Commons News

WikiTravel

Matt Haughey, August 21st, 2003

This week’s featured content is a new site called WikiTravel that takes an innovative, community approach to sharing travel information. The site is based on a Wiki, which is a bit of web software that allows anyone to edit and create new pages, giving a community of interested users the power to expand the content of a site in any direction. Current hot topics include a great set of tips on flying and tips for driving in Australia.

To go along with the multi-author, community spirit of the site, the contents are licensed under a Creative Commons license, allowing anyone to reprint, modify, and even use the content commercially.

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Lawrence Solum on Copynorms

Matt Haughey, August 15th, 2003

Lawrence Solum runs the Legal Theory Blog and recently wrote a piece on “Copynorms”, the “informal social attitudes about the rightness or wrongness of duplicating material that is copyrighted.” He describes a few scenarios that might come out of the recording industry’s pending lawsuits against filetraders, and what effect (if any) that will have on Copynorms.

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The Speech Accent Archive

Matt Haughey, August 14th, 2003

A great new audio project worth highlighting is the Speech Accent Archive at George Mason University. It features 264 native and non-native speakers reading the same paragraph in english. Ever wonder what a Romanian from Bucharest sounds like in relation to a Boston accent? Look no further, as it is all released under a Creative Commons License.

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Raymond vanderWoning’s Photos

Matt Haughey, August 13th, 2003

This week we’re featuring the photography of Raymond A. vanderWoning. His photos feature subjects from flowers and bugs to signs and people and his about page carries a thoughtful piece on how and why he licenses all his photos. A hobbyist photographer at heart, Raymond’s closing statement gets to the heart of it all:

Information doesn’t want to be free, it wants to be shared.

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Project Gramophone

Matt Haughey, August 13th, 2003

Project Gramophone is a new project that aims to become a definitive source for early recordings that slipped into the public domain. The goals are similar to Project Gutenberg, but with audio instead of text. For now, the project features a mailing list open to anyone interested in contributing to the project.

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Politics (TM)

Derek Slater, August 12th, 2003

So fair, so balanced, you’ll be sued into agreement.

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Illegitimate Offspring

Glenn Otis Brown, August 10th, 2003

Salon has two good stories this weekend on mash-ups (also known, across the pond, as “bastard pop”): 1, 2.

These older Salon stories on the same subject, from 2002 and 1998, provide a couple of nice reference points. If this is all just a trend, it’s a sure and steady one.

Read about Creative Commons’ plans to help make this sort of of culture legitimate, in the law’s eyes at least.

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CNET News.com

Press Robot, August 7th, 2003

Battle of the Blog” by Paul Festa

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Washington Post

Press Robot, August 7th, 2003

Dean Flaunts His Internet Edge as Guest ‘Blogger’” by Jonathan Krim

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Linux Journal

Press Robot, August 7th, 2003

Saving the Net” by Doc Searls

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