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Intellectual Freedom

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Internet Sites:

• Free Expression Network Clearinghouse
“The Free Expression Network (FEN) is an alliance of organizations dedicated to protecting the First Amendment right of free expression and the values it represents. FEN maintains a web site, the Free Expression Network Clearinghouse, to provide information about First Amendment issues to the public at large.” View articles about intellectual freedom, current legislation, and first amendment issues affecting schools.

• World Intellectual Property Organization
“The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is an international organization dedicated to promoting the use and protection of works of the human spirit. These works intellectual property are expanding the bounds of science and technology and enriching the world of the arts.”

• Yahoo’s List of Intellectual Property Sites

• The Lemelson-MIT Prize Program’s Handbook for Inventors
Includes the following chapters:  What Is Intellectual Property?; What Can Be Patented?; Is My Idea Patentable?; How Do I Apply for a Patent?; How Do I Prove the Idea Is Mine?; What Are Some Options to Commercialize My Patent?; How Do I License My Invention?; What Are Some Guidelines in Developing a Business Plan?; How Do I Raise Capital?; and Resources for Inventors.

• American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom
Includes information on ALA’s official policies regarding freedom to read, internet filters, etc.

• Banned Books Online
This is a Web page featuring books available on-line that have been the objects of censorship, particularly by legal authorities or by schools.

• Censored: Wielding the Red Pen
This exhibit, presented by University of Virginia Libraries, explores censorship in the United States focusing on film, literature, art, and specific people that have been challenged throughout history.

• The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-2000
Also includes a list of books by initiator, type, institution, and year.

• The Freedom Forum
Discussion of first amendment and free speech rights.

Discussion Groups:

Listserv on intellectual freedom in Canada.
To subscribe, address an e-mail message to:  listserv@snoopy.ucis.dal.ca
In the message body:  subscribe ifreedom Your First and Last Name

For the exchange of ideas and opinions about ethics and computers.
To subscribe, address an e-mail message to:  listserv@listserv.gmd.de
In the message body:  subscribe ethics-l Your First and Last Name


• People For the American Way
2000 M Street, NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-467-4999 or 800-326-7329
Email: pfaw@pfaw.org