Month: July 2009

draw-something

The version of draw-something running on this server now has web pages for each drawing and an rss feed of the most recent drawings. Click here to see. Drawings are currently created once a day, I may increase that in

Posted in Aesthetics, Art Computing, Free Culture, Generative Art

Being Fair And Balanced About the NPG

ORG have commented – http://www.openrightsgroup.org/2009/07/national-portrait-gallery-vs-wikipedia/ Here’s a freedom of information request answer regarding the NPG’s online licencing, the revenue stream most directly threatened by Wikipedia – http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/income _from_online_rights The always excellent NewsGrist (required reading for art & free culture) is

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Mono’s Full Spectrum Fail

Great post that explains why Mono is bad for free software in Microsoft’s own words – http://mono-nono.com/2009/07/22/does-mono-hurt-microsoft/ And – Consider this: Say that Microsoft released .NET for Linux in the same manner they did for Windows. Do you think that

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More NPG

Francis Davey offers another detailed legal overview, more cautious about WMF’s prospects but with good advice for how they might tackle the case  –http://www.francisdavey.co.uk/2009/07/national-portrait-gallery-photographs.html Cory at Boing Boing gives a historical and philosophical view – http://www.boingboing.net/2009/07/20/uk-national-portrait.html If it costs more

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NPG Round-Up

People are blogging legal analyses of the NPG situation and they broadly agree with my understanding that the law in England is a mess that can be clarified by Bridgeman vs. Corel. 😉 Technollama – http://www.technollama.co.uk/national-portrait-gallery-copyright-row Lawclanger – http://lawclanger.blogspot.com/2009/07/its-not-often-that-copyright-cases-get.html Art

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Mono And Patents

Mono is a bad idea even without patents. If you want a restrictive statically-typed bytecoded language from a corporation that’s a sworn enemy of Free Software, at least Oracle’s Java is under the GPL. The FSF explain why even Microsoft’s

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National Portrait Gallery Fail

Wikimedia Foundation’s statement, correcting a few details that The Guardian and The Register have got wrong – http://blog.wikimedia.org/2009/07/16/protecting-the-public-domain-and-sharing-our-cultural-heritage/ Dave Gerard’s comments, useful for economic context – http://davidgerard.co.uk/notes/2009/07/16/wikimedia-writes-on-the-npg-legal-threat/ The BBC, quoting Gerard – http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8156268.stm To re-iterate a point I’ve made in

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Wikipedia Against Gallery Copyright Overreach

http://davidgerard.co.uk/notes/2009/07/11/sue-and-be-damned/ For several years, the National Portrait Gallery has claimed copyright over public domain images in their possession. Wikimedia has ignored these claims, occasionally laughing. (Bridgeman v. Corel. Sweat of the brow is not creation in US law; go away.)

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