The Case for Open Access in China.

Ho Simon WangRaised in Mainland China and Hong Kong, Ho Simon Wang received his undergraduate education from Washington University in Saint Louis, USA and a Master degree in education from Oxford University, UK. He is currently living in Wuhan, China working as an English language teacher at Huazhong University of Science and Technology while pursuing a PhD degree in intellectual property rights at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law.



It is amazing how the Internet makes it possible for people to connect with one another in ways that were not possible a decade ago.  Jennifer Howard published an article "What you don't know about copyright and should" in The Chronicle of Higher Education in May 2011.  As a research student on copyright from China, I was naturally drawn to this piece and quickly added a comment suggesting that any introduction to copyright would be considered incomplete without a few words on the free culture movement such as Open Source Software and Creative Commons.  My opinion was echoed by Mr. Karl Fogel at QuestionCopyright.org, who later invited me to write about "how people feel about copyright in China, especially focusing on the general public's attitude toward copying and sharing and attribution" for QuestionCopyright.org.   This article is a result of that fortuitous interaction between Karl and me, which would have been unthinkable if access to Ms. Howard's article were restricted by copyright.  This anecdote illustrates the first point I want to make about copyright in general: the copyright regime restricts the distribution of creative works and stifles the conversation that creative works may generate.  The Internet has emerged as an antidote to this restriction, as Karl and I could read and discuss Ms. Howard's article online and work together for new articles on the same topic.

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"Lunatics" Animated Science Fiction Web Series Kickstarter

With our new free culture / free-licensed science-fiction project, Lunatics, we (Director Terry Hancock and Writer Rosalyn Hunter) are aiming to raise the stakes considerably on free culture media, as we are planning to produce an on-going animated web series, using 3D animation created using the free software Blender application. Come check out our Kickstarter page and support some free art!

This is our first Kickstarter campaign, with which we are hoping to raise the money to pay comics artist Daniel Fu to create the character designs. We'll also be including a lot of the other pre-production artwork and design in our rewards. Is it enough "reason to buy"? We hope so, and we're planning to find out...

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It's Working: SOPA Losing Momentum. Ask Sen. Wyden to Read Your Name During a Filibuster...

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden

Following up to our earlier article:

Public opposition to the SOPA / PROTECT-IP bills has been very strong, and the U.S. Congress is taking notice.  The bills are losing momentum, and one of the clearest voices against them has been U.S. Senator Ron Wyden. While we don't agree with all his positions on copyright, he's consistently opposed anything he views as interfering with freedom of speech (if only he saw how copyright interferes with freedom of speech on a daily basis -- but we understand that that argument hasn't made it to the U.S. Senate yet, because of how successfully the copyright lobby has framed it as a property issue). Senator Wyden, to his credit, is threatening to filibuster the bill if it ever comes to floor debate, and is offering to include your name in the filibuster if you'd like. To sign up, go to StopCensorship.org. I just did, and I hope you will too.

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