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Creative Commons’ Google Policy Fellowship

Fred Benenson, October 27th, 2008

We’re very excited to announce that Creative Commons will be part of Google’s Policy Fellowship for this coming summer. The Google Policy Fellow will receive a substantial grant to work at Creative Commons on the following issues (but this is certainly not an exhaustive list of the things we’ll have you thinking about):

  • Write case studies about projects and creators that have implemented Creative Commons licenses and analyze strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for each; paying particular consideration to cultural and genre differences.
  • Synthesize statistics garnered from recent studies focusing on international license adoption. Fellow will be expected to generate and investigate diverse theses relating to license choice, adoption, and use.
  • Coordinate with counsel to critically analyze the current state of public domain policy in US and abroad. Develop a framework to help Creative Commons’ deploy messaging regarding public domain policy in US and abroad.
  • Survey the current legal and non-legal opinions with respect to the ‘strong vs. weak’ copyleft debate and how it relates to differences between mediums (photography, music, etc.) in order to establish guidelines and uncover precedent for our ShareAlike licenses.
  • Research and analysis of how contemporary the discourse of copyright, sharing, reuse, and remix has been shaped over the last six years as a result of the Creative Commons project.
  • Investigate new opportunities for Creative Commons implementation in ‘uncontacted’ communities, institutions, artists, and mediums.

Check out more details and the application, which is due by Friday, December 12, 2008.

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Calling Software Engineers

Jennifer Yip, October 1st, 2008

Creative Commons needs to expand our tech team! Please check out our new contractor posting. If you have the skills and interest in joining the CC team, please submit your resume and cover letter asap!

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To The 2008 Summer Interns

Jennifer Yip, August 22nd, 2008

Last Friday was the last day of Creative Commons’ fourth summer internship program. The staff had the pleasure of working with six accomplished students from various backgrounds and locations. As seen in their active blogging and outreach, they proved to be an asset during our busy summer months. We’d like to thank them each for their diligence at the office and exuberance for free culture.

  • Brian Rowe, a 3L from the University of Seattle School of Law, was our Legal intern.
  • Frank Tobia, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Technology, was a Tech intern.
  • Grace Armstrong, who is attending Yale University in the fall, assisted our ccLearn team.
  • Greg Grossmeier, a graduate student from the University Michigan School of Information, was our Community Development intern.
  • Steren Giannini, from Ecole Centrale de Lyon in France, was our other Technology intern.
  • Tim Hwang, from Harvard University, was the Business Development intern.

Special thanks to:

  • Brian for helping to distill the much needed list of “Frequently Frequently Asked Questions;”
  • Frank for improving the curry bot and working on code that will reduce the duplicated code in our licensing interfaces;
  • Grace for bringing an inquisitive eye to the international issues in the realm of ccLearn and open education;
  • Greg for driving Case Studies, PDregistry.ca and ccHost 5 forward with his mad bug reporting and triaging skills;
  • Steren for improving our internal task tracking system and making the deeds and license chooser validate as XHTML+RDFa;
  • and thanks to Tim for all his hard work on the Case Studies and Metrics projects and for helping plan the next wave of CC business development.

We were truly impressed by all your great work, and look forward to seeing each of you again in the near future!

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