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Publisher Registration
for PIX's Progressive Article Database (PAD)

Registering as a publisher entitles you to
5 megabytes of disk space in PAD and
500 kilobytes of disk space for free-form indexing.

If you want to skip all this introductory explanation, clickhere.

Choosing your name

You can register yourself (or your group) as a "publisher"here at PIX by filling in the information below.This includes your "publisher name"and "publisher ID" (ie: publisher initials or abbreviation,sometimes referred to as your "PID").

Both your publisher name and abreviation should be chosen carefullybecause they will be seen by the public and any minor error(including capitalization, etc)will mean readers will FAIL in their attempts to get your web pages.

An example:

The "Association of Anonymous Anarchists"would enter its "publisher name"(using no spaces and only letters, numbers, dashes "-" and underscores "_")and its abbreviation (let's say "aaa").From then on, their "home page" on PIX would be:

  • www.pix.org/AssociationAnonymousAnarchists
-- or --
  • www.pix.org/association_of_anonymous_anarchists
depending on what they enter as their publisher name. This would be the URLthat they would tell people about and that people would remember.

Note again: capitalization is important.If your URL is the one above and someone types in "www.pix.org/Association_of_Anonymous_Anarchists"they will NOT find you.For this reason, you may wish to consider avoiding the useof capitalized letters.Some people might also get confused and use a dash "-" where youwant them to use an underscore "_". If they type in"www.pix.org/association-of-anonymous-anarchists"they will not find you either.Do keep in mind however, that, fortunately,the majority of readers who find your site will notget there by typing inyour URL--they will find you by following links from other sites that likeyour site and link to you.

Your abbreviation, or "publisher's id" will be very important also.You will use it often in your dealings with usand it will also be visible to the public.The most most important things are that it is:

  • unique (ie: no other publisher with us can have either your name or abbreviation)
  • short (8 characters maximum and 3 or 4 are better)
  • easy for someone to associate with your publisher name.

Why I do not allow copyrights

There are two different issues here:

-- 1 --

As a publisher, you will be responsible for ensuring that your material islegal. Primarily this means that you are not publishing anythingin violation of copyright.

This does not mean you are going to get sued if you screw up andaccidentally post something that infringes someone's copyright. In fact you can publish to PIX anonymously. We do not require real names or e-mail addresses.However--if you post material that is NOT legal and our ISP (Internet Service Provider) gets complaints--we will temporarilytake ALL your material "off the air" while we check it out.We do this because otherwise our ISP will take allof PIX off the air-- permanently.As far as being legal--despite all the news about the "Communications Decency Act" and so forth--our three main practical concerns are:

  1. the copyright police,
  2. the copyright police,
  3. the copyright police.
-- 2 --

In fact, it is the policy of PIX not to accept any copyrighted materialat all--even if you have originated the material and the copyrightis your own.All material on PIX will be "public domain" which is a legal wayof saying it belongs to humanity and nobody can "own" it.

Why do I have this policy ?

PIX has been set up to assist what I call the "transparency"of political ideas. Without trying to explain it all--I wanteveryoneto be able to make copies ofany or all informationon PIX--and use these copies for whatever purpose they see fit.

For example someone may want to use bits and pieces (of various sizes)of the material on PIX and combine them in some way.I want such people to be perfectly free to do so(without having to ask permission of either meor of anyone who contributes information to PIX).

Or, for example, someone may decide that PIX is not doing a good jobin fullfilling its mission and that they can dobetter.They should be able to take any or all informationfrom our databases and put it in their own database andcompete with PIX.I think that will be good for everyone.The only way that I (and others who may eventually assist me)can get really good at doing what we dois to compete with others who may have theenthusiasmto do something better.

Some people attach a kind of"anti-copyright" to their workthat allows anyone to use it as long as it isnot used for commercial purposes.PIX is not a commercial service(we do not ask for nor will we accept money for our services).Nor will it ever become so.Therefore such an "anti-copyright" might eventually be acceptable hereonce the idea is studied and publically discussed.

Enter the information

Publisher's name ?
Publisher's initials (ie: Publisher ID or "PID") ?

Publisher's Password ?
(Your password prevents 12 year old kids from uploadingtheir stuff in your name.
If you are entering it for the first time -- WRITE IT DOWN--NOW.
Otherwise you WILL eventually forget it)

OPTIONAL:Publisher's e-mail address

OPTIONAL:Publisher's web page URL

(ie: if you have a web page otherthan the the one which will be here at PIX)

Publisher's mission statement


(You have between 20 and 200 words to explain to the world
the purpose of your publishing activity here at PIX)

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