Plumi is a Free Software video sharing Content Management System based on Plone and produced by the EngageMedia collective. Plumi enables you to create your own sophisticated video sharing site; by adding it to an existing Plone instance you can quickly have a wide array of functionality to facilitate video distribution and community creation. In a net landscape where almost all video sharing sites keep their distribution platform under lock and key, Plumi is one contribution to creating a truly democratic media.
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The idea was to test how content by artists could be simultaneously developed alongside the coming about of a container called online database, but enhanced and enriched, with tools we altogether agree on. The purpose was always to have a common point for sharing (sometimes high quality) data, arranging and rearranging, extending them. Secondly there could be tools provided for uploading and downloading the media, including some streaming features. We simply wanted to make an online database a little different than we see everyday. And turn it into an experimental tool, open for interested creative people, meeting there.
Constant is a non-profit association, based and active in Brussels since 1997 in the fields of feminism, copyright alternatives and working through networks. Constant develops radio, electronic music and database projects, by means of migrating from cultural work to work places and back again.
The Oil of the 21st Century. Perspectives on Intellectual Property
The 0xdb, developed as part of the “Oil of the 21st Century” project, is a proposal for a new type of cultural database, build on top of file-sharing networks — and a practical intervention in the ongoing conflict between the protection of intellectual property and the exercise of fair use rights.
The 0xdb is a rather unique kind of movie database. It uses a variety of publicly accessible resources, like search engines and file-sharing networks, to automatically collect information about, and actual images and sounds from, a rapidly growing number of movies. What the 0xdb provides is, essentially, full text search within movies, and instant previews of search results. The core idea behind the 0xdb is that file-sharing networks can not only be used to download digital works, but also to just retrieve information about them. Even though most movies in the 0xdb are copyrighted, and many of them are practically inaccessible for legal reasons, the monitoring of peer-to-peer traffic allows the 0xdb to identify and index these materials.