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Philippines introduces locally ported Creative Commons licenses

Michelle Thorne, December 14th, 2007

December 15, 2007 — San Francisco, CA, USA and Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Today in Pasay City, the 42nd locally ported Creative Commons licensing suite will be launched for the Philippines. The Creative Commons licenses, now legally adapted to Philippine law, enable authors, artists, scientists, and educators the choice of a flexible range of protections and freedoms in efforts to promote a voluntary “some rights reserved” approach to copyright.

The Creative Commons team members in the Philippines, lead by Atty. Jaime N. Soriano, have worked under the auspices of the e-Law Center at the Arellano University School of Law and in collaboration with Creative Commons to port the licenses to their national jurisdiction.

In a prelude to a larger celebration planned in January 2008, CC Philippines will unveil the licenses today at 2pm PST at an event held in Arellano University’s School of Law. Atty. Michael Vernon M. Guerrero, jurisdiction deputy project lead of CC Philippines, will introduce the licenses, followed by the inauguration of the Philippine Commons, a collaboration fostering alternative licensing, free and open source software, open education, and free culture in the region.

Dr. Catharina Maracke, Director of Creative Commons International, thanks the CC Philippines Team for all their efforts, and she remarks, “The licensing project in the Philippines is a strong step towards strengthening and cultivating the global commons. The Philippines joins neighboring Malaysia, launched two years ago, in offering completed localized CC licenses. With upcoming jurisdictions in Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia, this region within Asia will continue to thrive and enjoy its vibrant remix-reuse community.”

The launch event in Pasay City will continue later in the evening as a birthday party for Creative Commons, as part of a series of synchronized celebrations worldwide to commemorate Creative Commons’ fifth year.

About AUSL

The Arellano University School of Law (AUSL), a non-stock non-profit institution, is named after the First Chief Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court, Cayetano S. Arellano, and established in 1938. Today it boasts more than six decades of providing quality legal education. The foremost objective of the school is to create global lawyers: practitioners who are deeply educated in the law, practice-ready, and devoted to service not only in the local but also the international community. Arellano Law prides itself for being one of the most populous law schools in the Philippines with faculty members who have distinguished themselves in law practice, the judiciary, government service, and the academe. The law school furthermore is one of the few schools in the Philippines that produces the most number of lawyers in the annual bar examinations administered by the Supreme Court.

For more information, please visit http://www.arellanolaw.edu/.

About the e-Law Center at Arellano University School of Law

The e-Law Center was founded in November 2002 under the auspices of the Arellano University School of Law, following the launching of the school’s LAWPHiL Project, which is considered one of the most popular on-line and electronic databases of Philippine law and jurisprudence that is accessible for free to the general public. The Center is pursuing projects in research, publication, policy initiatives and advocacy, capability building, academic support, and linkages in the field of information and communication technology as it affects the Philippine legal system.

About Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2001, that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works, whether owned or in the public domain. Through its free copyright licenses, Creative Commons offers authors, artists, scientists, and educators the choice of a flexible range of protections and freedoms that build upon the “all rights reserved” concept of traditional copyright to enable a voluntary “some rights reserved” approach. Creative Commons is sustained by the generous support of organizations including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Omidyar Network, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, as well as members of the public.

For more information about Creative Commons, visit http://creativecommons.org.

Contact

Dr. Catharina Maracke
Director
Creative Commons International, Creative Commons
catharina@creativecommons.org

Press Kit
http://creativecommons.org/presskit
http://creativecommons.org/international/ph/

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Creative Commons Voluntarily Dismissed from Lawsuit

Mike Linksvayer, November 28th, 2007

San Francisco — November 28, 2007

We are happy to announce that the plaintiffs in the Chang litigation, previously reported at http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/7680, have voluntarily dismissed Creative Commons from that lawsuit. Although we are confident that any court would have agreed that there was no valid legal claim against us, this is a good result. It was highly gratifying to have so many of our legal friends offer to represent us pro bono.

We thank them for supporting Creative Commons’ mission. But we prefer to devote our resources to doing the ongoing work of developing and distributing content licensing tools that are as clear and easy to use as possible.

