UPDATE: revised version now available
Exploring some exhortatory language to counter the message I encounter from many librarians that copyright is an area where our primary concern should be “compliance”. I don’t think this is a finished version – very much welcome your input/suggestions/feedback.
Inspired by Lessig’s “Certificate of Entitlement” to question copyright law (clearer copy) and Niebuhr’s “Serenity Prayer”.
The Librarian’s Copyright Litany
– Strive to meet and advocate for the needs, both present and future, of the communities we serve;
– Recognize that copyright law in its current formulation, and in the preferred future formulations of most content providers, primarily presents a barrier to meeting those needs – but stand firmly and expansively in those areas where the law already recognizes public rights; and
– Zealously promote all avenues towards a greater recognition of the public interest in copyright, including in the public consciousness through our daily interactions with our users, through our own contract negotiations, and in legislative and judicial processes.
Actually, one question I already have: should the title be a singular or plural possessive? I’ve already flip-flopped a couple times since starting the post…