The Web is Agreement by Paul Downey

The Web is Agreement by Paul Downey [Flickr]

The Web is Agreement is a fantastic hand-drawn poster by Paul Downey, created on behalf of Osmosoft for the 2007 BT Open Source Awareness Day.

The poster, drawn in the style of the Lord of the Rings's Map of Middle-Earth, delineates the various pitfalls along the way of creating an open source, creative commons work on the Web.

For example:

Oxymoronic Intellectual Property

Oxymoronic intellectual properties (like trying to patent hyperlinking, for example) and such stupid concepts as preventing deep linking to ensure "rich (read: controlled) user experience." The bugaboo DRM Voodoo also made an appearance here.

Fear Uncertainty Doubt

Fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) is a concept used by IBM and perfected by um, a certain software giant company named Mordorsoft. Beware of the forest of Worms, Virus, Spam and Phishing and don't fall into the Reservoir of Implementations which are filled with such lethal stuff as IE, ASP, ActiveX and COM. And Google's All-Seeing Eye? Creepy in an invasion-of-privacy kind of sense.

But if you persevere, you'll ultimately arrive at:

Openness + Collaboration

The pictures here really don't do Paul's poster justice. So head on to Flickr, where Paul has uploaded a marvelously large 2307x3157. Fantastic stuff! Link

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