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Introduction to "three strikes" copyright infringement rules in Dragon*con EFF track

Clifton Tunnell, a patent attorney registered to practice before the USPTO and associate of Anderson Dailey, LLP in Atlanta, GA and Andrew Norton of the United States Pirate Party and previously Pirate Party International, presented “Three Strikes and You’re Out” in the Electronic Frontiers Foundation (EFF) track at Dragon*Con 2010. They gave an overview of the graduated response program in the entertainment industry to pursue file sharers and online copyright infringement.

”Graduated response” means each time a copyright holder finds an infringement, they increase their response. The first time they find you infringing, you might get a warning. The next time they may » Read more

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Open health in Guatemala

The FreeMED Software Foundation has been involved with a medical clinic and teaching project in Guatemala for some time. The project, hosted by Pop-Wuj, a non-profit Spanish language school in Xela (Quetzeltenango), Guatemala, hosts a medical clinic for the poor in the city and surrounding pueblos.

The project, through the efforts of Jonathan St George, MD who founded the idea, has been » Read more

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You can make money with open source. Literally.

This is an old story--two years old, to be specific. But it was new to me when I heard it at LinuxCon, and it was new to a lot of others in the room too. And it was a great story, so I wanted to share it further.

In 2008, the Dutch Ministry of Finance held a competition to design a coin that would honor the country's architecture.

To briefly describe the coin, on one side is a portrait of » Read more

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Open Your World recap: Stefan Lindegaard on Open Innovation Revolution

After the success of our Open Your World webcast forum in May, we decided to make it a regular event. We're starting the series with Stefan Lindegaard, author of Open Innovation Revolution. The following are a few of the highlights from his talk. You can download a PDF of the slides from the talk at the end of this post, and we expect to post the audio soon.

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Today: Open Your World webcast with Stefan Lindegaard on the Open Innovation Revolution

It's not too late to sign up. Register to join us at 1 p.m. ET.

If you've already registered, the URL and dial-in information are in the email you got after registering.

During the webcast, you can ask Stefan questions through Twitter or identi.ca by posting with the #oywf hashtag and @opensourceway. You can also send them from within the forum by clicking on the opensourceway user in the list of participants and sending a private message. » Read more

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Designing culture: The other community plumbing

One of our frequent writers in the Business channel, Chris Grams, gave the keynote at DrupalCamp Boone today on "Designing culture: The other community plumbing." This post is based on that talk.

Drupal is great as a content management system. But as much as we like it, a community is not built by Drupal. It's built by people. Getting people to work together is not solved by a Drupal installation alone. You need culture--the other community plumbing.

Can culture be designed? Yes. » Read more

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Illustration: Being a catalyst in communities

Rob Cottingham of the Noise to Signal web cartoon attended Karsten Wade's talk on The Open Source Way Handbook at OSCON. He then posted this great cartoon based on the talk. It's a perfect illustration of the ideas in the handbook. » Read more

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Diaspora arriving September 15

We've waited all summer to find out what will happen when the students who have been working on Diaspora return to school and launch the P2P Facebook killer.

Now September has come, and they've broken their long silence. Diaspora will launch on September 15. » Read more

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Give me some of that old-time, open source religion

We’ve accepted the obvious benefits of open source principles in business and education, law and healthcare. Openness, transparency, and knowledge-sharing helps more people prosper more quickly. We theorize that it can work in any endeavor where communal information needs to be collected, shared, and maintained. In the Life channel, we get to examine some of the less-obvious avenues where open source is found--and here is one that even surprises us a little: open source religion. » Read more

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So you think you can open source

The seventh season of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance crowned its latest champion last week, and for the first time since the show debuted in 2005, I did not care. The first six seasons were a fantastically guilty pleasure—like a hip flask of whiskey at a dry wedding—that I hid from friends and colleagues. This year’s contest, however, proved beautifully boring. The choreography and dancing were still stellar but something was missing all season that I could not enunciate. » Read more

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