2004 February

Moving Images Contest Winners Announced

Matt Haughey, February 28th, 2004

We’re happy to announce the winners in our GET CREATIVE!: Moving Images Contest. Last fall, we asked aspiring filmmakers and flash artists to create a short film that explained the mission of the Creative Commons. Our panel of judges has selected the top three entries and they’re all terrific. We want to thank everyone that entered, everyone that helped spread the word, our judges for taking time to help us with the contest, and most of all thanks and congratulations to Justin Cone, Sheryl Seibert, and Kuba & Alek Tarkowski.

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No Derivatives — Or Else . . .

Glenn Otis Brown, February 28th, 2004

The New York Times today reports on a surreal U.S. Treasury Department Policy:

Anyone who publishes material from a country under a trade embargo is forbidden to reorder paragraphs or sentences, correct syntax or grammar, or replace “inappropriate words,” according to several advisory letters from the Treasury Department in recent months.

Adding illustrations is prohibited, too. To the baffled dismay of publishers, editors and translators who have been briefed about the policy, only publication of “camera-ready copies of manuscripts” is allowed.

The article does not make clear whether the policy rationale stems from concern for the moral rights of authors in rogue nations.

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Wired News

Press Robot, February 28th, 2004

Copyright Enters a Grey Area,” by Noah Shachtman.

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Wired News

Press Robot, February 28th, 2004

Grey Album Fans Protest Clamdown,” by Katie Dean.

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SF Bay Guardian

Press Robot, February 28th, 2004

Some Rights Reserved,” by Annalee Newitz.

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T-minus a fortnight

Glenn Otis Brown, February 28th, 2004

Just a little over two weeks until South by Southwest, the wonderful tech-film-music conference in Austin, Texas, USA (my beloved hometown). If you’re in town, come check out our two panels on music (Sample, Share, or Both?) and film (Can Copyright Bring the Audience to the Director?) the morning of March 15. That night we’ll have a free party at El Sol y La Luna, a great Mexican spot on South Congress, co-hosted by our friends at the EFF and Common Content. Let us know if you think you’ll make it by.

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Glenn Otis Brown, February 28th, 2004

Annalee Newitz has a nice article in this week’s SF Bay Guardian about independent publishing and the some rights reserved copyright model.

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iCommons expands to Croatia, Spain — plus Catalonia

Matt Haughey, February 26th, 2004

Creative Commons has recently expanded the iCommons project further to include Croatian, Spanish, and Catalan drafts in progress. They join the other jurisdictions in the effort to port Creative Commons licenses to the framework of international law. Every country has an ongoing discussion so if you’re interested in helping bring the licenses to these places, feel free to join in. The associated press releases are also online.

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Get creative and remix culture

Mike Linksvayer, February 26th, 2004

The source materials for both “Get Creative” and “Remix Culture” are now available. Download the .fla file for either and you can get creative and remix “Get Creative” or “Remix Culture” with ease.

Quicktime versions of both movies are also now available. Now it’s easier than ever to download, display and share “Get Creative” and “Remix Culture” (right-click on links to download and save).

Thanks to Ibiblio for hosting all of these files. The Quicktime movies are also available at the Internet Archive here and here. The Internet Archive will also host your Creative Commons-licensed movies and music free of charge. Get started.

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World66 travel site

Matt Haughey, February 25th, 2004

This week’s featured content is the entire World66 travel site. It features comprehensive guides built by vistors in a collaborative fashion and the site also features tools like the popular visited states and visited countries apps seen on weblogs like this. The photos, guides, and generated images are all licensed under commercial-friendly Creative Commons licenses, allowing people to share the places they’ve been and build upon the information shared on the site.

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