Leveraging the Internet Archive’s
generous offer to host Creative Commons licensed (audio and video)
files for free, we recently completed the 0.96 beta version of The Publisher,
a desktop, drag-and-drop application that licenses audio and video
files, and sends them to the Internet Archive for free hosting.
When you’re done uploading, the application gives you a URL where others can download the file. It also is able to tag MP3 files with Creative Commons metadata and publish verification metadata to the Web. A HUGE congratulations to Nathan Yergler, who’s done an amazing job with this. Also, a great thanks to Jon Aizen and the folk at the Internet Archive. You can download the Publisher from here — give it a test run and let us know what you think.
Also note that aside from being downloadable from Internet Archive,
these tagged MP3s can flow on to P2P networks, and be identified as
Creative Commons licensed (see our Lookup app we recently also updated to 0.96). Morpheus is currently the only file sharing application to identify Creative Commons licensed files.
Here are some screenshots of how it works:
Drag and drop your file.
Choose a Creative Commons license.
Upload your file to the Internet Archive.
Get a URL from where you can download your file.
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Visit the web page where your work will be published, after it
goes through the Archive’s curatorial process (ususally within 24 hours.
One of the many cool aspects of the November issue of WIRED are the blurbs about each artist who contributed to the CD. In the print mag, they dot the many-page Creative Commons spread like Easter eggs. Example:
Track 7: Dan the Automator/Relaxation Spa Treatment
The busy brain behind groups like Deltron 3030, Dr. Octagon, andNo Comments »
Lovage, Dan Nakamura has made a career out of mashing the styles and
sounds of an eclectic array of partners. “The music is always greater
than just the sum of the contributors’ parts,” he says. Thus a concept
album featuring Brit-pop icon Damon Albarn, underground rapper Del the
Funkee Homosapien, and experimental turntablist Kid Koala could have
easily been a schizophrenic mess, but as produced by Nakamura, the
Gorillaz was a slick and smart style hybrid that became an
international smash. “I make collages,” he says. “I’m not the kind of
guy who samples big, obvious loops from hit songs. I’m more interested
in finding lots of random little tones from all over and then creating
a totally new track out of the pieces.”
Another goodie from the elves in the CC Geek Workshop, this time for our friends using Linux; in particular, Gnome users.
The new tool, as of yet unnamed (suggestions?) adds a Creative Commons tab to the file properties of any
you can see, the property page displays the license claim, and then
verifies it against the web page. If the verification page didn’t
exist, or didn’t match properly, you’d see an error message instead.
The full release announcement, along with installation instructions, is available on my blog. Enjoy!No Comments »
Neal Conan, of NPR’s Talk of the Nation, is interviewing WIRED
editor-in-chief Chris Anderson and Le Tigre’s Kathleen Hanna at this
very moment. Tune in to NPR to catch it (88.5 in the Bay Area); you can
even call into the show and sound off.
One caller just now, from Waco, Texas: “I have remixed the Beastie
Boys before, but never exactly legally. . . . To me this is very
exciting, and I want to let them know that it’s a great first step.”
UPDATE: Show’s over. But knowing NPR’s programming habits, it’ll come back on again today. It also looks like the show will be online sometime soon.No Comments »
So to speak. Tune in to NPR today for a special program about the WIRED CD. Out here in the Pacific US time zone, it’s slated for 12:30pm, but you may want to check the Talk of the Nation site for airtime in your area.No Comments »
Just in time for Halloween, Free Culture.org is having a zombie flicks remix contest.
All the newly remixed content will be licensed under a Creative Commons
BY-NC-SA license. So get your resuscitators out and start chopping and
In case you hadn’t heard, knitting’s all the rage and has been for crafty hipsters for years (last xmas I got my first knitted scarf as a gift). One of the best sources for information and patterns is Knitty. For the past two years, they have put out quarterly issues that feature about a dozen project how-tos, stories, and articles about knitting.
For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, they put out a special print (PDF) issue that featured projects specifically tailored to those living with cancer and a story from a survivor. For this special benefit issue, the folks at Knitty wanted to send it far and wide. To help them let readers know they are free to share this issue on their own site, they’ve added a Creative Commons license. [via BoingBoing]No Comments »