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2003 July

BitPass + Creative Commons

Neeru Paharia, July 9th, 2003

Musicians Joshua Ellis and Big Friendly Corporation have implemented a new technology called BitPass to sell their Creative Commons-licensed content via micropayment.

Joshua has offered his songs under an Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike license. If you buy a song for 50 cents, or the entire album for $3.50, you’re then free to copy, distribute, and make derivative works — as long as you give Joshua attribution, don’t make commercial uses, and release all derivative works under an Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike license. Joshua says he’s sold over $100 of content within a few days.

Anyone interested in mixing these songs, or putting them into your student film?

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Commons on the Hustings, II

Glenn Otis Brown, July 3rd, 2003

Our licenses make another appearance on the campaign trail. Check out AmericansForDean.

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An Opsound Exchange

Glenn Otis Brown, July 3rd, 2003

You’ve got to hear this. This week’s featured content is exactly the sort of innovative co-authorship that Creative Commons, and good folks like Opsound, make possible.

Colin Mutchler explains:

About a month after submitting a few acoustic guitar tracks to
Opsound‘s sound pool [and thus releasing the song under an Attribution-ShareAlike license], I got an email from a violinist named Cora Beth, who had added a violin track to one of the guitar tracks, “My Life.” She called it “My Life Changed,” and I think the track is definitely more beautiful now. Maybe eventually we’ll add drums and words.

This is collaboration across space and time, as our Flash movie puts it — with no rights-clearing needed. Great stuff. We’d love to hear more of this sort of thing, so tell us if you have a similar story.

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