Some of the work in the Mediaspaces was done to eventually create new projects as spinoffs. One of these spinoff ideas was Cooking Communities, later turned into the P2P-FUSION EU-project. Another one was the Intellectual Property Redesign initiative. Both are further described below.
The Mediaspaces project envisioned several new kinds of social video practices, such as the Cooking Community (available in the Mediaspaces scenario catalog). To take this interesting direction of development further we developed a spinoff initiative as an EU project, P2P-FUSION, together with 6 partners from Finland, Hungary and the Netherlands.
The P2P-FUSION project develops a peer-to-peer platform for audiovisual media applications that offers a toolkit for building social media systems. The project activities include the development of the software platform as well as the collaborative evolution of new social media practices with user communities.
One of the most difficult barriers for developing new media formats that take advantage of the available interesting potentials is the current design of the intellectual property system. Copyrights, performing rights, patents, and other forms of intellectual rights form a complex web of constraints for development, distribution and reuse of media and for various cultural activities. To address these issues beyond the means of the Mediaspaces project, we developed the IP Redesign initiative, that aims to chart these issues and develop new design solutions for the IP issues, through a video mediated social process.
As a first step, we arranged an IP Redesign workshop where these issues and possible solutions were discussed. We also took a co-leadership responsibility in the Creative Commons activities in Finland, together with HIIT to create a new site for Creative Commons Finland. The IP Redesign initiative was later partially incorporated into a workpackage in the P2P-FUSION project.