Carl on (Re)Defining the Public Domain

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6 Responses to Carl on (Re)Defining the Public Domain

  1. Tom Callaway says:

    Whatever video flash player toolkit you’re using for that player… it is rather annoying. It started autoplaying as soon as it was loaded into my RSS feed, so I paused it. It unpaused itself and started again when it finished caching the content. Not cool.

  2. joe says:

    To Tom: that’s the Internet Archive’s media player. However, since the video is public-domain, feel free to download one of the various formats from here ( ) and upload it to a site that uses a video player that you like better… then post the link here.

  3. Mark Kraft says:

    I’ve also had the same problems today with your video autostarting. I read your journal through the LiveJournal feed lawrencelessig, and was surprised to have it autostart while I was reading a rather long “friends list” of various recent posts. As a result, I didn’t even see the video when it autostarted, as it was at the bottom of a long page of entries. I was pretty frustrated about where the noise was coming from because I was already listening via streaming radio about the fires in San Diego. At least my computer/browser didn’t crash.

    Short of the Internet Archive changing their default suggestion on how to best embed their video in webpages — I would argue that they should give you code that turns off autoPlay by default, as most video embeds do — the solution is actually mentioned on their website, underneath the page where they give you the code to embed video into your page.

    It says:
    Inside the “config={ … }” part above, you might also wish to play around with options like . . . autoPlay:false

    You might want to manually add autoPlay:false into your embed code in the future until such point as the people at hopefully fix this issue. I’ll shoot them an email about it…

  4. Carl Malamud says:

    Like Joe said, definitely check out the different formats available on the Internet Archive. This video is a mashup of my slides and an audio podcast. The slides were projected behind me on dual 1024×768 screens. That file is about 1 gbyte, and the Internet Archive has several smaller revisions. You can just ignore the fine print (not a bad practice in general), or download a bigger version if you’d like to see that. And, of course, you can just skip me and go straight to the sources, all of which are listed.

  5. Gen Kanai says:

    While discussions of format are important, let’s not forget to take a moment to thank Carl and his team for all the hard work he is doing to provide the information we own to use in ways that we can actually use it. I love the idea that Carl and Larry are working towards the same goal via different routes. We need many more Carls and Larrys, not only in the US but in every nation that can support freedom of information.

  6. Dan Luke says:

    I watched the video for 10 whole minutes. I think Carl wants to video tape everything that goes in Congress and then post it on the internet. It’s kind of amazing that the internet has been around as long as it has and this hasn’t already been done. Certainly this is an obvious and sound idea. What I would suggest is developing an application around this idea so that people will feel more compelled to watch. Maybe there should be a way for people to select particular areas of interest, and maybe there should be a way to receive updates via syndication, text messaging, whatever. Watching stuff is not the same thing as participating. This helps to form an important kernel, but its possibilities must be imagined further, in my view.

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