These are a few organizations relevant to IP law. Explore them to learn more about the topic and the organizations involved.
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Based in San Francisco, EFF is a donor-supported membership
organization working to protect our fundamental rights regardless of
technology; to educate the press, policymakers and the general public
about civil liberties issues related to technology; and to act as a
defender of those liberties. Among our various activities, EFF opposes
misguided legislation, initiates and defends court cases preserving
individuals' rights, launches global public campaigns, introduces
leading edge proposals and papers, hosts frequent educational events,
engages the press regularly, and publishes a comprehensive archive of
digital civil liberties information.
Public Library of Science
Public Library of Science is a non-profit organization of scientists
and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical
literature a freely available public resource.
Creative Commons uses private rights to create public goods: creative
works set free for certain uses. Like the free software and open-source
movements, their ends are cooperative and community-minded, but their
means are voluntary and libertarian. They work to offer creators a
best-of-both-worlds way to protect their works while encouraging
certain uses of them - to declare "some rights reserved."
Public Knowledge is a public-interest advocacy organization dedicated to
fortifying and defending a vibrant information commons. This
Washington, D.C. based group works with wide spectrum of
stakeholders-libraries, educators, scientists, artists, musicians,
journalists, consumers, software programmers, civic groups and
enlightened businesses-to promote the core conviction that some
fundamental democratic principles and cultural values-openness, access,
and the capacity to create and compete-must be given new embodiment in
the digital age.
Free Software Foundation
The Free Software Foundation (FSF), established in 1985, is dedicated
to promoting computer users' rights to use, study, copy, modify, and
redistribute computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and
use of Free Software, particularly the GNU operating system, used
widely in its GNU/Linux variant. The FSF also helps to spread awareness
of the ethical and political issues surrounding freedom in the use of
is committed long term to the mission of helping their customers
realize their full potential. Just as they constantly update and
improve their products, they want to continually evolve their company
to be in the best position to accelerate new technologies as they
emerge and to better serve their customers.
ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II
and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh.
Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its
award-winning desktop and notebook computers, OS X operating system,
and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the
digital music revolution with its iPod portable music players and
iTunes online music store.
Recording Industry Association of America
Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is the trade group
that represents the U.S. recording industry. Its mission is to foster a
business and legal climate that supports and promotes their members'
creative and financial vitality. Its members are the record companies
that comprise the most vibrant national music industry in the world.
RIAA members create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 90% of
all legitimate sound recordings produced and sold in the United States.
Motion Picture Association of America
Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) not only represents the
world of theatrical film but also serves as a leader and advocate for
major producers and distributors of entertainment programming for
television, cable, home video and future delivery systems not yet
imagined. Founded in 1922 as the trade association of the American film
industry, the MPAA has broadened its mandate over the years to reflect
the diversity of an expanding industry. The initial task assigned to
the association was to stem the waves of criticism of American movies,
silent at the time, and to restore a more favorable public image for
the motion picture business.
International Intellectual Property Institute
The International Intellectual Property Institute seeks to increase
awareness and understanding of the use of intellectual property -
patents, copyrights and trademarks - as a tool for sustainable economic
growth. With support from private corporations, the United States and
foreign governments and other international development organizations,
IIPI is working to increase the capacity of human intellectual assets
and creativity to fuel economic growth and improve standards of living.