what is the clearing?

i went to a meeting monday night for a group known as the clearing. can't say i know exactly what the clearing is or will be yet - check the mission statement - but it was only the 3rd meeting and my first.

however, last night was a fairly interesting discussion / debate about intellectual property and copyright - lots of heavy lessig quoting. as with most meetups (in my opinion) it was more about who than what or why. to that end, i enjoyed getting a chance to meet sutha kamal and james reid (whom i've known online for years as "batz") in addition to seeing some familiar faces.

hope i'm able to make more of these and maybe answer "what is the clearing"...