By Stephen Downes
May 7, 2003

Nursery Live
I wish the pictures of plants were bigger. I also wish I had time to watch plants grow. But this sure looks like fun. By Various Authors, ANTA, May, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Music Settlement
Transcript of a CNN interview with one of the students sued by the RIAA for sharing music files, Jesse Jordan. You can tell it's going to be one of those kinds of interviews when the interviewer makes a mistake in the first question. "Q. Hey, Jesse, why do you think the government came after you? A. Well, actually it was the recording industry association." More evidence that it was a publicity student, more evidence that it was a travesty of justice. The spelling has improved since this was first listed on Slashdot. By Bill Hemmer, CNN, May 6, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Open Education Interview: Lawrence Lessig
Most of what Lessig usually says, plus some additional comments about the relation between copyright and education. "The high cost of educational materials – libraries – a large part of the function of the copyright system; if we would have won the Eldred case, then a ton of material would begin to pass into the public domain that would be made available for almost free on the Internet. This would dramatically reduce the cost of libraries all across the world. Now they have to continue to buy books and acquire expensive physical objects in order to give people access content." By george Siemens, elearnspace, May 6, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Grand Wireless Experiment in Paris Metro
According to this article, "A massive wi-fi pilot project has been launched in Paris that, if successful, ultimately will turn the French capital into the first truly wireless internet connected city on the planet." By Unknown, EuropeMedia.Net, May 6, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Alliance numériQC
News and information about the e-learning industry in Quebec. Includes a newsletter, calendar of activities, and members' directory. The site also features services for members. By Various Authors, May, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

The DMCA--Here, There and Everywhere
Good discussion of a link between copyright and world trade. "There's a standard dance that the IP extremists do well: When they lose in Congress, they go overseas and negotiate a treaty that imposes on the US the same obligation they just lost in Congress; then they come back and say, 'we must do this to live up to our international obligations.'" Not just that: it may be worth noting what sort of pressures the U.S., as the stronger trading partner, can bring to bear on an unwilling trade partner. By Donna Wentworth, Copyfight: the politics of IP, May 7, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Play It Cyber Safe
Ferret filled folly foisted on unwary readers by the Business Software Alliance in an effort to convince people that stolen software will freeze cities. Or something like that. By Business Software Alliance, May, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

The good news, from the press release: "CYCLADES supports you in searching and managing electronic documents from a large number of digital libraries. The system provides you with a comprehensive set of functions that enable communities to share their results from browsing digital libraries compliant with the Open Archives Initiative." The bad news, from the test drive: a clumsy interface leaves the user wondering what to do and wondering what the system does. By Various Authors, May 5, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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