Category Archives: Technology & IP

Creative Commons, copyright & IP in April

Copyright Criminals documentary: sampling & IP law

A documentary titled Copyright Criminals, which examines the messy three-way collision between digital technology, musical collage, and intellectual property law used 400 brief but unlicensed clips.

‘… one of those slapped with a suit was George Clinton—for sampling one of his own records. True story. “Yeah, I got sued for sampling my own stuff,” Clinton told us with a bemused smile.’

Copyright Criminals


Dutch government flips entire web copyright to CC0 by default


Science Commons: we’re launching the public discussion period for our CC patent tools


Peer-to-patent lets the public participate in the examination of patent applications Community Patent Review



John Naughton: Cloud computing: the carbon footprint. Greenpeace report Make IT Green: Cloud Computing and its Contribution to Climate Change


Guardian: Scientists cleared of malpractice in UEA’s hacked emails inquiry 14th April


Green ICT projects showcased: Sustainable ICT projects in six universities and colleges JISC


How we built the UK national carbon calculator Datastore


Five favourite sustainability-related TED talks of the past 5 years: Earth day the TED way 22nd April


Economist: Hydrogen tries again


From the beginning, the cloud hanging over the whole hydrogen enterprise has not been the power source as such, but the intractable difficulty of distributing and storing the stuff.


News: tweet petit

guardiantech Google and PRS in headlock as music videos pulled from YouTube

Finally: Oxenford on US webcastcast royalty settlement  US internet radio stations need to file with SoundExchange by 2 April or pay CRB rates

Big Picture: London from above at night That’s a lot of lightbulbs. Exhilarating, yes. Sustainable energy use?

Big Picture photo journalism: Cambodia and its War Tribunal

Cambodia: how do you visualize 1.4 million dead? Keep scrolling.

Oxford Media Convention 2009, IPPR, transcripts and audio Andy Burnham MP, Ed Vaizey MP, Ed Richards OFCOM

New York Times <has a future> as a news and information platform

New York Times is experimenting with an open API

Don’t forget Tofu (Mac only). Reflows text in columns from any document, system-wide. Simple, improves quality of life

Readability: a bookmarklet which strips the junk from web pages. Reclaim the web for reading

Phorm legal pressure on press criticism. Libel lawyers detect inaccuracies. Stories pulled. The Reg

Ofcom boss backs Phorm advertising model. Privacy traded for broadband investment. No thanks.

The Atlantic on the fate of newspaper journalism. Bleak prospect

Comment on Digital Britain report by 12th March

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The Digital Britain Interim Report sets out a blueprint for the future of media in the UK.

The deadline for public response to the Report is 12th March.

You can easily comment through the Write To Reply site.

Comment a lot or a little, but do it soon.

What is Write To Reply? A site for commenting on public reports in detail.  Texts are broken down into their respective sections for easier consumption. Rather than comment on the text as a whole, you are encouraged to direct comments to specific paragraphs.

An official Digital Britain discussion site is now available. WriteToReply comments are being fed through and displayed on the front page.

NESTA hosted a panel session with Lord Carter on “Delivering Digital Britain”. You can watch video or hear a recording of the session here: Delivering Digital Britain.

What do other people think? A page of industry reactions from The Guardian 

Carter Report on Digital Britain

Download the report for print and offline reading

Fast broadband

Think broadband on expected OFCOM announcement

Up to 100 Megabits fibre optic

BT will have to make its new fibre-optic network, which it intends to build over the next three years, available to its rivals on a wholesale basis, but the regulator’s proposals will ensure that it can make money out of it.


Read technical discussions and and check your line speed

Chrome: who and why

Wired has a piece by Steven Levy on the team behind Google’s Chrome browser. Inside Chrome: The Secret Project to Crush IE and Remake the Web.

(Their Capital Letters, Not Mine.)

Fascinating glimpse into the development process and an easy introduction to the technologies used in Chrome.

Jack Schofield in the Guardian thinks the secrecy angle is overstated and points out that many of the features in Chrome have appeared in other browsers. Inside Chrome: the story behind Google’s browser.

“Google’s Android software — the plan to take over all the world’s mobile phones — needed a browser. Firefox has not pursued mobile, so should Google have done a deal with Opera, Apple or Microsoft? Maybe not. And if it was going to put a lightweight mobile browser into Android, it would make a lot of sense for Google to offer a browser for PC users as well.”

That’s why.

Google Chrome

Google has launched a browser: Google Chrome.
It’s a browser, but it is also a platform for web applications. Uses Webkit (like Safari). Open Source.
Maybe you would like to write a blog entry about it. Everyone else will.
BBC coverage with a video clip in which Google’s Jessica Powell demonstrates the new features of Chrome.
View in conjunction with the comic-style documentation above for a fuller explanation of how it works.

Launchpad chicken: Jean Louis Gassée on Mobile Me

Insight from Jean Louis Gassée. 

“Simple is hard. Easy is harder. Invisible is hardest. So goes one of the many proverbs of our computer lore. As Apple found out last month with the MobileMe launch misfires, the lofty promise of “Exchange for the rest of us” translated into a user experience that was neither simple nor easy — in a highly visible way.”

Explains: synch is difficult. Scale matters. Exchange and Blackberry have years of experience with push email and synch.

There has been quite a bit of coverage on how Apple over-reached on the simultaneous launch of Mobile Me, new iPhone and App store. Scale and complexity are only part of the explanation. To understand what went wrong  we need insight into how a company can find itself unable to back down from launching a service which is not ready: launchpad chicken. Continue reading