Why we need/don’t need a registry of works

The Public Consultation of the European Commission on copyright legislation asks questions about the benefits of a registry of creative works (the Fix Copyright web site has some useful summaries to explain). The issue of registries is one that we’ve come across many times in our work. There’s no shortage of registries for creative works, most […]

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Meet us at FOSDEM 2014

This weekend, Brussels will be all about open source as the two day event FOSDEM kicks off Saturday. Commons Machinery will be there too. Leena Simon (Partnerships Manager) and Peter Liljenberg (Senior Software Engineer) will be there to mingle and talk about how open source software can support reuse and remixing of open works by […]

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Storing metadata in LibreOffice

Commons Machinery will be in Brussels the weekend of February 1-2 for FOSDEM, and I will present a short talk about our work on using credit metadata in LibreOffice on Saturday (event details here).  We’ve done some great improvements to our credit plugin which I will show in this talk, but if you can’t make […]

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Introducing Mathias Klang

February is coming soon, and with it another member joins our team. We are very happy to announce that Mathias Klang will be working as a researcher for Commons Machinery. Among other responsibilities, he will be exploring and identifying the parts of what we do that have academic relevance. Mathias started out in the world […]

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Another year of Fellowship

I hinted about this in the last newsletter of Commons Machinery and now that we’re halfway into the first month of 2014, I’m very happy to say that I’ve been entrusted with another year of Fellowship with the Shuttleworth Foundation. Back in 2012, I approached the Foundation with a very simple idea: why don’t we […]

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Copyright Week and the Creative Commons

This week the Electronic Frontiers Foundation is taking the 2-year anniversary of the SOPA blackout protest as an opportunity to centre on the impacts of copyright law on free speech, creative expression, and innovation. But how does copyright law impact everyday creative practices? The open access movement believes the usability of software and creative products […]

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Our lightning talk at the 30th Chaos Communication Congress

We had a very inspiring time at 30C3 in Hamburg. More than 9000 people came from all over the world to participate with the biggest ChaosCommunicationsCongress so far. The Congress Center Hamburg was filled with creative nerds, hardware hackers, political organisations and software startups who worked on their projects and presented them. The program of […]

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Plagiarism: The other side of attribution

In my last blog post I presented a few concepts and aspects related to attribution. I also mentioned how attribution can be examined from a legal, social or economic perspective. In this post we’ll stay in the sociological sphere, but also look into the moral aspects of attribution. If there is one thing, which is […]

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