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July 28, 2005

Our Beer, version 1.0

At the instigation of Copenhagen-based artist, Rasmus Nielsen, and demonstrating a striking productivity, creativity and initiative given these are university undergraduate students, some Danes have created open source beer.

Mr Nielsen asked his students to think about applying open source ideas to the non-digital world. "Why not take those ideas back to the old world, and try to apply them to other things as well?" asks Nielsen. Why beer? As the Vores Oel website says, why not?

"It's a universal commodity that we like to think of as free, but unfortunately it isn't," says Mr Nielsen. "So, I thought it was an appropriate medium to confront these issues."

The Our Beer source code can be found at the Vores ěl website.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 28, 2005 06:04 AM

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This is about as close to a lie as I have seen pushed around the internet. As a beer recipe, a set of instructions, is incapable of copyright protection so too is it incapable of being licensed. Plus it is an indescribably incomplete and even dangerous recipe.

But I cry alone in the storm. People lap up such hoo-haa for the cause.

Posted by: Alan [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 28, 2005 08:23 AM

A list of ingredients is not subject to copyright but an explanation or set of directions is at least under United States copyright law. Perhaps the situation is different in Canada or, for that matter, Denmark.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 28, 2005 08:34 AM