Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, the first novel by blogger, cultural critic, and Electronic Frontier Foundation wonk Cory Doctorow, entered the world today. Wired‘s Mark Frauenfelder calls Down and Out “the most entertaining and exciting science fiction story I’ve read in the last few years,” and Bruce Sterling declares, “Science fiction needs Cory … Read More “Doctorow's Down and Out Released Today”
“People are always looking for what side to be on, and there isn’t just one side. . . . I think we’re looking for a kinder, gentler, more equitable model where more people can make a living off of this stuff.” The wise words of Jenny Toomey, musician, policy wonk, and Executive Director of the … Read More “The Many Faces of the Music Biz”
One more from today’s cosmic copyright coincidence file: “Some of These Bootleggers, They Make Pretty Good Stuff” — a Salon piece on Bob Dylan and “the hidden industry he (unwittingly) helped create.” Thought-provoking.
An interesting piece in the New York Times today discusses “Illegal Art: Freedom of Expression in the Corporate Age,” an exhibition dedicated to works built in part from other copyrighted works — without permission. By sign-of-the-times coincidence, I participated in a panel yesterday entitled “The Illegal Imagination,” at the Future of Music Coalition’s superb summit … Read More “Illegal Art, Illegal Imagination”
Innovative content licensing seems to be catching on — even beyond the efforts of Creative Commons. Prentince Hall PTR recently announced that they’ll publish a series of technical books under open-content licenses. Read the Slashdot story. Kudos to Bruce Perens for brokering the move, and to Prentice Hall for joining O’Reilly and Associaties in the … Read More “Prentice Hall to Publish Bruce Perens 'Open Source' Books”
UK-based media artist (and Creative Commons license adopter) People Like Us will perform in New York City this week. On January 8th, People Like Us (a.k.a. Vicki Bennett) will screen the intriguingly titled “We Edit Life” at Subtonic. On the 12th from 5pm to 7pm EST, People Like Us will hit the airwaves with WFMU, … Read More “People Like Us in New York City”
The Future of Music Coalition will host their third-annual Policy Summit January 4 through 7 in Washington D.C. The FMC3 summit will bring policymakers, academics, lawyers, activists — and, of course, a number of premier musicians — together for a discussion of artists’ rights and technology’s influence on the music industry. Glenn Otis Brown, Creaitve … Read More “Creative Commons at Future of Music Coalition Summit, Washington, Jan. 6”
For some particularly excellent commentary about Creative Commons licenses, check out Denise M. Howell’s Bag and Baggage, one of the snappiest law-and-tech blogs out there. Denise chronicles her own experience applying one of our licenses to her blog and addresses readers’ questions about the licenses, among other things. As our chairman has pointed out in … Read More “Intellectual Baggage — The Good Kind”