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In defence of Creative Commons – TechnoLlama

As you know, my novels are published with a Creative Commons license. I use Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike (CC-BY-SA), but there are other variations, depending on how you want to share your work.  TechnoLlama, a blog I follow, has a … Continue reading

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NRA Complaint Takes Down 38,000 Websites | Motherboard

Here’s another example of someone using copyright / trademark laws to stifle criticism. The Yes Men created a parody of the National Rifle Association, and the NRA responded by forcing the takedown of 38,000 websites. Overkill? The Yes Men are … 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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Error 451: How to tell when websites have been censored

I like an open Internet. So I like it when the censors are exposed, and we can tell when a website has been deliberately blocked. This new error code — 451, as in Fahrenheit 451 — is meant to do … 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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Thirty-nine Percent Majority

Canada has a new government, and it feels like a bright new day. After years of steadily suppressing our better nature, the government now seems to be promising openness and optimism. Here is a previous post with some examples of … Continue reading

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Richard Stallman’s GNU Manifesto Turns Thirty – The New Yorker

With the recent revelations about the misuse of closed software, this celebration of Free Software is timely and welcome. The linked New Yorker article focuses on Richard Stallman, an idealist who has lived by his principles in the face of … 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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The Case of the Witch and Her Cat

As if you needed another example of the power of Creative Commons and Free Software.  I introduce you to David Revoy and his creation, Pepper & Carrot, a much-loved comic strip about a witch and her cat.  David is slowly … Continue reading

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