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ELLE russia

> ELLE Russia is planning a story on eToy (September 2003 issue, 1-2 pages).

never underestimate the value of an international brand.

let's infiltrate russian house wife culture the way families feel, think, consume and breed new agents. today Philip Vlasov wrote:

Dear Sir or Madam,

ELLE Russia is planning a story on eToy (September 2003 issue, 1-2 pages).
In this regard I would like to request a press packet to be sent to:

Philip Vlasov
Hotel de ****
31 Boulevard **************
PARIS
Tel.: ***************

Also, I would like to arrange an appointment for a brief interview in Paris,
if possible. I am going to be there from 16 to 22 June. Please, let me know
which date and time would be most convenient.

Thursday and Friday this week are days-off in Russia, so, please, contact me
at my private e-mail pvlasov@runbox.com.

Kind regards,

Philip Vlasov
Features Editor

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NEW LOGO

i worked a bit on the feed logo (the cat must be replaced as we once discussed...it does not do the job here) i think the combs make a lot more sense: like bees we all collect and transport nutrition for etoy.com

i quickly modeled & rendered orange combs.

zak: can you replace them (temporary)?

zak adds: the hive logo is now replaced!

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feed.etoy.com must become THE PIPE & BRAIN.

after organizing, following or/and leading discussions in connection with etoy and related projects for a while i'm convinced that our communication platform must be based on a high level of organizational intelligence as it is our interface to a growing but somehow very loose community (which is cool, interesting, dangerous and powerful). i dont have plans to strictly organize the group of interesting and valuable people that surrounds the etoy.BRAND today. i like and belive in the loose and fast network built around a very stable cultural brand.

i do not want to be and can not be the center of all etoy discussions. especially email -in my eyes- is not the way to go. it simply kills us.

feed.etoy.com - currently based on movable type - seams much more effective. for example: people like stefan can tune in and out... marcos can get a fast overview of what's going on to be able to help me to work on the etoy.ORGANIZATION...etc

in general: agents can jump into the structure and work their way into the core of a topic or project as much as they want or need to.

the glue between all of us must be a smart, effective AND entertaining system.

such a system - if people really use it - could become a radical and revolutionary "machine" to generate cultural value and very intense art (or a new breed!)

more concrete ideas later today. i have to get the tanks on the roof ;-)

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America's Global Role

George Soros, who most certainly doesn't match the label of a pinko agitator, wrote an interesting piece about Americas global role.
It suggests to replace the current doctrine of US supremacy with the vision of American leadership on the path to a global open society, which - as he quite eloquently argues - is not so far apart, but will make a huge difference for the wellbeing of all of us.Taken verbatim from his site:
What is an "open society"?
An open society is a society based on the recognition that nobody has a monopoly on the truth, that different people have different views and interests, and that there is a need for institutions to protect the rights of all people to allow them to live together in peace. Broadly speaking, an open society is characterized by a reliance on the rule of law, the existence of a democratically elected government, a diverse and vigorous civil society, and respect for minorities and minority opinions. The term "open society" was popularized by the philosopher Karl Popper in his 1945 book Open Society and Its Enemies. Popper's work deeply influenced George Soros, and it is upon the concept of an open society that Mr. Soros bases his philanthropic activity.

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Barney v. Donkey Kong



Game Girl Advance has a strange and interesting comparison between Matthew Barney's Cremaster films and game design theory. The pictures alone almost evidence enough.

In matthew barney versus donkey kong Writer Wayne Bremser argues that Barney's Cremaster films begin a "serious negotiation between art and video games."

bq. The art world has suffered a deficiency of myth in the past fifty years. Critics are both impressed and confounded by Matthew Barney as mythmaker. In an article titled "Strange Sensation" Time's Richard Lacayo calls Barney a "gee-whiz mythomaniac." "OK, it's weird," writes Jonathan Jones for the UK's Guardian. These critics are aware that Barney's film is inspired by the Hiram Abiff myth, but are swept away by fact that he dabbles in myth at all. They never refer to video games, where myths are a dime a dozen, where characters regularly morph shape and gender.

