Legal file sharing for more

Legal file sharing for more

October 6, 2008

What do electronica fans, creative young entrepreneurs and ICT research scientists have in common?

The autumn highlight for electronica fans is approaching. The Insomnia Festival in Tromsø from October 9-11 is the place for techno culture and future music. Norut Tromsø and Norinnova will also be at this year's Insomnia Festival. The established players in research and commercialisation share a common interest with the young and sleepless: file sharing.

They will not be there to encourage breaches of the law and unlawful use of intellectual property of different types, but for active utilisation of information technology and the legal spreading of multimedia on the internet.

Young and creative

Many are dreaming of creating their own creative business, such as musicians, designers or film makers. But funding agencies, industrial gardens and incubators are directed more towards the establishment of traditional business activities such as production or trade even though in recent times there has been an increasing focus on culture as an economic activity.

Young people who create digital products with potential for global distribution over the internet have a need for advanced collaboration technology, where distribution must function regardless of location. They also need to respect the business models and copyright issues on the internet.

This is where the project NoCry - Northern Creative Youth - comes in. The aim of the project is to create a virtual incubator for young and creative entrepreneurs crossing the borders of Northern Periphery.

Wiki for huge files

Norut Tromsø is participating in an international network that will develop the virtual meeting place. Norut's challenge is to develop the technology behind the collaboration on the internet.

"We envisage a wiki for multimedia," says Research Scientist Gunn Evertsen at Norut.

The wiki technology is best known from Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia website on the internet. Today wiki is mainly used to share text.

"Norut is hoping to develop an experimental wiki which tackles huge files like films and music, so the participants can collaborate about and distribute multimedia," says Evertsen.


Research scientists at Norut will develop tools for sharing of weighty files of productions like videos, music and images. Norut is also responsible for an information service for multimedia productions.

As well as containing suitable ICT tools, the virtual incubator will also contain useful information, good advice and best practice for creative industries. Participants will also gain access to a network covering the entire Northern Periphery (see fact box).

Digital rights - seminar

What can you use? How do you protect your own work on the internet? Do research scientists, musicians and young film makers have common challenges?

"Within ICT, we have long had the advantage of being able to utilise other people's work in our jobs," says Senior Research Scientist Njål Borch at Norut Tromsø.

"Free software enables us to focus forwards instead of having to reinvent the wheel every time. The fact that others can utilise the solutions is an advantage, but we also use considerable resources to maintain the software."

He is one of the introductory speakers at the seminar "Technology, creativity and intellectual property rights" during the Insomnia Festival.

Borch has a PhD in social networking and normally works with open source, media distribution, licensing and rights. At the seminar at Insomnia, he will introduce the topic "Digital distribution of the future - free or controlled". Participants from the entire NoCry network are also participating.

"Copyrights issues and legislation concerning this is a joint challenge," says Borch. "We live in a new and open world so we need to think differently than we did in the old days."

The seminar on intellectual property rights will be held at Tvibit in Tromsø at 10am on October 10. The seminar is open to everyone.

Fact box NoCry international consortium Kemi-Tornio University is co-ordinating and responsible for the project, which involves a total of 14 partners from the Northern Periphery: Finland: Rovaniemi University Sweden: Luleå University, Acusticum i Piteå, MediaEnter og PowerHouse i Kramfors, BoomTown i Borlänge Scotland: Moray College Faroe Islands: SamVit and Klippfisk Northern Ireland: The Nervecentre Norut Tromsø is the Norwegian Head of Project and is responsible for technology development. Norinnova is representing expertise within the incubator activities. Tvibit wants to attract creative young entrepreneurs to the project through the culture incubator Yoghurt. Arctic Creative Cluster in Harstad has expertise in the start up of creative businesses. Funding from EU and RDA II Financing of the Norwegian part of the project: The EU programme Northern Periphery Programme 50 % RDA II 45 % (Business oriented funding for regional development) Internal funding from partners 5 % The project started in January 2008 and concludes in June 2010.

Do you want to know more about the project?

Contact person: Research Scientist Gunn Evertsen, Norut Tromsø