August 12, 2004

Open Media

Open Media (not up yet) is today's Daily Memo, so I'll play. I assume the following is basically a press release, so it's OK to post it:

Today Marc Canter and I announced a major new initiative: Open Media, an open source media project that will attempt to foster grassroots media and spread users' creations to people's desktops through open standards.

Hope you'll spread the word (and join our effort in some fashion).


There's clearly a real problem here to solve. Interconnecting uses of Creative Commons media is something which could be very useful.

On the other hand, I can't wait to see what happens when someone contributes their own "amateur" videos (in the Paris Hilton sense of the word ...). Or how they're going to handle all the copyright-infringement claims which are sure to follow (perhaps this is also a data-mining effort for the declaratory fair-use lawsuits which Lawrence Lessig is seeking). It's definitely worth watching for those issues alone.

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in copyblight | on August 12, 2004 12:12 AM (Infothought permalink) | Followups
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We're actually looking for an attorney who'll do some modest pro bono work for Open Media, so that we can take some preventative measures in order to prevent incurring the MPAA or RIAA's wrath while staying true to the cause of promoting and sharing works of personal media.

Posted by: JD Lasica at August 12, 2004 02:31 PM