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U.S. should require “open by default” for federal government software code

Photo by Tirza van Dijk, CC0. A few weeks ago we submitted comments to the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) draft federal source code policy. The purpose of the policy is to improve access to custom software code developed for the federal government, and would require that: (1) New custom code whose development is … Read More “U.S. should require “open by default” for federal government software code”

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The long arm of copyright: Millions blocked from reading original versions of The Diary of Anne Frank

The original writings of The Diary of Anne Frank should have entered the public domain on January 1, 2016. They should have become freely accessible to everyone who wants to read and experience this important cultural work. Instead, the texts remain clogged in the pipes of EU copyright law. In some countries like Poland, the … Read More “The long arm of copyright: Millions blocked from reading original versions of The Diary of Anne Frank

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Vice President Biden: Taxpayer-funded cancer research shouldn’t sit behind walls

On Wednesday in New Orleans, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the convening of the American Association for Cancer Research on the need to speed up scientific research, development, and collaboration that can lead to better cancer treatments. Vice President Biden is leading the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative, which aims to accelerate cancer research … Read More “Vice President Biden: Taxpayer-funded cancer research shouldn’t sit behind walls”

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At Japanese Beatmaking Event, Producers Create CC Remixes in Just Four Hours

Earlier this month, the fine folks of Creative Commons Japan hosted a beatmaking event at Bigakko, an innovative art education center in Tokyo. A quartet of up and coming Japanese electronic music producers—Madegg, Metome, Foodman (best name ever), and Canooooopy—were issued a challenge: Create brand new remixes of CC-licensed tracks found online. The musicians had exactly four … Read More “At Japanese Beatmaking Event, Producers Create CC Remixes in Just Four Hours”