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Eloh Eliot Surfaces Briefly

THE METAVERSE, 17 June — Legendary Open Source Avatar Skin designer Eloh Eliot surfaced briefly today. So briefly that if it was anyone else it probably wouldn’t even be worth reporting, but for this reporter there isn’t a more important person in The Metaverse. If Philip Rosedale’s insight was the power of UGC, then Eliot’s […]

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Creative Freedom

NEWBIE BLOGGER INITIATIVE, 31 MAY — Wow, month’s end already! I’d like to do one more piece for the fabulous Newbie Blogger Initiative, and it should probably be one of my most passionate topics, Creative Freedom, sometimes called Intellectual Property, although I personally reject that term. I reject that term because I believe If it’s […]

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The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, original William Walters 1884 Gallery

The Walters Art Museum

BALTIMORE, 8 May — William Walters may have died in the 19th century, but today the museum that presents the encyclopedic collection of Walters and his son Henry Walters made a bold leap into the 21st century with the uploading of more than 19,000 images of artworks, along with associated information, to the Wikimedia Commons […]

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Building Communities with Strangers

THE BLACK SUN, 12 May — In the physical world, you help the old neighbor carry their groceries in, you play with the other kids down the street, you carpool to school or work. You attend the school down the street. You worship at the church down the street. you gossip with your neighbors. You […]

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The Kickstarter Conundrum

YOUR WALLET, 13 March — Last month Kickstarter’s co-founder Yancey Strickler famously, or now infamously, told Carl Franzen of Talking Points Memo that “it is probable that Kickstarter will distribute more money this year than the NEA.” (National Endowments for the Arts) Kickstarter will distribute over $150 Million to user’s projects. NEA’s FY 2012 budget […]

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Bradley & Julian

These are the 2 most inspiring videos I have seen in a long time. — VB

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WikiRebels, The Documentary

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WikiTerms

http://diasporadical.com/2010/12/16/time-person-of-the-year-is-zuckerberg-not-assange/ http://www.hulu.com/watch/202005/saturday-night-live-a-message-from-mark-zuckerberg It was really only a few years ago that everything I produced was Copyright All Rights Reserved. Then I met Jay Dedman. Then I met Micki Krimmel. Then I met Jon Phillips. Then I met Richard Stallman. Then I timidly dipped my toe in the waters of Creative Commons Non-Commercial Share-Alike. And for […]

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Open Source Vaneeesa

Saying that my avatar is Creative Commons Attribution doesn’t really mean much if I don’t make the source files available, so here you go…

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Banned Books

A lot has been said about SL7B / Rosegate. A lot of fine ideas by a lot of thoughtful people have been expressed. Although I know this event was painful for a number of people on different sides of the debate, one silver lining to the event was that it got a lot of people […]

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Secondary Creators

I’ve already said a lot about Free Culture. I just want to make 2 finer points: the one made by Julian Sanchez of the Cato Institute in his video above, and another slight variation on this idea of “secondary creators.” Copyright is a cultural compromise: instead of letting a culture make the most use of […]

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Violet Blue

SAN FRANCISCO, 22 February — Journalist, sex-blogger, and author of Open Source Sex Violet Blue has had her work “restricted” by Flickr. Flickr has decided, without cause, not exactly to “take down,” but to “restrict” the content, the online identity, the resume, the persona, the web2.0 presence, that she has built thru years of posting […]

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