Orphaned works are that special case in copyright law. You can tell, roughly, when they were created, but you can't find the owner.

It effects books, newspaper or magazine articles, or films that are still protected by copyright but for which the copyright holders cannot be located. The creator dies, the publisher shuts down, the distributor left.
But the copyright remains.

Its come up since the Irish Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation has put out a call for comments about the changes for EU legislation (at http://www.djei.ie/science/ipr/copyright.htm )

Sadly, since its the Irish government, its released as a pdf file, but laws shouldn't be copyrightable. The deadline for comments is Wednesday April 23 2014.

Comments go to the "Orphan Works Consultation, Copyright Section, Intellectual Property Unit, Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation", not me.?

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DJEI – Intellectual Property Unit: Copyright and Related Rights
Public Consultation on Transposition of the Orphan Works Directive and the Use of Orphan Works under Irish Law. The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation invites submissions to the public consultation on the transposition of the Orphan Works Directive (2012/28/EU) into Irish law.

20 Mar 2014

We need to talk about Paddy's

Author: will | Filed under: brand name, Ireland, Irish, opinion

Podcasting does odd things to time. You are listening to a up-to-the-second broadcast, but its a few days old. That's why I'm talking about March 17th now. The Morning Ireland (yes I listen to the second most depressing Irish broadcast, I need the updates live, and the details via download) presenters were, as an aside commenting that they would get in trouble for calling "Saint Patrick's Day" by the more commonly used name "Paddy's Day". The English don't have Georgie's Day, the Welsh don't have Dave's Day and the Scottish don't have Andy's Day (unless Andy Murray is playing tennis).

A note to American readers, March 17 is not "St. Patty's Day". Patty is the feminine of Patrick. St. Patricia's Day (or if you prefer St. Patty's Day) is August 25th, and features dried blood coming back to liquid form. Which is slightly creepy.

The thing is, Paddy's Day didn't loose its "saint" by accident. March 17 is both the feast day of Saint Patrick, and the international day of celebration to be Irish. To be a "Paddy". Think of it as an Irish Pride festival.

Paddy used to be, and sometimes is, a derogatory term for "an Irish person". The nickname of "Paddywagon" for an American Police van was a commentary on just how many Irish men had joined the US police forces. Somewhere along the day we claimed it back. "Paddy" is rarely used as a derogatory term,  "Mick's" and "Tadhg's" are usually used in the way "Pommies" or "Yanks" are used, but it used to be worse. Paddy's Day would be the equivalent of the US's Black History month using the name starting with a "N" and ending with a smack to the mouth, but we embraced it. We made it out own.

And on the run up to March 17th, hundreds of landmarks around the globe were coloured green to celebrate this little country.

Paddy's Day is not about Saint Patrick. Its about being Irish and Proud. And maybe a little bit of snake banishing.


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In pictures: The world goes green for St Patrick’s Day
The Great Wall of China and Downtown Disney Orlando joined a host of major landmarks and iconic sites around the world in lighting up green yesterday.

25 Feb 2014

Turn to page 9 and start coding

Author: will | Filed under: book, CoderDojo, overheard, programming, Writing

If the book gets made, I think it might get a quick run through at at least one Coder Dojo. All the better for the second draft.?

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A coding textbook for Irish secondary schools could be written in one day
The attempt is under way today at Facebook’s European HQ in Dublin as part of International Open Data Day.

23 Jan 2014

Grow your own

Author: will | Filed under: Cork, investment, Ireland, resource, start-up, technology, venture capitalist, what if

Want to play with biotechnology in the same way that others are playing with programming and 3D printing? More and more people are grappling with this question as DIYbio becomes a household word, but the first project is always the hardest.

Well Cathal Garvey, and yes he’s Cork based, aims to change that, and create a beginner’s kit for biotechnology that not only makes it easier to accomplish, but gives you the scope and fundamental knowledge to take it further at your own pace, learning by making.

To make this happen, he need your help, and your cash. He’s put together an IndieBB campaign (think KickStarter for Indie projects) to get a kit in people’s hands. In return for your commitment (and cash) you can opt to receive the bacteria and DNA that you need to undertake your first experiment in genetic engineering. You can even receive a kit containing equipment and extra goodies that set you on your way to a personal or community biolab! Or just some cool stickers.

Take a look at the project, because I know I’m probably going to try to arrange a visit to the lab, but maybe not resist uncomfortable Dr Frankenfurter jokes to his face.

The link is http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/indiebb-your-first-gmo?

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IndieBB: Your First GMO
IndieBB: a DNA system designed to help you and your friends to explore genetic engineering and synthetic biology by making fluorescent bacteria at home.

23 Jan 2014

Hello is this thing on

Author: will | Filed under: blogging

is anybody listening?

The Blue Yeti

The back end has been repaired, primped, scrubbed and mobile versions are back.

I think I feel some blogging coming on. I have a few LCB posts to make…

photo credit – Evan Gray

The EC is looking for feedback — but not much, and pretty sharpish.
Go to http://www.copywrongs.eu and answer the questions which are important to you. You do not have to answer all the questions, only the ones that matter to you.

The original consultation can be found at …
, and there's a simplified version at…

The deadline is 5 February 2014. Until then, we should provide the European Commission with as many responses as possible!


24 Aug 2013

Turning it off and on again

Author: will | Filed under: blogging

The site is going to go dark for a little while. But don’t worry.

Behind the scenes I’ve changed servers. Everything seemed to have copied over correctly. Nameservers were updated…

Then something went “sproing”. Paths are showing up as corrupted. In short nasty.

So I need to do the equivalent of moving all the furniture out, (in other words, backing everything up), then burn the house down to build a new one.

