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The Met Just Put 375,000 Artworks In Public Domain For Unrestricted Use

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 02.07.2017 | Arts

On Tuesday morning, one of New York’s most prestigious art havens announced that it will place 375,000 images of its artworks in the public domain, ...

Helsinki's Data Journalism, Transparency and Scoops

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.05.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Turning numbers and data into scoops. Helsinki journalists have been doing it for years and serve as good examples for media worldwide. "We do a lot...

MIT Researcher Reportedly Sentenced to Death in Syria

Joichi Ito | Posted 12.10.2016 | World
Joichi Ito

Bassel's wife, human rights attorney Noura Ghazi, was recently contacted by insiders in the Assad government and told that Bassel has been secretly sentenced to death.

Bloggers Beware: Think Before You Post Images Online

Nancy Wurtzel | Posted 04.21.2014 | Fifty
Nancy Wurtzel

The image I chose for my post was a beautiful Tree of Life creation, which fit perfectly with the subject matter of my post. At the time, I remember hesitating for just a moment. Was it an image I had purchased from a service? Had I found it in Creative Commons? Was it OK to use?

Bold New Plan to Help Brilliant, Creative People Get Paid

Lee Schneider | Posted 02.10.2014 | Business
Lee Schneider

Creative Commons creates a legitimate mechanism allowing sharing for free. But what if the artist wants a choice?

Are You Pirating Content and Don't Know It? 5 Ways to Avoid Pirating Content

Pawan Deshpande | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Pawan Deshpande

As a marketer, you probably don't want to pirate someone's content. Search engines may penalize you for publishing duplicate content and, of course, there are the potential legal and ethical issues to consider.

Disrupting College 2.0

Dr. Carol E. Quillen | Posted 12.08.2013 | College
Dr. Carol E. Quillen

New technologies offer unprecedented opportunities to redefine our role in addressing the range of challenges that we as human beings face. It is our obligation to take up this call for the benefit of our students and our world.

Will Russia's Follow-Up to Snowden Be Copyright Reform?

Max Keiser | Posted 10.06.2013 | Business
Max Keiser

Russia's economy is both cursed and blessed by oil. Now is the time to grab the bull by the horns and take an initiative that will provide decades of non-oil based revenues and millions of new jobs that capitalize on Russia's bright, young, technologically gifted generation.

Free Bassel, Free Culture

Catherine M. Casserly, Ph.D. | Posted 03.15.2013 | World
Catherine M. Casserly, Ph.D.

The room brimmed with ideas: ideas about using arts and technology to build a better Middle East, ideas about new possibilities and challenges for the region. But mixed with the excitement was angst. One man was missing from the celebration. In a way, an entire country was missing.

Prosecutor as Bully

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 03.15.2013 | Technology
Lawrence Lessig

The billions of snippets of sadness and bewilderment spinning across the Net confirm who this amazing boy Aaron Swartz was to all of us. It angers me that he did what he did. But if we're going to learn from this, we can't let slide what brought him here.

"Why Open Education Matters?" Check Out the Video Winners

Esther Wojcicki | Posted 07.28.2012 | Education
Esther Wojcicki

Open Education just got a big boost with the announcement of the winners of the "Why Open Education Matters?" competition the week of July 18. Here are three amazing videos to tell you why it matters.

How The Internet Has Made Art Better

Posted 03.26.2012 | Home

We've written before about PBS' OffBook web show, a bi-monthly video series devoted to "cutting edge arts." The show has a tendency to preach to a cho...

Celebrate Open Education Resources (OER) during Open Education Week March 5-10

Esther Wojcicki | Posted 05.04.2012 | Education
Esther Wojcicki

Want to participate in the most exciting part of the education revolution? You can this week as universities, schools, educators and students around...

My Dad, SOPA and Me

Tanja Aitamurto | Posted 04.24.2012 | Media
Tanja Aitamurto

In our family we have two takes on copyright issues and SOPA. These two approaches reflect the gap between digital and offline worlds. Let's look at ...

51 Ways to Spark a Commons Revolution

Jay Walljasper | Posted 07.23.2011 | Healthy Living
Jay Walljasper

The commons is a fresh way of looking at political, economic, social and cultural life that means, in short, everything that belongs to all of us.

An Obvious Distinction

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Lawrence Lessig

As a "free culture warrior," I was a bit surprised to learn that, according to David Wallace-Wells in The Nation, I was in the business of "exhort[ing others] to piracy." Was I now, and had I always been, a pirate? There's a fallacy at the core of this argument.

Ask GYST: Public Domain Images Get a Mark

Karen Atkinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Karen Atkinson

Even with creative commons searches for images, it is not always clear if those images are copyrighted. With this new mark, we will no longer be guessing.

Ted Prize Wish Granted With an App That Gives a Damn

Cameron Sinclair | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Cameron Sinclair

This iPad application will inevitably change the way the world looks at design and building for communities in need. It's the first of its kind, a tool built for designers and community groups that connects with donors around the world.

$50B Infrastructure Plan: Make it Open Source and Transparent

Cameron Sinclair | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cameron Sinclair

Obama noted this plan "will change the way Washington spends your tax dollars." Given it's our tax dollars, I want to make a request. Let's have an online system through which the government can articulate success to the broader population.

Kristin Hersh on Her New Book, Rat Girl

Holly Cara Price | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Holly Cara Price

Songwriter, musician, mother of four, and founder of the seminal art rock band Throwing Muses, Kristin Hersh has pretty much been to hell and back and...

Slowed-Down Bieber: A Glacial Victory for Fair Use

Jason Sigal | Posted 04.16.2014 | Arts
Jason Sigal

Multiple major labels have lent their support to a hugely popular (and quite excellent) 800%-slower remix of Justin Beiber's song "U Smile." This, despite the fact that it is arguably a copyright infringement.

Tapping a Million Green Brains

Marc Stoiber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Marc Stoiber

Mass collaboration in business was, until quite recently, a concept treated with suspicion. Today, we're seeing an explosion of collaboration that unabashedly taps the creative reservoir of the masses.

ASCAP's attack on Creative Commons

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

UPDATE: I've received a letter from Paul Williams declining my offer to debate. "My priorities," Williams wrote, "must be focused on songwriting and c...

Revolution Needed for Teaching Literacy in a Digital Age

Esther Wojcicki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Esther Wojcicki

Unless the American education system changes course quickly to integrate literacy and digital culture into our current educational paradigm, academic achievement gains will continue to stagnate.

Nike's Open (Green) Innovation

Andrew Winston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andrew Winston

Nike, Best Buy, Yahoo!, and a few others launched the GreenXChange, an organization dedicated to sharing patents and ideas that can help companies reduce their environmental impacts.