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Open sound series: Part 3 - Ampache

Building a community is core to all open source projects. In fact, an open source project that lacks a community is likely missing the point of being open source. So what happens when your open project is designed to create communities? » Read more

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Oil spill doomsday debunked. Did peer review journalism fail or succeed?

If the news hasn't reached you, the world's going to end in about six months. Hug your children, get your affairs in order. Well, scratch the affairs. Nobody's going to be around to care. » Read more

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Reminder: Our Life needs you. Write for us.

Here on the Life channel, we've realized there are a lot of stories about everyday life that are using open source principles—collaboration, participation, sharing, transparency—what we call the open source way. But we can't find them all. And we certainly can't tell them all. That's where you come in. » Read more

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Panel: Copyright Needed In Music, But Should Benefit Musicians

This story was written and originally posted by Kaitlin Mara at Intellectual Property Watch.

Copyright is critical to the survival of the music industry and its creators, but lack of respect for copyright is not why artists are struggling to make ends meet, argued a recent panel of media lawyers and music industry experts. The blame for that lies squarely on the corporate-focus of the music industry, and how it has bent copyright law to serve companies rather than composers, said a panel at the University of Westminster. » Read more

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A new fix for stock media

I see the current stock media situation as a dried-up well. It has some great work and a lot of junk being sold, abused, stolen, and recycled, roundup after roundup. » Read more

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Poll: How do you get your movies?

If you have ideas on articles about movies that you'd be interested in, let us know in the comments. We'll do our best to act on a blog post.

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Spreading the word - A social publishing strategy

This post is based on "Spreading the Word : Copyright, Dissemination and Independent Publishing," a workshop organized by Alternative Law Forum and Independent Publishers' Distribution Alternatives. It first appeared in the blog for Pratham Books, a non-profit trust that publishes high quality books for children at affordable prices and in multiple Indian languages. < » Read more

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WoW. There went your anonymity.

Edit: As of July 9, Blizzard has said that at least for now, real names will not be required on the forums.

I've talked here about privacy on Facebook. And that's one thing--a place where in general, the people you friend are likely to already know your real name. But how would you feel about everyone who so much as passes by your favorite message board knowing you as Merle Schwarz instead of clawfoot78? » Read more

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Would you share with your neighbors?

We should have all learned that sharing is a good thing at a very early age. I teach my 4-year old son to share. But what about sharing with your friends and neighbors? That's part of being a community, right?

Would you share a » Read more

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Linux as a catalyst for a smarter planet

In this morning's Red Hat Summit sessions, Jean Staten Healy and Bob Sutor of IBM presented on the solutions that communities around the world are implementing using Linux as a catalyst for a smarter planet.

The IT industry exists to solve problems. And you can solve them at a micro level, or you can look problems that are so huge, they affect countries, or the entire world. The range is huge, and complexity varies tremendously. Smarter Planet is about a macro approach. It's meant for those really significant problems and to answer how IT can help solve those problems.
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