June 24th, 2008 — Public Collectors
Bring your Documentation of the Music Underground, Before the Internet to share with others and add to Public Collectors during an all day scanning session hosted by Marc Fischer on Saturday July 5th, Noon-7PM
Documentation of the Music Underground, Before the Internet
This section of Public Collectors is devoted to documentation of underground music resources drawn from small press magazines, self-published fanzines and personal collections from before the internet. Material is sorted by band or individual artist. Documentation cuts off in the early 1990’s. If you have material that you can scan, loan for scanning or submit for publication, please contact: marc [at] publiccollectors [dot] org. I’m interested in things that are not already archived online. Unpublished interviews and photographs are particularly desired. Written features, concert flyers and print interviews are all wanted.
June 2nd, 2008 — First Friday, Public Collectors
Visit COPYSHOP this Friday to see “Documentation of Complete Publications in PDF form” from Public Collectors, and ”Documentation of Childhood Graffiti From Antique Sources” from Knoxville native Jean Hess.
The “Complete Publications” section of Public Collectors is devoted to scans of entire publications, cover to cover, in PDF form. You can download the PDFs on the Public Collectors website. All of the publications included are believed to be out of print, hard to find, and in some cases exceedingly rare or expensive to purchase on the secondary market. The original books, and free CDs containing PDF copies, will be available at COPYSHOP starting Friday June 6, 2008.
Documentation of Complete Publications in PDF form
April 21st, 2008 — Public Collectors
Public Collectors consists of informal agreements where collectors allow the contents of their collection to be published and permit those who are curious to directly experience the objects in person. Participants must be willing to type up an inventory of their collection, provide a means of contact and share their collection with the public.
Public Collectors is particularly seeking collectors in the Tennessee area who would be willing to talk about, loan, present or otherwise display their collection(s) at the The Art Gallery of Knoxville throughout the Summer of 2008. Ideally, Public Collectors would like to encourage you to make your collection accessible to interested parties beyond the length of a short-term gallery exhibit. Collections need not consist of items that are rare, valuable, or classified as “art.” Small, focused collections are welcome, as are large unwieldy accumulations.
Email Marc Fischer via marc [at] publiccollectors.org
March 31st, 2008 — First Friday, Upcoming
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April 5, 12:00 am COPYSHOP: Black Atticus
24 hours of continuous performances inspired by Sun Ra’s antiwar classic: 3:00 pm April 4, 2008 to 3:00 pm April 5, 2008. Knoxville, Tennessee
March 19th, 2008 — copyfight
Earlier today, SB3974 (the “copyright” Bill) was passed unanimously. Remarkably, the Bill was amended to reflect the concerns of all those who had called, mailed, and gathered in protest. As a result, the Bill will no longer:
(1) Prohibit the non-infringing use of copyrighted material
(2) Restrict an educational institution’s use of copyrighted material under the provisions of 17 U.S.C. § 107
Read the Amendment
Congratulations to all those who helped make this change!
SB3974 is a Bill written by the RIAA, and sponsored by Knoxville Sen. Tim Burchett, that forces any institution of “higher learning” to monitor all public university students and (according to the RIAA) expel any who access copyrighted content.
Copyshop has been organizing a protest against this Bill over the past weeks. Before the current amendment, the language of the Bill was so vague that it would have forced Universities to stop the transfer of almost all content over the School network. The current Amendment corrects many of these errors - although it continues to demand a system that will police and criminalize students.
March 16th, 2008 — copyfight
Listen to the Audio Podcast by Jett Loe, Letter to America “Chapter 80 - Shafted/3974 - RIAA Special Edition” on our work in Nashville against Bill SB3974. Chris is heard from as he continues alone in front of the Legislative Plaza, and Senator Tim Burchett and RIAA lobbyist Wendell Moore contribute their thoughts.
Letter to America - Chapter 80 - Shafted/3974 - RIAA Special Edition
Digg: Senator says he let RIAA write Bill banning net at schools!
The RIAA bill forces TN Universities to spend millions to stop kids using internet. In podcast interview RIAA lobbyist says universities should expel students for downloading. Senator sponsoring Bill admits he doesn’t know computers, didn’t write it, let the RIAA write it for him! This bill is being voted on this week - let’s stop this bill!
