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From copyright to file sharing, patents, creativity and originality, from piracy to net neutrality, surveillance to hacking, we got yo you covered with an aggregate of the most important, informative and thought challenging online sources.
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Yochai Benkler: The new open-source economics

“Yochai Benkler explains how collaborative projects like Wikipedia and Linux represent the next stage of human organization.

Yochai Benkler has been called “the leading intellectual of the information age.” He proposes that volunteer-based projects such as Wikipedia and Linux are the next stage of human organization and economic production.”

Johanna Blakley: Lessons from fashion’s free culture

“Copyright law’s grip on film, music and software barely touches the fashion industry … and fashion benefits in both innovation and sales, says Johanna Blakley. In her talk, she talks about what all creative industries can learn from fashion’s free culture.” (TED.com)

Kirby Ferguson: Embrace the remix

“Nothing is original, says Kirby Ferguson, creator of Everything is a Remix. From Bob Dylan to Steve Jobs, he says our most celebrated creators borrow, steal and transform.” (TED.com)

Mutiny! Our love of pirates and renewing the commons

Who are pirates and why are they so popular? Drawing on pirates from history, film and literature, Kester’s work explores how our relationship to ‘the commons’ is central to an improved environmental, political and cultural consciousness.

We, the people, are the system

The future of democracy – where the people are the motor of politics and progress, not institutions. Citizens are no longer powerless and it’s time for a fundamental change. Brigitta Jonsdottir is member of the Icelandic Pirate Party.

Theft! A History of Music

Professor Jennifer Jenkins, Director of the Center for the Study of Public Domain, discusses the history of musical borrowing and regulation from Plato to hip hop.

Margaret Stewart : How YouTube thinks about copyright

“Margaret Gould Stewart, YouTube’s head of user experience, talks about how the ubiquitous video site works with copyright holders and creators to foster (at the best of times) a creative ecosystem where everybody wins.” (TED.com)

Brewster Kahle: A free digital library

“Brewster Kahle is building a truly huge digital library — every book ever published, every movie ever released, all the strata of web history … It’s all free to the public — unless someone else gets to it first.

Brewster Kahle is an inventor, philanthropist and digital librarian. His Internet Archive offers 85 billion pieces of deep Web geology — a fascinating look at the formation of the Internet over the years, and a challenge to those who would keep knowledge buried.” (TED.com)

Lawrence Lessig: Laws that choke creativity

“Lawrence Lessig, the Net’s most celebrated lawyer, cites John Philip Sousa, celestial copyrights and the ‘ASCAP cartel’ in his argument for reviving our creative culture.

Lawrence Lessig has already transformed intellectual-property law with his Creative Commons innovation. Now he’s focused on an even bigger problem: The US’ broken political system.” (TED.com)

Lawrence Lessig: Re-examining the remix

“Former ‘young Republican’,  Larry Lessig talks about what Democrats can learn about copyright from their opposite party, considered more conservative. A surprising lens on remix culture.” (TED.com)

Amanda Palmer: The art of asking

“Don’t make people pay for music, says Amanda Palmer: Let them. In a passionate talk that begins in her days as a street performer (drop a dollar in the hat for the Eight-Foot Bride!), she examines the new relationship between artist and fan.” (TED.com)

Rob Reid: The 8 billion $ iPod

“Comic author Rob Reid unveils Copyright Math (TM), a remarkable new field of study based on actual numbers from entertainment industry lawyers and lobbyists.” (TED.com)

Clay Shirky: How the Internet will (one day) transform government

“The open-source world has learned to deal with a flood of new, oftentimes divergent, ideas using hosting services like GitHub — so why can’t governments? In this rousing talk Clay Shirky shows how democracies can take a lesson from the Internet, to be not just transparent but also to draw on the knowledge of all their citizens.” (TED.com)

Defend our freedom to share (or why SOPA is a bad idea)

“What does a bill like PIPA/SOPA mean to our shareable world? At the TED offices, Clay Shirky delivers a proper manifesto — a call to defend our freedom to create, discuss, link and share, rather than passively consume.

Clay Shirky argues that the history of the modern world could be rendered as the history of ways of arguing, where changes in media change what sort of arguments are possible — with deep social and political implications.”  (TED.com)

Rick Falkvinge: The Pirate Party – The politics of protest

“The Pirate Party fights for transparency, anonymity and sensible copyright laws. At TEDxObserver, Rick Falkvinge explains how he became the leader of Europe’s tech-driven political party, which so far has won 17 seats across national parliaments in Europe.” (TED.com)

7 Ways To Ruin A Technological Revolution

If you wanted to undermine the technological revolution of the last 30 years, using the law, how would you do it? How would you undercut the virtuous cycle that results from access to an open network, force technological innovation into stagnation, diminish competition, create monopolies over the basic building blocks of knowledge? And how many of those things are we doing now?

James Boyle is William Neal Reynolds Professor of Law at Duke Law School, the founder of the Center for the Study of the Public Domain, and a Board Member of Creative Commons.

Kevin Ashton: Creative Evolution

The myth that great things and thoughts are born whole is derived from our hopes and dreams, and not from reality. The age-old story goes that the genius inventor awakes from slumber with a Eureka moment and quickly puts pen to paper. The myth is wrong.

Kevin Ashton, writer of “How to Fly A Horse” tells us how creativity is ordinary and what makes us human. And it’s time to stop romanticizing the idea of a genius writer that miraculously invents things in her sleep.

Rebecca MacKinnon: Let’s take back the Internet!

“Rebecca MacKinnon describes the expanding struggle for freedom and control in cyberspace, and asks: How do we design the next phase of the Internet with accountability and freedom at its core, rather than control? She believes the internet is headed for a “Magna Carta” moment when citizens around the world demand that their governments protect free speech and their right to connection.” (TED.com)

Rebecca MacKinnon is an expert on Chinese Internet censorship and one of the founders of the Global Voices Online blog network, which aggregates and translates news around the world that might otherwise go unheard. She looks at issues of privacy, free expression and governance (or lack of) in the digital networks, platforms and services on which we are all increasingly dependent.

TED Playlist: Who are the hackers?

“The Internet connects us as never before, but there’s a dark side to this web. Who are the hackers who wreak havoc online? And what is it they want? Sociologists, criminologists and hackers themselves shed light …”

Playlist curated by TED:

Copy-me adds to this playlist one more video: Avi Rubin: All you devices can be hacked.

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