Creative Commons CEO Lawrence Lessig makes this comment: “I applaud the decision of plaintiffs’ counsel to remove Creative Commons from this lawsuit. We work hard to make our work clear, but it is absolutely clear that there is no basis in law for the suit they filed against us.” For more, including a copy of the dismissal, see Larry’s blog entry at http://lessig.org/blog/2007/11/from_the_whyagcfromcravathisgr.html.

About Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2001, that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works, whether owned or in the public domain. Through its free copyright licenses, Creative Commons offers authors, artists, scientists, and educators the choice of a flexible range of protections and freedoms that build upon the “all rights reserved” concept of traditional copyright to enable a voluntary “some rights reserved” approach. Creative Commons is sustained by the generous support of organizations including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Omidyar Network, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, as well as members of the public. For more information about Creative Commons, visit http://creativecommons.org.

Contact

Eric Steuer
Creative Director
Creative Commons
eric@creativecommons.org

Press Kit

http://creativecommons.org/presskit

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Creative Commons Releases Add-in Support for OpenOffice.org

Nathan Yergler, November 14th, 2007

San Francisco, CA — November 14, 2007

Today Creative Commons released an Add-in for OpenOffice.org which allows users to select and embed a Creative Commons license in documents. Based on work completed as part of the Google Summer of Code by Cassio Melo, the add-in supports Writer (word processing documents), Calc (spreadsheets) and Impress (presentations).

Google Summer of Code provides students with funding to work on open source software between May and August. During summer 2007, Cassio worked on developing the basic OpenOffice.org add-in. Cassio was mentored by Nathan Yergler, Creative Commons CTO, and generously supported by Google’s Open Source programs. “Cassio provided a great foundation for us to build on and maintain. I’m thrilled to finally be able to offer support for OpenOffice.org,” said Yergler.

The Add-in is available without charge, and is licensed under the GNU General Public License. Download information and links to source code are available at http://wiki.creativecommons.org/OpenOfficeOrg_Addin.

About Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2001, that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works, whether owned or in the public domain. Through its free copyright licenses, Creative Commons offers authors, artists, scientists, and educators the choice of a flexible range of protections and freedoms that build upon the “all rights reserved” concept of traditional copyright to enable a voluntary “some rights reserved” approach. Creative Commons is sustained by the generous support of organizations including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Omidyar Network, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, as well as members of the public. For more information about Creative Commons, visit http://creativecommons.org.

Contact

Nathan Yergler
Chief Technology Officer
Creative Commons
nathan@creativecommons.org

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Creative Commons Launches Second Annual CC Swag Photo Contest

Melissa Reeder, November 13th, 2007

San Francisco, CA — November 13, 2007

Today, Creative Commons launched its second annual CC Swag Photo Contest. The contest is an important component of the third annual Creative Commons fundraising campaign, which was launched on October 1.

“It is not only vital that we meet our $500,000 goal for the fundraising campaign, it’s also important to use the campaign as away to disseminate CC’s mission,” said Melissa Reeder, Creative Commons’ development coordinator. “The CC Swag Photo Contest is a great way for people to show their support for Creative Commons.”

The CC Swag photo contest challenges people to creatively photograph Creative Commons T-shirts, buttons, stickers, and other promotional items (all available at CC’s online store). To enter, the photographs must be uploaded to the Flickr group CCSwagcontest07. Please go to the official contest webpage to read the other rules and regulations and to see the 2006 contest image archive.

The two winners, chosen by Creative Commons, will be awarded 100 postcards featuring their winning photo. These postcards will also serve as promotional material for Creative Commons and will be distributed internationally to promote CC.

Franz Patzig, one of the winners of the 2006 CC Swag Photo Contest, says that in addition to being a way to support Creative Commons, the contest helped raise his profile as a photographer.

“I have been publishing all my photos under Creative Commons licenses since CC’s beginning,” Patzig says. “I joined the contest for fun; I never expected my photo to be chosen as one of the winners. Since then, many people have used it to illustrate blog postings about the commons, which has brought a lot of attention to my Flickr pages. I’ve even sold some photographs. I love sharing my work.”

About Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2001, that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works, whether owned or in the public domain. Through its free copyright licenses, Creative Commons offers authors, artists, scientists, and educators the choice of a flexible range of protections and freedoms that build upon the “all rights reserved” concept of traditional copyright to enable a voluntary “some rights reserved” approach. Creative Commons is sustained by the generous support of organizations including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Omidyar Network, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, as well as members of the public. For more information about Creative Commons, visit http://creativecommons.org.

Contact

Melissa Reeder
Development Coordinator
Creative Commons
melissa@creativecommons.org

Press Kit

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Creative Commons releases viral fundraising widget and social networking campaign

Melissa Reeder, November 1st, 2007

Last year Creative Commons utilized an innovative fundraising model by using the video sharing platform Revver to disseminate the Creative Commons mission and to help raise funds for the Creative Commons’ second annual fundraising campaign. That experience demonstrated the strength of CC’s community and that viral fundraising is key to sustaining Creative Commons.

This year Creative Commons has added a Web 2.0 “widget” and a Facebook initiative to its viral fundraising arsenal. The widget embeds directly in blogs, websites and MySpace. The text is customizable so people can encourage others to give in their own words. This easy to use tool enables people to more directly participate in raising awareness and funds for Creative Commons.

Beth Kanter, professional blogger and consultant on the use of social media tools in the nonprofit sector for social change says… “I can’t wait to remix the Creative Commons widget and use it to help fundraise on my blog and social networking profiles. This is perfect way to celebrate what Creative Commons stands for and help raise funds for the annual fund campaign!”

Creative Commons has also launched fundraising in Facebook using the “Causes” Facebook app. All of Creative Commons’ viral fundraising tools, including the widget, Facebook, videos, and other forms of social media sharing, are available on their website.

About Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2001, that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works, whether owned or in the public domain. Through its free copyright licenses, Creative Commons offers authors, artists, scientists, and educators the choice of a flexible range of protections and freedoms that build upon the “all rights reserved” concept of traditional copyright to enable a voluntary “some rights reserved” approach. Creative Commons is sustained by the generous support of organizations including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Omidyar Network, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, as well as members of the public. For more information about Creative Commons, visit http://creativecommons.org.

Contact

Melissa Reeder
Creative Commons
Development Coordinator
melissa@creativecommons.org

Press Kit

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Luxembourg 40th Jurisdiction to Offer Ported Creative Commons Licenses

Michelle Thorne, October 14th, 2007

October 15, 2007 — San Francisco, CA, USA and Luxembourg, Luxembourg

The launch of the Creative Commons licensing suite today in Luxembourg marks the 40th jurisdiction worldwide to offer Creative Commons licenses adapted to national law. Creative Commons worked in collaboration with Luxcommons ASBL, a local non-profit for researching and developing Open Content headed by Patrick Peiffer, to linguistically and legally port the licenses to Luxembourgish law.

An event to commemorate the launch will be held today at the Public Research Center Henri Tudor (CRP) in Luxembourg, featuring speeches by John Buckman, founder and CEO of Magnatune.com and Board Member of Creative Commons, and Paul Keller, Project Lead for Creative Commons Netherlands.

The ceremony will also include a presentation by Laurent Kratz, founder Luxembourg’s Jamendo, one of the largest music portals offering Creative Commons-licensed works, and Lionel Maurel, scientific coordinator from the National Library of France.

The Creative Commons licenses were “the first instrument of choice” in Luxcommons’ efforts to lead innovation in intellectual property and promote Open Content in their region and around the world. The licenses, available free of charge at http://creativecommons.org, allow authors and artists to mark their works as free to copy or transform under certain conditions, and thereby enable others to access a growing pool of raw materials without legal friction.

About Luxcommons

The non-profit Luxcommons was founded in 2005 with the goals of promoting, researching, and developing of Open Content. Thanks to funding from “2007, Luxembourg and Greater Region, Cultural Capital of Europe,” the National Cultural Fund and with the Support of the Technoport Incubator (an initiative of the Henri Tudor Research Center), Luxcommons was able to start transposing the CC 3.0 License to the Luxembourg jurisdiction. For the future, a stronger linking of similar initiatives in the Greater Region and stronger tie-ins with institutional partners is sought to keep the Luxembourgish CC project on stable footing. For more information about Luxcommons, please visit their website http://www.luxcommons.lu/.

About Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2001, that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works, whether owned or in the public domain. Through its free copyright licenses, Creative Commons offers authors, artists, scientists, and educators the choice of a flexible range of protections and freedoms that build upon the “all rights reserved” concept of traditional copyright to enable a voluntary “some rights reserved” approach. Creative Commons is sustained by the generous support of organizations including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Omidyar Network, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, as well as members of the public. For more information about Creative Commons, visit http://creativecommons.org.

Contact

Dr. Catharina Maracke
International Coordinator
Creative Commons International, Creative Commons
catharina AT creativecommons DOT org

Press Kit
http://creativecommons.org/presskit
http://creativecommons.org/international/lu/

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Creative Commons Licenses Launch in Greece

Michelle Thorne, October 12th, 2007

October 13, 2007 — San Francisco, CA, USA and Berlin, Germany

Creative Commons, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a body of creative work that is free and legal to share and build upon, unveiled today a localized version of its innovative licensing system in Greece.

With the Creative Commons’ project in Greece joining the effort, Creative Commons licenses are now being offered in localized versions in a total of 39 countries around the world.

Staff at Creative Commons’ offices in San Francisco and Berlin worked with project leads Marinos Papadopoulos, Theodoros Karounos, and Prodromos Tsiavos to adapt the standardized copyright licenses to Greek law.

Today the Greek version of Creative Commons will be launched in Athens, at an event in the Ceremonies Hall at the University of Athens. Lawrence Lessig, founder and CEO of Creative Commons, will give the keynote address at the ceremony, which will be hosted by Greek Research and Technology Network (GRNET).

“The real value of the Creative Commons licenses,” says Marinos Papadopoulos, “comes in clarifying what is useful to both creators and users of intellectual property, while also providing them with the tools to share creations in a mutually acceptable legal environment. By helping both creators and users determine the value of intellectual property sharing, Creative Commons in Greece is helping an explosive growth in creativity.”

About GRNET

The Greek Research and Technology Network (GRNET) supports the research and development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) within Greece and internationally, through the provision of its high-capacity networking and grid computing infrastructure, the strengthening of e-Learning & e-Business practices, as well as the participation in international research and education efforts. GRNET operates under the auspices of the Ministry of Development and is supervised by the General Secretariat for Research and Development.

About Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2001, that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works, whether owned or in the public domain. Through its free copyright licenses, Creative Commons offers authors, artists, scientists, and educators the choice of a flexible range of protections and freedoms that build upon the “all rights reserved” concept of traditional copyright to enable a voluntary “some rights reserved” approach. Creative Commons is sustained by the generous support of organizations including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Omidyar Network, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, as well as members of the public. For more information about Creative Commons, visit http://creativecommons.org.

Contact

Dr. Catharina Maracke
International Coordinator
Creative Commons International, Creative Commons
catharina@creativecommons.org

Press Kit

http://creativecommons.org/presskit
http://creativecommons.org/international/gr/

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Creative Commons Launches Third Annual Fundraising Campaign

Melissa Reeder, October 1st, 2007

Creative Commons Launches Third Annual Fundraising Campaign

San Francisco, CA USA — October 1, 2007

Today, Creative Commons officially launched its third annual fundraising campaign. The past two fundraising campaigns generated vital financial support for Creative Commons. This year, the organization is asking its community for help in raising funds before January 1, 2008.

“Our annual campaign measures our success in building a movement and community,” said Lawrence Lessig, CEO of Creative Commons. “It is critical that we meet our goal, and I am confident that we will.”

The goals of the 2007 campaign are to raise at least $500,000 and to highlight the CC community — the people dedicated to expanding the depth, breadth, and impact of free digital culture. “Building and supporting the Creative Commons community is equally as important as fundraising, when it comes to ensuring CC’s future,” said Melissa Reeder, CC’s development coordinator.

