[Cc-uk] Free Culture Newsletter - August 2006
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Please excuse the spam - here is the August 2006 Edition of the Free
Culture Newsletter, a digest of Free Culture and Commons related
events and news globally.
Please feel free to forward or copy the contents anywhere you like!
FREE CULTURE NEWSLETTER - AUGUST 2006
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 Copyfighers' Drunken Brunch and Talking Shop
* What: A picnic in the park followed by an outing to Speakers' Corner.
* When: The last Sunday of every month.
* Where: Hyde Park, London.
* More information: http://www.openrightsgroup.org/
Wizards of OS 4 International Conference
* 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.
* When: 14 - 16 September 2006
* Where: Columbia-halle, Berlin, Germany
* More information: http://www.wizards-of-os.org/
Computer Law World Conference
* What: Registration is now open for the VI Computer Law World
Conference, which will take place in Edinburgh 6-8 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
* When: 6 - 8 September 2006
* Where: The School of Law, University of Edinburgh, UK
* More Information: http://www.law.ed.ac.uk/ahrb/complaw/index.asp
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
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 coding, web development, testing and
* 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.
* More information: http://www.publicdomainworks.net/
* Participate: http://www.publicdomainworks.net/participate
ccSalon, San Francisco
* What: The CC Salon is a monthly event focused on building a
community of artists and developers around Creative Commons licenses,
standards, and technology.
* When: Wednesday, 9 August, 6-9pm
* Where: Shine, 1337 Mission Street, San Francisco
* More information:
http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Salon_Future_Events (Future Events),
http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Salon (ccSalon on the CC wiki).
Linux World San Francisco
* What: The ultimate Linux and open source gathering, with an
opening keynote address by Prof. Lawrence Lessig, titled "Free
Culture: What We Need From You"
* When: 14-19 August
* Where: Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA
* More information:
http://www.linuxworldexpo.com/dev/12/events/12SFO06A (More Details),
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.
* When: 4-6 August
* Where: Cambridge, MA
* More information: http://wikimania2006.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
CopyCamp: an unconference for artists about the internet and copyright
* What: Topics to be discussed include licensing content on the
internet; Creative Commons and the public domain; Open Source and
* When: 28-30 September 2006
* Where: Ryerson University's Student Campus Centre, Toronto,
* More information: http://copycamp.ca/
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.
* When: 21-26 August, 2006
* Where: Mexico City
* More information: http://knowhow-pueg.unam.mx/ or
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: 31 August 2006. More
* When: September 2006
* Where: Sao Paulo, Brazil
* More information: http://mobilefest.org/
ccKorea and ccTaiwan, meeting and joint concert
* 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: 19 August
* Where: Seoul
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
* When: 8 to 13 August 2006
* Where: University of Education, Winneba, Ghana
* More information: http://www.developer-roadshow.com/ (Developer
Roadshow Website), http://eduforge.org/projects/devroadafr (wiki),
http://www.tectonic.co.za/view.php?id=1060&s=news (article on the
* What: Celebrate the way the internet has changed your life -
from the way you work, to the way you communicate!
* When: 22 September 2006
* Where: Worldwide
* More information: http://www.onewebday.org
Software Freedom Day
* What: Software Freedom Day is a global, grassroots effort to
educate the public about the virtues and availability of Free and Open
* When: 16 September 2006
* Where: Worldwide
* More information: http://softwarefreedomday.org
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