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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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Creative Commons and Fedora Team Up To Deliver LiveContent Distribution

Cameron Parkins, August 6th, 2007

San Francisco, CA — August 6, 2007

Creative Commons today announced the release of LiveContent, a collaborative initiative to showcase free, open source software and dynamic, Creative Commons-licensed multimedia content. Red Hat’s Fedora 7 will serve as the platform for Creative Commons LiveContent CD. The first LiveContent CD is now available at the Creative Commons and Fedora booths at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in San Francisco.

The Fedora Project is a Red Hat-sponsored, community-based open source collaboration that provides the best of next-generation open source technologies. Its latest distribution, Fedora 7, features a new build capacity that allows for the creation of custom distributions and individual appliances.

“Fedora 7 features a completely open source build process that greatly simplifies the creation of appliances,” said Jack Aboutboul, community engineer for Fedora at Red Hat. “We encourage Fedora 7 users to create custom distributions that fit their individual needs and are excited that Creative Commons is making use of this capability within Fedora 7 to enable the liberation of content and provide free licensed software to all. This is the first step in bringing Red Hat’s open source community and Creative Commons’ “share, reuse, remix” initiative together. Our communities have always been talking about a common vision of free software and free content – today we have both decided that it’s time to start bridging those gaps.”

The Fedora 7 operating system boots directly from the LiveContent CD, making use of the open source tools found in the latest Fedora distribution like Revisor, Pungi and more. The CD features a variety of Creative Commons-licensed content including audio, video, image, text and educational resources. From the desktop, users can explore free and open content and learn more about businesses like Jamendo, Blip.tv, Flickr and others supporting creative communities through aggregation and search tools.

Also included are a number of open source software applications including OpenOffice, The Gimp, Inkscape, Firefox, multimedia viewers, open document templates and others. The LiveContent CD is a product of collaboration across a number of organizations – Red Hat is providing in-kind engineering support via Fedora 7 and many open source community members collaborated on the included software applications. Worldlabel.com, member of the Open Document Format Alliance, is supplying ongoing support for the development and distribution of the LiveContent CD.

“When we decided to explore LiveContent, we knew we would need a reliable, community-driven platform on which to base our content,” said Jon Phillips, community and business developer at Creative Commons. “We had a previous relationship with some of the engineers at Red Hat and knew the Company’s solutions to be valuable, well-developed and reliable. We envision LiveContent to be a stepping stone to dynamic distribution of open content. Forthcoming versions of LiveContent aim to support autocurated packaging of Creative Commons-licensed content, allowing for the most up-to-date, ‘living’ content distribution. For this to happen, we’re calling on community members and content curators to join the effort to help spread open media.”

For more information on Fedora, to download or to join this community effort, please visit: http://fedoraproject.org. Visit http://creativecommons.org/project/livecontent to learn more about the project and get involved with future versions of LiveContent. To obtain a copy of the LiveContent CD, visit the Fedora and Creative Commons booths at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in San Francisco.

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 Red Hat, Inc.
Red Hat, the world’s leading open source solutions provider, is headquartered in Raleigh, NC with over 50 satellite offices spanning the globe. CIOs have ranked Red Hat first for value in Enterprise Software for three consecutive years in the CIO Insight Magazine Vendor Value study. Red Hat provides high-quality, low-cost technology with its operating system platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, together with applications, management and Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) solutions, including the JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite. Red Hat also offers support, training and consulting services to its customers worldwide. Learn more: http://www.redhat.com.

