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.


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