Welcome to the August 2006 edition of the Free Culture Events Newsletter - A joint project of Free Culture UK and iCommons. Free Culture is a movement that extends the logic of free software into the world of art, advocating free creativity, sharing and appropriation. There will be thousands of events with this ethos going on around the world, but the listings below are brought to you by activists and advocates of the free culture movement. You can add your events and reviews to this newsletter on the iCommons wiki.
London Copyfighters’ Drunken Brunch and Talking Shop
What: A picnic in the park followed by an outing to Speakers’ Corner.
What: The Wizards of OS are concerned with the emerging knowledge order of digital media. Their focus is on the potential of PC and internet for fostering free communication and open collaboration in the creation of knowledge.
What: Registration is now open for the VI Computer Law World Conference, which will take place in Edinburgh 6th - 8th September 2006. The 2006 Conference will be hosted by the AHRC Research Centre for Studies in Intellectual Property and Technology Law, located in the School of Law at the University of Edinburgh. The conference brings together legal academics and practitioners from around the world to consider and debate all aspects of information technology law. Previous years’ conferences have fostered links between educational institutions and legal practices across the globe, reaching out to a wider international audience each year.
Who: Keynote presenters include Professor Michael Geist (University of Ottawa), Mia Garlick (Creative Commons) “Creative Commons: Five Years On", Dr Patricia Akester (University of Cambridge), Professor Lilian Edwards (University of Southampton), Nic Garnett (WIPO), Ray Plzak & Steve Ryan (American Registry for Internet Numbers ARIN).
When: 6th - 8th September 2006.
Where: The School of Law, University of Edinburgh, UK.
Free culture in the news
Public Domain Works Database launched
The Public Domain Works DB is an open registry of artistic works that are in the public domain. It is focused on recordings (and their underlying compositions) because a term extension for recordings is currently being considered in Europe. In the future it will expand to cover all types of cultural works which are covered by copyright. The DB is a joint project of Free Culture UK and the Open Knowledge Foundation.
Call for volunteers: Assistance is required in two main areas:
Development of the public domain works database and web application. At present we are working on doing a first iteration using python and the django web application framework. Help is required with all and any of the coding, web development, testing and usability.
The obtaining and entry of data on works. We need to find and enter data on recordings along with information on the artists who authored and performed those works.
WikiMania 2006: The International Wikimedia Conference
What: Both a scientific conference and a community event, Wikimania brings together members of the various Wikimedia projects in order to exchange ideas, build relationships, and report on research and project efforts.
Know How Conference 2006: Weaving the information society: a gender and multicultural perspective
What: The mission of the Know How Conference 2006 is to advance gender justice and respect for every nation’s cultural diversity within the information society, and promote access to information and communication as a fundamental women’s and human right.
International Festival of Mobile Creativity in Brazil
What: MOBILEFEST is the 1st Brazilian Festival of Mobile Art, based on the sociological implications that mobile phones and mobile technologies have been promoting in our culture.
Call for Papers! MOBILEFEST 2006 seeks paper and presentation proposals responding to the Symposium themes: How can Mobile Technology contribute to democracy, culture, art, ecology, peace, education, health and third-sector? Deadline: 31st August 2006. More information.
What: ccKorea and ccTaiwan’s scheme for conversation session (hopefully with a casual joint concert) with a remix musician from ccTaiwan, and a remix musician from ccKorea.
When: 19th August.
The Second Africa Developer Roadshow: Education and Localisation
What: The ultimate aim of the Travelling Developer Road Show project is to link software developers in Africa with civil society in order to meet sustainable development needs, whilst at the same time enhancing the pool of relevant software development skills in the regions. The theme Education and Localization was selected for sustainability.
Tim is a Free Culture and Digital Rights activist (amongst other things) from London, UK. He also writes a sporadically updated and chaotically disorganised weblog at http://www.continuingadventures.co.uk