Posted tagged ‘Creative Commons’

Morning Links

May 29, 2008

There are just too many good articles that came my way this morning to discuss them all fully, so here’s a bunch of links:

The Times discusses the problems of Congress’ attempt to reform copyright to account for orphaned works.

PC World lists the top 100 new technologies of the past year, and explains why Hulu is so good.

Jenny Levine continues to be the best library technology writer out there with a nice discussion on how to cope with social networking.

Finally, Jon Ippolito has a great paper on why art should be made available for free via the Creative Commons.

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The Power of Flickr

May 21, 2008

Brian Herzog (again) has picked up on a fascinating coincidence.  Weird Massachusetts is the latest in a series of supernatural travel guides in the Weird U.S. series.  One of the interesting things the publisher is doing with these books is pulling photographs that were made available under a Creative Commons License on Flickr.  The lucky photographers get a credit and a complementary copy of the book.  I actually had a photo under consideration that didn’t make the final cut, but Brian had one that did.  But what’s really interesting is that he learned of two other Mass. librarians who got photos in the book as well.

So what’s going on here?  Are librarians inherently good photographers?  Do we have a higher tendency to travel to places of interest?  Are we more likely to contribute to the Creative Commons?  Or are we just more advanced Flickr users?  I can only speak for myself, but I do use quite a lot of tags and place nearly all of mine on the Google Map Flickr provides, and I wouldn’t be too surprised to learn that a disproportional amount of librarians use the tools similarly.

Little Brother

May 18, 2008

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (of BoingBoing fame) is probably the most important YA novel that will be released all year.  Doctorow has always been a huge proponent of the creative commons, and has always released his novels as free downloads.  But this time around he’s upped the ante.  Besides the free e-book on the site, there is also an audio version, and Doctorow has been asking fans to create remixes.  Furthermore Doctorow has started a program asking for people to donate copies to schools and libraries.

So if you work for one of those, and you haven’t already go to his site and sign up your organization for the list.  This is a book you should own.