Contact

Jon Phillips
Community + Business Developer
Creative Commons
(415) 369-8486
jon@creativecommons.org

Kerri Catallozzi
Red Hat
(919) 754-4268
kcatallo@redhat.com

Press Kit

http://creativecommons.org/presskit

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CREATIVE COMMONS RELEASES LIBLICENSE FOR SIMPLE TECHNICAL LICENSING INTEGRATION

Scott Shawcroft, July 31st, 2007

San Francisco, CA – July 30, 2007 – Today, Creative Commons published the first public release of its desktop licensing library, Liblicense, featuring desktop integration. When content authors grant permission for re-use of their work, Liblicense provides software developers with the ability to easily discover and display those permissions to a user. Liblicense also offers authors the ability to embed those permissions in a standard way in files. Read More…

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SPOON TO HEADLINE CONCERT TO BENEFIT CREATIVE COMMONS AND KICK OFF WIRED NEXTFEST IN LOS ANGELES

Cameron Parkins, June 25th, 2007

WIRED magazine today announced that rock band Spoon will headline a concert to benefit Creative Commons on September 10, 2007 at the Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles. The concert is a kick-off event for WIRED NextFest, a unique world’s-fair-style event showcasing future technologies in design, entertainment, communication, healthcare, transportation, sustainable living, and more, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, September 13–16, 2007.

Spoon is an Austin, TX-based quartet with five full-length albums to its credit, and its heavily anticipated sixth album, entitled “Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga” is slated for release on July 10. Spoon’s previous album, “Gimme Fiction,” received widespread acclaim and appeared on “Best of 2005” lists in Blender and Spin. In 2004, Spoon joined artists such as the Beastie Boys, David Byrne, My Morning Jacket, a pre-Gnarls-Barkley Danger Mouse (featuring Cee-Lo), and the Rapture in donating tracks to the Creative Commons-licensed WIRED CD: Rip. Sample. Mash. Share.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit Creative Commons, the non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative work available for others to build upon and share legally. This is the third benefit concert WIRED has produced to benefit Creative Commons. Previous concerts featured David Byrne and Gilberto Gil; and Girl Talk, Diplo and Peeping Tom.

The concert will serve as a live reunion for Spoon and Keepon the robot, which achieved online celebrity status in April after the little robot became a YouTube sensation dancing to Spoon’s song, “I Turn My Camera On.” The video “Keepon Dancing to Spoon” is available on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3g-yrjh58ms and boasts over 1.2 million views and scores of online imitators. Following the concert, Keepon will be holding court at WIRED NextFest September 13-16.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, June 23, for the all-ages general admission show priced at $20. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.com.

In addition to enjoying Spoon’s critically acclaimed music and supporting an important cause in Creative Commons, concertgoers will get a sneak peek at some of the futuristic exhibits to be showcased at WIRED NextFest. Attendees of the benefit concert will get a free ticket to WIRED NextFest for Friday, September 14.

To learn more and to purchase tickets for WIRED NextFest, please visit http://www.wirednextfest.com.

About WIRED

For nearly 15 years, WIRED has been the first word on how technology is changing the world around us. Each month, the magazine delivers a glimpse into the future of business, science, entertainment, education, culture, and politics. Under the leadership of Editor-in-Chief Chris Anderson, WIRED has been nominated for an unprecedented six consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence, winning the industry’s prestigious top prize in 2007 and 2005. WIRED magazine and Wired.com reach nearly 6 million readers per month.

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.

Contact

Alexandra Constantinople
WIRED Media
+1 415 276 5962
Alexandra_Constantinople@wired.com

Bill Danon
Bite Communications for WIRED Media
+1 310 295 2140
bill.danon@bitepr.com

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“A Story of Healing” Becomes First Academy Award® Winning Film Released Under A Creative Commons License

Eric Steuer, April 19th, 2007

“A Story of Healing” Becomes First Academy Award® Winning Film Released Under A Creative Commons License

April 19, 2007

Interplast — the first humanitarian organization to provide free reconstructive surgery for children with clefts, disabling burns, and hand injuries — is proud to announce that its 1997 Academy Award® winning documentary, “A Story of Healing,” has been released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommerical-No Derivatives license. This marks the first time in history that an Academy Award® winning film has been licensed under any Creative Commons license, allowing free and legal distribution of the film via the Internet.

“Interplast hopes that by licensing ‘A Story of Healing’ in such a way, anyone with Internet access can watch this moving film and learn more about the need for surgical care in developing countries,” said Susan W. Hayes, Interplast president and CEO.

