July 2008

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Exgae.net, the first legal advice service specialised in the liberation of all citizens and creators from the abuses of societies of authors and composers (like SGAE in Spain) and other trade groups of the cultural industry, has recently published a really interesting and instructive manifest in favour of a free culture of citizens who share, available in Spanish, in Catalá and in English.

I definitely recommend reading and sharing it. ;-)

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Last week I started working (earning money :-P) for Zassh.com, a dot-com company which develops a social networking website with the same name about sports. It looks like my future is bound to the social web… or perhaps the Internet is what is bound to the social web.

The site is powered by Plone, IMHO, the most powerful CMS available in the open source world today. My role inside the company as a Junior Programmer is to develop and code the different parts of the website. There’s a lot of work to do, and when I say a lot, I mean a lot. We’re currently finishing the code of the 2nd stage of the site, which will allow users to surf the site without signing up, rating photos, and much more features I don’t remember right now.

I’m really happy about working with a tool I like, and I feel I’m going to learn a lot from that. Happy ploning!

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I’m finally back from the “Unlearning the Intellectual Property” University course at Cáceres.

I attended as a speaker to the course, but I felt more like a student, because I’ve learnt a lot from the wise (seriously) people I’ve met.

The History of Copyright, the University Intellectual Copyright System, Sharing vs. Competing, Journalism 2.0 and the OMEMO project were only some of the developed topics by philosophers, psychologists, sociologists, mathematicians, physicians, musicians, technicians, lawyers and students of the Universe in general, from different interesting and innovative points of view that favored me to rethink why should we follow and promote (or not) Free Knowledge and the importance of Moral Rights.

Thank you all for being so amazing! I’d love to assist to the course the next year and talk to everybody about current and new projects progress. See you!

Updates: Thanks to Cikgu for his spell checker. ;-)  Photos here.

I’m sorry for writing so many Capital Letters.

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This week I’m attending a summer course with this name in Cáceres, Spain. The course covers topics like New Technologies’ role inside a collaborative sharing and learning community, legal bits of copyleft and copyright or free as in beer knowledge.

I’m going to speak the following Thursday (tomorrow morning) about Alqua, the famous community targeted to producing, distributing and improving free knowledge using free documents. I’m not confident about what I’m going to tell the atendees of such an important event, but I think I’m going to architect the presentation into three parts: what on earth is Alqua, a bit of its history, and current and future projects in our minds.

Last night I met Cikgu, member of the hackrs group in the País Vasco, and we enjoyed an al fresco dinner, talking about literature, films, and the concepts of intellectual property along the History.

I was working on my awful Alqua presentation until 2 am, with an horrible heat in my hotel room, just to discover this morning that I have an air conditioning system installed in it. Argh!

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