I’m glad I took my time getting to this article, because Nick Poole’s most recent comment (at the bottom) is by far the most worthwhile part. Just a snippet:
So, when you ask which actor I mean, I mean that we are all complicit in this situation. Copyright evangelists and ‘open’ lobbyists need to stop being so naive about the fundamental realities of running an organisation and learn to work with cultural institutions within a pragmatic framework. Cultural people need to stop playing the Industrialist. Governments need to see past getting re-elected and put money into the long-term welfare of their populations. Technologists need to stop presenting the latest bit-shunting trick as The Answer and learn to facilitate real need.
I’ll be doing my small part today to encourage Congressional opposition to SOPA. I hope that others won’t turn a blind eye to the threat that this poses to the open web.
In short, though there have been some improvements with the new version, SOPA remains far from acceptable. Its definitions remain too loose, and its structural approach is flawed to the core. It hurts the Internet, taking a wholesale approach to block entire international sites, and this is most troubling for sites in the open knowledge movement who probably have the least ability to defend themselves overseas. The measured and focused approach of the DMCA has been jettisoned. Wikimedia will need to endure significant burdens and expend its resources to comply with conceivably multiple orders, and the bill will deprive our readers of international content, information, and sources.
Geoff Brigham General Counsel Wikimedia Foundation
Thanks to Google and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, you can now fire up your browser and start taking a good, close look at The Dead Sea Scrolls, the ancient biblical texts found between 1947 and 1956, right on the shores of the Dead Sea. The Scrolls were originally written between the third and first centuries BCE, and they constitute the oldest known pieces of the Hebrew Bible. Since 1965, they have been on display in Jerusalem. But no matter where you live, you can view five digitized Dead Sea Scrolls, each photographed at a resolution of 1,200 megapixels. That’s roughly 200 times greater than your average camera.
Yes but they also have now placed an unneeded copyright on the scrolls which should be freely available for use and reuse. It goes against the ever-increasing openness of the web to place a copyright on a scan of an historic document; just bad practice. I’m a fan of the Israel Museum because they’ve recently taken on a Wikipedian-in-Residence; quite excited about this (project page). But I was disappointed to see that they carried out this incredible project with Google, of all places, who are notorious for unnecessarily restricting the use of information. You have to forgive me, I’m all “Cathedral and the Bazaar” crazy, neck deep in my research lately (not to mention a Wikipedian in the GLAM community, which makes me inherently bitter about these things.)
A great #GLAMWIKI synthesis of all of the big thoughts & questions, especially in regards to issues of access:
“Unlike the disagreements over paying for content, therefore, which tend ultimately to reduce into organisation vs users, re-focusing upon the process of access invites consideration of the points of commonality between audience and organisation.” (Emphasis added).
Cory Doctorow: “Being a beloved institution will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of being an irrelevant one.”
“Free content available everywhere only strengthens our roles as caretakers of the real thing.” via @KajsaHartig
“Museums need to get their collections interwoven in people’s lives. Make them ubiquitous. There lies value.” via @MatthewCock
“Dealing with trolls or scumbags on the internet is definitely not an issue only of Wikipedia, it’s a phenomenon of social media.” via @KajsaHartig
“The nation whose material is most widely released is the nation whose story is most likely to be told” via @Sprocketonline
Great quotes from Friday plenary:
“The cultural sector is often guilty of over-estimating commercial gain from exploiting assets and underestimating the public good.” via @copyrightgirl
“Working with the community of WP editors is just an extension of the community programme.” -Matthew Cock, British Museum via @KajsaHartig
“[A curator] answers a Wikipedian once and they’ll never have to answer the public again.” via @chilesl
Kenneth Crews, Evening Keynote, Copyright & the free economy:
“(In the US) licensing is seen as a Nordic socialist invasion.” via @RobertaWedge
“The fine print says ‘We’re preserving collections for future generations’ — and now they are here & they want access. To all of it.” via @RobertaWedge
The core mission of cultural institutions is to “give access to content,” not “lock up content and make it profitable for institutions.” via @MattHartig
“GLAMs should not be glass cases of fossils but stimulants of creative remixing.” - @RobertaWedge
Best quotes from Day 2:
“Historians have a professional obligation to make WP as good as possible.” Quote from the late, great Roy Rozensweig of my alma mater, GMU. via @MatthewCock
“We have a culture of engagement. Somebody’s just driven a great big truck through it.” (ie:Wikipedia) -Tom Morgan, National Portrait Gallery, presenting on the NPG’s “Bad First Date” with Wikipedia. via@robmyers
“Wikipedia sits next to Magna Carta, Martin Luther’s text and Declaration of Human Rights in importance.” -David Harris via @sprocketonline