Interplast believes that greater public access to information about humanitarian issues will bring increased awareness to global need and hopefully persuade people to want to help. For this reason, Interplast also has posted thousands of photos from developing world countries on Flickr and dozens of videos on blip.tv, all under a Creative Commons by-nc-nd license. The international organization also encourages other nonprofits to publish their various media under Creative Commons licenses, so that the public can more easily learn about various causes and solutions worldwide.

Creative Commons, American Public Television, and blip.tv were instrumental in helping Interplast provide worldwide, free distribution of the film’s powerful message. Interplast is deeply grateful for their help.

“This film is a tremendous asset for Interplast—to the extent it is seen. We’re happy that a Creative Commons license can help with that. Other mission-driven organizations should take note,” said Lawrence Lessig, Creative Commons CEO.

To view “A Story of Healing,” visit interplast.org/astoryofhealing.php. A DVD version of the film may also be obtained on the Interplast website.

About Interplast

Interplast — the first humanitarian organization to provide free reconstructive surgery for children with clefts, disabling burns and hand injuries — has provided 64,000 life-changing surgeries for those who have no other access to care. Working in underserved regions of 16 countries throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America, Interplast teaches, empowers and partners with volunteers and overseas medical professionals so every child living in poverty has free access to the safest and highest-quality care—now and in the future. Interplast is committed to transforming as many lives as possible, allocating 90 percent of its budget to medical programs. For more information, visit interplast.org.

About blip.tv

Blip.tv is the video-sharing site that features the best independently produced shows on the Internet, from scripted comedies and dramas to newsmagazines and reality shows. For each show, blip.tv provides hosting, distribution, marketing and advertising sales. Shows are hosted on the destination site www.blip.tv and syndicated to iTunes and to blogs and websites throughout the Internet, including AOL Video and Yahoo! Video. In all cases, ads are embedded into blip.tv videos, so the ads travel with videos throughout the Internet. Blip.tv splits all advertising revenue with show creators 50/50. The company’s goal is to allow talented, creative personalities to concentrate on making great shows by providing all the services necessary to help them sustain their efforts. For more information, visit blip.tv.

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 creativecommons.org.

Contact

Sara Anderson
Director of Communications and Public Relations, Interplast
Email
650.934.3305

Eric Steuer
Creative Director, Creative Commons
Email

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CREATIVE COMMONS LICENSES LAUNCH IN INDIA

Mia Garlick, January 26th, 2007

Silicon-Valley-based NGO now offers licenses in 35 jurisdictions around the world

San Francisco, CA, USA and Berlin, Germany — January 26, 2006 — Creative Commons, a nonprofit dedicated to building a body of creative work free to share and build upon, today unveiled a localized version of its innovative licensing system in India.

Creative Commons copyright licenses are available free of charge from the group’s website. The licenses allow authors and artists to mark their works as free to copy or transform under certain conditions—to declare “some rights reserved,” in contrast to the traditional “all rights reserved”—thereby enabling others to access a growing pool of raw materials without legal friction.

With Creative Commons India joining the effort, Creative Commons is proud to announce that its licenses now are offered in localized versions in a total of 35 jurisdictions around the world.

Staff at Creative Commons’ offices in San Francisco and Berlin worked with project leads Lawrence Liang from the Alternative Law Forum (ALF) in Bangalore and Shishir K.Jha from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) to adapt the standardized copyright licenses to Indian law.

Today the Indian versions of the Creative Commons licenses will be launched in the IIT Bombay’s auditorium in Mumbai, at a ceremony held as part of the ‘IIT Techfest’, IIT Bombay’s Annual International Science and Technology festival. The Techfest with its lectures, workshops and exhibitions offers students a platform to explore the realms of science and technology in the 21st Century.

At the launch Joichi Ito, Chairman of Creative Commons, will give the keynote address. Speakers Nandu Pradhan, President and Managing Director of Red Hat India, film director Anurag Kashyap, Professor Deepak Phatak of IIT Bombay, project lead Lawrence Liang as well as Catharina Maracke, Creative Commons International Coordinator, will speak about topics related to culture, law and technology.

