Disclaimer and the idea of this blog.
I’m still working on a text of my own to publish here, but for the time being I’m using a text I found in the internet on a page similar to this one: (modified content in italic)
The purpose of this Web site is to aid in the distribution of content and information of interest as is considered relevant for the causes of freedom of information, freedom of speech and advancement of democracy. While most Western-style democracies recognize the individual’s right to gain economic profit from works of literature, art and the likes and hence ban copying of copyrighted works (especially for commercial purposes), they also recognize the fact that for the democratic process to work well, the public’s right to information on details of this process is crucial. An uninformed public may not be able to execute its political powers in a way that befits the idea and ideals of democracy.
A striking example is Hitler’s rise to power. Although he at first tried to overthrow the government by violent means, his eventual success came through democratic elections – elections that were in fact less flawed than the US or Russian presidential elections in 2000 and 2004, respectively! In this, he was aided by media oligarch Hugenberg, who aggressively promoted him in his popular tabloids. If a system ensuring the free spreading of information relevant to the democratic process had existed then, the terror of Nazism and World War II might have been avoided altogether and the ‘Führer’ might have died in oblivion as the lousy painter he was.
A more recent example is the March, 2004 ‘elections coup’ attempt by the Aznar-Partido Popular clique in Spain. Abusing the Islamist terrorist attack of March 11th for its cause, the governing clique tried to institute a total ban on truthful reporting, justly fearing that the public would draw the connection between Spain having become a target for Islamist terrorism and the ill-fated involvement of the Aznar-PP government in Bush’s war against Iraq; this went so far that even foreign intelligence services and the UN were deliberately given misleading information, sending them on a fool’s hunt while the people who were really responsible for the bombing were netted more by chance than by anything else. The attempt to crush freedom of speech very nearly succeeded; for a period of 48 hours only 2 mainstream media outlets (a radio station and a press agency – no institution that would have been able to reach a relevant part of the public out of its own power) did not stick to the censorship order. It was only the fact that the Spanish were able to acquire, analyse and distribute information without having to fear repercussions of copyright holders that saved democracy in Spain that fateful weekend.
In the USA, Section 107 of the US Copyright Law sets the terms for ‘fair use’, conditions under which copyright restrictions do not apply. In Commonwealth countries the term ‘fair practice’ is commonly used. Notably, however, the EC does not recognize a distinct right to fair use. However, the EC countries (and in fact most others) are bound by the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, which in Articles 9-10 bis (especially the last one) suggests that ‘newsworthy’ content should be generally available for ‘fair use’ purposes.
I consider ‘fair use’ to refer to the use of informative material or content for the purpose of education and information as to reach a better understanding about the complex political issues that every citizen in a democratic country is forced to decide upon these days. The reproduction of content listed on this site for commercial and other for-profit purposes should be considered illegal if not specially permitted. The use of copyrighted material for the (non-commercial) production of spoofs, parodies, criticisms etc is covered by the ‘fair use’ agreement.
The US ‘fair use’ clause states that data covered thereby should not be reproduced whole. However, I find that it is in many cases impossible to abridge content without losing or distorting information. Therefore, content listed on this page is made available in digital formats which usually, and regularly in critical case, are of an inferior quality – good enough for informative purposes, but definitively ‘lossy’ or otherwise inferior in quality as compared to the original data. I strive to provide Web links to the producers/copyright holders of data so that you, if you evaluated the content and found it satisfactory, may acquire a legal and high-quality copy of the data in question. As many makers of documentaries and other samizdat information work on a shoestring budget, I think you should use this opportunity as often as you can. I attempt to provide direct links to the copyright holders, so that they can earn the fruits of their work without middlemen (like quasi-monopolist Web trading houses) cutting into their justly-earned share.
Furthermore, I cannot ascertain that each and every item on linked Web content is in compliance of national and international laws. Therefore, I’m not responsible for such content.
I strive to remove content and links that constitute a breach of applicable laws. However, I’m only human and besides do other things apart from this Web site. If you have a complaint about linked content, please use the contact link in the side bar.