be simple, not complicated.

Copyright law should be simple and easy to understand. It should not be so complicated that only lawyers can understand it. When copyright law is complicated, it hurts us all.

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Copyright should be flexible, not inflexible.

Copyright law should be flexible, so that it can adapt to new technologies and new ways of using works. It should not be so inflexible that it cannot keep up with the times. When copyright law is inflexible, it hurts us all.

Copyright should be balanced, not lopsided.

Copyright law should strike a balance between the interests of creators and the interests of users. It should not be so lopsided that it favors one side over the other. When copyright law is lopsided, it hurts us all.

Copyright should be limited, not unlimited.

Copyright law should be limited in scope and duration. It should not last forever and it should not cover everything. When copyright law is unlimited, it hurts us all.

Copyright should be understandable, not incomprehensible.

Copyright law should be written in plain language that everyone can understand. It should not be so technical that only lawyers can understand it. When copyright law is incomprehensible, it hurts us all.

Copyright should be fair, not unjust.

Copyright law should be fair to both creators and users of works. It should not give one side an unfair advantage over the other. When copyright law is unjust, it hurts us all.

Copyright should be for the public good, not for private gain.

Copyright law should be used to promote the public good, not just for private gain. When copyright law is used only for private gain, it hurts us all.

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