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UK makes private copying illegal again

Thanks to the music industry, it is illegal to make private copies of music — again, at least in the UK. While in most countries the making of copies for personal use (of your own music, films...) is exempt from copyright control, the UK has tried to introduce such exemption, but the judicial review has withdrawn this regulation.

A structural view on the ethical non-neutrality of DiDIY

  • Posted on: 29 November 2015
  • By: lmari

In our Knowledge Framework, in which DiDIY is intended as a specific case of DIY, we propose to interpret DiDIY as a twofold phenomenon, both (subjective) mindset and (objective) activity. Neither of these dimensions is ethically neutral: for example, doing something by her/himself might lead someone to further appreciate the value of knowledge sharing but also to become more selfish.

On the effects of prohibiting dangerous files on the Internet

New South Wales (Australia) recently enacted a new legislation to regulate gun control with the Firearms and Weapons Prohibition Legislation Amendment Bill 2015. It is the first of its kind in that it tries to control digital fabrication of firearms, it aims: "to create a new offence of possessing digital blueprints for the manufacture of firearms on 3D printers or electronic milling machines". Source (PDF)

The ethics of 3D bioprinting

3D bioprinting is a developing technology relying, as its name indicates, on the principles of 3D printing (also known as additive manufacturing). It involves the ability to build bones and various kinds of human tissue, and might ultimately give us the ability to build whole organs, layer by layer, in a digitally controlled manner, using cells as raw material.

Pilot survey: Digital DIY in Crafts and Agriculture

The goal of the DiDIY Project is to study the Digital Do-It-Yourself (Digital DIY or DiDIY) phenomenon, that is Do-It-Yourself design, manufacturing and usage of physical objects (but also music, and other non-material creative works) that is only possible thanks to computers, computer-controlled tools (e.g.

The Things Network: a Digital DIY, commons based IoT datanetwork

The Things Network is an initiative to build a distributed wireless data network for connecting "things" to the net, fully owned and controlled by its users. The Internet of Things (IoT) typically consists of electronic devices with sensors and actuators that transmit small bits of data to the net. The Things Network (TTN) uses a free spectrum radio technology called LoRaWAN, that is Long Range, using low bandwidth and low power.

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