Special Issue: Interfacing the law

@ PZI, Het Nieuwe Instituut + Worm, Rotterdam (NL)


Biblioleak, crowdsourcing, extra-legal publishing, bibliothèque sauvage, shadow library, piratical text collection, popular resource sharing method, peer-acy, amateur digital library, bibliogifting, uneasy sharing, peer produced library ... if only judged by the many euphemisms, it is clear that there exists a vibrant extra-legal practice of rethinking the terms of property, authorship and practices of knowledge distribution in the age of the digital library. Interfacing each in their own way with legal and political frameworks. What if we consider those multi-scale practices as experiments with the social contracts that link libraries, librarians, readers and books?

Interfacing the law is developed by Constant for the Experimental Publishing programme at Piet Zwart Media Design (Rotterdam), in collaboration with Memory of the World. The project is part of Society for Library Access (SLAX), a coalition of people and organisations that want to publicly address the antagonism between the access to knowledge and the current copyright regime.


Interfacing the law

How can the right to access to knowledge be held up against claims of copyright? How can we battle the ’terror of the mind’ produced by the current intellectual property regime? Interfacing the law is an attempt to build a series of platforms, both in the sense of on-line interfaces and of public (...)