Says Project Lead Shishir Jha, “Creative Commons India will seek to inspire everyone to share the subcontinent’s abundant wealth of visions and ideas by standing tall on the shoulders of her intellectual and creative giants.”

About IIT Bombay

IIT Bombay, set up by an Act of Parliament, was established in 1958, at Powai, a northern suburb of Mumbai. Today the Institute is recognised as one of the centers of academic excellence in the country. The institute has 12 departments of engineering, basic sciences and the humanities, 11 research centers, 3 postgraduate degree schools and 5 interdisciplinary programs. IIT Bombay is largely a residential institution with over 4 thousand students and over 400 faculty. It offers undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral degrees. Over the years, there has been dynamic progress at IIT Bombay in all academic and research activities, and a parallel improvement in facilities and infrastructure, to keep it on par with the best institutions in the world.

For more information, visit the IIT Bombay 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. 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 the Creative Commons’ website.

Contact

Catharina Maracke
International Coordinator
Creative Commons International, Creative Commons
Email
+49.30.280.93.909

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VIEUX FARKA TOURÉ REMIX CONTEST LAUNCHES TODAY AT CCMIXTER

Eric Steuer, January 24th, 2007

VIEUX FARKA TOURÉ REMIX CONTEST LAUNCHES TODAY AT CCMIXTER

Winning Remix To Be Featured On Upcoming “Vieux Remixed” CD

January 24, 2007

Creative Commons, Modiba Productions and Global Beat Fusion are pleased to announce that the Vieux Farka Touré / “Ana” Remix Contest is now taking place now at ccMixter. Visit the contest at http://www.ccmixter.org/vieux.

Modiba Productions artist Vieux Farka Touré — a highly talented guitarist, singer, songwriter, and percussionist from Mali — is offering the audio source files from the song “Ana” online under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license, so that producers worldwide can use the sounds in remixes and new compositions. The general public is invited to download these tracks and create their own versions, appropriate elements in new compositions, and generally use the elements for any noncommercial creative expression.

Eric Herman and Jesse Brenner of Modiba Productions and Derek Beres of Global Beat Fusion will be selecting the best remix. The winning remix will be included on Modiba Productions’ “Vieux Remixed” CD compilation.

To enter, download the separated audio elements of Vieux Farka Touré’s “Ana” and upload a remix to ccMixter between February 7, 2007 and March 7, 2007. All entries must be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 license. Under this license, the public may legally make copies of, distribute, and create derivative works from the remixes – as long as the original authors are credited and the uses are not for commercial purposes.

Quotes about the Vieux Farka Touré / “Ana” Remix Contest:

Jesse Brenner, Modiba Productions:

“One of Modiba’s central goals as an organization is collaboration, the expansion of boundaries to bring in new ideas and approaches through working together in an open and dynamic way. The Creative Commons project is a perfect example of this, and we look forward to bringing more talented and inspired minds to further explore the sounds of Vieux Farka Touré.”

Derek Beres, Global Beat Fusion:

“Taking Vieux’s incredible acoustic material and adding a digital edge is what the future of global music is about. We’ve been remixing cultures as long as cultures have formed, explored and, inevitably, met one another. Our modern technological capabilities are giving us the opportunity to get to know one another socially, spiritually and sonically. This project will be yet another meeting ground, this time the gorgeous blues of Mali and the rest of the creative world.”

About Vieux Farka Touré

Vieux Farka Touré is the son of the late international superstar and two-time Grammy Award-winner Ali Farka Touré. An historic passing of the torch from father to son is represented by Vieux’s debut. He has crafted a global-minded style all his own with original compositions displaying flourishes of rock and reggae amidst Saharan Blues and traditional Malian melodies. Vieux Farka Touré is ushering in the next generation of Mali blues on his self-titled debut album, which features Ali himself on two remarkable pieces. These tracks are the only existing recordings of father and son playing together, and are amongst the final recorded material of Ali before his death. The album also features two magnificent guest performances by the Grammy Award-winning kora master Toumani Diabaté.

