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Arto Bendiken
Hacker and maker. Public domain advocate. Cypherpunk. Perpetual traveler in training.
Hacker and maker. Public domain advocate. Cypherpunk. Perpetual traveler in training.
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Looking pretty good for an almost zero-effort initiative.
The growth in Unlicense adoption is clearly discernible in GitHub's just-published licensing statistics: we're at soon 2% of "licensed" projects (or, about 1 in 50 repositories from this sample). That's a total of 70,000+ public-domain projects.

To put this in perspective, Unlicense adoption by GitHub users is already more than a fifth (⅕) that of GPLv3 adoption. All this with zero budget, relying on word of mouth to spread an idea whose time has come.

Also noteworthy is that more than 80% of all GitHub repositories don't have any license at all, and the supermajority of the ~20% licensed repositories are using a highly permissive license (mostly, the MIT license). Copyleft is withering away, as is the copyright monopoly as a belief system. Here's to a bright post-copyright future!

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My friend +Mike Gogulski profiled in the latest issue of VICE magazine: "a 41-year-old hacker, anarchist, and former US citizen. In late 2008, he walked into the US embassy in Bratislava, Slovakia, and renounced his citizenship; later he burned his passport in defiance. He is, in all likelihood, the only person alive today to have successfully made himself stateless of his own accord."

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Surprising Professor Linde at his doorstep with the news of the discovery of the smoking gun for cosmic inflation.

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+Stefan Molyneux puts the landmark political drama +House of Cards in historical context and explains our morbid fascination with the subject matter. Well worth a listen for everyone presently binging on the second season.

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Here's to the crazy ones… via +Melvin Carvalho.

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Ten years on, The Pirate Bay has made it clear that no laws in the world can shut down a service wanted by hundreds of millions of people. It will keep decentralizing to protect itself from legal assaults, says Swedish Pirate Party founder Rick Falkvinge.

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From geek girls to geek boys, a video message against sexism in geekdom.

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The Open Game Art Bundle initiative have now raised 90%+ of their $10,000 goal for releasing a ton of game source code, art, animation, and soundtracks into the public domain. I've just contributed $10 worth in Bitcoin. Please consider supporting this post-copyright experiment!
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