September 1, 2005

Free Culture and the Digital Library, Symposium Proceedings

These proceedings are an unusual blend of contributions inspired by a group of shared beliefs about freedom of information and digital libraries. The core convictions that inspired this symposium and this book are 1) that the public has a right to freely access, preserve, and use shared cultural information; 2) that digital libraries (broadly construed) are key to providing for this right in the modern world; 3) that there are unfortunate trends afoot to constrain and deny this right; and finally 4) that we must mobilize efforts now to resist these trends and preserve this essential right.