2004 March

Creative Commons expanding to Australia and Jordan

Matt Haughey, March 26th, 2004

Today Creative Commons has begun discussion of licenses in Australia and Jordan. Professors at Queensland University of Technology and law firm Blake Dawson Waldron Lawyers will be helping out on the Australian efforts while Jordan’s licenses will benefit from the folks at Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property. Those wishing to join the discussion can find the links here and here.

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Free Culture released

Matt Haughey, March 25th, 2004

Creative Commons chairman Lawrence Lessig has just released his new book, Free Culture today, both online as a licensed downloadable PDF and in stores. The book covers the current state of copyright law and what it means to our culture and society. Give it a look, and if you like what you see, ordering online will contribute a small percentage of this organization.

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Full-Time Intimacy

Glenn Otis Brown, March 25th, 2004

The Berkman Center’s Mary Bridges and Benjamen Walker — the sound designer behind Creative Commons’ animations — recently produced an audio postcard for NPR on the SXSW Interactive conference. It’s subtly funny, and a nice self-exemplifying piece of, and about, instant bricolage media. (Listen closely for the voices of Creative Commons board member Joi Ito and Mediarights.org tech chief and Fourth Wall Films panelist David Jacobs.)

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Liberation (France)

Press Robot, March 24th, 2004

Trois Questions a Glenn Otis Brown,” by Marie Lechner.

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SoundShelf.com offers CC for music

Neeru Paharia, March 24th, 2004

SoundShelf.com hosts free music of various genres and makes it all available under the EFF Open Audio License, or a Creative Commons license. This was taken directly from their FAQ:

2. When is free music legal?

Free music is legal when the artists want it to be. Until recently it was near impossible to know the artist’s feelings and intentions as all works were automatically copyrighted. Today with the emergence of the Creative Commons License and the EFF Open Audio License the artist’s desired intentions are expressed by the license that they choose to publish their works under.

I particulary liked this track No More by Neoismo, a group based out of Italy. It’s under an Attribution-ShareAlike license so you can even remix it!

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Biomed Central using Creative Commons

Matt Haughey, March 23rd, 2004

Biomed Central, a publishing house offering free access to over 100 journals of peer-reviewed biomedical research, has recently adopted the Attribution license on all their submissions.

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Pay to license working with Creative Commons

Matt Haughey, March 23rd, 2004

One-man band Brad Sucks recently signed with Magnatune and licensed all his tracks under Creative Commons (and began selling them on a sliding scale on Magnatune’s site).

We were delighted to hear that Brad’s song “Making Me Nervous” was recently licensed for use in radio ads and TV ads that played in Canada. Thanks in part to Magnatune’s tiered licensing system, record-at-home musicians like Brad have found other ways to make a living from their music by selling commercial licenses. It’s a great example of the common sense approach Magnatune takes to commercial licensing that also allows for free sharing and listening by fans. Congrats, Brad and Magnatune!

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Roger McGuinn of the Byrds uses Music Sharing License

Neeru Paharia, March 23rd, 2004

Legendary musician Roger McGuinn of the Byrds is using the new Creative Commons Music Sharing License for all the songs in his Folkden project. You can see the Share Music tag at the bottom of each song’s page, as it’s displayed here for the song Delia’s Gone. Roger builds upon a rich heritage of public domain songs even further by opening up his own sound recordings for sharing. On the site, Roger discusses how folk music lives through the process of sharing.

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CC Remix Music — Jammin on the Net, and Holland Hopson

Neeru Paharia, March 23rd, 2004

Last featured on CC Remix Music was Funktifyno, a great fusion jam band based in Oregon. Chris Morris, based in Texas, read our blog and turned their song Funkberry Jam into Funkberrymo Jam by adding a keyboard track– how’s that for jamming on the Net?

Today we are featuring Holland Hopson’s song Cuckoo, a peaceful and melodic flow on the saxophone. Though thorougly beautiful in its current state, it lends itself to the potential of an added drum beat, possibly changing the spirit of the song entirely — care to remix?

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Science Commons

Glenn Otis Brown, March 23rd, 2004

As we announced in our short film “Reticulum Rex” and on this
blog in January
, one of Creative Commons’ New Year’s Resolutions
was to explore a Science Commons — a new, parallel branch of our
organization dedicated to investigating how our “some rights reserved”
model can be applied to pressing problems in science and the field of biomedical research.

Thanks to the hard work of our Board of Directors and many friends of
Creative Commons, that process is now underway.

We are very excited to announce the launch of the Science Commons
exploratory phase, for which we recently secured funding.

The process will build upon Creative Commons’ work in the sciences (e.g., our licensing of Public Library of Science publications). But, crucially, Science Commons will delve
into both legal areas (patents, data) and subject matter (biomedicine) outside the scope of our current organization.

We are now seeking a energetic and committed manager to join us long-term and full-time to drive the Science Commons exploratory process — someone expert in these areas and prepared for the challenge of rearing what may well grow up to be CC’s sibling organization. It’s a very exciting development.

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