Thank you for your interest and ideas on the topic.
We're working closely with some influential USA academics on the topic so I
don't think we have scope or timeline to involve new academics at this
time, but that is a very useful name to know for future reference so thank
you for sharing!
What exactly is the project you're running with Dean Baker? How could folks
who are interested get involved or join, what role do you see for them?
Finally, what I think could be interesting is if you were to host @Douglas
Scott <Douglas.I.Scott(a)gmail.com> on your podcast if that's still running!
Always lovely to hear from you,
On Mon, Feb 20, 2023 at 12:44 PM Spencer Graves <
Hi, Ziski et al.:
Two thoughts on this:
1. LAWRENCE LESSIG:[a] Might anyone know anyone who might be able to
get Lawrence Lessig at Harvard to lend his support to this? His book on
"Free Culture"[b] is a seminal contribution to documenting problems with
copyright law.[c] He is now quite busy with other issues and not likely
to collaborate with a stranger on this, but he might help someone he
2. ECONOMICS OF COPYRIGHT LAW: I've asked Dean Baker, a co-founder of
the Center for Economic and Policy Research,[d] about his level of
interest in collaborating with me on something like this. He and I both
have publications dealing with the economics of copyright law,[e] though
not to my knowledge directly commenting on "fair use" nor "freedom of
panorama". If someone else would like to help with this, we might get a
better response with less effort.
[c] His Free Culture book was a valuable contribution to the
[e] My Wikiversity article on "Do copyrights and paywalls on academic
journals violate the US Constitution?" was recently accepted without
revision and is scheduled to "appear mid-March in the next issue of
Real-World Economics Review." Their editor, Edward Fullbrook, wrote, "I
think your paper is much-needed and extremely well done, and hopefully
it will attract attention."
I know of three other works by Dean Baker that mention problems with
Dean Baker (2020) Fixing capitalism: stopping inequality at its source,
Real-World Economics Review, issue 92
Dean Baker (2016) Rigged: How Globalization and the Rules of the Modern
Economy Were Structured to Make the Rich Richer (Center for Economic and
Policy Research; https://deanbaker.net/books/rigged.htm
Dean Baker (2005-07-05) The Reform of Intellectual Property,
Post-Autistic Economics Review, issue 32
On 2/20/23 10:50 AM, fputz(a)wikimedia.org wrote:
I'm writing to ask for your help to support Wikimedia South Africa in
coming weeks and advocate for copyright reform.
Douglas Scott, from Wikimedia South Africa, will be speaking at four
hearings starting tomorrow, Feb. 21, to advocate for the
Copyright Amendment Bill in South Africa . Efforts to reform copyright
laws in South Africa can have a positive ripple-effect across the continent
and the free knowledge movement at large. We can support him as part of
that same movement.
1) Amplify tweets from Wikimedia South Africa  and ReCreate South
an allied organization. This will be particularly helpful if
you do so on the days of the hearings (dates below).
2) Write to the media in South Africa. You can submit an opinion article
African newspapers and new agencies like Business Day, Daily
Maverick, IOL, and GroundUp, where you explain why it is important to have
freedom of panorama in the law . If you come from a country that has
fair use  like the US, Singapore, or Israel, you can focus on how
helpful that legal doctrine has been in helping your country promote
innovation and free knowledge. Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL),
a nonprofit that works with libraries to enable access to knowledge in
developing countries, provides an example of how to help through media
support . EIFL explains how they delivered comments on South Africa's
CAB and the significance of the process.
- 21 February 2023: (17:00-19:00) Stellenbosch Town Hall, Stellenbosch
- 1 March 2023: (17:00-19:00) Darling Town Hall, Darling
- 6 March 2023: (17:00-19:00) Overstrand Municipal Hall, Hermarnus
- 7 March 2023: (17:00-19:00) Provincial Legislature building, Cape Town
Ziski & the WMF Global Advocacy Team