Part of this is that updating is broken with the move, and while its an annoyance now with hand massaging files, its something that will get worse as more things get out of date. Also I think I have a corrupt path somewhere (looking at the error message I can see where its broken, its still looking for the old server, but not how to fix it).

So a touch drastic. I’ll be back. The “window view” post has it’s photos on stand-by. But you’ll have to humour the site vanishing for a little (hopefully very short) while.

And yes LBC, I know about the topic being “Humor” but this is a little more serious. Hopefully see you more soon.

9 Aug 2013

Look up to a shining light

Author: will | Filed under: LBC, music, video, YouTube

There are days when a Loose Bloggers Collective topic is fun and bothersome. Shackman came up with “If you could only hear 5 more songs what would they be and why?”, well I can’t pick 5. I have narrowed it down to 6. Or 38 depending on how you count.

Let’s start with a bit of creation, “Baba Yatu” by Christopher Tin.

This has shown up on the blog before. Its a favourite I discovered by accident when Jemima Kiss and Aleks Krotoski were talking about game music on the Tech podcast. And for those of you who didn’t guess or recognise it, its the opening sequence to the game Civilization IV, and was the first video game theme to win a Grammy award. Its a soaring theme that feels like hope. Its also the “Our Father” in Swahili.

And I just love it. When I find a song I love I tend to play it repeatedly live a seven year old. A lot of YouTube bits passed over my screen.

The next three all have the same source. I used to review music, so when a song stuck, it needed to be good to stick.

First is the loud “For the Kids of the Multiculture” by Sonic Boom Six.

SB6 are a Manchester based band I heard nothing about before I heard the track. And I played it silly. Its the kids saying, we may be different, but we will work together despite of what’s put against us. It’s soft of inspiring.

Next is “When the Night Kills the Day” by Lauren Pritchard.

I knew something was wrong about this song, then I realised that “Blue Roses” is a euphemism for bruises. Its the song of the abused still in love with her abuser. And based on an old job which sometimes haunts me, I know there is a lot of truth in those words.

Lastly of the three is “It’s Not Easy Letting Go” by Candi Staton.

Ladies and gentlemen, I bought the CD behind this. Candi Staton is best know for her classic disco tracks and remixes, but It’s not easy, is an older sound. Its a love song, most of her songs are, but this is, sometimes you have to let go, and the resignation in her voice shows that its a breaking heart singing with a brave face.

And now, the numbers go weird. I got interested in mashups (back when they were called bootlegs. I know, I know, its a really messy term now), and DJ Earworm was a feature since the very beginning. Now this gut has a reputation, so much so that Annie Lennox approved him to do a mashup of her back catalogue in “Backwards, Forwards“.

The track features parts of “Why”,  “Walking on Broken Glass”,  “Little Bird”,  “No More I Love You’s”,  “Waiting in Vain”,  “Something So Right”,  “Dark Road”, “Sing” and “Shining Light”. It ends up being a bit of a retrospective of a great artist.

DJ Earworm has a reputation now. In 2007 he took the Billboard top 25 for the year and ran his magpie brain over them to make a single track. Its become a yearly tradition now. My favourite is from 2011 with “World Goes Boom“.

There are some tracks that just make you want to dance. Isn’t that enough for inclusion (and no I’m not going to list the sources).

This is a Loose Bloggers Consortium post on the theme of “If you could only hear 5 more songs what would they be and why?”.
To find out that the others in the consortium think, check out, …
Delirious, Maria/Gaelikaa, Maria SilverFox OCD writer, Padmum, Paul, Ramana, The Old Fossil, Grannymar. And I think I need to find a link for Shackman.

The LBC topic this week is online shopping, and this isn't about online shopping, but metamathematical analysis and predications to the London riots and looting which took place in 2011.

Hannah Fry from UCL has a nice video for the analysis. It seems that, yes the riots could be predicted, how the riot would spread, but not the spark to set things off.
It turns out that the distribution of rioters travelling to the riots match the distribution of shoppers travelling (or rather retail spending flows).

And as for the five finger discount, or "shopping with violence", matches shopping analysis and also the predator-prey model.

Looking at mobile phone analysis (memo, turn your phone in the airplane mode, or off before rioting), the spread of the "idea to riot" follows the contagion model, and the spark zones matches the recent budget cuts.

Which means I need to look at the new austerity measures a lot more closely…

16 Jul 2013

Can you trust a copy cloud?

Author: will | Filed under: cloud computing, Links, privacy, security, technology

Given recent headlines, I'm not sure that I can trust +Copy . But I'm going to use them for a while.
Copy are, yet another online cloud based file storage service, like +Dropbox and Microsoft's Skydrive. Or rather they are yet another American on-line file storage company. You get 15GB if you sign up and if you use a referal link like https://copy.com?r=F2qATm you (and me) get an additional 5GB of storage space.

The reason's for not trusting? Its hard to say. I mean +Barracuda Networks , the parent of Copy.com make the open source Clam Antivirus product. But back doors were recently discovered in their VPN product. Then again a lot of big multinationals trust them for their backups.

The other thing is that its yet another American storage database for perusal by certain three lettered groups.

Then again, it is 5GB, and it is a reason for me to start playing with encryption.

Trust is a tricky thing, it takes years to build, and its destroyed within a single second. And once doubt exists, its hard to accept. Still I must look in EU and Scandinavian based solutions like Norway's JottaCloud. They are outside the jurisdiction of a lot of folks.

You just need to trust all the steps to the cloud first. Or pre-encrypt. The search of security is not over yet…

This is a Loose Bloggers Consortium post on the theme of “It’s not over yet”, but it may as well be on “Trust”.
To find out that the others in the consortium think, check out, …
Delirious, Maria/Gaelikaa, Maria SilverFox OCD writer, Padmum, Paul, Ramana, The Old Fossil, Grannymar.

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