Category Archives: copyleft

DRM still sucks

DRM sucks.

I said it before, but the recent Sony malware episode really makes clear DRM is just plain evil in it’s current state.
I mean sure, I guess people are allowed to protect their content right.(I’m not going into the fact that I want to play the music I bought anywhere I feel like it, cause that’s what DRM ussually disables). But does that mean “they” get the right to potentially screw up your system, and log whatever usage statistics they see fit wtihout your knowledge?
I don’t think so!

If you have no idea what I’m ranting about here, you should check out Mark’s blog from System Internals (great system tools they have there btw, check em out as well).
Here’s the original post where he uncovers the insides of evil Sony DRM software installed without his knowledge. Check out the follow up posts as well on the subject on Mark’s blog for the best links to press coverage articles and replies from Sony or the firm that wrote the malware for Sony. Apparently they suck at writing the software as well. The damn thing can crash your machine and render your CD drive inoperable. Wheeee…
Another good reason besides paranoia to disable autoplay on your PC and make sure no software gets installed without your knowledge!

I’m definatly checking for a Sony label next time I buy a CD ffs, but I doubt that any of the stuff I listen to is going to be distributed by a major label like them anyway. I’m way to l33t for that… ;)

sony dubbing restriction message

amen brother

Remember that cool amen narrative sample in that Fucknose set I talked about here?
Of course you don’t, but that doesn’t matter, I just came across the whole thing, a history of the Winstons “Amen Brother” break.

Can I Get An Amen? is an audio installation that unfolds a critical perspective of perhaps the most sampled drums beat in the history of recorded music, the Amen Break. It begins with the pop track Amen Brother by 60’s soul band The Winstons, and traces the transformation of their drum solo from its original context as part of a ‘B’ side vinyl single into its use as a key aural ingredient in contemporary cultural expression. The work attempts to bring into scrutiny the techno-utopian notion that ‘information wants to be free’- it questions its effectiveness as a democratizing agent. This as well as other issues are foregrounded through a history of the Amen Break and its peculiar relationship to current copyright law.

a white label record playing

free book and remixing bizzbizz

Found a few things on BoingBoing again, which is not so uncommon really.
A neato article on remix culture at Wired by the one like William Gibson. I like his train of thought, probably because I feel the same way about it.

“Who owns the words?” asked a disembodied but very persistent voice throughout much of Burroughs’ work. Who does own them now? Who owns the music and the rest of our culture? We do. All of us.

Though not all of us know it – yet.

Wicked,
and to put the icing on the cake, you’re free to remix this a of literature for yourself if you feel like it.
Kelly Ink just released her debut collection “Stranger Things Happen” under a Creative Commons license.
Sweetness. Well, I haven’t read it yet myself, but with the holidays coming up, I’ll have the time to do so!

a creative commy

blind shrike, free novel by Richard Kadrey

314 pages of free sci-fi/cyperpunk novel can’t be bad right?
At boingboing I read that Richard Kadrey published his latest creative work Blind Shrike as a free downloadable PDF under a Creative Commons license. Sweet!

Good to know is that it’s been specially adapted for onscreen reading, which will make plenty of beavers and nature enthusiast happy… I suppose.

yahoo! for creative commons searches

Yahoo! has just launched a Creative Commons search engine
enabling you to search for freely (re)ussable photo’s, music, art, in whatever production you’re up to.

Excellent!

I can even find my own blog in there, which makes sense since it’s CC licensed, but it doesn’t show my archive.org content just yet, so some finetuning is still in order I guess.

Still, pretty sweet search idea though. This will be a nice way of finding some freely usable images to use in blog posts besides Flickr, although that one really rules because each image is automatically resampled into a range of commonly used sizes.

Talking Flickr, check out these amazing transparent screen pics.

open source beer

It’s always interesting when people use something in a way that originally noone was thinking about. The Open Source idea has been around for quite a while now, but nobody really came up with the idea of creating a beer brand and make it Open Source… until now.

The Danish beer is licensed under a Creative Commons share-alike license, which allows you to use it, and do with it whatever you want, as long as you share it under the same license afterwards. I’m sorta curious what will be happening with this beverage in the future really.

So now Open Source is free as in “free beer” I guess…

Some more fun and weird things have been happening lately concerning the Creative Commons idea, but you’ve probably heard of those already by now.

i'm being copied

By pure chance I came across this site sproutworks.com that seems to be containing a copy of my blog (actually, I was doing an ego search on Google, but I’d rather not mention that).

In fact it copies all blogger.com blogs in a so called Blogger Aggregator by fetching the atom.xml, and storing it in a database. I don’t really see the point, but hey, who am I to judge what people feel like writing in PHP these days.

When it comes to my blog there really isn’t much of a problem. It’s published under a Creative Commons license which allows copying, but I didn’t really see any attribution links or something like that in there, so I guess that’s something that needs to be added to be in line with the license. Problem is there might be other Blogger.com blogs that are copied which are published under more restrictive licenses… something worth looking into I guess.

So basically I’d like to see a link pointing to the original blogs in there, and also a bit of a layout change, cause those blue on blue hyperlinks I’m seeing… that’s just hard on the eyes imho.

Funny thing is, this post will also appear on the site itself, so maybe I can do the attribution thing myself, by simply linking to my own blog right here. According to a post on the site itself, this should be in there in about 10 minutes… lets find out!