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Day 1: The Public Domain

The public domain is our cultural commons and a crucial resource for innovation and access to knowledge. Copyright should strive to promote, and not diminish, a robust, accessible public domain.

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    Day 2: Device and Digital Ownership

    As the things we buy increasingly exist either in digital form or as devices with software, we also find ourselves subject to onerous licensing agreements and technological restrictions. If you buy something, you should be able to truly own it – meaning you can learn how it works, repair it, remove unwanted features, or tinker with it to make it work in a new way.

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    Day 3: Open Access

    Having an even playing field when accessing the latest information isn’t just good for science, it’s fundamental to human rights worldwide. As we’ve seen in the global response to COVID-19, copyright shouldn’t get in the way of open collaboration and global equity.

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      Day 4: Free Expression and Fair Use

      Day 5: Copyright Enforcement as a Tool of Censorship

      Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right essential to a functioning democracy. Copyright should encourage more speech, not act as a legal cudgel to silence it.

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