Date: Mon, 21 Feb 1994 11:23:22 -0500 (EST)
From: Ann Okerson <>
Subject: Internet-on-a-Disk: a new newsletter (fwd)

Date: Sat, 19 Feb 1994 11:51:13 -0500 (EST)
From: "B.R. Samizdat Express" <>
Subject: Internet-on-a-Disk: a new newsletter

FYI, best wishes.
Richard Seltzer

INTERNET-ON-A-DISK #1, Feb. 1994
Newsletter of public domain and freely available electronic texts

This newsletter is free for the asking. To be added to the distribution
list, send requests to The B&R Samizdat Express (
Permission is granted to freely distribute this newsletter in electronic form.

We plan to produce new issues about once a month. We welcome
submissions of articles and information relating to availability of
electronic texts on the Internet and their use in education.


(texts recently made available by ftp, gopher and LISTSERV)

from the Gutenberg Project --
ftp /Gutenberg/etext94/ and /etext93/
Hacker Crackdown by Bruce Sterling ( hack11a.txt)
Collected Articles of Frederick Douglass (dug1210.txt)
Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne (80day.txt)

from wiretap
ftp /Library/Classics/
King Solomon's Mines by H. Ryder Haggard (solomon.txt)
The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson (wrecker.txt)
Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne (eighty.jv)
The Beggar's Opera by John Gay (beggars.txt
Return of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs (return.erb)
Son of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs (son.erb)
Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar by Edgar Rice Burroughs (opar.erb)

from the Oxford Archive
ftp /ota/english/
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (/Dickens/gexpect.1799)
Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (/Hardy/tess.1581)
Some Passages from the History of the Chomley Family by
Elizabeth Gaskell (Gaskell/gaskell.1789)

from Electronic Frontier Foundation
ftp /pub/Publications/
The Big Dummy's Guide to the Internet, Version 2 (/Big_Dummy/)
Hacker Crackdown by Bruce Sterling

from the White House (ftp /pub/political-science)
and also from gopher
FY 1995 Federal Budget (/US-Budget-1995/)

from the U.S. Dept. of Education
A Teacher's Guide to the U.S. Dept. of Education (fall 1993)
1992 Guide to U.S. Dept. of Education Programs

from the University of Pennsylvania
gopher /course materials for Penn Humanities
/Classical Studies/Classical Studies 28/Confessions
Augustine's Confessions

from Case Western Reserve University
ftp ftp.cwru.eedu /U.S. Supreme.Court/ascii
(most easily accessible by the Worldwide Web at the Legal Information
Institute, Cornell Law School --
URL (Link inactive 28 May 2004)
Supreme Court decisions from the current session (1993-94)

from NATO
current documents, press releases, etc. from NATO and related
organizations (Western European Union and North Atlantic Assembly)

While very few k-12 schools have good Internet connections, nearly all
have PCs or Macintoshes. And one of the best ways to introduce them
to the treasures of the Internet is by providing them with electronic texts
on disks. (That's a lot easier and cheaper than giving them printouts).

For those who do not have the capability or the time to retrieve the
above mentioned texts, they will be available next week (Feb. 23) at a
nominal price from PLEASE COPY THIS DISK, a project of The
B&R Samizdat Express. (For further information, send email to

by Richard Seltzer, B&R Samizdat Express

"Public domain" doesn't mean art or information belongs to no one.
Rather it means it belongs to everyone. It is our cultural heritage, which
we should cherish, preserve, and keep free from legal encumbrances, so
it can be freely transmitted and copied for the benefit of all.

Putting texts in electronic form opens opportunities to spread them very
rapidly and cheaply. Classic works of literature and government
information that are costly in printed form, can be freely and quickly
copied in electronic form.

Today, some traditional publishers are moving into the CD ROM
business and are searching for ways to "add value" to public domain
electronic texts. If they edit or enhance the look and feel of the text or
even if they put together a number of separate items into an anthology,
they can claim copyright to their electronic version of what otherwise is
in the public domain. If you buy such an etext -- which may look great
on your PC and have useful search capabilities and hypertext links built
in -- all you have bought is that one copy. If you want to give one to a
colleague or student, you can't simply duplicate the files; legally, you
have to buy another one.

Fortunately, many people are working diligently to make sure that there
are public domain electronic versions of many important works, which
can be freely copied and are labeled to make that clear. Prominent
among these are the Gutenberg Project, wiretap, the Oxford Archive,
Project Libellus, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

But new opportunities and new dangers are on the horizon. The
Worldwide Web and its browsers (such as Mosaic) make it possible to
enrich texts with color graphics, sound, and even video, and to interlink
texts on a global scale. Instead of struggling with user-unfriendly
commands, and getting lost in mazes of directories and subdirectories,
you can point-and-click you way around the Internet, get to what you
want quickly, and read it on-line in an attractive format, rather than
having to download whatever you want to use.

With the Worldwide Web, we see the prototype of a new mass
communication medium. Today it is used to mimic print, radio, and
television to a small, yet global audience. But that audience is growing
rapidly, and this capability should soon evolve into a distinct, unique
mass communication medium, in which anyone anywhere in the world
can, for relatively low cost, become a publisher/producer/broadcaster.

(Already, just a couple weeks ago, two US high schools came on-line
with their own Web servers -- Thomas Jefferson High School for
Science & Technology in Alexandria, VA -- (Link inactive 28 May 2004)
--, and
Illinois Math and Science Academy, Aurora, IL --
(Link inactive 28 May 2004)

It is important that we establish at the outset public support for
principles and goals which will preserve in this new medium the culture
of sharing which has predominated on the Internet in the past. We
should strive to make sure that in this new realm public domain texts
will belong to the entire people of the world, rather than being the
private property of corporations.

As we begin to make public domain texts available in this new medium,
adding hypertext markup code to make them attractive and easily
readable on-line, with links to related material, we need to establish an
expected practice of clearly labeling these texts as in the public domain
or freely available in electronic form.

We don't want the open range of the electronic frontier littered with
legal barbed wire. We don't want to see everybody who marks up an
otherwise public domain etext for distribution through a Web server
claiming exclusive rights to his or her version of it.

And as the medium evolves its own unique characteristics, as creative
people find new ways to express themselves through it, we hope once
again that this can be done in ways that allow many to share their work.

What can you do? Support the people who are working to keep public
domain etexts truly public. And spread those texts widely in the
schools. By sheer market pressure, these free etexts will either keep
commercial publishers away from this field or force them to produce
truly excellent enhanced editions to attract your business.

Spread the word -- the heritage you preserve is your own.
PLEASE COPY THIS DISK, The B&R Samizdat Express, PO Box
161, West Roxbury, MA 02132.

Original posting date: 
Sunday, July 30, 1995
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