To celebrate the launch of the campaign, CC will unveil a redesigned website, which will include a dynamic global map that shows precisely where in the world CC’s support is coming from. Creative Commons will also offer a limited edition t-shirt as a premium for all donations above $75.

Other features of the campaign include the second annual CC Swag Photo Contest, the “Commoner” letter series, and the Corporate Commoner Giving Program. More information about each of these projects is below.

CC Swag Photo Contest:
Last year, Creative Commons instituted the CC Swag Photo Contest, to offer people another way to promote and support Creative Commons during the campaign. For more information on the 2006 contest and to see the entries, please visit http://support.creativecommons.org/contest/.

“Commoner Letters” Series:
Creative Commons will launch its “Commoner Letters” Series. This new series will consist of letters from five prominent CC community members about why they support Creative Commons. The series will be bookended with letters from Creative Commons CEO Lawrence Lessig. If you would like to receive these letters, please subscribe here: http://support.creativecommons.org/letters.

Corporate Commoner Giving Program:
Creative Commons has now launched a giving program specifically for companies. For more information, visit http://support.creativecommons.org/donate/corporate.

As a way to kick off the campaign, Six Apart will deliver a presentation at the CC SF Salon on Oct. 10th. The company will also give a large donation to Creative Commons, which was raised entirely by the LiveJournal community.

About Creative Commons
Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2001, that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works, whether owned or in the public domain. Through its free copyright licenses, Creative Commons offers authors, artists, scientists, and educators the choice of a flexible range of protections and freedoms that build upon the “all rights reserved” concept of traditional copyright to enable a voluntary “some rights reserved” approach. Creative Commons is sustained by the generous support of organizations including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Omidyar Network, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, as well as members of the public. For more information about Creative Commons, visit http://creativecommons.org.

Contact
Melissa Reeder
Development Coordinator, Creative Commons
melissa@creativecommons.org

Press Kit
http://creativecommons.org/presskit

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Creative Commons Announces New Vice President and General Counsel

Mike Linksvayer, October 1st, 2007

October 1, 2007 — San Francisco, CA, USA

Virginia Rutledge has been named Vice President and General Counsel of Creative Commons, the organization announced today. In this position, Rutledge will oversee Creative Commons’s legal affairs, lead initiatives focused on the arts, and create partnerships with arts and cultural institutions both in the U.S. and internationally.

“Creative Commons has been very lucky to have had fantastic general counsels,” said Lawrence Lessig, CEO of Creative Commons. “But Virginia brings a breadth of experience and skills that is unmatched. I could not be happier that she has chosen CC as the next stage in her extraordinary career.”

Rutledge comes to Creative Commons from the New York law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, where she was a litigation associate. At Cravath, Rutledge’s areas of practice included intellectual property, art, entertainment, antitrust, securities, and general commercial law. She has represented clients in the media and music industries, including Time Warner Inc., Warner Music Group, Warner Bros., and New Line Cinema, as well as the arts nonprofit organization the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance.

Rutledge has extensive experience in the art world, having worked as an exhibition associate for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and served as a contributing editor for Art Papers magazine. She has presented on art, digital media, and intellectual property law at conferences around the world. Additionally, her writing on art has been published in Art in America and Bookforum.

Rutledge is a member of the New York State Bar, and is the current chair of the Art Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association and a member of the Committee on Intellectual Property of the College Art Association. She holds several academic degrees, including a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), and an M. Phil. in Art History from the City University of New York’s Graduate School and University Center.

News of Rutledge’s appointment has been well received within the legal and arts communities. “I applaud Creative Commons for its inspired choice of Virginia Rutledge as Vice President and General Counsel,” said copyright expert William Patry, Senior Copyright Counsel, Google Inc. “Virginia’s background in academia, the art world, and the white-shoe corporate law firm environment is unique. Her ability to forge consensus, her love of learning and commitment to the public interest will serve Creative Commons and the rest of us exceedingly well.”

“I commend Creative Commons for this excellent choice to help further the worthy purposes of the organization,” said patron of the arts Martin E. Segal. “Virginia’s commitment to the arts and her scholarly and practical background make her a wonderful addition.”

