On the 1st of January 2011 has been celebrated the Public Domain Day, an initiative aimed at celebrating the wealth of knowledge, information and beauty that becomes freely available to humankind this day.
Rome and other Italian cities will host events next Saturday.
Take a moment to read the Public Domain Manifesto and sign it if you wish, Creative Commons and other organizations are already supporting it.
The Free Culture Forum is an event dedicated to free culture and free knowledge, bringing together stakeholders from all over the world for three days in Barcelona (Spain) from 29th of October until 1st November.
Watch the English video on Youtube and join the event live.
The NEXA Center for Internet and Society of the Politecnico di Torino – a multidisciplinary research center on the impact of the Internet on society, with a focus on technical, economical and juridical issues – on yesterday published a position paper on file sharing and extended collective licenses.
NEXA’s attempt to over turn the piracy debate with a solution that try to accommodate authors’ and users’ needs, following the example of Nordic European Countries.
Read the full paper (PDF, Italian), a result of NEXA’ Wednsdays.
In a major victory for free speech online, the federal District Court in Philadelphia on March 22 issued a sweeping rejection of the Child Online Protection Act (COPA), and a broad endorsement of the “user empowerment” approach to protecting children online.
Read the full article, and the CDT press release.
Creative Commons Italia and SIAE – an Italian private organization that acts as the Italian collecting society for authors and publishers – on the 23th of December created a legal working group comprising members of both organizations.
Deborah De Angelis (Creative Commons Italia, lawyer) will take part to all meetings along with another CC member and SIAE’s representatives. Meetings will be held every second week, the took place yesterday in Rome.
Italian authors adhering to SIAE to protect their works and interested in use CC licenses are recommended to follow the future progress via Creative Commons Italia blog (Creative Commons Italia is a Nexa‘s project).
AOL Joins Symbian Foundation – AOL joins Symbian, and also Intrinsyc supports Symbian Foundation. Symbian Foundation gathers attention.
Warner Music is almost there – Philippe Aigrain reports that Warner is offering a non-commercial voluntary blanket license solution to students in exchange for the payment of a fee. The license is a covenant not to sue them for access and sharing usage.
Dynamic Coalition on Open Standards (DCOS) Agreement on Procurement in Support of Interoperability and Open Standards – At the close of the final day of the 3rd Internet Governance Forum in
Hyderabad, India, the Dynamic Coalition on Open Standards (DCOS) released this agreement. Under the procurement agreement, governments, publicly funded and non-profit institutions agree to promote interoperability and accessibility through the use of open standards.
The Free Software Foundation on Monday announced the release of version 1.3 of the GNU Free Documentation License. The new version of the GNU FDL allows public wikis like Wikipedia to relicense their FDL-covered materials under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC-BY-SA) 3.0 license.
This new permission has been added at the request of the Wikimedia Foundation, which oversees the Wikipedia project. The same terms are available to any public wiki that uses materials available under the new license. The Wikimedia Foundation will now initiate a process of community discussion and voting to determine whether or not to use CC-BY-SA 3.0 as the license for Wikipedia.
Lawrence Lessig positively comments the news:
TheFree Software Foundation has released the GNU Free Document License version 1.3. Section 11 of that license now (essentially) permits certain wikis to be relicensed under theCreative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (v3.0)license, so long as the relicensing is completed by August 1, 2009. That means, the Wikipedia community now has the choice to relicense Wikipedia under a Creative Commons license. (Here’s the FAQ for the amendment.
This is definitely an important change, I hope we will see more cooperation in the next future between the free software movement and the open source initiative.
Great move Richard!
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Center for Democracy and Technology and many other associations and organizations told a federal court that the law requires caution in assessing whether to impose copyright liability on the makers of multi-use technologies.
There is a trade-off between artistic protection and technological innovation here, and many different facets of the US innovation economy are united to both punish bad actors and protect legitimate innovators.
In a legal brief filed in a lawsuit against the peer-to-peer file sharing service LimeWire, CDT and its allies did not take sides but rather urged the court to decide the case within the careful framework established by previous Supreme Court cases in this area. Those cases make clear that distributing a technology with “substantial noninfringing uses” should not raise rise copyright liability concerns, as long as the distributor does not actively promote the technology’s use for infringement. Reinterpreting or expanding secondary copyright liability in ways that undermine this crucial limitation, the brief warned, it could significantly chill technological innovation.
William Shakespeare was right, There is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
The GNU project yesterday celebrated the 25th anniversary by releasing “Happy Birthday to GNU,” a short film featuring the English humorist, actor, novelist and filmmaker Stephen Fry.
Happy Birthday Richard! by peribanyez
The Free Software Foundation after “Defective by Design“, the brilliant campaign launched to protect our digital freedoms, did a great move managing to bring Fry on the free software board. He generously donated his time to the cause of free software.
Well done, and happy hacking!