Posted on January 22, 2008 in MPAA, open rights group, Propaganda by Brian RoweComments Off

A new website was launched recently by the Greens, a European political group. The website is opposing propaganda by the MPAA related to the file sharing debate.

“Whenever you rent a movie, the multinational media industry forces you to watch their propaganda. They claim that downloading movies is the same as snatching bags, stealing cars or shoplifting. That’s simply not true – making a copy is fundamentally different from stealing. The media industry has failed to offer viable legal alternatives and they will fail to convince consumers that sharing equals stealing. Unfortunately, they have succeeded in another area – lobbying to adapt laws to criminalize sharing, turning consumers into criminals. Read more at

Share – It’s Fair

Thanks to the Open Right Group mailing list for publicizing this site.

Posted on November 3, 2007 in CC, open rights group, twitter, wiki by Brian RoweView Comments

Last week The Open Rights Group, in collaboration with 01zero-one and funded by the London Development Agency, began a research project that is examining how the internet enables creative entrepreneurs to develop innovative business practices by being more open with their intellectual property. Creative Business in the Digital Era will examine new business models and the wider context in which they sit, culminating in one day-long and two evening courses at which they will share their findings.

The best part is that they are developing the course out in the open, and under a Creative Commons license, using a wiki, and the need your help need your help! Now! Time is of the essence, as they plan to complete all the course materials by the beginning of February, ready for delivery in March (I hope they podcast the event).

Here is how to get involved:

  1. Sign-up for a free account on the wiki and get cracking! (already created an account myself)
  2. Join the ORG-Discuss mailing list and contribute to the conversation there.
  3. Save relevant links to using the tag org-cbde
  4. Follow their Twitter stream

PS If anyone has extra airline tickets from Seattle to London I would love to go to the presentations!