“Creative Commons couldn’t have made a better choice,” said Joel Wachs, President of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. “Virginia has deep knowledge of contemporary art practices and institutions, and the practical experience of working within a highly competitive corporate culture. She will do an excellent job of helping to build relationships between communities that have a common interest in promoting vibrant cultural production and exchange.”

About Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2001, that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works, whether owned or in the public domain. Through its free copyright licenses, Creative Commons offers authors, artists, scientists, and educators the choice of a flexible range of protections and freedoms that build upon the “all rights reserved” concept of traditional copyright to enable a voluntary “some rights reserved” approach.

Creative Commons is sustained by the generous support of organizations including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Omidyar Network, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, as well as members of the public. For more information about Creative Commons, visit http://creativecommons.org.

Contact
Eric Steuer
Creative Director, Creative Commons
eric@creativecommons.org

Press Kit

http://creativecommons.org/presskit

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Creative Commons and BBE Music Collaborate on Release of Remixable DJ Vadim Tracks

Cameron Parkins, September 17th, 2007

San Francisco, CA — September 18, 2007

Creative Commons and BBE Music are proud to announce the release of the original studio tracks from the album The Sound Catcher by DJ Vadim. The separated, solo instrumental and vocal tracks from the entire album are available for free and legal downloading and remixing. All are available online through Creative Commons’ remix site ccMixter and are licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 license.

DJ Vadim is widely recognized as one of the world’s premier DJs and producers. He has performed in virtually every country in Europe, all over North America, Australia, New Zealand. Japan, Israel, Turkey, South America, and South East Asia in just the last year. He has also performed with the likes of DJ Krush, Company Flow, The Roots, The Pharcyde, Public Enemy, The Beat Junkies, Dilated Peoples, and Kraftwerk. He has supported Super Furry Animals, Morcheeba, and Paul Weller, and has performed at events like Glastonbury and the Moscow Street Ball festival (to over 60,000 people).

The Sound Catcher is Vadim’s latest album and was released on BBE Records earlier this year, at which time ccMixter held a remix contest with two of the album’s tracks. The contest was such success for everybody involved that BBE and ccMixter decided to team up for the long term. The release of the rest of the The Sound Catcher tracks marks the first major milestone in that relationship.

“Tracks from many of our new releases and back-catalogue are being uploaded to ccMixter,” said BBE Music’s Ben Dawson in a message to the ccMixter community. “We know how well you all produce and we want to see what will happen! BBE has been releasing music for nearly 11 years now and the artists we have worked for include J Dilla, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Will I Am, Cut Chemist and lots more. It has been a beautiful thing to see producers at the beginning of their careers or established artists coming through the label and releasing their music through us. We believe in music and its power to unite, and this is why we have teamed up with ccMixter — to involve as many people as possible in the music and to seek the finest emerging talent out there.”

Victor Stone, project lead of ccMixter, refers to the relationship as one based on mutual respect. “DJ Vadim and BBE Records have already proven their leadership in terms of artistry. Taking the bold step of releasing all of The Sound Catcher’s tracks under a Creative Commons license shows they are willing to lead in an even broader cultural context. We’ve all been predicting this type of event as inevitable, yet as the day arrives it’s still a thrill to see it become reality.”

Visit the site at http://ccmixter.org/bbe

About Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2001, that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works—whether owned or in the public domain. Creative Commons licences provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators that build upon the “all rights reserved” concept of traditional copyright to offer a voluntary “some rights reserved” approach. It is sustained by the generous support of various organizations including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur
Foundation, Omidyar Network, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation as well as members of the public. For general information, visit http://creativecommons.org.

About BBE

BBE Records was an outgrowth of the Barely Breaking Even movement over
10 years ago when Peter Adarkwah and his partner Ben Dawson were discussing music and discovered a shared interest in diverse, eclectic sounds covering all genres – from old scratchy Brazilian grooves, through 70’s funk, via jazz fusion, hip – hop and soul to newer garage, disco and techno music. Today BBE is a major force in the DJ community. Learn more: http://www.bbemusic.com.

Contact

Eric Steuer
Creative Director, Creative Commons
eric@creativecommons.org

Ben Dawson
BBE Music
b.w.dawson@googlemail.com

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