legislation would strengthen the public domain without burdening copyright
owners. It would also help clarify rights over copyrighted material, which in
turn would enable reuse of that material. The law could thus help restore
balance to the protection of copyright, and support the public domain.
We therefore call upon Congress to introduce this legislation, and to
hold hearings on the benefits that it might have to reviving a vibrant public
When technologists have given us a tool that could spread
knowledge universally, we should not allow the law to get in the way. The law
does so now. This Congress should change it.