Month: March 2010

Notes Towards Free Culture

Critique of the ICC's report on the digital economy in Europe US spooks plotted to destroy Wikileaks Entertainment industry sours on term "pirate" -- too sexy Spotify: Make Money with Analogue Scarcity New ACTA leak: It's a screwjob for the world's poor countries Child-abuse survivors oppose EU censorwall How Internet censorship harms schools Myths and…
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Various Links

Werewolves in Music New UK edition of "Lonely Werewolf Girl" in shops now Graphical perception - learn the fundamentals first More on the Synthetic Aesthetics residencies Hacker Conference Calls for Projects and Tech Art (Link to) The Economics of (Art) Fakes Lady Gaga - a neccessarily empty posthuman sign K-Punk didn't like Burton's Alice (and…
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SaaS – Why Isn’t Wikipedia The Same As Google Docs?

Richard Stallman's new essay on Software as a Service (SaaS) is quite explicit about why a group of friends or colleagues collaborating to write an article on Google Docs, which is SaaS by Stallman's definition, is different from them collaborating to write the same article on Wikipedia, which is not SaaS despite providing very similar collaborative text…
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Links Roundup 2010-03-26

Miguel de Icaza acknowledges Mono's past problems with patents, but not its current ones -http://tirania.org/blog/archive/2010/Mar-25.htmlTheora is not more of a patent threat than h246, Gruber ;-) -http://www.osnews.com/story/23058/Theora_More_of_a_Patent_Threat_than_H264_Wait_What_Gruber's Theora journey continues (answers to his questions - because it would be easier to establish the precedent while the MPEG-LA won't face massive retaliation from cross-licensees, and it…
Posted in Free Culture, Free Software, Generative Art, links

It’s Foo! It’s A Bar! Come To The FooBar!

http://foocorp.net/foobar/If you're in Boston on Friday, come to the FooBar! With a lot of people in town for the LibrePlanet conference, we decided to have a little event of our own. What If you're interested in free software, free network services, art, music and copyleft, come along! Where We're meeting at 7pm, on Friday 19th March 2010. The venue…
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Digital Economy Bill Orphan Works, DACS and Murdoch

http://www.copyrightaction.com/forum/uk-gov-nationalises-orphans-and-bans-non-consensual-photography-in-public?page=1"The end game is now in sight. The Digital Economy Bill is now expected to become law within the next 6 weeks. It introduces orphan works usage rights, which - unless amended, which HMG says it will not - will allow the commercial use of any photograph whose author cannot be identified through a suitably negligent search.…
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Digital Economy Bill Orphan Works Panic

"Orphan Works" are copyrighted works where the rightsholder cannot be located to grant permission for the work to be used, usually some decades after the fact. They are a real and growing problem. One of the several positive features of the Gowers Report was its recommendation that this problem be tackled by the government. Orphan…
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Digital Pioneers

Furtherfield have published my review of the "Digital Pioneers" show at the V&A -http://www.furtherfield.org/displayreview.php?review_id=381It's already had a lot of attention and some positive feedback. Which I really appreciate. Take a look, and leave feedback at Furtherfield's site if you've any comments or questions.
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