Changing your relationship with control
By June 20, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Changing your relationship with control

Give up control. That’s a refrain I’ve often heard in conversations about the relationship organizations should have with their brand in the age of digital communication. I was reminded of that when I read the story of the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) being heavy-handed in their protection of the […]

Johanna Blakley’s lessons from fashion’s free culture
By May 27, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Johanna Blakley’s lessons from fashion’s free culture

This TED talk by Johanna Blakley is a perfect example of why we should all look outside our own interests, professions and industries to learn to be more innovative.

A standing ovation for RiP: A remix manifesto
By March 28, 2009 7 Comments Read More →

A standing ovation for RiP: A remix manifesto

It wasn’t until the end credits finished rolling at the Ottawa premiere of RiP: A remix manifesto that the audience at the Mayfair Theatre gave the film a roaring round of applause that grew… and grew… and eventually became a standing ovation.  The audience wasn’t just being polite, the end credits were packed with attribution […]

Change has come
By January 20, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

Change has come

The swearing in of Barak Obama as President of the United States, today, has brought with it many changes that haven’t enjoyed the publicity they deserve.  Perhaps things would be different if this were a slow news day. Thanks to Andy Kaplan-Myrth for bringing this to my attention. From the newly launched whitehouse.gov website, comes […]

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What does ‘non-commercial use’ mean to you?
By December 4, 2008 2 Comments Read More →

What does ‘non-commercial use’ mean to you?

Creative Commons is conducting a study of what ‘non-commercial use’ of a creative work means to people.  I was involved in a discussion on this topic some time ago when Bob Goyetche and I learned that podcast.com was applying advertising to our our content on their site (see Is podcast.com making money from your podcast). […]

Is podcast.com making money from your podcast?
By October 14, 2008 10 Comments Read More →

Is podcast.com making money from your podcast?

Last week I received a series of emails from Glenn Gaudet of Podcast.com.  Each email was specific to a different podcast that I produce.  I followed the link to one of my podcasts on their site and found six sizable advertisements flashing around a small window containing episodes of my podcast. I was more than […]

Defining Moments: Creative Commons licensing
By November 23, 2007 1 Comments Read More →

Defining Moments: Creative Commons licensing

The latest issue of Podcast User Magazine includes a photo of me, taken by Steve Garfield, as the header for my Defining Moments column. While I submitted the photo as a candidate for the header, I didn’t expect it to run without a credit. More importantly, use of the photo without clearing it with Steve […]

Canadian Podcast Legal Guide available for download
By June 30, 2007 1 Comments Read More →

Canadian Podcast Legal Guide available for download

The Canadian Podcasting Legal Guide was unveiled by Andy Kaplan-Myrth and Kathi Simmons at Podcasters Across Borders and is now available for download (in html and pdf) from the Creative Commons Canada site. The presentation by Andy and Kathi will be available for download on the Canadian Podcast Buffet in the next two weeks.

Do you have a question for the CMRRA?
By June 5, 2007 3 Comments Read More →

Do you have a question for the CMRRA?

David Basskin, President of the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA), has agreed to a phone interview with me on the subject of reproduction rights in the new media space. We are currently working on scheduling the interview. If you have a question that you’d like answered by the CMRRA, email it to me. I […]

The solution is out there
By May 24, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

The solution is out there

About a month ago, Charlie lamented that content licensing is still a bottleneck for Web 2.0 folks (Top Ten Reasons Why Web 2.0 Sucks). One of the reasons that podcasting shot to popularity the way it did is that it is not, nor should it be, mainstream media. Getting caught up in the inability to […]

Tariff 22 hearings, SOCAN and annual fees for podcasters
By April 18, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

Tariff 22 hearings, SOCAN and annual fees for podcasters

Shortly after being contacted by John Harris Stevenson with details of the Copyright Board’s Tariff 22 hearings, I discovered that Michael Geist has blogged about SOCAN’s proposed $60 annual fee for podcasters whose music programming accounts for 20% or less of their podcast. If I understand that correctly, podcasters would pay an annual fee of […]