Tag Archives: public domain

Interstellar Seeds Could Create Oases of Life

In 2004 I wrote a short piece for my local newspaper in which I speculated about the possibility of comet impacts splashing chunks of Earth back into space, and some of the life in those chunks surviving long enough to … Continue reading

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15 Answers to Creationist Nonsense – Scientific American

This article is over ten years old, but it is still apropos.  Creationists are still using the same empty arguments, and this article still neuters them.  I know I have repeatedly had to endure these quibbles, put forward with such … 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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Public Domain Day 2015

“What is the ‘public domain’? The public domain is the realm of material — ideas, images, sounds, discoveries, facts, texts — that is unprotected by intellectual property rights and free for all to use or build upon. It includes our … Continue reading

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Bound by Law

“A documentary is being filmed. A cell phone rings, playing the “Rocky” theme song. The filmmaker is told she must pay $10,000 to clear the rights to the song. Can this be true?” The Center for the Study of the … Continue reading

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Minor Disaster

This site had a minor disaster yesterday. The plugin that manages the downloads lost them all, and I had to manually rebuild them. Coincidentally, the server hosting Green Comet had some problems of its own, giving me intermittent, slow access. … Continue reading

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No Derivatives

Green Comet blog uses a lot more photographs than it used to. As I have increased my use of photographs, I have improved my handling of them, both technically and legalistically. Some of the early photos were acquired haphazardly, and … Continue reading

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Share This Book

Chris Sakkas writes a blog called Living Libre. In it he talks about the many ways that creative content can be shared openly. This includes free/open software, which I have used in the creation of Green Comet the novel, and … Continue reading

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Copyright Education

In California, USA, they’re letting the copyright industry draft educational policy. An article on Wired and another on opensource.com will give you all the details, so I’ll just do a summary here. Copyright education is how the industry looks at … Continue reading

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