About Modiba Productions

Modiba is a music production company and record label committed to the social and economic empowerment of Africa and its Diaspora. They are the creators of ASAP: the Afrobeat Sudan Aid Project, which has raised over $135,000 for the refugees of the crisis in Darfur, Sudan.

About Global Beat Fusion

Global Beat Fusion is Derek Beres, one of the leading figures in international music in America, working in numerous facets of the industry, from journalist and DJ to producer and presenter. He has written for dozens of magazines covering the traditional and digital realms of global music and has toured internationally, playing alongside some of the most important figures in the scene today. Well versed in international music, he is equally adamant about world cultures, devoting his life to the path of yoga, Eastern philosophies and world mythology.

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

Contact

Eric Steuer
Creative Director, Creative Commons
Email

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KEY CORPORATE CONTRIBUTIONS HELP CREATIVE COMMONS BEAT ITS FUNDRAISING GOAL 1.6x OVER.

Melissa Reeder, January 8th, 2007

San Francisco, USA — January 7, 2007

Creative Commons today announced that generous support from a variety of key technology companies — including Microsoft, Mozilla, Digital Garage, Yahoo!, Macrovision, Red Hat, DivX, Tucows and Second Life — pushed Creative Commons’ fundraising campaign to an extraordinary success. In combination with the proceeds from the Wired Benefit Concert, other significant corporate contributions from Google and Sun announced earlier in the campaign, and contributions from Ariel Capital Management, Brave New Films, Current TV, and Wiki-How, these new contributions combined to push the total amount raised to close to $500,000 — more than 1.6x the original target of $300,000.

Notably, the largest corporate contributions have come from Mozilla and Microsoft.

Microsoft’s contribution is the corporation’s second to Creative Commons and follows the release in June 2006 of the Microsoft Office CC licensing plug in, which allows people to easily apply a Creative Commons license to their Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. Mostly recently, it joined with Google and Yahoo! to release a joint sitemap protocol under CC Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 license.

“Creative Commons aims to advance innovative thinking about copyright in our information-based society,” said Tom Rubin, Associate General Counsel of Microsoft. “By providing new ideas that leverage the flexibility of copyright, Creative Commons has pioneered solutions that benefit both creators and the public. Microsoft is pleased to support programs that strive to respect intellectual property rights while benefiting creators, consumers and society at large.”

Mozilla has been a long time supporter of Creative Commons. A Creative Commons search option in the pull-down search menu within all versions of Mozilla Firefox has enabled more than 80 million people to easily locate intellectual property available under a Creative Commons license.

“Creative Commons has provided a trusted framework for the exchange and flow of information assets online,” said Christopher Beard, vice president of marketing and product management at Mozilla. “We’re extremely pleased to continue our support of a fellow public benefit organization that has established itself as a leader in shaping the future of the Internet.”

Yahoo! and Red Hat were also second time contributors, while Digital Garage, Macrovision, Second Life, DivX and Tucows contributed to the San Francisco based non-profit for the first time. Many of these companies have also made important technical contributions to Creative Commons as well. Yahoo, for example, has developed a search portal that filters results on Creative Commons licenses. And since its launch, Second Life and Creative Commons have worked together to assure that the rights to content created in Second Life remain with the author – not the company. Second Life has also become an important forum for debates surrounding Creative Commons and the global digital commons. Most recently it was the platform used for Lawrence Lessig to publicly announce his retirement as Creative Commons Chairman — passing a virtual torch to CC’s new chairman, the Japanese venture capitalist, Joi Ito.

“Our community of authors, scientists, creators and educators has made Creative Commons the success it has become,” CEO Lawrence Lessig commented. “But it is an extraordinary reward to see that success recognized by some of the most important Internet technology companies. We, like they, build infrastructure for the digital age. They make moving bits easier; we make moving the rights associated with those bits easier as well.”

