Creative Commons Panels @ SXSW 2010

Fred Benenson, August 17th, 2009

The SXSW Interactive Festival is always a great opportunity for us to connect with our community and up and coming projects. That’s why we’re excited to announce our 3 panel suggestions for SXSW 2010:

  • Can You Copyright a Tweet?
  • What happens if someone sells your tweet on a t-shirt? Or when CNN puts it on their 24 hours news network? These question may initially appear ridiculous, but when authors are penning entire books through their microblogs these are becoming increasingly difficult to ignore. Join us for a mostly serious look at the implications raised by reuse, syndication and commercial exploitation of microcontent.

  • Permanence on the Web
  • Hard drives fail, DVDs crack, and jump drives get lost. We can store our data in the cloud, but AOL just deleted Geocities and now Kodak is threatening to remove your albums if you don’t pay them. Sites like and Google’s cache represent a partial solution to the problem, but how do we encourage the preservation of a permanent web? What are the laws and ethical issues involved with archiving other people’s content?

  • DMCA & ToS 101
  • Hear from industry experts and lawyers who have crafted the terms for sites you use everyday so that the next time you meet with counsel, you’ll be a little more prepared and won’t accidentally trigger a user insurrection.

If you have a minute, go and take a moment to go and vote the panels — your support will make a difference. Thanks!

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Creative Commons in Austin, TX at SXSW – March 13-17

Eric Steuer, March 9th, 2009

South by Southwest (SXSW) is right around the corner, and a few members of the Creative Commons staff (Melissa, Lila, Fred, and me) will be in attendance for the Interactive portion of the festival (March 13-17). We’ll be on hand to talk about CC’s work and projects, and we’d love to meet you. Here’s a short guide to some of the places you’ll be able to find us while we’re in Austin.

Trade Show: We’ll be working a booth at the SXSW Trade Show (Level 4, Grand Ballroom of the Austin Convention Center500 E Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX 78701), which is open on Saturday, March 14 (Noon to 6pm), Sunday, March 15 (Noon to 6pm), and Monday, March 16 (Noon to 4pm). The four of us will be working in shifts, and there will always be someone around to talk to. We’ll have our usual flyers, stickers, and pins; we’ll also be offering CC t-shirts and a stock of brand new, limited edition flash drives (similar to the ones we offered as part of our 2008 fundraising drive collaboration with Jonathan Coulton – but these are purple!) in exchange for contributions to Creative Commons. We’ll also have a laptop stocked with a curated collection of CC-licensed media, including music from WFMU’s Free Music Archive and videos from the recently-announced Uncensored Interview project.

Talks: I’ll be participating in a panel discussion called “How to Protect Your Brand Without Being a Jerk!” on Monday, March 16th, 11:30am – 12:30pm, in Room 10 of the Austin Convention Center. Fred will be giving a talk entitled “DRM: The Fight Isn’t Over Yet” on Tuesday, March 17th, 5:00pm – 6:00pm, in Room Hilton D of the Austin Convention Center.

Party: We’ll be representing CC at Plutopia on Monday, March 16, 6pm – midnight at the Palmer Events Center (900 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78704). Plutopia (previously discussed here) is a music, art, and performance party that we’ve attended for the last few years. It’s a great place to meet people interested in technology and art. Admission to the event is free for conference badge holders and $10 for the general public.

We hope to see you in Austin!

For details about attending SXSW, visit the conference’s registration page.

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Visit Us At Plutopia 2009 At SXSW

Fred Benenson, March 4th, 2009

PlutopiaPlutopia has been called the “best SXSW Interactive party to date” and we’re lucky enough to be representing at their 2009 SXSW party. If you’ve got a conference badge you’re free to come, but for every one else, the cover is $10. Check out more details on the Plutopia site or just show up:

Monday, March 16, 2009
6pm – midnight
Palmer Events Center
900 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas 78704

Make sure to say hi to if you do stop by!

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