- Thought Thieves
Thought Thieves is the name of a
2005competition sponsored by MicrosoftUK for short 'films' — more precisely, video works — "in a format compatible with Microsoft Windows Media Player" on the theme of "How intellectual propertytheft affects both individuals and society", or more succinctly "on intellectual property theft". The two competition categories are (a) 14–17-year-olds (inclusive) and (b) 18-year-olds and over.
The competition is being run in cooperation with First Light (related to the
UK Film Council) and Film Education (part of the National Grid for Learning).
Thought Thieve$: The counter-competition
2005a counter-competition arose as a "grassroots response" to Microsoft's competition. Called "Thought Thieve$", it seeks short film entries on the subject of "big companies stealing and profiting from the knowledge commons". Affiliates for the competition include the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Downhill Battle, [http://www.ipjustice.org IP Justice] , and Creative Commons South Africa. The winning entries become part of "a short film showcase about corporate appropriation of knowledge, culture, and creativity."
* [http://www.msn.co.uk/thoughtthieves/Default.asp Thought Thieves site]
* [http://www.thought-thieves.org/ Thought Thieve$ site]
* [http://www.msn.co.uk/img/en/en-gb/portal/specials/thoughtthieves/poster.PDF Thought Thieves poster]
* [http://www.microsoft.com/uk/press/content/presscentre/releases/2005/05/PR03437.asp Microsoft UK press release]
* [http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/72480/microsoft-launches-thought-thieves-film-competition.html announcement at PC Pro]
* [http://yro.slashdot.org/yro/05/05/14/072201.shtml MS Calls on Kids to Stop Thought Thieves] Slashdot thread
* [http://www.zeropaid.com/bbs/showthread.php?t=28799 Zeropaid thread]
* [http://greg.org/archive/2005/05/10/thought_thieves_the_most_dependent_filmmaking_contest_ever.html "The most dependent filmmaking contest ever"]
* [http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/showthread.php?s=&forumid=59&threadid=323368 Linuxquestions.org thread]
* [http://macdailynews.com/index.php/weblog/comments/5757/ MacDailyNews thread]
* [http://radar.oreilly.com/archives/2005/05/thought_thieves.html O'Reilly thread]
* [http://www.tapegerm.com/jamroom/bands/2/info_492.php A song of the same title]
* [http://techdirt.com/articles/20050809/2227209_F.shtml A criticism of the counter-competition]
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