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

Corporate Contacts:

Microsoft
Jason Matusow
jasonma@microsoft.com

Mozilla
Alex Guerra
Senior Account Executive
aguerra@ar-edelman.com

Digital Garage
Yoshito Funabashi
pr@garage.co.jp

Yahoo
Kiersten Hollars
Corporate Communications
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JOI ITO NAMED CHAIRMAN OF CREATIVE COMMONS; LAWRENCE LESSIG TO REMAIN CEO AND BOARD MEMBER

Eric Steuer, December 18th, 2006

JOI ITO NAMED CHAIRMAN OF CREATIVE COMMONS; LAWRENCE LESSIG TO REMAIN CEO AND BOARD MEMBER

Announcement Coincides With Final Call for Contributions to CC’s Annual Fundraising Campaign, Ending December 31

San Francisco, CA — December 18, 2006

Today, Creative Commons announced that Lawrence Lessig will step down as the organization’s chairman. He will be replaced by Joi Ito, a renowned Japanese entrepreneur and venture capitalist, who has been a Creative Commons board member since 2003. Lessig will remain as CC’s CEO and as a board member.

The change in board leadership, which takes place immediately, is a reflection of Creative Commons’ growing interest in supporting the use of CC principles and copyright licenses in commercial applications.

“This is a very happy moment for Creative Commons,” Lessig said. “We are a movement, and it is important that movements have leaders. We are extremely fortunate to work with Joi, who is one of the key leaders in building the sharing economy. Creative Commons’ next big challenge is to figure out how the sharing economy can better interact with a traditional commercial economy. Joi is the perfect person to lead the thinking on this.”

Lessig reaffirmed his commitment to Creative Commons in an email message sent to members of CC’s international community. “I’m not going anywhere,” he said. “CC will continue to get everything I can give.”

Ito is the founder of Digital Garage, PSINet Japan, and Infoseek Japan. He is also the CEO of Neoteny; chairman of iCommons and Six Apart Japan; and on the boards of Technorati, ICANN, and the Mozilla Foundation.

“I’d like to emphasize that this change is not about Larry doing less, but about another step in Larry’s plan to make other people do more,” Ito said. “As the organization and the movement continue to grow, it makes sense for my role to grow too. I appreciate the confidence and the opportunity to contribute more to Creative Commons.”

Lessig and Ito made the announcement to the Creative Commons community during the organization’s fourth birthday party in San Francisco this past Friday, December 15. Although unable to attend the party in person, Lessig and Ito delivered the announcement via a torch passing ceremony in the virtual world of Second Life. Video of the online gathering, which was attended by CC board members and supporters, was projected against a large wall at the real world event.

This announcement coincides with a final call for contributions to Creative Commons’ annual fundraising campaign, which ends on December 31.

“You can look at this change in leadership in two ways, each of which gives some of you a reason for one last push,” Lessig said. “Some of you have been loyal supporters of me. To you, please show that support one more time. Others of you have been loyal critics, with a strong hope that CC move beyond the particular vision I’ve offered. Now you have your chance: please celebrate the change by supporting us in this final two weeks of our drive.”

Quotes about the change in board leadership:

Hal Abelson, Creative Commons co-founder and board member: “A few of us started CC six years ago as a modest idea about licensing. Under Larry’s leadership, we’ve now grown into a worldwide movement encompassing science and culture, and we have plans for even more activities. It’s great that we’re able to expand CC’s top leadership, and thrilling that Joi will be part of it.”

James Boyle, Creative Commons co-founder and board member: “Larry is a tough act to follow. He is the visionary who has made CC what it is today. But as an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and digital visionary, Joi has an unparalleled breadth of vision about the tasks that face CC. I think we have the best of both worlds going for us with Joi taking over as chairman and Larry continuing as CEO.”

Eric Saltzman, Creative Commons co-founder and board member:The Wizard of Oz isn’t yet under CC license, so instead of a short clip, just a reference: Larry had the brains to imagine Creative Commons and the heart and courage to build it into the influential global model and successful, practical resource it is today. It has been a great pleasure and an education to work with him on CC’s board these past four years. Luckily for CC, Larry will continue as CC’s CEO to do what he likes best, building the future. We’re all looking forward to our colleague, Joi Ito’s tenure as Board Chair. His breadth of knowledge and deep commitment to the expanding potential for sharing knowledge and creative work promise an exciting, productive next few years at Creative Commons.”

About Creative Commons

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