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These are proving to be some of the most important and demanded skills as Peak Oil makes itself known, both through declining energy supplies and world events.
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I have received many emails thanking FTW for research and reprints. (We call the stories T17s, after Title 17, Section 107 of the US Code which provides for this expression of free speech sharing other people’s published works.) These emails have said that the “Key Stories From Around the World” Section was so useful to them – and free – that they no longer felt it necessary to subscribe.
The good news is that our great work at teaching people how to think has been so successful that they have begun to read the map for themselves. The bad news is that FTW cannot sustain the financial drain.
FTW respects the need to protect intellectual property rights in this world, as it is now. This is how activists and journalists otherwise at risk can maintain the right to comment publicly on important issues. Title 17 is protecting us and you. Title 17 also stipulates that it is legal to reprint another entity’s copyrighted material only if it is done for free.
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Michael C. Ruppert
6 May, 2005
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