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The Pirate Book, ‘cultural content outside the boundaries of local economies, politics, or laws’

The Pirate Book, A compilation of stories about sharing, distributing, and experiencing cultural content outside the boundaries of local economies,


People value their online privacy — except when it comes to free WiFi

For many years, New York City has been developing a “free” public Wi-Fi project. Called LinkNYC, it is an ambitious effort to bring wireless Internet …


YouTube Deleted This Kid’s Guitar Hero Video on Copyright Grounds, So He ‘Fixed’ It Perfectly

Ozzy Osbourne’s “Bark at the Moon” is considered a pretty tough song to play perfectly in Guitar Hero. It’s not quite in the top ten, but it’s up …


Bob Dylan & The Grateful Dead Rehearse Together in Summer 1987: Hear 74 Tracks

In the mid 1980s, Bob Dylan found his career hitting an unmistakable low point. In his autobiography, he recalls “Everything was smashed. My own …

Bob Dylan

David Bowie was wrong about copyright — thankfully

David Bowie was a visionary artist who left behind a sprawling cultural legacy. But there’s one thing he got totally wrong: his claim that, by 2016, copyright laws in the United States would have been eliminated.

In 2002, David Bowie made some foreboding predictions in an interview with the New York …


Soundnode Open Source Soundcloud Desktop Application Created By Michael Lancaster - Geeky Gadgets

Michael Lancaster a developer based in Chicago has created a new go to application for Soundcloud on your desktop, which is called Soundnode and is …

Open Source

Uptown Funk as a mashup of 66 classic movie dance routines

Bruno Mars's ubiquitous, kicky song-of-the summer is even better when it's interpreted through 66 classic cinematic dance numbers. (via Metafilter)


Spongebob Sings Black Sabbath

Someone meticulously synced Spongebob footage to Black Sabbath’s Warpigs and it’s awesome.

Black Sabbath

Internet Radio Copyright Is Bad and Dumb: A Comprehensive Explainer

Pandora has just agreed to a $90 million settlement with the Recording Industry Association of America. It’s one settlement in a sea of lawsuits against both Pandora and Sirius XM, all over the same incredibly weird copyright issue: internet streaming for pre-1972 sound recordings.

When I started …


The New York Public Library Lets You Download 180,000 Images in High Resolution: Historic Photographs, Maps, Letters & More

Most of us Open Culture writers and readers surely grew up thinking of the local public library as an endless source of fascinating things. But the …

Sing Along With JFK MP3s

The assassination of John F. Kennedy may have marked the end of American innocence, but it crowned Vaughn Meader's First Family LP as the king of the …


Bitcoin Is Dead (Again), Long Live Bitcoin (Again)

Oh, the drama, such drama. Last week longtime Bitcoin developer Mike Hearn declared “the Bitcoin experiment…has failed,” and marked his resignation from that community with a fusillade of verbal grenades (and a New York Times profile of his dissent.) This in turn provoked a whole torrent of hot takes …


David Bowie, Internet Service Provider: Interview with the guy who ran BowieNet ISP

When artist and pop star David Bowie launched an Internet service provider firm in the heady dot-com runup days of 1998, a guy named Ron Roy helped …

David Bowie

Random Darknet Shopper: Crawling The Deep Web For Art

Written by: Jamie Redman

2015/11/29 9:44 AM

There’s a web crawling bot combing the Dark Net Markets (DNM) buying random goods since 2014. With a weekly

The Hitchhikers Guide To The Invisible Internet

If you are into cryptocurrency and are tech savvy, you probably have heard of the Deep Web by now. Most people don’t know that through traditional

New series 'Dark Net' raises questions about tech's hidden side

Many of us have a love/hate relationship with the role technology plays in our lives. We adore our mobile devices, our favorite apps, and websites, …


Tor is the deep web's favorite browser, so should you use it?

Tor, or The Onion Router, is a browsing tool used to surf the web anonymously. It's used by journalists, activists and privacy advocates as a means of evading prying eyes. It's even been name-dropped on House of Cards.

So what makes the Tor browser any different than Chrome, Firefox or Safari? More …

Deep Web

Gloriously weird remixed Victorian woodcuts

George K's tumblr, Olex Oleole, is a beautiful running feed of gloriously weird remixes of Victorian woodcuts, in the style of the brilliant Dan …

Victorian Era

Sam Humphrey: Graphic novels go digital via BitTorrent gone legit

Editor's Note: A part of Orna O'Brien's London Book Fair Insights Seminar Programme, Graphic Novels Go Digital — But Will Anyone Read Them? has been

Major Labels Sue Music Leaker After FBI Investigation

If there is one issue guaranteed to incense recording labels and artists alike it’s the premature public availability of pre-release music.Over the …


Peter Sunde: The ‘Pirate Movement’ is Dead

Well, I for one don’t give a flying fuck. I don’t care if the “pirate movement” lives, exists or whatever. I only care about the causes. Too much …

Freedom of Information

File-Sharing Icon RapidShare Shuts Down

Founded in 2002, Swiss-based RapidShare was one of the first and most popular one-click file-hosting services on the Internet.Like most sites of this …

Cloud Computing

Free Online: Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Last week, we revisited Johnny Depp’s reading of the famous “wave speech” from Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Wouldn’t you know …

Another school year just started: welcome back to the book censorship wars.

By Joan E Bertin

It happens whenever kids come home from school with new reading assignments: some parents look at what their kids are reading and …


17 hilarious e-book covers people have actually submitted on Amazon


The Guggenheim Puts 109 Free Modern Art Books Online

Back in January, 2012, we mentioned that the Guggenheim (the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed modern art museum in NYC) had put 65 art catalogues on the …

Anti-Piracy Police Begin Targeting eBook Pirates

This year the City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has built a reputation for being one of the most prolific and aggressive …

The Metropolitan Museum of Art makes 400,000 iconic works available for download

If you've ever wanted to wallpaper your living room with the work of the old masters, now's your chance. The Metropolitan Museum of Art this month released an astounding 394,000 high-resolution images to the public. Visitors to the Met’s website can sort images by artist, medium, location, and era, …