Wizards of OS 4, Information Freedom Rules

Wizards of OS 4

It starts on September 13th in Berlin the fourth edition of Wizard of OS, the festival of free software and free knowledge (previous editions in 1999, 2001 and 2004). One of the key focus is on Brazil, called ‘the Free Culture Nation’, that has embraced the commons culture at government level, constituting a terrific testbed for a sustainable future of the authors / editors / public relationships. The festival program includes as well an ‘Art and Copyrights’ panel moderated by Cornelia Sollfrank with Simon Yull among the panelists, along with a Lawrence Lessig keynote, and panels on netlabels, Open Source Biotechnology, the content of the french alliance Paris Accord, and the pushing of festival issues to the contradictory actions of the EU. It’s also worth to note the debut of http://www.registeredcommons.org/, an advancement of open licensing that provides “a ‘trusted’ registration procedure for the community”. This constitutes another step in the favorable infiltration of free knowledge concepts in everyday life.