From: "Stacey Mewborn" <>
To: <Undisclosed-Recipient:;>
Subject: Update on the Center for the Public Domain
Date: Thu, 7 Mar 2002 12:50:06 -0500
Organization: Center for the Public Domain

Dear Friends,

The Center for the Public Domain passionately believes that the scientific, 
artistic and entrepreneurial spirit of our society relies on access to a 
robust public domain. We recognize that the balance between intellectual 
property rights and freely reusable knowledge is the basis of our cultural 
heritage and scientific tradition. For the past two years, the Center has 
invigorated the vibrant public domain of knowledge part of the equation.

Since our inception as a venture philanthropic enterprise, we have 
contributed to the founding of several organizations that study, nurture 
and secure the health of the public domain. We ve helped ensure the 
success of these institutions through major gifts, grants and 
donations. We have built partnerships, united key parties and supported 
programs that strengthen the public community of shared knowledge and 
culture across many sectors technology, law, medicine, academic research, 
education, media and the arts.

Our job here is done. We are passing the torch to these leaders who will 
carry on the Center s legacy. We'd like to thank everyone who recognizes 
the importance of Sir Isaac Newton's truth, "If I have seen further, it is 
by standing on the shoulders of giants." We'd particularly like to thank 
everyone who has helped the Center further its mission over the past two 
years. It has been a blast.

Please nourish these organizations as they carry this important work forward:

Public Knowledge

Creative Commons

Center for the Study of the Public Domain at Duke University School of Law

The Norman Lear Center at University of Southern California

Berkeley Center for Law & Technology

Consumer Project on Technology

ibiblio at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

National Academy of Sciences

Future of Music Coalition (FMC)

Legal Information Institute at Cornell University Law School

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

Very Truly Yours,

The Center for the Public Domain

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Durham, NC 27713
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