Saturday, October 06, 2007
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Erik Moller is on the wikimedia board; his blog has been pretty interesting lately.
For starters, LiquidThreads is sort of a cross between a wiki and a discussion forum. And why is Wikipedia a natural ally of the rest of the open-source movement, anyway?
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Aokigahara(青木ヶ原), also called the Sea of Trees, is a forest at the base of Mount Fuji. The caverns found in this forest are rocky and ice-covered, even during summertime. It is an old forest haunted by many legends of monsters, ghosts, and goblins, which add to its sinister reputation.
Creative Commons is being sued!
If you're not a geek, here's some background:
Update, 2007-10-9: The rest of this post is a bit of a stretch -- which is to say, I've changed my mind about the conclusion. It's preserved below, but just for history.
You might have heard part of this story already, but to recap:
1. Virgin Australia found an an ordinary, charming snapshot on Flickr. The photo used a creative commons license that allowed commercial use.
2. Virgin cropped and colored that photo into a kind-of-insulting, borderline-racist cell phone advertisement.
3. Without ever contacting the 15-year-old girl in the snapshot, Virgin put the ad up on billboards across Australia.
Which is all well and good. But now the girl's family is suing Creative Commons, too, for "not adequately informing" people what "license this photo for commecrial use" means.
Aside from the sheer communitarian spirit involved in suing a cash-strapped nonprofit organization that has taken unparalleled pains to make legal language useful and comprehensible to ordinary people, there's also some small possibility that a negative ruling could affect Wikipedia—and, really, anyone else who's trying to fix our grungy copyright system by making an end-run around it.
So thank you, Virgin, for being such complete jackasses that you've possibly (though this is still unlikely) set back an entire global collaborative intellectual movement.
Nono, really—thank you. From all of us.