Theory and Practice of Online Learning

Neeru Paharia, April 21st, 2004

A new book entitled Theory and Practice of Online Learning, published by Athabasca University, is now available for download under an Attribution-NoDerivs-NonCommercial license. The book is also being sold.

Sir John Daniel, Assistant Director-General for Education of UNESCO, had this to say about it:

“I am delighted that educators all over the world will be able to enjoy this book at no cost because, in the true academic spirit of an open university, Athabasca has published it as an open source book under a Creative Commons License. UNESCO strongly encourages this form of publication as a way of bridging the digital divide and thereby helping to bring online learning to all the world’s people.”


CC Remix Music — Opsound Radio

Neeru Paharia, April 20th, 2004

Opsound has a great Flash-based Internet radio application, highlighting an hours worth of Opsound music. Lots of mellow electronica, and low-fi tracks — a very soothing collection of tunes, all offered under Attribution-ShareAlike licenses.

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Glenn Otis Brown, April 19th, 2004

I had the chance to speak about Creative Commons yesterday at the Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access Conference (TICFIA) at San Diego State University. With the support of the US Dept. of Education, the group is up to some innovative and interesting things on education across borders via the Net. Some great iCommons leads will surely come out of the meeting. Thanks again to my hosts from SDSU, the University of Chicago, and the Dept. of Education.

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Let your fans know they won’t get sued

Neeru Paharia, April 19th, 2004

If you’re a musician, and you want to let your fans know they won’t get sued if they download your songs, you should check out the Music Sharing License. It lets your fans know they can download and share, but not sell or make any commercial use out of your music. The Uptones, a Bay Area based ska band, are a great example of a band who makes a few songs available under the Music Sharing License, so their fans can download, but not worry about lawsuits.

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Media Archeology

Neeru Paharia, April 19th, 2004

Yesterday, I spoke at the Media Archeology Film Festival in Houston, Texas. The festival was put on by the Aurora Picture Show Microcinema and showcased the collections of several 16mm film collectors, including Rick Prelinger who makes many of his public domain films available online.

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Daily Miner & News (Kenora, Ontario)

Press Robot, April 19th, 2004

“DVD Pirates Devastating Industry” by Bruce Kirkland

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Canberra Times (Australia)

Press Robot, April 19th, 2004

“New Copyright Plan Launced Here” by Simon Grose

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Washington Post

Press Robot, April 19th, 2004

Copyright in the Digital Age ” by Lawrence Lessig

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9 beet stretch

Matt Haughey, April 15th, 2004

Here’s an interesting use of music in the public domain. 9 beet stretch is the act of using digital tools to slow down Beethoven’s 9th symphony to the point where the piece takes 24 hours to complete. Next week, a 9 beet stretch will be taking place in San Francisco, at 964 Natoma, from Friday April 23rd to Saturday April 24.

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Mainstream mashups!

Matt Haughey, April 14th, 2004

Cool: David Bowie has just launched a new mashup contest. There’s a new ad campaign for Audi cars that features two of Bowie’s songs mashed up. They’ve decided to throw a mashup contest to capitalize on this, awarding a new car to the best song that uses samples from his new album and any older Bowie song. Voting on entries starts this weekend and the contest ends next month so get your turntables cranking.

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