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Fighting for your digital rights in Washington.

Fighting for your digital rights in Washington.
Granting the Exclusive Right to “Make Available” Copyrighted Works Won’t Stop File-Sharing By Anna Sallstrom | January 15, 2014 The House Judiciary Committee is considering granting copyright owners the exclusive rights to “make available” their works—but if going after file-sharing is the goal, the right won’t help The debate over copyright’s exclusive rights continued yesterday, when the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet held a hearing about the scope of copyright protection. Among the topics on the table was whether to grant copyright owners the new exclusive right to make their works available to the public. Copyright owners already have the excusive right to “distribute copies . . . of the copyrighted work to the public.”

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Creative Commons Celebrates 10 Years of Opening Culture The future of the cultural commons looked dim in December 2002: Napster had been shuttered a year earlier, while record labels treaded warily into selling DRM-locked music online. The FCC dismantled regulations forestalling the consolidation of media ownership. And as the housing bubble inflated, privatization — of media, public space, scientific and technological research, even the military — became the watchword of the day. A decade later, the cultural commons remains threatened, but stands on somewhat firmer ground.

For Sale: Vacant Lots On Chicago Blocks, Just $1 Each hide captionSonya Harper picks peppermint she's been growing in a vacant lot on her block in Chicago. With her neighbors, she's hoping to acquire two adjacent overgrown lots under the city's "Large Lot Program" so they can expand the community garden. David Schaper Sonya Harper picks peppermint she's been growing in a vacant lot on her block in Chicago. With her neighbors, she's hoping to acquire two adjacent overgrown lots under the city's "Large Lot Program" so they can expand the community garden. Chicago is practically giving away land: vacant lots for just $1 each. Free Software Song - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF by Richard Stallman You can read the story of the writing of the song, too. The lyrics of the “Free Software Song” are sung to the melody of the Bulgarian folk song “Sadi moma bela loza”

Civic agriculture Civic Agriculture is the trend towards locally based agriculture and food production that is tightly linked to a community's social and economic development. Civic agriculture represents a sustainable alternative to the potentially destructive practices of conventional, large-scale agriculture. The term was coined by the late Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor Thomas A. Lyson, Department of Development Sociology, Cornell University, at the 1999 Rural Sociology Society Annual Meeting.[1] Professor Lyson wrote a follow-up book titled Civic Agriculture, in which he expounds on his ideas, arguing that because of the interlocked relationship between the food economy and consumers, people have a civic duty to support important agricultural engagements.

Commotion = The Commotion Wireless Project proposes building a 'device-as-infrastrucure' distribution communications platform URL = "Democratic activists around the globe will gain access to a secure and reliable platform to ensure their communications cannot be controlled or cut off by authoritarian regimes." [1]

Copying Is Not Theft (Minute Meme #1) In addition to YouTube, we've also uploaded it to the Internet Archive, where you can not only play it but also download the entire video in various formats: Other Arrangements Before we released this final version, we put up a draft version with a "scratch" track in which Nina Paley herself sang the tune, and asked others to do their own arrangements. The comments below link to some of the responses. The remixing doesn't have to stop now, of course. Open Knowledge Society With emerging and innovative methods for distributing information and the means of education, we’re still embedded in the relationships created in the 20th century. Can our societies distribute knowledge to enable healthy forms of production and consumption as a template for a decentralized and equitable post-growth economy? On Extraenvironmentalist #78 we discuss the FLOK Society Project with Michel Bauwens of the P2P Foundation & John Restakis, author of Humanizing the Economy: Co-operatives in the Age of Capital. Michel and John talk about the concept of the partner state and the creation of a new knowledge commons as the basis of society.

CommOTIon Wireless Project - Camp 2011 Public Wiki From Camp 2011 Public Wiki The New America Foundation’s Open Technology Initiative (OTI) proposes to build a new type of tool for democratic organizing: an open source “device-as-infrastructure” distributed communications platform that integrates users’ existing cell phones, WiFi-enabled computers, and other WiFi-capable personal devices to create a metro-scale peer-to-peer (mesh) communications network. Leveraging a distributed, mesh wireless infrastructure provides two key enhancements to existing circumvention technologies and supports human rights advocates and civil society organizations working around the globe. First, a distributed infrastructure eliminates the ability of governments to completely disrupt communications by shutting down the commercial or state-owned communications infrastructure. Objectives:

Open Collaboration - The Next Economic Paradigm I’ve dedicated a lot of research over the last few years to understanding the deep trends that will define the next economy. As I’ve written elsewhere, the global economy goes through a creative-destructive cycle every 50 years. And now we’re in the midst of a collapsing paradigm that is soon to be replaced by something new. In this article, I will explain what the new paradigm is and how it will impact every sector of society — including business, government, education, and basic research. The old economic paradigm was a service economy built on the digital communications revolution that began in the early 1970′s.

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