In copyright, creative commons, elections, information access, open access on December 2, 2008 at 8:25 am
Yesterday, Change.gov announced its content will be copyrighted under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license — the most open of the CC licenses. This means content posted by the transition team, as well as any content submitted by visitors to the site is open for sharing, editing, mixing, and so on. Or as Ars Technica wrote: “Rip, Mix, and Govern.” This move for Obama keeps with his promise of “transparency.” Yet, it was a bit of an oxymoron for a government site geared toward public participation to fall within an “all rights reserved” copyright in the first place. Most .gov sites are in the public domain (the most open of open).
We can only hope (and continue pressing) that Obama remain accountable to this promise when it comes to critical public interest issues — not least of which include reversing the FISA Amendments Act (signed by Bush and supported by then-Senator Obama) and removing permanent mandatory gag orders under the PATRIOT Act. More than those topics later….
In the meantime, information advocates have posted a few principles toward an even more Open Government. See http://open-government.us/
Change.gov’s Newsroom Blog on the new copyright
Overview of CC licenses
In activism, censorship, copyright, free press, indy media, information policy, intellectual freedom on November 29, 2008 at 4:01 pm
On November 25, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) posted a blog worth reading, “Censorship in the 21st Century: Targeting Intermediaries.” Read the full post on EFF’s DeepLinks Blog here.
[Excerpt] “On November 12, 2008, a group of artists and activists unveiled a brilliant spoof of the New York Times, widely distributed to readers in New York and Los Angeles. This “July 4, 2009” version of the Times — which the real New York Times described as a “Grade-A caper” — boldly announced the end of the Iraq War, the nationalization of major oil conglomerates, the elimination of tuition at public universities, and the indictment of soon-to-be-former president Bush on charges of high treason. The poignant send-up, also available in an online version at www.nytimes-se.com, is a perfect example of parody in the 21st century. It certainly got its fair share of attention.
Could the lawyers be far behind? Not surprisingly, the corporate targets of the parody were not pleased. Now, in what is becoming an all-too-familiar trend, one of those corporations has attempted to shut down the site by putting pressure on what is often the weakest link in the online speech chain: the domain name registrar…….” Read the rest of this EFF post.