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Growing the Commons

Thanks to Cat Johnson at Shareable for making me aware of this. Ryan Merkely, CEO of Creative Commons, has written a series of blog posts about sharing and growing the commons. As you know, if you’ve followed my blog, Creative … Continue reading

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I ♥ Free Software – Valentine’s Day 2016 – FSFE

Valentine’s Day is the day to show our love for Free Software, and for the people who give it to us. Free Software drives a huge number of devices in our everyday life. It ensures our freedom, our security, civil … Continue reading

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Unglue.it Best So Far

Since I published Green Comet, I’ve been involved with a few websites whose aim is to help people distribute their creative work. I got involved with them during their alpha and beta phases, and helped them work out the kinks … Continue reading

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How to Fix Everything | Motherboard

The right to open up your stuff is under attack, but DIY fixers are keeping the art of repair alive. Source: How to Fix Everything | Motherboard iFixit is spearheading an attempt to make it not only easier, but in … Continue reading

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Volkswagen Uses DMCA and Closed Software to Cheat

By now we’ve all heard of the shameful way Volkswagen has cheated all of us in their manipulation of pollution test results. The software in its emission control system could detect when it was being tested, and change the car’s … Continue reading

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Further Update on Happy Birthday Copyright

A US judge (George King) has ruled that Warner/Chappell, which acquired the copyright to Happy Birthday in 1988, only bought rights to specific arrangements of the melody, not to the actual song. Warner/Chappell got the rights when it bought another … Continue reading

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Update to Happy Birthday Copyright Case

A couple of years ago Green Comet featured a story about silly copyright claims to the song “Happy Birthday.”  The post was called Happy Birthday – Pay Up, and it was about some filmmakers who were fed up with the … Continue reading

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Harper Letter to Music Canada on Budget Day Confirms Copyright Extension the Product of Industry Lobbying – Michael Geist

This makes me wonder why, in a democracy, lobbying has been legalized. Equally bad is the way this favor was buried in an omnibus bill, where all sorts of unexamined legislation is pushed through along with the more visible stuff. … Continue reading

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Canadian Recording Industry: Works Entering the Public Domain Are Not in the Public Interest – Michael Geist

Buffy-Sainte-Marie-DSC_2407 by sidrguelph (CC BY-SA 2.0) Who put the spin in spin doctor?  Not Buffy, that’s for sure.  Michael Geist is right on the mark, as usual. rjb On World Book and Copyright Day, it is worth noting how Graham … Continue reading

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Creative Commons Logos at MOMA

Creative Commons logos are on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York city. They are in a show of marks that have become ubiquitous in out modern culture. We all recognize these symbols, some more easily than … Continue reading

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