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resources · BISA Copyright Review
by Daniela Faris · voted on 18/6/2009 06:21 · 16 votes · no comments

The BISA Copyright Review was a project funded by the Ford Foundation, with the task of outlining the intersection of copyright and public interest in Brazil, India and South Africa, respectively.

Representatives from three organisations: The African Commons Project in South Africa, The Alternative Law Forum in India, and The Center for Technology and Society (CTS/FGV), part...

articles · Pirates are Terrorists. Who Knew?
by Rebecca Kahn, iCommons reporter · voted on 3/5/2009 00:20 · 27 votes · 1 comment

The South African media has never been particularly techno-savvy. Outside of the handful of specialised, niche publications, technology generally gets short shrift when it comes to column inches. Squashed into a couple of back pages, in-between the business and the sports sections, technology stories usually focus on gadgets, environmental stories and the continuing battles between...

articles · Global ecosystems - piracy and inequality
by Eve Gray · voted on 3/5/2009 00:17 · 57 votes · 4 comments

A panel that contains both Bodo Balazs and Lawrence Liang was bound to be lively. They did not disappoint in the closing plenary of the iCommons. Both had a similar message – that the 'pirates' are harbingers of future trends in the face of market inefficiencies and failures. Balazs made a compelling case in a historical survey of repeated resistance to monopolistic tendencies in...

articles · Social(ly responsible) media
by Paul Jacobson · voted on 3/10/2008 00:36 · 56 votes · 6 comments

One of the many fantastic things about the social media (r)evolution is that it makes it so easy to upload and share videos, photos and our typed thoughts. We can connect to people anywhere in the world where there is an Internet connection and we can begin to create a media rich archive of our lives and our culture. In other words, social media makes it possible to capture our...

articles · Using Flickr photos in the traditional media
by carobotero · voted on 3/10/2008 00:07 · 46 votes · 3 comments

This week the Colombian blogosphere has been both revolutionised and united due to the misuse by El Pais (a newspaper from Cali) when they took a photo from Flickr. The photo is in Mariacecita´s Flickr gallery licensed under a Creative Commons (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 2.0 licence) and was included in one of the newspaper´s journals. The original photo was edited...

resources · Communicating Disasters: Building on the Tsunami Experience...
by fredericknoronha · voted on 3/10/2008 00:03 · 21 votes · no comments

A new Asian book published this month takes a critical look at the communication lessons of the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004, and explores the role of good communications before, during and after disasters.

Titled 'Communicating Disasters: An Asia Pacific Resource Book', the multi-author book discusses how information, education and communication can help create disaster...

resources · Rebecca MacKinnon: iSummit '08 Keynote Address
by Daniela Faris · voted on 2/10/2008 22:44 · 22 votes · no comments

Free Culture and Free Speech: Why strong and vibrant free culture communities are important for freedom of expression

In the democracies of today freedom of expression is often taken for granted when it is particularly fragile. It is a right that needs to be continually exercised, because if it isn't, the space that society provides for it shrinks until the next time someone...

articles · Translating the Commons: Negotiating Openness and Difference
by Chris Salzberg · voted on 27/7/2008 06:53 · 20 votes · 1 comment

Open content, according to the largest open content project Wikipedia, describes "any kind of creative work published in a format that explicitly allows copying and modifying," by anyone and not just by a single organization or individual. With the explosive growth in open content over recent years, organizations such as Creative Commons have invested a great deal of energy in "cultivating...

resources · Tony Curzon Price Presentation to 2007 iSummit business models stream
by tony curzon price · voted on 5/7/2008 05:51 · 30 votes · 1 comment

a simple argument:

- you need a community to build a web site
- but a hidden cost of CC licensing is community dispersion
- solutions


The condition of modernity is to find one’s identity in the communities we choose to belong to

Hannah Arendt

making sense
making cents


the crisis of credibility

- from globalisation - “(We must not) underestimate...

articles · The iCommons Podcast - June 2008
by Rebecca Kahn, iCommons reporter · voted on 18/6/2008 08:33 · 27 votes · no comments

