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Class Notes on Creative Commons

Media Writing class notes from Lilly Doran:

You can use the Creative Commons to make your work available to the public without losing the original rights associated with the material. Your rights  will  just be amended.


  1. Your details must be associated with your work.
  2. Metadata is used to associate the work with you, your details must be registered with CC. This is for crawlers, so they can verify where the work is.
  3. The readable licence will make it easier to access the work as long as the creative of the material is credited.


First minutes

CLONMEL -- We are preparing the first minutes of the LASH-FM podcast and doing it right means respecting elements of the production process. We covered those in class already. Now we need to sort out (1) the titles of the tips and (2) a production procedure where we can book into the sound studio and record our "One Minute Tips". We can start by using the comment section below this post to name the individual topics.

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Robyn Recommends

SHUTTERBLOG -- Robyn gives an unabashed plug for The Adobe Photoshop CS Book for Digital Photographers. ". Just when I think I've seen / read it all as far as hints and tips go, one comes along that lets me know I haven't. The average review on Amazon is 4½ stars, so might be one you'd like to check out as well!"

Robyn O'Rourke Pollman -- "Did you remember to pay the utility?"
Scott Kelby -- The Adobe Photoshop CS Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter) ISBN 0735714118

Free Culture Reviews

POLITECHBOT -- David Post offers a generally positive review of Free Culture in Reason Online.

For instance, Lessig's proposal for an Internet-wide compulsory licensing scheme -- a fixed, government-set royalty rate covering all music downloads -- strikes me as unwise. There are, to begin with, serious practical and theoretical problems with any scheme that sets a single (per-byte?) price to cover all musical works. More importantly, under a compulsory licensing scheme, the government is suddenly the arbiter of all transactions; every music download becomes, literally, a federal case. The potential for government snooping, not to mention the administrative nightmare, gives me pause. And I have some other nagging doubts that Lessig never quite dispels.

It's undeniable that the scope of copyright has expanded vastly during the last few decades. But there is a respectable slice of opinion that views this expansion much more positively than Lessig does -- one that welcomes these developments.

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Filtering information overload

NATTERJACKPR -- As Tom Murphy points out, the basics of PR are "concerned with the most effective means of reaching and communicating with relevant audiences. Along with traditional avenues from townhall meetings to flyers, press releases, editorial and analyst meetings, new outlets such as search engines and blogs are providing additional channels for a growing number of companies." But what if those new channels are noisy, prompting readers to filter them?

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Reading books by RSS

MOBDEX -- What if you could read JD Lasica's Darknet one chunk at a time through your RSS aggregator? This would resemble the way people read newly released books anyway. Russ Beattie is tweaking a "system where you could choose any one of the public domain eBooks out there and have a small chunk delivered daily via RSS," thinking he could attack a 500 page book by "distributing it, a few pages at a time, via RSS". It could mean reading a book while thumbing through your newsfeeds.

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