2004 June


Mike Linksvayer, June 19th, 2004

Our most prolific technical volunteer (soon to join the CC staff, more on that shortly) strikes again with a cute hack — ccSaver, a screensaver for Linux and Windows that displays random CC-licensed images from OpenPhoto.net at times when your display really ought to power down, but you want eye candy instead.

This development merits a new tech challenge — more “art” programs.

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Creative Commons, a wedding beneficiary

Neeru Paharia, June 19th, 2004

We were honored to get this letter, and a check, from the recently married Joanna and Jaroslaw, of Warsaw, Poland:

We (Joanna and Jaroslaw) had decided, that during our wedding we want people to donate for charity instead of buying flowers, and as people somehow connected with copyleft/free_content movement we have chosen CC as a beneficiary. We hope, that this money may be spent on starting iCommons Poland.

Our professional-looking charity box was made from one plastic pot, parts of tea can and lots of duck-tape (see enclosed photos :-))). Response was pretty good, and we collected 552 polish zloty (pln) and 6 Euro (e). With 1e = 4,662pln that made 579,97pln. Bank and sending cost was 30,30pln, what made 549,67pln. With 1$=3.94pln we were able to send you 139,52$.

BTW our wedding took place on 24th April, but i took us some (too much) time to send a check. Finally we did it yesterday, on May 25th. Please let us now, when (and if) money will arrive. We don’t want it to get lost somewhere over Atlantic :-)

Few words about us: Joanna Maksymiuk is a student of philosophy at Curie-Sklodowska University (Lublin, Poland). Jaroslaw Lipszyc is an editor of Warsaw daily Zycie Warszawy, but also a poet (all works avalaible under GNU GPL), part of the Copyleft Art project and one of translators of Lawrence Lessig book “Free Culture.”

Thank you for all your efforts in making our world a better place. Supporting you is a pleasure.

Joanna and Jaroslaw
from Warsaw, Poland

more photos from our wedding you will find here.

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CC Remix Music — Simple Flower

Neeru Paharia, June 19th, 2004

Los Angeles-based soul band Simple Flower has released the source tracks for their song Flowers and Pain under the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license. They’re also offering to host remixes. Give it a shot!

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FAIRCOPY lets your fans make you money

Neeru Paharia, June 18th, 2004

FAIRCOPY has developed an innovative way for musicians to distribute their content over P2P networks and get paid. They’ve also built in a way for fans to leverage the power of P2P to resdistribute their favorite FAIRCOPY artists, and make a commission. Musicians can also offer free samples of their work under Creative Commons licenses.

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Mike Linksvayer, June 18th, 2004

Legal ports of Creative Commons licenses to the copyright law of the Netherlands are now available via our choose license app. A launch event was held today in Amsterdam.

Thanks to the Instititute for Information Law (IViR) in collaboration with DISC, a public domain initiative by Nederland Kennisland and Waag Society, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Culture, for making CC-Netherlands a reality.

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Towards a global people’s culture

Heather Ford, June 16th, 2004

The Wizards of os conference in Berlin proved a veritable feast for Creative Commoners around the world gathering to discuss the future of the digital commons last week.

Creative Commons Germany was launched on Friday with an emotional tribute by filmmaker, Michael Grob, who released his full-length feature film, CH7 under a CC license. Along with presentations from author, Armin Medosch and DJ, Bjoern Hartmann, a “Creative Commons Summit” enabled conference participants to find out more about other country projects currently in the mix.

Project leads from Brazil, Finland, France and South Africa talked about their experiences with the Creative Commons license porting or transposition and about local applications by authors, educators and creators. As each person spoke, we became aware of how important both the local and global processes are as each country establishes the relevance of the licenses according to the peculiarities of local law and culture, but is still intrinsically connected within the global iCommons community. There are very few international initiatives that display such tremendous unity and cooperation, and it was really positive to see how volunteers of this movement are so united towards the growth of a people’s culture.

I have never been more proud to be a Creative Commoner than at this global celebration.

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Choose License Web Integration Updates

Mike Linksvayer, June 16th, 2004

If you have a website or web-aware application where users create or contribute content, Creative Commons has a service that allows users to choose a license for their works from your site via a popup, redirect, iframe, or web control.

One may now specify or allow users to choose an iCommons jurisdiction-specific legal port via this interface by using one or two additional variables.

A new complementary service can generate HTML and RDF metadata specific to a licensed work. This service can be used to avoid having to manually build appropriate HTML and metadata after a user has chosen a license.

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iCommons & iPress

Glenn Otis Brown, June 16th, 2004

The International Herald Tribune has a nice story on the explosive growth of iCommons, with a focus on the recent launch in Germany. The Register UK also has a nice piece. Hats off to Christiane Asschenfeldt, Roland Honekamp, and the many iCommons project leads for the recent boom. More to come.

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Upcoming conference on Fair Use

Matt Haughey, June 15th, 2004

The New York Times has a great story about the painful process a college professor went through to clear the rights for a short, informative video to be given to incoming students:

“It’s crazy,” Professor Turow said of the labyrinth of permissions, waivers and fees he navigated to get the roughly three minutes of video clips included on the CD, which was paid for by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The process took months, Professor Turow said, and cost about $17,000 in fees and royalties paid to the various studios and guilds for the use of clips. The film used ranged from, for example, a 1961 episode of “Ben Casey” to a more-recent scene from “ER.”

As a result of the project, this Friday the Annenberg School for Communication at University of Pennsylvania will be holding a conference called Knowledge Held Hostage that will explore issues of Fair Use in education. The full program features Creative Commons co-founder and board member Hal Abelson. [via furdlog]

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Movies for Music Contest

Mike Linksvayer, June 15th, 2004

Downhill Battle and p2pnet have announced a new video contest.

The goal is to encourage people to make short movies and animations about the music industry, filesharing, and the potential we have to change the system. The right video can be the best way to explain these issues and get someone involved, and as always we like to hit from every direction we can. Please tell all your video artist friends!

Unless otherwise specified all entries are to be licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.

No submissions are currently up, so their gallery features Building on the Past by Justin Cone, winner of a recent Creative Commons moving images contest.

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