FSF has announced LibrePlanet 2013 is happening, so we’re announcing that we’re going to hold our FooBar event on the Saturday night.
Do you like classic game graphics? Do you support free culture and free software? Can you see where this is going? Creative Commons, the Free Software Foundation, and OpenGameArt have launched a free-as-in-freedom game design competition, the Liberated Pixel Cup:
Announcing the Liberated Pixel Cup: an epic contest for gaming freedom
We'll let FOO300 MediaGoblin founder Chris Webber explain what the competition is about:
Liberated Pixel Cup is a two-part competition: make a bunch of awesome free culture licensed artwork, and program a bunch of free software games that use it. Hopefully many cool projects can come out of this but that will only happen if people like you get involved! Liberated Pixel Cup is a great opportunity for the commons in many ways! Right now it’s hard to find free culture content to bootstrap games that match a consistent style and hard for artists to collaborate on such. We’re also very interested in areas where free software and free culture directly intersect, which we don’t always see enough of (and which sometimes can even get a bit complex, so it’s good to have opportunities to think about them when we can), and games are a great example of this overlap. We hope you’ll participate!This is an excellent project, so do get involved if you can!
This graph from an article in The Atlantic shows how copyright law prevents rather than encourages reprints of books. The dip in new versions of books coincides with U.S copyright:
There's no such problem with freely-licensed or public domain books. It would be interesting to see a study that looks only for such works, but these cannot be identified via Amazon's API. There's an opportunity there...
Exciting times are ahead for Libre.fm. Work has increased on the site and Matt, Rob and the developers (Elleo, jurg, Clint, kabniel, warp and the others) are committed to delivering some truly fantastic features on the site over the coming year.
To kick things off, we have a promotion with Flattr where you’ll be able to get an account and donate some money to your favorite Libre artist (or to the site itself), and Flattr will pick up the payment.
We have plenty more things to share with you, and for this we need to email you. For this, you need to be registered on Libre.fm, so if you didn’t get this message, go register now.
During the coming months, we hope to have some new exclusive Libre artists, news on local Libre.fm events in your area and some new features for the site, as well as a return to the monthly Libre.fm podcast (we just need to collectively harass Mike for that one!) — all together, this could be our best year yet!
We also have good work coming in the design of the site. After the previous round of excellent work by Pablo Lizardo, we’re working with another local (Boston) artist, Brendan Mruk. Brendan is working closely with me to get some concept art together, and we’ll soon be digitizing the work and sharing it with you all.
Until then, you can see an example of Brendan’s work, here.
Remember, you can support our work directly by making a donation: we accept PayPal, bitcoins, Flattr and more!
This non exhaustive collection is intended to inspire, inform and enable people to apply peer-to-peer principles for making things and getting organised together. We hope that all art lovers, makers, thinkers, organisers and strategists will find something for them from this set of imaginative, communitarian and dynamic contemporary practices.
Curated by Furtherfield: Ruth Catlow and Marc Garrett with additional texts by Charlotte Frost and Rob Myers.
1 What You will Find in this Collection
2 Essays & Interviews
3 Radio Interviews
4 Artist Projects
5 Open Source Resources
- Open source services
- Organisational models and strategies
- Guides and how-tos
- Glossary for Beginners in FOSS Art
Can be found at the the Foundation for P2P Alternatives http://p2pfoundation.net/World_of_Free_and_Open_Source_Art
And at ACE/Thinking Digital http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/about-us/digital-innovation-development/thinking-digital/collaboration-and-freedom/
Commissioned by Arts Council England for Thinking Digital. http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/about-us/digital-innovation-development/thinking-digital/
It will also be presented at the FLOSSIE (Women in FLOSS) conference in November 15th. London. http://www.flossie.org/?page_id=189
Furtherfield commission 'Balloon Dog' by Rob Myers.
A downloadable freely licensed 3D model of an artwork to print and remix. 2011 Furtherfield commission.
Balloon Dog forms part of a series of shareable DIY 'readymades' for an era of digital copying and sharing. Iconic objects from the history of appropriation and remixing art are recreated as 3D-digital models. Users can then download and send the digital model to 3D printers via the Internet to receive their own physical artwork through the post at a scale of their choosing.
Want a free download of our first EP release? Get it as a high quality Ogg Vorbis download if you sign this petition to get popular US public radio show, This American Life to offer their podcast in Ogg Vorbis as well as MP3.
- Sign the petition.
- Forward us your confirmation email — to email@example.com
- We’ll send you back a place to download a whole EP of music in Ogg Vorbis.
No catch. We won’t put you on our mailing list.
The next event has been posted, a sponsor has been found, and a flyer is being produced in Inkscape.
Consider this your invite.
As 2011 comes hurtling towards us with its inevitablity, it’s fun to look back at 2010 and see some of the stuff we’ve done.
In 2010, not only did we finally get ourselves together and finally incorporate, we also got our first bunch of paying customers. We now have seven FooVCs — if you’d like to join this illustrious bunch of the free world’s elite, and get yourself a funky little FooPlug in exchange, now is a great time to do so.
If $300 is a bit much for you at this time of year, we’ve also got some other bundles to tout our wares…
Kicking around the Foo warehouse are some CD-R copies of the furny EP, more mature escapades in hi-fidelity. Get one of these, plus some buttons… and we’ll knock some money off the price:
2011 sees a change of direction of us: as you hopefully will know, we’re not a software company, but an entertainment company: so, to make this distinction clearer, we’re moving all of our software and other community efforts to their own website: http://foocorp.org/ — we call these things ‘Foo Projects’, and our goal is to take new projects we work on, and eventually move them to being community projects. We will continue to support all community projects, with company resources, but putting them in the direction of the community of developers and artists who work on them.
Foo Projects will also have its own blog. Over there, we’re just publishing the latest news on GNU social and GNU FM…
At your nearest convenience please head to http://daisycha.in on the World Wide Web and after reading and digesting our good mantras and diatribes on the evils of Facebook and the like, consider signing up for your own account.
There most certainly will be bugs, and right now you can’t even sign in after you sign up.
They’re very similar to the Terms and Privacy Policies found here: http://identi.ca/doc/tos and http://identi.ca/doc/privacy but we’re also not logging IP addresses again (same deal applies to Libre.fm, if you’re wondering…)
But: due to an unfortunate link by someone we no longer want to have anything to do with, ever, we’ve been forced to launch now, a few hours ahead of schedule. Minus a support forum, which we’d hoped would be a cool feature, but hey ho… if you have any suggestions for free software sites like Get Satisfaction or Stack Overflow, please send them our way…
As ever, we are here to help and serve you, so please send questions and feedback our way and we’ll do our best to get back to you admit all the screaming hordes of fans this new website will surely not bring us.
Into the future!
Your pals, - Rob and Matt
PS. We took this off our website a while ago. Maybe time to put it back?
It’s my belief that history is a wheel. “Inconsistency is my very essence,” says the wheel. “Rise up on my spokes if you like but don’t complain when you’re cast back down into the depths. Good time pass away, but then so do the bad. Mutability is our tragedy, but it’s also our hope. The worst of time, like the best, are always passing away.”