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Wed, Sep. 7th, 2005, 11:14 pm
rayne_vandunem: Open Source National Law Project (x-post)

Hi, I'm going to Oglethorpe University, and one of my 4 courses is Business Law I.

Well, as I do have a long-lasting interest in politics, as well as in computer technology, this particular class has inspired me to concoct this particular idea that combines law and open source in a potentially earth-shaking manner. This is what I was writing just a few minutes ago:

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What do you think?

Tue, Dec. 21st, 2004, 02:03 pm
kultureboi: OCL :: creative commons in australia

hey. thought some ppl from here might be interested in this:

Queensland University of Technology's Faculty of Law in association with Creative Industries Faculty proudly presents a conference on

Open Content Licensing (OCL):
Cultivating the Creative Commons

Early in 2004, the Creative Commons (CC) project was launched in Australia. Creative Commons aims to make copyright content more "active" by ensuring that content can be reutilised with a minimum of transactional effort.

With Special Guest Speaker
Professor Lawrence Lessig (Stanford University)

Stanford University Law Professor Lawrence Lessig is very much a superstar of the American legal academy, he has gained notoriety over the last five years as a person willing to challenge the boundaries of thinking on copyright and the Internet.

His two keynote presentations will appeal to academics from across many disciplines including Law, Creative Industries, Arts, Business, Information Technology, Social Behaviour and Ethics.

We believe that this is a tremendous opportunity for students and academics from all over the country to gather together and listen to one of the very great speakers of our times.

Conference Chair: Professor Brian Fitzgerald, Head QUT Law School

Speakers include:

Professor Lawrence Lessig, Stanford University

The Hon Justice Ronald Sackville, Federal Court of Australia (TBC)

Richard Neville, Futurist, Author and Social Commentator (TBC)

Christiane Asschenfeldt, Creative Commons, Germany

Tom Cochrane, QUT DVC (Technology, Information & Learning Support)

Professor Stuart Cunningham, Director of CIRAC, Creative Industries, QUT

Professor Brian Fitzgerald, Head, QUT School of Law

Dr Terry Cutler, Company Director of Cutler and Company Pty Ltd

Ian Oi, Special Counsel, Blake Dawson Waldron Lawyers

When: Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 January 2005

Cost: $380 (inc. GST)
(incl. conference dinner and optional "Law and Computer Games" session)

$80 for undergraduate students - 30 places only (excl. dinner)
$120 for postgraduate students - 30 places only (excl. dinner)

Venue: QUT Gardens Point (City) campus, Brisbane, D Block, Room 101

For more information on the conference and to obtain a registration form
please visit the conference webpage

Registration to Sian Haigh on +61 (07) 3864 2712 or email s.haigh@qut.edu.au

QUT CRICOS Code: 00213J

this is an exciting concept, and i encourage anyone interested to check it out.

Fri, Nov. 19th, 2004, 11:06 pm
kultureboi: copyright virtual think-tank


for anyone who is interested straight out of brisbane festival 04 and vibewire.net are hosting a virtual think-tank of the future of copyright in australia and the affect of creative commons licensing. get onto the vibewire forums to get involved.

:: Copywrite/Copywrong ::
Culture is a dynamic, evolving organism that should be freely interpreted and reconfigured. How do exclusive rights on creativity effect the development of art and science? Has copyright become an instrument for censorship? This session will look at how ancient knowledge & new ideas get fenced-off, injected with growth hormones, & sold to the highest bidder. Our 'speakers' will introduce the latest tactics for rescuing the warm & fluffy creatures of intellectual capital. The big question: can you keep your intellectual property rights & share them too

chaired by Mark Fallu
speakers/thinkers Tim Parish, James Arvanitakis, Sarah-Jane Woulahan and Elliott Bledsoe

the virtual think-tank is also hosting two other tanks:

::"You can't govern a nation by Google" The future of ideas online ::
How will new technologies affect the way we produce and distribute ideas? In the 90s the rise of email & open publishing paved the way for campaigns without consensus (like the anti-globalisation movement), and conferences without conclusions (like the world social forum). What will new web applications, P2P programs, & the rise of peer-edited websites bring? How might universities, NGOs, activists and think-tanks react?

chaired by Daniel Mackinlay
speakers/thinkers Tim Parish, John Sutton, Sam da Silva, Alex Burns, Damien Lewis

:: What's on the cards? Long term agendas for change ::
With a royal flush of Liberals in both houses, Australian laws will be changing faster than you can say "fold". Who has plans to change Australia over the next three years and beyond? How are they going to make it happen? How do political parties and lobby groups plan for the future? How can we look over the shoulders of the men who are holding all the cards - or even start dealing a few decks of our own? Is it time for the rest of us to start coming up with our own twenty-year plans?

chaired by Miriam Lyons
speakers/thinkers Graham Young, Mark Davis, Hamish Alcorn, and James Arvanitakis

this is an exciting concept, and i encourage anyone interested to head on over to the vibewire.net forums and get thinking. head to the SOOB ideas page on vibewire for more info

Thu, Aug. 5th, 2004, 11:13 am
flense: a starter

Right off, I'm not going to set any rules for Z. I'll take suggestions, though.

Here's a thought, gleaned from someone I met today:
The squirrel has adapted. Instead of runnig across the roads, it rides the wires above.

That's what Z is about, in part. Adaptation.

Z is also about logic, evidence, and improvement.

Also, respect of where you live, on small and large scales, is key.