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SF MOMA and the University of Maine

Neeru Paharia, November 22nd, 2004

I had the pleasure of speaking on two panels recently. Last Thursday, I participated in The Open Source Paradigm at the SF MOMA, an event aimed to explore the history of open-source, and find new applications of its concepts in art. A few interesting ideas came out of the panel including a No Military Use license, and how it benefits everyone to open-source your french fries (in this case, sharing is good because it keeps you skinny and wins favor with your friends). Attribution to Greg Niemeyer for the fries, and a gentleman from the audience for the No Military Use license. The event was presented by SMAC, the San Francisco Media Arts Council.

On Saturday I was at The Conference of the Intellectual Commons at The University of Maine. It was amazing to hear several speakers mention Creative Commons throughout the day, including Hal Abelson, Board member of Creative Commons, who gave a great talk on MIT’s OpenCourseWare and DSpace. This conference was intended, at least partially, to initiate a conversation as to how the Univesity of Maine could become a leader in open-access publishing, and in a “some rights reserved” approach in general.

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