Posts Tagged ‘net culture’

A year of edit

January 9, 2009

An animation showing edits to the project during 2008. OpenStreetMap is a wiki-style map of the world and this animation displays a white flash each time a way is entered or updated. Some edits are a result of a physical local survey by a contributor with a GPS unit and taking notes, other edits are done remotely using aerial photography or out-of-copyright maps, and some are bulk imports of official data.


Publishing Open Content

September 25, 2008

Publishing Open Content is a short documentary by Frances Pinter and David Percy that looks at how Creative Commons licenses can be utilized in a commercial setting. The film features interviews with Tom Reynolds, blogger behind Random Acts of Reality and author of Blood, Sweat, and Tea, Timo Hannay, Publishing Director at, and John Buckman, founder of netlabel Magnatune.


Nazis on the moon

May 14, 2008

The creators of Star Wreck are making a new film called Iron Sky. Why this is good news? The producers are a group of Finnish techies who distributed Star Wreck for free over the internet.

While this is great, it is getting better. The new film will be released under a Creative Commons license which ensures everybody can watch the film for free.


Sound Copyright | Don’t Let the Record Labels Break Their Promise

March 1, 2008

A handful of major record labels are trying to break a fifty year-old promise. Musicians and their fans will not be the only victims.

Copyright in sound recordings currently lasts for 50 years. An independent review (the “Gowers review”) commissioned and endorsed by the UK government says it should remain at 50 years. Yet the recording industry continues to demand that this term be extended. But term extension would be an injustice to European musicians and musical culture, and may harm our economy.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Open Rights Group have started an petition to prevent the expansion of copyright.

As Europe looks to the creative industries for its economic future, it is faced with a choice. It can agree to extend the copyright term in sound recordings for the sake of a few major record labels. Or it can allow sound recordings to enter the public domain at the end of fifty years for the benefit of future innovation, future prosperity and the public good.

Sign this petition today
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