I’ve been thinking about Libre Software and networked learning. I revisited a speech given by Eben Moglen back in 2003. It makes much more sense to read the whole speech but lets look at some of what he said.
Owning an iPod, camera phone or a DVD recorder might be
enough to land you in jail or lumbered with a large fine under the
Federal Government’s proposed new changes to the copyright laws, experts
As you know I’m a big fan of Free Software, Free Knowledge and Free Culture and the word Free is used because the person is free, its not a matter of zero price. It’s crazy that politicians can propose new changes to laws like this. I hope this will push you to explore the free world because you can make authorized copies of all the works and won’t have to deal with this problem.
In this video I look at open source web desktop environments, mainly eyeOS. Some of the web 2.0 heads might want to check out eyespot.
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I just got off the phone with Peter Shanks, creator of the Training Packages Unpacked tool. It is a system that reaches into the MSAccess data base of the Australian National Training Information Service NTIS (a place that manages expressions of Australian competency standards or training units for qualification), and pulls it out of the PDFs and RTFS and redisplays the information that teachers and learners need on a web page for us web people to more easily reuse. Then he goes the full 9 yards and makes the newly formatted data available for those of us using wikis, Moodle, html, XML and an assessment spreadsheet. Now its just a simple process of finding the competency unit you are using for learning, teaching or assessment and copy pasting your prefered format into your prefered system. Read more…
ccozan writes to tell us of a law being rushed through
the Australian legislature that would criminalize great swaths of the
citizenry. The Internet Industry Association of Australia is posting
warning scenarios spelling out how far-reaching this law would be. From
the release: “A family who holds a birthday picnic in a place of public
entertainment (for example, the grounds of a zoo) and sings ‘Happy
Birthday’ in a manner that can be heard by others, risks an infringement
notice carrying a fine of up to $1,320. If they make a video recording
of the event, they risk a further fine for the possession of a device
for the purpose of making an infringing copy of a song… The US Free
Trade Agreement does not require Australia to go down this path, and
neither US nor European law contain such far-reaching measures. We are
at a total loss to understand how this policy has developed, who is
behind it and why there is such haste in enacting it into law — with
little if any public debate.”