Big Brother is tracking you

August 10, 2005

Wired reports on a Department for Transport pilot scheme to test RFID chipped car numberplates here in the UK, with battery powered chips that can broadcast their identity up to 300ft. Considering that we don't have that many toll bridges or roads here, and the congestion charge is limited to London, I wonder what the […]

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Get your rights on eBay, half a dozen for £1

August 5, 2005

I never know you could buy your rights on eBay, but apparently so: Hmm, I guess I'd better get myself a whole stash, in case they run out.

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Halfway mark

July 29, 2005

We've just hit halfway on our pledge drive to raise enough money to get a British version of the EFF up and running. The 500th pledger was Galen Gusdorf, who was absolutely not in any way harangued into it by me on IRC, oh no sirree, I didn't just spend the last hour obsessively hitting […]

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The right to digital freedom

July 28, 2005

Danny O'Brien writes about our UK digital rights project in The Guardian today. Hopefully this will get a few more people to add their names to our pledge. In less than a week, we've managed to attract 450 people to promise their support to us, we've had emails from individuals who want to do more […]

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Defending digital rights in the UK

July 23, 2005

I've had a few meetings with Danny O'Brien from the Electronic Frontier Foundation over the last few weeks, talking about the possibility of starting some sort of EFF-like organisation in the UK and generally volunteering myself to assist. At the moment, the digital rights activist community in the UK is somewhat fragmented and I believe […]

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And now I'm leaving I want to stay

July 19, 2005

Had a great meeting this morning with Chris Messina and Creative Commons. Why is it that the coolest things happen just when I am about to leave? Guess this is just another on a long list of reasons to return. Off to the airport now. See you on the other side of the pond.

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Paradoxical tattoo conversation

July 19, 2005

Him: Hey Suw! Waiting in the airport? Me: No, no, don't fly til tonight. Getting ready for a meeting w. CC Him: Ooh, sounds like fun Me: Had no sleep last night at all. Well, 3 hours Him: Oh dear Me: It means I'll sleep tonight on the plane, though Him: Or you'll crash out […]

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May Copyfighter's Drunken Brunch and Talking Shop

May 22, 2005

I meant to blog about this before, but time got away from me. Anyway, went to the Copyfighter's Drunken Brunch and Talking Shop again earlier this month, and it was, as usual, a scream. I spoke again at Speaker's Corner and it was a lot less pant-wettingly scary than last time, even though there were […]

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Who owns your portfolio? – A look at IP for designers

April 12, 2005

My latest article about intellectual property, copyright and Creative Commons for web designers is out today in Issue 4 of Design In-Flight. Here's an excerpt: Who owns your portfolio? It might seem logical that you own the designs you create; but it's not always true. With the advent of the first graphical internet browser came […]

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Should I rip this?

September 9, 2004

Complicated flow chart to help you decide whether you should rip that CD you're holding in your hand. Alternatively, just say 'Yes!', kids. Rip it, and if you like it, distribute it, blog it, buy it. (Ta for the link, Imajes.)

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Algo a cambio de nada. El proyecto de audiolibro de Free Culture

September 3, 2004

Javier Candeira has translated my Free Culture AudioBook essay into Spanish: Algo a cambio de nada. El proyecto de audiolibro de Free Culture. This is really very cool. It's free culture in action. This blog has an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Creative Commons licence, so it's good to see someone making use of those freedoms. Maybe this is […]

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Ha! Ha! And ha!

August 23, 2004

Oh, what a shock, music sales have gone up in the UK over the last year, and that's not even counting legal download sales. The number of legal downloads sold in the UK this year has now exceeded two million units, the BPI said. This means sales have increased from a rate of 100,000 per […]

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Free Culture in Helsinki

July 28, 2004

A small but perfectly formed MP4 video for you. Lawrence Lessig: Free Culture and the Creative Commons, Helsinki May 04. Ta for the heads-up, Joi.

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Language and property

July 24, 2004

Vince writes a good post about language and property that's worth reading over on Dragon's Fandango. Vince is one of the most intelligent, talented writers I've met, and I'm really glad that he's started a blog. Just wait til he gets his book finished, is all I can say.

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Sony's sparklingly stupid DRM solution

June 24, 2004

Vnunet report that Sony's new Libre ebook reader features some hellish DRM which locks up your ebooks – yes, that's right, the ebooks you bought with your money – after 60 days. To paraphrase Cory: Damn, I wish Sony would devote some expensive engineering effort in order that I may do less with my ebooks. […]

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