$100,000 (in prizes) to play with the Victorian Government’s data

Just a quick heads up that the Victorian government has announced that it will be launching a competition over the next few weeks to encourage people to engage and make use of its government data, with over $100,000 worth of prizes to be won.

The competition echoes Mashup Australia, which invited people to remix data from the CC-licensed data.gov.au site. It saw over 80 new applications over the course of a month – lets see if we can do even better for the Victorian government.

We’ll let you know when the competition is officially launched – in the meantime, Mashup Australia veterans, or anyone who missed out last time, now’s your chance to get ready.

Victorian Government commits to CC licensing

Photo: Parliament of Victoria by Brian GiesenAs mentioned in our previous post, today is a very significant day for free culture in Australia, with the Victorian Government becoming the first Australian government to commit to using Creative Commons as the default licensing system for its public sector information.

The commitment is part of the Government’s response to its Economic Development and Infrastructure Committee’s Inquiry into Improving Access to Victorian Public Sector Information and Data, which recommended that the Victorian Government adopt a “hybrid public sector information licensing model comprising Creative Commons and a tailored suite of licences for restricted materials.”

Credits—Photo: Adaptation (crop and resize) of ‘Untitled‘ by Brian Giesen, CC BY 2.0 Generic.

Kookaburras, Bittorents and CC commitments – a big day for copyright in Australia

Photo: Laugh Kookaburra Laugh by -just-jen-If you have an interest in copyright chances are that you, like us, have spent much of today getting excited by the two big copyright cases that were just handed down by the Australian courts.

For anyone who missed it, Judge Cowdroy of the Federal Court has handed down a decision that Australia’s third biggest ISP, iiNet, is not responsible for authorising copyright infringements undertaken by Bittorrenting clients. The decision is very long, but it is also well written and thorough, and we’re impressed with Cowdroy J’s common sense approach, with statements like “There does not appear to be any way to infringe the applicants’ copyright from the mere use of the internet” and “The law recognises no positive obligation on any person to protect the copyright of another.”

Credits—Photo: ‘Laugh Kookaburra Laugh‘ by -just-jen-, CC BY 2.0 Generic.