Public domain information has long been acknowledged as a means of ensuring a knowledgeable citizenry, promoting the advancement of the arts and sciences, and advancing economic development. However, the public domain has come under increased pressures, including copyright extensions, database directives, commercialization of information, and national security interests, as we move into a global information economy. This session, sponsored by SIG IFP and SIG III will address these pressures from a number of different national and disciplinary viewpoints.
"The Public Domain Under Pressure -- A Report from the U.S. and European Perspectives" - Dr. Paul Uhlir, U.S. National Research Council
"Ethical, Social, Political, Legal and Economic Issues and Impacts of the Shrinking Public Domain for Developing Countries." Dr. Subbiah Arunachalam, M S Swaminathan Research Foundation
"Public Domain and the Intellectual Commons: A Case Study in International Biodiversity and Conservation Information", Tom Moritz, American Museum of Natural History