Seattle University Law Student for Free Culture Officially Recognized by Student Bar Association
This official status is important for three reasons:
First it demonstrates the schools involvement on social justice issues that are unique to the Information Age.
Second the official status allows us a greater opportunity to voice our concerns on issues of relevance to legal scholarship and open access.
Third the official status will allow us to use the law school to host forums or educational events around issues like fair use, privacy and ethics, maybe even a Continuing Legal Education Seminar.
I would like to give strong thanks to other founding board members who spent serious time and effort drafting our charter, our mission statement, and navigating the politics of the Student Bar Association (SBA).
Anne Marie Marra 2L
Jessica Creager 2L
Shane Robinson 3L
Our Official Mission Statement:
Seattle University Law Students for Free Culture aim to place the tools of creation, distribution, communication and collaboration, teaching and learning into the hands of everyone through the democratizing power of digital technology and the Internet.
In promoting a culture of participation, accompanied with such technology, a new paradigm of creation is possible, where anyone can succeed on their merit.
Our goals are to:
- seek a balance of intellectual property rights, where other rights of the individual and social policy are not encroached by trends to over-expand intellectual property rights.
- bring attention to how the digital industry ironically clings to obsolete modes of distribution through bad legislation, and call out repressive legislation that stifles innovation.
- oppose monitoring technology that prevents users from exercising dominion and control over their privately owned hardware, and their own intellectual property.
- seize opportunities presented by the Internet and digital technology before such opportunities become irretrievable.