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  1. Copyleft and data: databases as poor subject

    tl;dr: Open licensing works when you strike a healthy balance between obligations and reuse. Data, and how it is used, is different from software in ways that change that balance, making reasonable compromises in software (like attribution) suddenly become insanely difficult barriers.

  2. Copyleft and data: database law as (poor) platform

    tl;dr: Databases are a very poor fit for any licensing scheme, like copyleft, that (1) is intended to encourage use by the entire world but also (2) wants to place requirements on that use. This is because of broken legal systems and the way data is used. Projects considering copyleft, or even mere attribution, for…

  3. Free as in … ? My LibrePlanet 2016 talk

    Below is the talk I gave at LibrePlanet 2016. The tl;dr version: Learning how political philosophy has evolved since the 1670s shows that the FSF’s four freedoms are good, but not sufficient. In particular, the “capability approach” pioneered by Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum is applicable to software, and shows us how to think about…

  4. Reinventing FOSS user experiences: a bibliography

    There is a small genre of posts around re-inventing the interfaces of popular open source software; I thought I’d collect some of them for future reference: Recent: Drupal WordPress: ma.tt, wp.com Older: Firefox: 0.1 release notes Visual Editor: first blog post I can find (though I’m sure there are many emails), Economist The first two…

  5. Come work with me – developer edition!

    It has been a long time since I was able to say to developer friends “come work with me” in anything but the most abstract “come work under the same roof” kind of sense. But today I can say to developers “come work with me” and really mean it. Which is fun :) Details: Wikimedia’s new…

  6. Free-riding and copyleft in cultural commons like Flickr

    Flickr recently started selling prints of Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike photos without sharing any of the revenue with the original photographers. When people were surprised, Flickr said “if you don’t want commercial use, switch the photo to CC non-commercial”. This seems to have mostly caused two reactions: “This is horrible! Creative Commons is horrible!” “Commercial…

  7. My Wikimania 2014 talks

    Primarily what I did during Wikimania was chew on pens. However, I also gave some talks. The first one was on Creative Commons 4.0, with Kat Walsh. While targeted at Wikimedians, this may be of interest to others who want to learn about CC 4.0 as well. Second one was on Open Source Hygiene, with…

  8. Wikimania 2014 Notes – very miscellaneous

    A collection of semi-random notes from Wikimania London, published very late: The conference generally Tone: Overall tone of the conference was very positive. It is possibly just small sample size—any one person can only talk to a small number of the few thousand at the conference—but seemed more upbeat/positive than last year. Tone, 2: The one…

  9. Slide embedding from Commons

    A friend of a friend asked this morning: Hmmm trying to upload a CC0 public domain presentation from #OKFest14 by @punkish and @SlideShare don’t have public domain license option :( — Jenny Molloy (@jenny_molloy) July 22, 2014 I suggested Wikimedia Commons, but it turns out she wanted something like Slideshare’s embedding. So here’s a test…