Is content you can edit open source?

Is content you can edit open source?

Summary: None of this is true "open source." It's more a search for viable business models in the Internet age, a way to draw the attention needed to generate excitement and sales, in some form.

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RadioheadRadiohead has joined the rush of edit-able content with its latest release, House of Cards.

The twist this time is that data used to create the laser-based video is available under a Creative Commons license. Thus, Google is the "network" making the release. Thus some call this open source content.

Of course it's nothing of the sort. I'm sure the group is thrilled that Europe is moving toward 95-year copyrights.

The House of Cards play means amateur videonerds have already created their own versions of the video -- the music remains the property of the group.

It's one more way to push the envelope opened by Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert in such things as the Make John McCain Exciting contest. The prize is your work gets noticed, and you get your 15 minutes of mini-fame. But it's the folks running the show (Viacom, in Colbert's case) who clean up.

Even JibJab has gotten into the act. Their latest effort, Time for Some Campaignin, features a page where you can insert your face into the video and send it to friends.

Radiohead, a sort of laptop Pink Floyd (the 1970s group was the mainframe, Talking Heads was the mini-computer, Moby is the desktop version) has sought to gain the most "street cred" in this by first releasing their In Rainbows as a digital download, before offering it as a CD. (It's no longer available for download.)

None of this is true "open source." It's more a search for viable business models in the Internet age, a way to draw the attention needed to generate excitement and sales, in some form. It's an experiment.

And when someone finds something that works, everyone will do it. Someday we will have a new normal but until then...it really is a house of cards.

Topic: Open Source

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  • Web 2.0 and Open Source softwares not to be confused

    Hello, first of all thanks for the article.

    Second of all, on a marketing side, I think we have to differ Open Source softwares and Web 2.0 applications.

    Open source softwares means that the root code (the source) of the software is available (Open) to everyone.

    Web 2.0 simply means (on a marketing point of you, let's leave the technical aspects on the side) that users can enrich the content of the website by adding text, vid?o, photos, files etc...

    By the way, i am a big fan of this website!
    lbounin
  • RE: Is content you can edit open source?

    How is the photo relevant to this article?
    Grayson Peddie
    • Did you read the article?

      ....or are you just trying to be the first twit to the party?

      ps - the picture is of the band whose work is discussed in the article. Sometimes people like pictures with their words, it's a matter of taste.
      donkeytroe
  • RE: Is content you can edit open source?

    That has little to do with what the licenses state.
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