transferring ownership of a business, enterprise, agency, public service, or public property from the public sector (a government) to the private sector, to a business that operates for profit
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- There is no justice in following unjust laws. It’s time to come into the light and, in the grand tradition of civil disobedience, declare our opposition to this private theft of public culture.
- We need to take information, wherever it is stored, make our copies and share them with the world. We need to take stuff that's out of copyright and add it to the archive. We need to buy secret databases and put them on the Web. We need to download scientific journals and upload them to file sharing networks. We need to fight for Guerilla Open Access.
- With enough of us, around the world, we’ll not just send a strong message opposing the privatization of knowledge — we’ll make it a thing of the past. Will you join us?
- The law locks up the hapless felon
- who steals the goose from off the common,
- but lets the greater felon loose
- who steals the common from the goose.
- Anonymous, "The Goose and the Commons", Tickler Magazine, February 1, 1821