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Reclaiming the Public Domain

This is important; this is really important:


Stanford professor Lawrence Lessig started a petition, which you - as an American citizen should definitely consider to sign.
The concept is brilliant in its simplicity and promises in the long run to return to the public what congress and the media conglomerates stole from it by legislation or by just making it plain impossible to listen to your legally bought, so called "CD".
In the words of the initiators:
We, the undersigned, while believing in the importance of copyright, also believe in the importance of the public domain. We believe the public domain is crucial to the spread of knowledge and culture, and crucial in assuring access to our past. We therefore write to petition you to reconsider major changes that you have made to the copyright system. These changes unnecessarily threaten the public domain without any corresponding benefit to copyright holders.

In 1998, Congress passed the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act (CTEA). That Act extended the term of all existing copyrights by 20 years. But as Justice Breyer calculated, only 2% of the work copyrighted during the initial 20 years affected by this statute has any continuing commercial value at all. The balance has disappeared from the commercial marketplace, and, we fear, could disappear from our culture generally.

For example: The vast majority of film created during the 1920s and 1930s is not commercially available. Because of the CTEA, much of it remains under copyright. Yet because it is often impossible to track down the copyright owners for these films, commercial and noncommercial preservationist and distributors cannot safely restore and distribute these films. And because these films were made from nitrate-based stock, by the time the copyright to these films expire, most of them will have dissolved.

The same is true with many other copyrighted works that are no longer commercially available. Though the Internet could facilitate the distribution of this work if the copyright owners could be identified, the costs of locating these copyright owners is wildly prohibitive. Schools and libraries are thus denied access to works that otherwise could be made available at a very low cost.

Such burdens on access to work that has no continuing commercial value serves no legitimate copyright purpose. It certainly does not "promote the Progress of Science" as the Constitution requires. We therefore ask Congress to consider changes to the current regime that would free unused content from continued regulation, while respecting the rights of existing copyright owners.

One solution in particular that we ask Congress to consider is the Public Domain Enhancement Act. See http://eldred.cc This statute would require American copyright owners to pay a very low fee (for example, $1) fifty years after a copyrighted work was published. If the owner pays the fee, the copyright will continue for whatever duration Congress sets. But if the copyright is not worth even $1 to the owner, then we believe the work should pass into the public domain.

This legislation would strengthen the public domain without burdening copyright owners. It would also help clarify rights over copyrighted material, which in turn would enable reuse of that material. The law could thus help restore balance to the protection of copyright, and support the public domain.

We therefore call upon Congress to introduce this legislation, and to hold hearings on the benefits that it might have to reviving a vibrant public domain.

When technologists have given us a tool that could spread knowledge universally, we should not allow the law to get in the way. The law does so now. This Congress should change it.

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etoy.MANAGEMENT presents at i-DAT

This monday and tuesday etoy.ZAI (etoy.CEO) and etoy.ZAK (etoy.USA-BRANCH) presented at the Artist as Engineer conference at I-DAT in plymouth england. During our presentation we sampled F.A.Q. audio from the etoy.CUSTOMER-CARE center which was developed at the usa-branch in LA.

etoy.CUSTOMER-CARE is the telematic guide to the corporate sculpture etoy and can be reached at 1.800.810.ETOY in the states. We also showed visuals from the etoy history and our etoy.INTERNAL blog and the etoy.VC-GROUP blog.

We had a good time making friends with the our fellow speakers and disucssing trade secrets.

Special thanks to Joasia Krysa and Geoff Cox who organized the symposium and Armin Medosch who moderated the panels.

The speakers included: etoy, CUKT / Piotr Wyrzykowski, Mongrel / Harwood, Bureau of Inverse Technology / Natalie Jeremijenko, Redundant Technology Initiative / James Wallbank , The Institute of Applied Autonomy

more information at: I-DAT & interrupt

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