RiP: A remix manifesto

Wow. While surfing the NFB archives, I found the trailer to an upcoming film called RiP: A remix manifesto. An open source film about copyright. From the NFB page for the movie: Web activist and filmmaker Brett Gaylor explores copyright in the information age, mashing up the media landscape of the 21st century and shattering the wall between users and producers. The film's central protagonist is Girl Talk, a mash-up musician topping the charts with his sample-based songs....

January 23, 2009 · 1 min

why copyright?

I missed this when it was released because I was offline someplace warm.

December 14, 2008 · 1 min

Stupid DRM handcuffs

I did a test this morning to check out how well the video recording gear we have would work for recording a presentation tomorrow. The gear works great - it records directly to DVD so I can just walk away with a nice shiny disk after the presentation is over. But that's not what this post is about. This DVD, that I made, containing no DRM and no copyright, triggers the evil DRM software that's baked into the operating system that I use....

November 5, 2008 · 2 min

AP license vs. fair use?

I'm not sure what to make of this. According to the Associated Press, The Associated Press, following criticism from bloggers over an AP assertion of copyright, plans to meet this week with a bloggers' group to help form guidelines under which AP news stories could be quoted online. - Seth Sutel, AP And they provide commercial (and even educational) licenses for purchase so people can legitimately use content published by the Associated Press....

June 17, 2008 · 1 min

Michael Geist - Why Copyright?

Michael Geist gave a talk at The University of Calgary on April 2, 2008, on the subject of copyright. He talked about the need for Fair Dealings, the dangers of the Canadian DMCA, and even touched on the benefits of open access and even open education. Dr. Geist's presentation was very compelling, interesting, and engaging. I believe he was able to communicate the benefits of less-restrictive copyright, and am hoping he helped plant some seeds to get an open content movement going here at The University of Calgary....

April 4, 2008 · 1 min

Open needs to be bidirectional

I just got back from Michael Geist's inspiring presentation "Why Copyright?" - where he laid out some of the issues relating to copyright, open access, sharing, reusing, mashups, and a long list of implications for the potentially pending Canadian DMCA. It felt like there was much agreement among the faculty and staff who were present for Dr. Geist's presentation. When he was talking about the need for, and the power of, open access, many heads were nodding....

April 2, 2008 · 4 min

on closed content as copyright violation obfuscation

I was present at a faculty collaboration project meeting today, and one of the profs was showing some of the resources they've built to support their classroom teaching. It was some impressive video work, which the prof admitted could easily have applications in other classes, or institutions, or even other disciplines. He then went on to describe the rigorous steps that he'd had to take in order to prevent that from happening - video being hosted on an internal streaming server so nobody could find it without seeing the video embedded on a course within Blackboard....

February 7, 2008 · 2 min

Why it's important to "own" your content

I'm connecting the dots between two otherwise unrelated items that were in my Google Reader inbox this morning. Random Mind: USC Film Students Fight Back Dave Tosh: Data Ownership The first article is about students at USC Film School realizing that the copyright for their student films belongs to USC. Which means they can't do things like post their work to YouTube, or enter them at Sundance (without first going through channels to get approval from USC)....

July 7, 2007 · 2 min