Friday, June 5, 2015

Lawcast has moved!

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Lawcast is coming back, but lots of changes.

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I really should have posted this on Easter, but whether you look at the past or the future it won't line up with three days. The Lawcast was dead and is about to be killed off. However, it is coming back stronger than ever. Actually, the comeback may come before the death.

"What the hell are you talking about, Doug?"

Two things - obviously.

First, I'm talking about moving everything to the main page. We will handle all of the different feeds by tag. I will tag everything pertaining to law as "law," assuming that's what Tom does when he does the import. There is no time frame on this, but it is happening.

Second, the Lawcast is coming back with a new co-host. I don't know how regularly we will do the show, but it is happening. I'm going to look at his studio on Thursday (it's Tuesday as I write this).

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Please Support for the Future of the Commons

I don't think I can say it better than Aaron, so just watch.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Introduction to Aaron Wolf and

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Expected Audience: Those interested in financially supporting free culture and having their free culture works financially supported.

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Ever since Nick and I decided to start what would become Netizen Empowerment Federation in January 2012, I have been thinking a lot about financial sustainability. It's the main reason I decided to broaden the scope of the Lawcast.

I think has a lot of promise for financial sustainability, but it isn't ready yet. I've spent some time today preparing to get people together to discuss what can be done now - or if waiting really is the best option. I decided that having a discussion where the focus was "get us from now to" did not make a lot of sense if people weren't familiar with has an overwhelming amount of documentation and even if it was a little less overwhelming, some people wouldn't read it. That's why I have decided to provide subscribers with the audio to this interview.

Unfortunately, the audio is still a bit overwhelming at over two hours. Perhaps Aaron has the time to make it to our panel. Perhaps Aaron and I can do a shorter interview. I'll see what I can do.

For now, as said by Aaron:
"The show is a bit over two hours long and covers topics including: copyright, music business, economics, participatory vs performance-based music, philosophy of art, barbershop harmony, software freedom, and more. Overall, it's a good casual summary of my whole personal story of my life and career and how I came to my current understanding and feelings on these topics."

Here are the links (with just a bit of commentary) from the original post.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Ongoing Lawcast Hiatus, but Broader Focus

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I. Ongoing Hiatus

I don't think this needs a lot. The reasons for the hiatus were briefly documented here before and there's been even more on my personal blog.

I will add two things.

First, I will confirm that there is no schedule for returning. I will develop a plan after October 8. I'm in a bit of a holding pattern until then. I am unsure of how long after Oct 8 it will take me. That will depend on what I find out on Oct 8.

Second, I will note that I have a new Patreon listing. I suppose I should add a tier where I end the hiatus. That will be my next step after publishing this!

The hiatus from blogs and audio shows doesn't mean I haven't been thinking about things...

II. Broader Focus

I have already mentioned this in public, but not on the blog. Recent discussions about projectEqualize prompted me to make sure it was on the blog. The Lawcast is going to become a location for academic-type discussions around music, including panel discussions about the future of Creative Commons music.

As of the moment, I am calling this "Law & Policy" but I'm thinking music education, music technology, and basically, the type of stuff that doesn't really fit in the weekly Music Manumit show. Also, it will give me the opportunity to bring people into Music Manumit that can't work on the normal Music Manumit schedule. For example, Jason of Lame Drivers has a Friday night conflict.

Basically, since the Lawcast is only me now (although I'm happy to have this change), there's no reason for it not to have more of my voice. The end of Brian's involvement was the trademark show, so I guess it makes sense that the next post after that would be an announcement of this sort.

III. Panel

If I were ready to end the hiatus, this is where I'd announce a panel discussion on what the community wants out of projectEqualize. I really would like to do that, but I don't have time to put something like that together right now. Based on the loose timetable Mike recently gave, it seems reasonable to think I can pull together a panel before projectEqualize is complete. At this point, all I can say, is watch this space.

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Trademark Basics 1: Intro to Trademarks

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Expected Audience: Law Students and those interested in trademark basics

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This is a joint work by Doug and Brian. Brian is on voice. Doug edited and typed. Technically speaking, I'm still on hiatus, though I do have a back catalog of shows that need editing. I may very well get those out the door in the next few days.

I'm not entirely sure what took me so long to get this out. Maybe was down when I tried to upload it back in January?

Originally, this was supposed to be a series. It still might be. The other planned articles in the trademark basics series were going to be What is a Trademark?, Ownership and Use, Loss of Trademark Rights, Infringement, False Designation of Origin, Advertising, Dilution and Remedies. I was also planning to cover Tax and Trademarks/Goodwill, Trademarks and Ethnic Music, and Access to Gray Market Goods at some point. If I get donations or even requests, I may end up completing the series. Donation information is both on the right and at the bottom of this article.

And for those of you that are deaf, and I know there is at least one likely to see this, in the future the series may be text. I've got to figure out financials before I think about continuing the series. However, as with everything, feedback will speed up the process!

Until next time!

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Not Quite an Episode

This is a rerun of the Music Manumit Podcast on July 7th, 2010. This was supposed to go out before Nick and I did the interview with Pete, but it didn't. Better late than never. And just in case you're curious, I'm still technically on hiatus.

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From Music Manumit Podcast:We talk with Pete Prodoehl, who's been involved in many disciplines of the creative arts, from music to photography, as well as videography, writing, drawing, and general computer hackery. Pete has been involved in open source software, and many other open initiatives such as BarCamp, Bucketworks, Web414, and MilwaukeeDevHouse. Check out Pete's music here. And the his photography here.

Pete tells us the story of how the media used one of his works, and the outcome of his pursuit to make them follow the CC license.