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Interview: Greg Stolze on Kickstarter, ransoming, and writing

We've posted here before about the Kickstarter process. So we thought we'd talk with one of its artists about going from traditional publishing to ransoming. » Read more

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Our social lives as art

The mashup and the meme aren't new, but there is an interesting video on YouTube about "stage 2" video mixes and their creative and social implications.  The narrator describes  how a group of friends in Brooklyn spent an afternoon creating a video tribute to a "stage 1" remix of 80's Brat Pack movies, which itself was an homage to those works.  A second group in San Francisco then made another video that was a recreation of the Brooklyn video. » Read more

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The public domain black hole

January 1 of each year is Public Domain Day, the day we should celebrate works entering the public domain. Unfortunately, in the US there will be nothing to celebrate until 2019. So instead, let's talk about how that happened.

Think of what you know about copyright--how you get one, how long it lasts, what that means. Now think about how it originally worked in the US: » Read more

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Orphan Works

"CBS uncovers rare Jack Benny treasures, puts them back and tosses out the key."  We need an Orphan Works Act before we lose more of our social and cultural heritage to time and memory.

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Letting go

When I came to Red Hat, I had to make about a 180-degree shift in my approach to my work. My practice is in trademarks, copyrights and patents, fields that are traditionally all about excluding others. Counseling clients was about how to keep anyone else from using what was yours. » Read more

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Crowd-sourcing the cookbook

The secret ingredient

It's a Sunday afternoon and I've got no idea what's for dinner.  The supplies from the week's earlier grocery trip have dwindled.  What's left?  A bit of mashed potato.  A head of cauliflower. A couple of pieces of breakfast sausage.  Some wilting spinach. What to do?
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Start by assuming a GPL violation is an oversight

Bradley Kuhn at the Software Freedom Law Center has posted some advice on reporting GPL violations - "Assume the violation is an oversight or an accident by the violator until you have clear evidence that tells you differently." » Read more

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EU reexamining copyright law

In the past, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other Europeans have objected to the Google book scanning project and the proposed settlement.  The reasons I've heard for the objection include the absence of protection for moral rights in the U.S., that foreign works published in the U.S. may not be protected by U.S. copyright (so they fair game for full display on Google, but are still under copyright in the own country), and that Google will have a monopoly on digital books, a concern shared in the U.S.

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Copyright license choice

There is no morality in copyright, it's just a tool.  I have no problem with anyone who believes that their own best interests are furthered by refusing any licensing of their work, and I respect that decision.  Don't want your music to be shared?  That's your choice - maybe it's not smart or realistic in the digital age to think that you can control the distribution of music, but I respect where you believe the right balance is.  » Read more

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