Here’s an announcement for a meeting I’ll be attending next week, for the Open Product License project which I’ve been involved with for more than a year. It’s really taking off: come along to the brunch on Thursday if you’re interested in the issues listed below. Email me through the contact form below if you are intending to come so we can keep an eye on catering numbers…
OPEN PRODUCT BRUNCH
Thursday 16 February, 11am to 1pm, Ravensbourne College (near North Greenwich Tube)
Organised by Michela Magas from Stromatolite
How often do you get the chance to rewrite the law? Are you into making, hacking, upcycling, adapting or connecting tangible products?
We all know that tangible products can now be cheaply produced on a one-off basis, printed, customized and adapted according to individual needs. Existing products are increasingly altered, customized, connected and traced, making each product unique thanks to either its physical features, virtual content, its responsiveness and reactivity, or by virtue of its position, orientation or location. Art installations and marketing campaigns increasingly rely on co-created three-dimensional environments of unique mediatized and networked products.
Existing patenting laws have been developed for the protection of industrial tools which generate mass-produced clones. This system is becoming increasingly inadequate for the needs of designers and makers of rapid-prototyped, connected and traceable tangible products. Within this new three-dimensional landscape of networked and co-created products only certain elements can be registered under existing licenses. The software components can be registered as Open Source for example, while digital on-screen artwork can be assigned one of the Creative Commons attribution licences. Tangible networked products however cannot be registered under any of the existing licensing systems.
We have been given the opportunity to literally rewrite the law. We are creating a new system of licensing and online registration of tangible networked products, based on the Open Source and Creative Commons licenses, which will give the creative community a way of registering their tangible innovations and assigning an attribution license for others to build upon their work in an accountable way. This project is being co-funded by the UK Technology Strategy Board and is being developed in conjunction with Alex Hamilton of radiant.law who is a licensing specialist and one of FT’s Most Innovative Lawyers of the Year.
So come and join us for brunch on Thursday, 16th of February, with a small group of people working in different fields of products and media, and tell us what you would like included in the licenses and how you would like to see this new landscape unfold. The brunch will run from 11am to 1pm and will be held in the main boardroom of our incubation hub here: http://www.dezeen.com/2010/09/