Remixing a song shows the value of open source and Creative Commons

Group remixes a copyrighted song to spread open technology

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David Mason (@dcm) and Heather LaGarde (@heatherlagarde) were interested in expressing open source in other ways and wanted to help spread mobile and open technologies across developing worlds at IntraHealth. They combined these two goals by remixing a song.

Musician, Youssou N'Dour, other celebrity musicians, and their record labels joined together to remix a song under Creative Commons. No one knew what open source was or what Creative Commons meant, but through the making of this new song, it became clear to everyone that the process and value of it had to do with the ability to repurpose work for a new goal.

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Heather LaGarde - Heather LaGarde launched the IntraHealth OPEN initiative in partnership with Youssou N'Dour and other artists, building a coalition of leaders in global health and technology focused on local leadership and innovation in open source solutions for critical global health issues. She has also worked for War Child and Human Rights Watch. On a local level she runs a music series and a farmer's market in partnership with her husband Tom LaGarde, and is a co-owner of the award winning Haw River...