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UPDATE 6/23: As Frank Chandler's comment (in the comments section below) suggests, there is a new policy. It's FAR better. See it here. Here's the...
By Jeff Inglis  |  June 22, 2010
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With plans for a downtown mural, Shepard Fairey returns to Providence

It is a rather unremarkable collection of bricks at the moment: an exterior wall at the back of Trinity Repertory Company’s Pell Chafee Performance Center in downtown Providence.
Obey
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 18, 2010

Your words are not your own

Plagiarism is a serious charge.
Less Otten. More Originality.
By AL DIAMON  |  May 14, 2010
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‘There are no rules’

On April 19, the Globe first reported that arbitrators had awarded the Boston firefighters union a 19-percent raise. By the next morning, both the Globe and the Herald were citing Menino administration figures of a $74 million cost.
The 11th-hour change
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 14, 2010
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Inside the term-paper machine

It’s never been easier for college students to hire someone else to write their term papers for them.
The black market of term papers exposed
By COLMAN HERMAN  |  November 06, 2009
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Comic-strip author declares war on Jamba

While the Shepard Fairey–AP showdown was busy raising the public-domain bar, a new case concerning intellectual property recently cropped up on the Internet. This one pits David Rees and his defunct Get Your War On ( GYWO ) comic strip against nation
Juice justice
By LEOR GALIL  |  August 07, 2009


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The Big Hurt: Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks

What a lovely concept is mainstream rock : all that subversive stuff was fun for a while, but isn't rock much lovelier now that it's straightened up and joined the hegemony?
Who charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 05, 2009
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Does not compute

Though he’s infamous for his aversion to computers, McCain is actually no Luddite.
Will our next president be a geek hero or a guy who doesn’t e-mail?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 29, 2008
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Publish and Perish?

Professor Tal Ben-Shahar is a resident rock-star lecturer on Harvard’s campus.
Blogging Harvard courses could revolutionize open education — if its contributors aren’t expelled first
By SHARON STEEL  |  February 28, 2008
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Plunder, pillage, and profit

When Napster, invented by a Northeastern freshman, threw the music industry into chaos in 1999, Steve Jobs didn’t panic. He saw an opportunity.
A provocative new book suggests big business could learn from piracy and youth culture
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 16, 2008
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Free culture: what it is, why it matters

“Copyright law has successfully stopped artists in the past from releasing sample-based works, but I don't think anything could stop me from making it," says Gregg Gillis, a/k/a Girl Talk.
Copyright reform in the digital age
By JOE BERNARDI  |  November 19, 2007


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Stealing culture

The following review of Good Copy Bad Copy does not appear in the Phoenix ’s film section.
A free must-see movie
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 26, 2007
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Mic and the mechanics

At first blush, it was tempting to mock the 2007 National Free Culture Conference.
National Free Culture Conference has a wiki good time
By BEN RICHARDSON  |  May 30, 2007
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Fight the man with digicams

It depends on your perspective.
Day against DRM
By MIKE MILIARD  |  September 21, 2006
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Wanna be startin’ something?

In 1899, Charles Duell, the head of the US patent office, sent a letter to President McKinley advising him to close the patent office since “everything that could be invented has been invented.” The new web geniuses: How slackers with one dopey idea ar
A five-step guide to being a new web millionaire
By BILL JENSEN  |  August 23, 2006
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The Ninth Annual Muzzle Awards

Nearly five years after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, our political culture has been warped beyond recognition.
Our annual New England roundup of those who undermined freedom of speech and civil liberties. But first, a word about George W. Bush.
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 04, 2006


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A fellow critic cops a plea

Paul Sherman, a long-time contributing critic for the Boston Herald , film editor at the Improper Bostonian , and former president of the Boston Society of Film Critics, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting copyright infringement in a San Jose, Califo
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By TOM MEEK  |  June 28, 2006
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Get it while you can

A couple of months ago, a man with the screen name x-amount logged on to  Recidivism.org , the blog he maintains with a few of his friends, and made a pronouncement.
Will sites like YouTube and The Hype Machine go the route of Napster?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 12, 2006

In it to win it

When two Swarthmore students published information about major security flaws in Diebold e-voting machines, the corporation rattled its swords, claiming copyright infringement.
Some of EFF’s recent legal victories
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 09, 2006