It's Story Time at iCommons

This month, we're telling stories. At a recent organisational planning meeting, the iCommons staffers told each other stories - about how we came to work at iCommons, what we're doing, and what our hopes and plans are for the future. Our new iCommons fellow Anna Berthold even Skyped in from LA for the session. This is your chance to hear what really...

articles · Open Visualisation in a Deluge of Data
by Wojciech Gryc, Five Minutes to Midnight · voted on 18/6/2008 08:33 · 32 votes · 2 comments

Social networking, blogging, tagging, recommender systems, and other collaborative technologies have changed the face of the Internet, and life as we know it. For sociologists, anthropologists, and even physicists and mathematicians, such services have provided a constant stream of data and information about the lives of millions of people. Like anyone who has observed a visualised...

articles · Comparative Study of Copyright in Brazil, India and South Africa
by Rebecca Kahn, iCommons reporter · voted on 18/6/2008 04:48 · 45 votes · no comments

This article is an introduction to the BISA Copyright Review project, a comparative project being run by FGV, The Alternative Law Forum and iCommons.

An Introduction
By Lawrence Liang

Any study that attempts to investigate three of the most important countries from Asia, Latin America and Africa has a rather heavy representational burden placed on it. Before embarking on...

articles · Web Search & CC Licenses
by Francis Deblauwe · voted on 10/6/2008 21:42 · 28 votes · 1 comment

How many web search engines actually allow to filter for Creative Commons-licensed materials? How many websites allow you to search for CC-licensed images only? How about videos and audio materials? I did a quick survey of a number of (English-language) websites.

CC licenses and their accompanying symbols basically announce that a text/image/video/audio material is in the public...

articles · Freedom of Expression in Mother India (Part 1): The Work of MF Husain
by · voted on 10/6/2008 21:42 · 25 votes · 1 comment

In early May 2008 the Delhi High Court, through an opinion authored by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, issued a decision in a case involving a nude painting by the renowned artist Maqbool Fidaq Husain (best known as MF Husain). Born in 1915 to a Muslim family in the state of Maharashtra, MF Husain is a highly acclaimed artist who many consider to be the father of modern Indian art and...

articles · Freeing the public domain by CC licensing
by Alek Tarkowski · voted on 9/6/2008 10:26 · 34 votes · 5 comments

A group called Public Resource is protesting the actions of American Smithsonian Institute, which at the site SmithsonianImages.SI.Edu asserts copyright to over 6000 historical photographs, many of which are in the public domain according to the activists.

The group has downloaded low quality scans available for free (high quality versions have to be bought from the Smithsonian)...

articles · Colombian ruling on copyright: Without profit there is no criminal offence
by carobotero · voted on 15/5/2008 11:20 · 24 votes · 5 comments

In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Colombia, the highest criminal judicial tribunal and Cassation Court (deals with the Cassation procedures also known in other juridical traditions as right of appeal on points of law), determined that in order to establish a criminal violation of copyright, it is necessary to find if the criminal conduct is for profit-making, if it causes...

articles · Cory Doctrow Recounts Alliance With Immortals
by Tim_H · voted on 5/5/2008 07:00 · 29 votes · no comments

Cory Doctrow, discussing strategies for activism, recounted that some of his best allies in the copyfight included such diverse figures as the distinguished “400-year old immortal vampire senators” and the Society for Biblical Literature.

The discussion, part of a larger panel on “A Culture Enviromentalist Movement And Beyond,” moderated by John Wilbanks of Science Commons, featured...

articles · Captain Copyright reappears in Colombia
by carobotero · voted on 31/3/2008 20:23 · 34 votes · 5 comments

This is the story of the tropical reinvention of "Captain Copyright", a cartoon superhero who was supposed to devoted his life to teaching children the virtues of copyright. Captain Copyright was the brainchild
of Access Copyright, a Canadian collecting society, and the campaign appeared at the end of 2006, "Captain Copyright" was usually portrayed flying in at the scene of a "crime"...

articles · Why do I need to CC?
by anas · voted on 18/3/2008 01:59 · 26 votes · 1 comment

This has typically been the ending question for any Creative Commons-related conversation in the Middle East that I have been involved in. While drawing on others' experiences and telling success stories from other parts of the world would seem a very appealing answer, there is always the “but here, it does not work like that” aspect of the argument. Well, today I think we have...

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