So today the 20 year haitus of releasing works from copyright in the USA expires.

This follows Congress adding 20 years to the existing laws around copyright in the states. Finally works from 1923 expire their copyright in the USA – 20 years later than originally scheduled.

Details of what happened, why and most importantky what works are now free of copyright in the United States can be found here.

Happy reading…

Meccano, the French toy manufacturer, has announced an open source, build your own robot project. Details here. As far as I can tell from the website, it isn’t yet available to buy.

I havent had a play with a real one, but I am excited. A robot you can build and adapt, using open source software (which i guess reflects the nature of Meccano, which is a bunch of pieces which can be assembled and re-assembled in any way you can imagine – similar to Lego for the unfamiliar), is a big deal in my world.

There are two versions of the robot, I link above to the larger one of the two. The massive social change around a robot in every home is coming and while the Honda Asimo is the early runner, there are so many players in this arena it is certainly unclear who will end up being the Microsoft, Google, Amazon or Apple of this brave new world.

#meccanoid

 

 

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