The makers of Final Draft pay us a visit to clear up John and Craig’s misconceptions of, well, everything. It’s double the umbrage for your money. Then we discuss Quentin Tarantino’s leaked script, the upcoming WGA negotiations, and how to make it clear you’re attached to direct your spec.
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Scriptnotes, 129: The One with the Guys from Final Draft | A ton of useful information about screenwriting from screenwriter John August
Gabriella Coleman, the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy in the Art History and Communication Studies Department at McGill University, discusses her new book, “Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking,” which has been released under a Creative Commons license.
Coleman, whose background is in anthropology, shares the results of her cultural survey of free and open source software (F/OSS) developers, the majority of whom, she found, shared similar backgrounds and world views. Among these similarities were an early introduction to technology and a passion for civil liberties, specifically free speech.
Coleman explains the ethics behind hackers’ devotion to F/OSS, the social codes that guide its production, and the political struggles through which hackers question the scope and direction of copyright and patent law. She also discusses the tension between the overtly political free software movement and the “politically agnostic” open source movement, as well as what the future of the hacker movement may look like.
The Software Freedom Law Center provides legal representation and other law related services to protect and advance Free and Open Source Software.
Join us at Columbia Law School as renowned security expert Bruce Schneier talks with Eben Moglen about what we can learn from the Snowden documents, the NSA’s efforts to weaken global cryptography, and how we can keep our own free software tools from being subverted.
Dalton Caldwell, CEO and co-founder of App.net, is Jeffrey Zeldman’s guest in Episode No. 84 of The Big Web Show, sponsored by Happy Cog.
Are you a GTD fanatic? Love OmniFocus? Want a sneak peak at this week’s special Macworld Omni event? We’ve got an exclusive interview with Ken Case, CEO of the Omni Group, about their latest upgrade to their popular OmniFocus software.
Blogging pioneer, and former Spark guest, Anil Dash argues when companies push for intrusive Terms of Service, users need to push back. He speaks with Nora Young about why we should become Terms of Service activists and whether governments need to get involved to help companies stay in line.
A talk by Richard Stallman, the pioneer of the CopyLeft movement, at the University of Sussex. Stallman was speaking on the need to reform a copyright system which has outgrown the historical circumstances of its creation and now serves the mega corporations, such as Disney, as opposed to the majority of the population.
Stallman’s talk is broad-ranging, from E-Book readers (“The Amazon Swindle”) through the Sony rootkit fiasco to redefining copyright terms based on the category of the work (utilitarian: no copyright; art: copyright — 10 years?). He was polemical in his call for a complete destruction of the record companies that deserve nothing more than obliteration for their complicity in attempting to take away users’ freedoms.
A high point was, in my mind, the argument on schools breeding dependence upon proprietary software. While this demonstrates the fact that, for Stallman, almost every ethical principle can be deduced from parallels in the realm of free software, his argument did, at the end of the day, work: would you let a drug dealer inject children free of charge (gratis) so that, when they leave, they will be hooked on an expensive product?
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This recording is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution No Derivatives license. It was made by Martin Eve.
A Little Bit Pregnant: Why it’s a Bad Idea to Regulate Computers the Way We Regulate Radios, Guns, Uranium and Other Special-Purpose Tools - Cory Doctorow
In his keynote speech Cory addresses the issue of computer regulation in general and, more specifically, asks: What happens when we take the failed regulatory model from the copy-right realm and try to import it into other realms too? What are the consequences?
Tom Coates has been blogging and working on social software since well before either of them got that name. He cares very much about making the web a suitable place for people to live in, and has been doing so with Barbelith, UpMyStreet, BBC Radio, The Open Rights Group, Yahoo Brickhouse and FireEagle. He even started a blog about Tummeling called Everything in Moderation 8 years ago.
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