Tom's Attic

Just a random collection of stuff

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laurelrusswurm:

Say hello to Gertie
The world’s first animated dinosaur was introduced to the world in 1914 by her creator (the father of classical animation) Winsor McCay.  Originally McCay presented his film of Gertie as part of a vaudeville act with himself interacting with her live.  Later, William Fox incorporated the act and the animation into a movie 
You can see (and legally download) Gertie’s film debut on Wikipedia 
or watch her on YouTube
Because the copyright restrictions on this film have expired, this work is in the Public Domain.  This means anyone can copy it, present it for public showings, or remix it.  (I’m thinking of the next Free Culture Film Festival already :) You could make a soundtrack, colour it, or remake it into something completely different.  It’s even legal to use it in a commercial project without having to worry about royalties.  About the only thing you can’t do with a Public Domain work is take credit for it… that would be plagiarism.
Reading about the film on Wikipedia, I was shocked to discover flip books predated animation; I’d always assumed it was the other way round! 
This is why the Internet is so amazing… as someone interested in animation, although I’d heard of Gertie this is the first time I’ve ever seen her “live.”  And boy, does the girl rock! 

laurelrusswurm:

Say hello to Gertie

The world’s first animated dinosaur was introduced to the world in 1914 by her creator (the father of classical animation) Winsor McCay.  Originally McCay presented his film of Gertie as part of a vaudeville act with himself interacting with her live.  Later, William Fox incorporated the act and the animation into a movie 

You can see (and legally download) Gertie’s film debut on Wikipedia 

or watch her on YouTube

Because the copyright restrictions on this film have expired, this work is in the Public Domain.  This means anyone can copy it, present it for public showings, or remix it.  (I’m thinking of the next Free Culture Film Festival already :) You could make a soundtrack, colour it, or remake it into something completely different.  It’s even legal to use it in a commercial project without having to worry about royalties.  About the only thing you can’t do with a Public Domain work is take credit for it… that would be plagiarism.

Reading about the film on Wikipedia, I was shocked to discover flip books predated animation; I’d always assumed it was the other way round! 

This is why the Internet is so amazing… as someone interested in animation, although I’d heard of Gertie this is the first time I’ve ever seen her “live.”  And boy, does the girl rock! 

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laurelrusswurm:

The Rolls Royce of tinfoil hats.  

You might think the satellite dish defeats the purpose, but I expect it allows in the data that the wearer wants :)

Organizer Paul Nijjar designed and built not one but *two* of these awesome tinfoil hats for Bob Jonkman (pictured above, modelling the hat) and Nick Guenther to wear as they presented a workshop on Privacy and Security Tools

Saturday (september 20, 1014) was Software Freedom Day, and my friends at KWLUG & The Working Centre put on an awesome blow-out celebration (even I contributed this year with my first ever Free Culture Film Festival) in Kitchener.

As always with these events, much was learned and a good time was had by all.

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laurelrusswurm:

This is World Copyright

You may have noticed my occasional disparaging remarks about copyright law, even though I am myself a creator.  
The thing about “rights” is that they are universal, and copyright is far from universal.  In fact, it is artificial, and only exists at all because our governments have legislated it into existence.   If you want to get an idea of just how insane copyright law has become, you need look no further than Wikipedia, which provides a comprehensive overview of what copyright law is in each of the different jurisdictions around the world.
As an author, the correct use of words is important to me, so right off the bat the misleading word”copyright” annoys me.  Because copyright is not a right, it is a state imposed monopoly that actually infringes the rights of the public.  All creations became part of the public domain on publication before the imposition of the copyright monopoly.  With Copyright, creative works— the building blocks of human culture — are actually locked away from the public.
My thinking is that rather than helping me, copyright law actually makes my life much more difficult than it ought to be.  As a self publisher, I have to be careful not to run afoul of copyright law, so I dare not quote song lyrics in any of my novels.
Today’s creator must be mindful about doing homage to a work that influenced them, or about accessing or even referencing cultural works locked down by copyright.  And it isn’t just professionals, this applies to all people… anyone who makes a video posted to YouTube, or writes a story in a blog, or publishes a cartoon or anything on the internet (including places like Facebook and Twitter an Imgur and Pinterest and Tumblr) needs to be careful because these days copyright law can be used against you.  So anyone who creates digital media— even amateurs and school children— need to consult with an intellectual property lawyer, or at the very least we really need to know something about copyright law before even beginning to create. 
Talk about a chilling effect.
"Intellectual Property" is the phrase most often used for the copyright triumvirate: copyright, patent and trademark law .  A more appropriate phrase might be "Intellectual Restraints."
Image Credits
World Copyright Terms Map by Balfour Smith  Vectorized by Badseed usingBlankMap-World6 as a basemap.Original image by Balfour Smith at Duke University
and the Key by Badseed
are released under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license

laurelrusswurm:

This is World Copyright

You may have noticed my occasional disparaging remarks about copyright law, even though I am myself a creator.  

The thing about “rights” is that they are universal, and copyright is far from universal.  In fact, it is artificial, and only exists at all because our governments have legislated it into existence.   If you want to get an idea of just how insane copyright law has become, you need look no further than Wikipedia, which provides a comprehensive overview of what copyright law is in each of the different jurisdictions around the world.

As an author, the correct use of words is important to me, so right off the bat the misleading word”copyright” annoys me.  Because copyright is not a right, it is a state imposed monopoly that actually infringes the rights of the public.  All creations became part of the public domain on publication before the imposition of the copyright monopoly.  With Copyright, creative works— the building blocks of human culture — are actually locked away from the public.

My thinking is that rather than helping me, copyright law actually makes my life much more difficult than it ought to be.  As a self publisher, I have to be careful not to run afoul of copyright law, so I dare not quote song lyrics in any of my novels.

Today’s creator must be mindful about doing homage to a work that influenced them, or about accessing or even referencing cultural works locked down by copyright.  And it isn’t just professionals, this applies to all people… anyone who makes a video posted to YouTube, or writes a story in a blog, or publishes a cartoon or anything on the internet (including places like Facebook and Twitter an Imgur and Pinterest and Tumblr) needs to be careful because these days copyright law can be used against you.  So anyone who creates digital media— even amateurs and school children— need to consult with an intellectual property lawyer, or at the very least we really need to know something about copyright law before even beginning to create. 

Talk about a chilling effect.

"Intellectual Property" is the phrase most often used for the copyright triumvirate: copyright, patent and trademark law .  A more appropriate phrase might be "Intellectual Restraints."


Image Credits

World Copyright Terms Map by Balfour Smith 
Vectorized by Badseed usingBlankMap-World6 as a basemap.
Original image by Balfour Smith at Duke University

and the Key by Badseed

are released under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license