Date archives "November 2006"

Who owns what – creative ownership’s terms and conditions

Nice overview article in The Guardian, about the terms and conditions used in the videosharing services. It notes that MySpace now recognizes the creator’s ownership, but MTV does not. We quote the specific paragraphs on T&C’s only, but the article is worth reading for its context. MySpace: “People posting content are informed they retain ultimate… Continue reading

OpenBusiness report on UK artists and their attitude on the Creative Commons

Release of Report on ‘UK Artists, Copyright and Creative Commons’ Click on the following link to download the report: The Arts Council England and OpenBusiness.cc announce the release of a report, which represents the results of a six-month study into artists’ attitudes towards copyright, creativity and alternative licensing practises, in particular Creative Commons (CC). Although… Continue reading

Benkler, Bauwens, and the market

Though based on a total misreading of both the work of Benkler (The Wealth of Nations) and myself (The P2P Manifesto), there is a stimulating analysis of our work on peer production in the blog Artifice and Agency, presumable from a student of Dale Carrico, Ben N. Here is my response, I’m only quoting the… Continue reading

The problems of experts and credentials

Clay Shirky has made a new and important contribution to the debate on the roles of experts vs. free contributors in building knowledge, as it applies to the Wikipedia vs. Citizendium controversy. You can read it here, and it is strongly recommended. Shirky focuses on the issue of cost, i.e. costs of contributions (Wikipedia) vs…. Continue reading

Book of the Week: Three Ways of Getting Things Done, part two

Book: Getting Things Done. Hierarchy, Heterarchy and Responsible Autonomy. By Gerard Fairtlough. Triarchy Press. In this second and last excerpt, the author teases out the differences between heterarchy and responsible autonomy: For more information, see Triarchypress Gerard Fairtlough: Responsible autonomy will sometimes lead to disputes, for instance about the fairness of critique or interference on… Continue reading

Book of the Week: Three Ways of Getting Things Done. By Gerard Fairtlough.

Book: Getting Things Done. Hierarchy, Heterarchy and Responsible Autonomy. By Gerard Fairtlough. Triarchy Press.  At the P2P Foundation, we often stress the importance of the difference between a decentralized network format (devolution of a power center into many), and distributed networks (bottom-up peer to peer networks, where hubs are voluntary). There is a interesting book,… Continue reading

Open-Source Film Making Contest, Screening, More Productions

Cinema Minima has another interesting open-source film making story: Open Source movie making contest offers London screening and festival exposure — and new roles for editors as storytellers: This one is about Stray Cinema "an open source film. Here you are able to download and re-edit the raw footage from a film we have shot… Continue reading

Some processes of cognitive capitalism

Matteo Pasquinelli has an extremely jargon-rich (familiarity with French and Italian theory required) essay, ‘Immaterial Civil War’, that focus on the competitive processes within the sphere of immaterial production. Not an easy read, but it has some interesting nuggets. Some excerpts below. The 3 competitive advantages within immaterial production Enzo Rullani and the "law of… Continue reading

The role of openness vs. hijacking in the 3 processes of P2P knowledge building

Worldchanging, perhaps the most important blog in the world because it deals with issues of the survival of human civilization by continuously collating positive initiatives, has an interesting interview with Thomas Homer-Dixon , the author of The Upside of Down. One of the topics dealth with in the interview is the process of open source… Continue reading

On the value of openness in scientific research

Interesting interview of Karim Lakhini, co-author of a paper on "The Value of Openness in Scientific Problem Solving,". The study found that broadcasting problems to the wider community, was very effective in scientific problem-solving. We cite from HBS Working Knowledge, but recommend reading the whole interview. We have a bunch of interesting interviews with P2P… Continue reading