Copyright and Creative Commons

So, recently I’m noticing a deterioration in observing copyright law, or even attribution to be more specific. Copyright law is definitely going to be rewritten in our lifetime (for worse, not better) . The digital revolution of effortlessly reproducing content is driving this need to rewrite it. I’m not really talking about downloading music here. When you download a song you know who you are downloading and what song. You know who created that song, and most people would not upload it and put their name on it and claim it as their own.

Downloading material isn’t the problem. Attribution is. Putting something on Youtube, or Flickr that was produced by someone is really easy to do. There aren’t computers that can detect that the material is someone else’s work (not counting Digital Rights Management… that’s another post). The thing that pains me the most is REDISTRIBUTING already available free content like photos, video , and audio. This is most prevalent with photos.

It’s hurts me to see someone post one of my photos on another site when I’m already providing it on Flickr. But there’s a sidestep so to speak here. It’s called Creative Commons. Creative Common licenses say basically this:

  • You are free to republish said material as long as you do so under the requirements of the creator.
  • Attribute it to the creator in the way they see fit.

There are Creative Commons licenses that also restrict if the content can be altered or remixed, and also used commercially.

But basically the license does away with the traditional copyright and says “Hey, go on and use this”. All you have to do is attribute it to them with their name or a link. That is pretty progressive and awesome. But people don’t pay attention to this either. It’s this behavior that will make distributing content more restrictive like music and video. If people are responsible with content, then publishers will be more encouraged to distribute it freely and in new mediums. That’s a broad statement I know but I think it’s true.

Why am I bringing this up? Well for example, a photo I took some time ago which I posted on Flickr and included in the WMSR group was recently reposted BACK on Flickr under another account for no reason. No observance of my Creative Commons license. I know that my photos aren’t high demand content, and I’m not losing any money, but still a nod of the head is nice. And remember if you post something of mine without the nod, it’s pretty much like being shunned.

Creative Commons

How To Make A Dry Ice Bomb Love

Making dry ice bombs is something that me and my partner in crime Mr. Mark Zimmerman have always been known for. We were featured on Boing Boing back in June. I normally read that blog through Google Reader and I saw a picture of Mark and when I realized the blog I was reading I was like, “No way!”.

I would just like to let you know at this point in time the “How To Make A Dry Ice Bomb” video has been viewed 190482 times on Google Video and 15,836 on iFilm.

Also there is a wikipedia article for Dry Ice Bomb that features a link to our video.

I also made a how to make a dry ice bomb t-shirt for the hell of it.

I’ve received numerous (a few) emails on where to obtain dry ice. There are some places that sell it for packaging. Some ice cream stores sell it such as Graeters. Some Meijers here in Columbus, OH sell it.

If you have any questions please post them in the WyomingJarbo Google Group. I would just like to claim that dry ice bombs are not as dangerous as some people would have you believe. They are no where near as dangerous as fireworks or actual explosives. As long as you have your head and body out of harms way you will not be hurt. But as with anything that explodes, you still do need to be smart. Do not make dry ice bombs in public areas, someone could get hurt. There are claims of shrapnel that we never observed. The claim that the bottle breaks apart in to little sharp pieces is not true. Generally the bottle blows open from the side leaving the bottle in one piece (with possibly the cap or a chunk blowing off ), although this leaves the bottle mangled. And if you were so inclined to set one off, I would set one off in an OPEN area.

Does anyone want to share some of their favorite dry ice memories? Let us know what you would like to see in our sequel!

Wii Release Date And Price

The Nintendo Wii will be released on November 19 for the price $250. It will be bundled with a copy of Wii Sports. Games will cost the same as new Gamecube games ($50). Virtual console games will be around $5-$10.

There you have it. Nothing too surprising here. It’s just good to have a date.
Commence money saving.


Geotagging On Flickr

Flickr just recently added geotagging to photos with a real easy drag and drop method. This kind of shows you it’s not just a passing fad. The ability to show exactly where you took a picture, along with when you took it is just another step in providing accurate data about what we do. I definitely suggest you check it out. Flickr is most certainly the BEST photo storing/sharing/organizing site out there. Give it a try and shell out a measly $25 for the pro account.

Check out my Geotagged Photos!