March 11th, 2008 — copyfight
“In recent years copyright has moved away from being an esoteric and technical legal subject to one that affects musicians, designers, artists, students, authors, ordinary consumers, and more generally any one involved in any way in cultural production. Copyright stories assault us everyday in our newspapers, our emails and in the next few years, will play a very important role in determining the way we think of creativity; either in terms of exlusive property or in terms of collaboration. It is an issue in which content creators have a vital stake and certainly too important an issue to leave to the lawyers alone.
This booklet serves as an introduction to the world of ‘open content licensing’, a paradigm that is rapidly emerging as an important alternative to the existing model of copyright.” - Lawrence Liang, Introduction ”Guide to Open Content Licenses”
March 6th, 2008 — Copyshop, copyfight
Action on SB3974/HB3915 has been delayed until March 12 … March 19th!
Calendar updates can be seen here.
Get together with us this Friday and Saturday for some discussions, videos from Oil21 on issues of File-Sharing and Rights Management, good food and FREE BEER 3.3!
February 27th, 2008 — copyfight
Just in the past few days we found out about this Bill they are trying to pass in the TN State Senate. SB3974, sponsored by Sen. Tim Burchett, forces any institution of “higher learning” to monitor all public university students and expel any who access copyrighted content. Since nearly everyone will access some kind of “copyrighted” content online - they will be forced to expel thousands of students from any public university!
Completely last minute - we organized a protest. Helped along by Boing Boing and all our COPYSHOP friends - we got to Nashville early this morning, made some noise - and caused them to delay the hearing for another week! Our big chance to help is next Wed (March 5). We have a chance to stop this!
Here’s the plan:
 Meet up with us next Wednesday (March 5th) to go to Nashville and protest! (5:00 AM - March 5th) we will have a bus - we will leave at 5AM in Knoxville (meet at COPYSHOP).
Gather at 8AM (if you can get there by yourself)
on the corner of 6th and Union St in Nashville!
 NOW Email the Senators:
Subject: Objection to Bill SB3974 (no copyright law!)
I am concerned about an upcoming Bill: SB3974/HB3915
I understand that this Bill is up for your consideration, and that it “requires institutions of higher education to develop a policy prohibiting copyright infringement by persons using the school’s computer and network resources and take certain steps to prevent such infringement. - Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 7″
It is remarkable that a proposal such as this one would move forward. The proposal degrades our institutions and prevents the greatest purpose of higher learning: the honest and unregulated exchange of knowledge. To demand that any College or University police the exchange of information among its students is shameful.
I understand that this Bill may be directed at the exchange of pirated “entertainment” (movies, music, etc.) but it has much broader implications. By enacting a Law such as this one you enforce a strange, abusive system and limit the possibilities for new advances in learning.
The RIAA would like to blame “file sharing” for its financial problems, but studies have shown that “file sharing” has little effect on record sales. In fact, some academic studies suggest that “file sharing” has boosted record sales (http://www.hno.harvard.edu/gazette/2004/04.15/09-filesharing.html).
I strongly encourage you to reconsider this Bill. It is not one that works in our interest.
When we were at the hearing today we got video of Sen. Tim Burchett presenting the Bill. In this clip Sen. Tim Burchett jokes about the MPAA lobby, saying they have promised to cast Matthew Mcconaughey in a biopic about his life. Facts said here about record sales loss are completely false - see: http://www.hno.harvard.edu/gazette/2004/04.15/09-filesharing.html
To see the Bill go to: http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/bills/currentga/BILL/SB3974.pdf
Thank you Gavin Baker and Janet Hawtin for bringing this issue to our attention!
February 20th, 2008 — Copyshop, First Friday, Pirate Cinema, Upcoming
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Friday and Saturday - March 7th & 8th - COPYSHOP will host v1.1 of The Oil of the 21st Century conference.
Video from the v1.0 conference will be broadcast alongside new discussion and debate. Come to celebrate and drink FREE BEER v3.3! Download “General Rights Management” by Rasmus Fleischer in the new booklet designed by Harsh Patel. This booklet is designed to be printed on grey paper and bound with white staples. To assemble:
 Feed in either PDF first and print regularly.
 Take the printout, flip and rotate the stack, and put it back in your print tray.
 Print the second PDF.
This should create a double-sided set of 4 spreads, which you can fold down the middle and staple to make a 16-page booklet. Please print and distribute freely (and responsibly).