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January 19th, 2005

I’ve spent most of the last couple of days at the QUT Creative Commons Conference, with Larry Lessig as the main speaker and featuring the launch of the Australian version of the Creative Commons license. I’ve got enough out of this for weeks of blogging. For the moment though I’ll just mention that there were some very interesting sessions on intellectual property rights in massively multiplayer games like Everquest. This got me thinking that, purely for research purposes, I should give one of these games a try. Fortunately, sanity returned in time. If I need another addiction to combine with blogging, I’ll go for something safe and sensible, like crack cocaine.

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  1. January 19th, 2005 at 20:39 | #1

    Time for one of the major parties to support Creative Commons Licence on all ABC content – stretching back at least 50 years. As part of an oppurtunity for all campaign, all citizens should have unlimited access to the archive to faciliate a better understanding of our well documented, but currently unaccessible, history.

  2. Carlos
    January 19th, 2005 at 21:21 | #2

    alpha, that’d be great!

    Remember the recent controversy just before the election when the ABC refused to provide some NEWS footage of the government to a few doco makers? They had to “ask” Howard and the Gov, if they’d ok it first!

    I tried searching for it but the actual link escapes me for now: ABC’s Media Watch.

  3. Carlos
    January 19th, 2005 at 21:45 | #3

    The following should be compulsory preparation for all Trade Ministers and bureaucrats negotiating free trade agreements:

    – Conferences like this one,
    – Law background, and good “real world” advice
    – Creative “artistic” background (NOT the so called “liberals Arts”, but real art!)
    – A “Software/IT” background
    – etc…

    OK, really, they just need some flexibility, understanding and most importantly…
    to get their head out of their arse!

  4. doctor k
    January 20th, 2005 at 08:29 | #4

    Creative Commons cover a large spectrum of licensing arrangements, but even that may not be the best option. Maybe ABC should put its (at least the very old) content in the Public Domain. Cory Doctorow gave a very interesting talk on Digital Rights Management (DRM) and copyright to Microsoft Research.

  5. January 20th, 2005 at 11:43 | #5

    I wonder, will we ever see an imaginative debate that completely revisits the orthodoxies of IP, such as that we even need to characterise it as property at all, or that without the kind of draconian ‘protections’ currently pursued at law there would be no creativity or R&D.

  6. January 20th, 2005 at 16:55 | #6

    I am so relieved when someone I respect uses the words “blogging” and “addiction” in the same sentence.

  7. Nicholas Gruen
    January 20th, 2005 at 22:47 | #7

    Yep Alpha. Odd isn’t it, that public sector organisations don’t have an ingrained sense of seeking to maximise access to their output. I argued in this
    that access regimes should be much more demanding on public sector assets than private sector assets. But the principle is much more general. Public sector agencies should – unless there is a good reason to the contrary seek to maximise access to their output. They should favour the production of public goods over private goods wherever they get the choice – again unless there are good reasons to the contrary. Its pretty amazing to still see all those ritual assertions of copyright on government documents.

    This is what Treasury has on its Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2004-2005.

    This work is copyright. Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968,no part may be reproduced by any process without prior written permission from theCommonwealth available from the Department of Communications, InformationTechnology and the Arts.

    Come on guys. The Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook wants to be Free!

  8. January 21st, 2005 at 11:12 | #8

    The liberals are the first to complain about redtape, but when it comes to IP, especially when produced by goverment departments, they are quite happy to have layers and layers of public servants censoring their own output.

    The clear result is a goverment aiming to reduce the redtape for Business while simultaneously hindering the publics access through increasing redtape.

    Perhaps one of the states should lead the way – by open sourcing or CCLing’ all there produced documents and information. Perhaps even Brisbane City council – under lord terror Campbell Turtleman Newman could consider it?

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