Creative Commons UK goes live!

The founder of the Creative Commons project, Stanford University law professor Lawrence Lessig, will be at UCL on 4 October to launch the UK version of the Creative Commons licenses. Come and hear from him about the problems of the existing copyright system and the future of creativity in the Internet age.

Need I say more?

Well actual I do have a lot more to say. With great fore-sight before summer, I booked a lecture with Paula Le Dieu at Ravensbourne College in October. Paula is a fantastic speaker and the ideal person to talk about the partnership of the BBC creative archive and creative commons licences. I'm sure she will inspire new and old students (hey lets not forget staff too) about the BBC Creative Archive project and make them think about there own work and practices.

If your unsure about what this is all about, check out some of the news about this important project and announcement. But before that, check out this link to a official transcripts from another news agency. Sourced from Weatherall, Thanks!

There was a great piece titled Mr Rights, in the media guardian this week, unfortually you need to register to read it. But just use password = Picasso7. Glad to see others have had the same idea. By the way,
Cory Doctorow's Written Testimony to Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport, is also excellent work and really shines the light on how important the creative archive really is.

And just incase you ever missed it, Lawrence Lessig on the BBC Creative Archive…

Lawrence Lessig, professor of law at Stanford University and cultural commentator thinks that the BBC have got it right with their proposal of making their freely archive available to the public for non-commercial uses.

By making the content available, commercial entities will also be able to identify BBC material and then license it for a fee.

Lessig describes this as a brilliant response to the extra ordinary explosion of creative capacity enabled by digital technologies.

There is less evidence of this sort of thinking in the US: corporations there are opposed to sharing standards and protocols and, as highlighted by the fascinating and ongoing Linux vs. SCO vs. IBM case, suspicious of the open source movement.

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Installed Synergy on my dual screen work pc and development mac. Works so well that one of the designers commeted that …Its like god has come down to earth with this software. What more can I say? I do know I will get a slap down at some point for installing software on a work machine. But seriously theres no douht its worth of the slap because its so damm useful. Just from a ergnomic view, having one keyboard and mouse to control 2 machines is a god sent for sure.

A couple of tips I learn along the way. Use the windows machine as the server, as its quicker, more stable and has a simple gui. And on the mac run the command like this ./synergyc -n MacScreen -f PcScreen. If you try it without the name, synergy will use the rendez-vous name not the mac computer name, and dont forget to run the command on a mac you need to add your ./. Very cool, anyway… Cant wait to add redhat box to the synergy configuration.

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