Links of Potential Interest to Vidders

From the business section of the Guardian this week: Google seeks to turn a profit from YouTube copyright clashes. The article’s subtitle gives you the gist: “Group is working to persuade music and video companies to cash in rather than clamp down when their content is uploaded.” In short, Google wants to use their content fingerprinting system to report uses–even transformed uses–to copyright holders and then to offer them the chance to put ads on user-generated content. There’s lots wrong with that, but perhaps the wrongest is the idea that the companies have the right to take things down because “because the use does not fit the original’s values.” C’mon, Google! Don’t be evil!

In brighter news, UK Will Urge EC To Legalise Mashups, Format-Shifting, Content Sharing. This “could include legalising more outright copying, the creation of sound/image mashups, format-shifting and sharing material with family and friends.”

Relatedly, folks seem to be figuring out that the DVR isn’t actually the death of commercial television and that so-called “music pirates” actually buy more music. While we’ve heard this song before, optimistically copyright holders will eventually figure out that they shouldn’t be afraid of new technologies.

AD&T Weekly Meeting – 31 October 2009

Welcome to our weekly update from the chair of ADT. All the news that’s fit to print about the progress of the Archive of Our Own is below the cut. This post may also be found on the Archive of Our Own, which is commentable by anyone with or without an AO3 account. Comments are disabled elsewhere as we’re noticing people ask similar questions and would like everyone to be able to share the discussion.

Sunday 7am! I chaired AND wrote up the minutes this week *is grown up* I’m kinda seeing the next two weeks as the calm before the storm. We want to get everything as polished as possible, create as little new work as we can and concentrate on making sure we’re ready for Open Beta. We’ve put time into building up the Support team, getting in as many critical fixes as possible, building the Invitations code, making the FAQ more comprehensible, making the News Posts so we can communicate and I’m feeling weirdly erm… not flat, but not in an energy spike right at this moment – it’s probably because I don’t have anything specific to stress about… yet *grins*

  • Deploy schedule: Deploy to Beta still on for 8th November (Release 0.7.1) – it was going to just be the invitations code originally but we’ve snuck in a bunch of fixes too.
    • Fixes: link in TOS, lots of IE7 stuff including nested bulleted list styling for meeeeee (yay [info - personal] cesy!), some Importer fixes, increase of character limit on Notes field, autocomplete on tags, html link in emails from admin comments and MORE.
    • Invitations: Works! My first invite queue invite emails turned up – it’s down to 25 on Test (we’ve used up all our secondary, tertiary and err quaternary? email addresses faking up an invite queue) – which is exciting!
  • Open Beta: Mid November.
  • Stuff coming up:
    • Allowed html: we’re cleaning up the help on this to make sure they are all consistent (works, notes, summary, comments etc.)
    • Permalinks: we’ve a very reasonable request for them on works and we think it’s a good idea.
  • WANTED:
    • JS Coder: We need a person with JavaScript skills. We need you for IE7 optimising and in general. We can offer a community of passionate coders, the fannish level of engagement of your choice and an opportunity to lose valuable sleeping hours in good company – what’s not to love!

OTW-All-Org Meeting

Monday 7am! I was kindly allowed to steal the first slot so I could report for AD&T then drift in and out as I made breakfast and dressed for work. I want some sort of permanent internet connection implanted so badly.

The Board has welcomed two new members, had an election, a fundraising drive and a baby. Hah, no-one multitasks like these women. Web are cross-training and documenting (activities dear to my heart), VolCom are doing admin and preparing for 2010 and looking for people, Translations are looking into international outreach *loves*, Systems are SO BUSY! Open Doors gave out 41 Archive invites and screencapped ~60 websites as part of finding new homes for Geocities users and archivists. *moment of silence for the animated gifs* Legal is waiting on a ruling on our DMCA proposal and Journal is ‘chugging along, getting ready for No. 4‘ which in no way describes their awesome. Finance is handing over from Susan to our incoming Treasurer Sheila (who says ‘we’re just cruising along, being…you know…financial. \$/‘). Elections didn’t get to run an election but we have two, count em TWO new Board members as does Docs… well, two new members. Docs doesn’t have a private Board that I’m aware of although they are a stealthy, ninja committee who are everywhere so who knows?. DevMem are justifiably proud of the results of the fundraising drive and are busy planning for the future *loves* I kind of need a lolcat to appropriately celebrate them. Comm is continuing to spreads words – mine as well, it’s ever so slightly intimidating :p

  • People wanted: *puts on OTW Committee Chair hat* the OTW needs people, particularly the Volunteers Committee (VolCom) and the Wikimittee; Translations and Finance would also love to welcome new volunteers. Some of our people have been serving on committees for two years now, we have knowledge and skills we’d love to share – and we need ongoing support to keep the committees rolling. If you’ve got skills, or passion (because we can teach the skills!) we’d love to hear from you.

If there are things you want to do/say – feel free to share either in comments, or by volunteering, or by messaging or whatever medium you’re comfortable with. You are invited to this party 🙂

Signal boost – learn computer science!

One of our senior coders, the lovely Elz, recently decided that she’d like to fill a few gaps in her knowledge of programming by working through MIT’s OpenCourseWare series Introduction to Computer Science and Programming. In the true spirit of fannish community learning, she’s set up a Dreamwidth community, intro-to-cs, so that anyone else who is interested can join in and support one another. If you’ve always wanted to learn computer programming, now is your chance – the course doesn’t require any previous experience.

You can also fill that burning desire to learn coding by volunteering for OTW coders – all abilities and levels of experience very much welcome!