Public facts are public property.

People have the ability to discover publicly available facts about items offered for exchange. These facts are public property, and are made discoverable without a need to ask permission.

Open access requires equal access.

Factual data is accessible to all on an equal basis, meaning that people have access to the same body of data at the same time.

Exchanges are for verified but privacy preserved persons.

Depending on the preferences of the seekers and providers to an exchange, identity information may be fully revealed, partially revealed, or fully anonymous.

Metadata is portable and stays with exchange postings.

Information such as usage, commentary, payment, feedback, etc. about an exchange constitute metadata for which there are private and public rights and responsibilities that are persistently affixed to the posting in question.

Controversies are flagged, not censored.

Exchange postings flagged by the community are immediately denoted as such and are ommitted from “safe search” results. All persons retain the right and ability to override and view content that other members of the community have flagged – except for content that i) may violate legitimate claims of privacy or confidentiality (see Section 3); ii) are subject to a claim of copyright infringement (see Section 4); or iii) that violate any of the provisions regarding abuse denoted in Section 2.2.

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Open Access Manifesto

Craigslist attempts to thwart the 3taps data commons through onerous copyright, trademark, and access litigation has given us a chance to do some soul searching on what "Open Access" for the web really means for competition, innovation and user rights.  Please read our Manifesto and FAQ on these points below.


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