SOTD: Squeezing the Evil out of the Music Industry
John Buckman is coming over to FSCONS to give a talk, Squeezing the Evil out of the Music Industry (how we should rethink record labels by using CC licensing)
John will talk about new models for music & the music business, which hinge on open licensing, transparency, and the new ways that music is actually consumed & shared
John Buckman is founder of Magnatune, a Berkeley, California-based record label he founded in 2003 and which is known for its commercial application of Creative Commons licensing and overtly artist-friendly business practices. Buckman’s methods include forming non-exclusive agreements with musicians, sharing profits equally with them, and allowing them to retain full rights to their own music. This approach is sometimes referred to as “fair trade music.” An accomplished software programmer, Buckman is also thought to be the first to use the term open music, a term derived from the open source software community, in which he has been active. It refers to music that is shareable, available in “source code” form (individual tracks), permits certain forms of derivative works (i.e. remixes), and is made available at no cost for non-commercial use. Since founding Magnatune, Buckman has signed more than 250 recording artists across multiple genres. In August 2006, he launched the non-profit BookMooch, an online community for the exchange of used books, which—in combination with his work with Magnatune—has established Buckman as a prominent figure in the Free Culture movement.
Original post: http://fscons.org/2008/node/67
SOTD: How far behind is free+open culture?
Mike Linksvayer (Vice President of Creative Commons) is coming to FSCONS to give the talk How far behind is free+open culture?
Mike Linksvayer is Vice President of Creative Commons, where he manages core programs and operations. He joined Creative Commons as CTO in 2003. In 2000 he co-founded an early open content/open data company, Bitzi.com, which provides a file metadata service. He has participated in free software and related movements since 1990 and in 1993 published one of the first interviews with Linus Torvalds. Mike has a professional background in web, enterprise and multimedia software development and holds a degree in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
SOTD: Digital Commons throughout history
Eva Hemmungs Wirtén is coming to FSCONS to give a talk Digital Commons throughout history.
From gleaning and lopping to googling and sampling: a brief history of the commons from rural to digital space
Original post: http://fscons.org/2008/node/57
Speech of the Day: VODO
One of the many talks we are looking forward to at FSCONS is Jamie King’s presentation of the VODO project. VODO stands for VOluntary DOnations and is a technology that will make it easier to get monetary funding for Free Culture works when distributed through p2p services. Jamie was one of the main creators of Steal This Film, which was very successful in receiving donations, and in turn enabled them to make Steal This Film 2 even better. Visit http://vodo.net/the-long-version/ for a detailed description of the VODO project.
Henrik Moltke from CC Denmark recently published a blog post about the concept behind VODO.
Original post: http://fscons.org/2008/node/52