about: one of Gil’s percussionists had an instrument that perhaps looked and sounded a bit like two small steelpans put together (see brightened area of the photo below). Wonderful sound, little used to great effect.
Detail of photo by Kathryn Yu.
Sorry this has nothing to do with copyright.Comments Off
If you missed out on our moving images contest earlier this year, you have a second chance of sorts.
The Center for the Study of the Public Domain’s Arts Project Contest is based on our moving images contest.
A contest to create a 2-minute moving image that explains to the public some of the tensions between art and intellectual property law, and the intellectual property issues artists face, focusing particularly on either music or documentary film.
Entries, due November 1, must be released under a Creative Commons license.Comments Off
Needless to say, the concert last week was unbelievable, especially after two years in the basement of the Stanford Law School (thank you Stanford), trying to convince people that new copyright licenses are the key to the evolution of culture and intellect in the new millennium — often responded to with a deafening silence, and then: “click.” When we’re not preaching to the choir, we’re often faced with this challenging task: communicating a complicated concept to people who aren’t really sure why they’re talking to you.
Hopefully, not for much longer. What excites me most about this project is that people will get it instantly. Download Gilberto Gil’s song, cut it up in the latest music-editing software, add your own unique flavor, and put it back on the Net (or webcast it, or play it on a loudspeaker from the back of a truck). No problems — it’s all legal.
What I look forward to most is to see what people are going to do with the CD. How many people will sample songs and make something new? Will they be hobbyists, or music professionals? Will we hear these new samples on the radio? Or, will communities on the Net interact with each other, interacting with the CD? Is this my beautiful house? What else is possible? Wait and see, I guess. In the meantime, I’ll keep talking to people about copyright licenses, and how they are the key to cultural evolution.Comments Off
Flickr is a great online photo sharing app that allows you to tag all your photos with a Creative Commons license. We’ve blogged about it in the past and interviewed the founder as well. Today they launched an entire area of their site devoted to showing off all the photos within their system that are tagged with each license. If you jump to any of the “see all” links below, you’ll find a stream of photos that are even searchable, within license type.
What’s great about Flickr exposing this functionality is that it makes the thousands of licensed photos readily available. Say for instance I want to find photos of last week’s Gilberto Gil-David Byrne concert in New York? Just drop into one of the popular licenses and search for a keyword. Flickr also exposes their innovative keyword tagging system among licensed files. Here are what the most popular tags look like on attribution-noncommercial-sharealike photos, allowing you to browse photos containing those keywords.Comments Off
Back in Indiana after a whirl-wind week in New York City, I’m still processing the whole experience, telling everyone I can about Creative Commons and the concert. Never having been to NYC, the entire experience is worth remembering. That said, the concert definitely stands out in my mind. Seeing the sheer energy of the volunteers manning our t-shirt table was inspiring. Seeing the audience dancing in the aisle was heartening. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to listen to “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” without picturing David Byrne jumping up and down on stage, and the entire audience jumping in time with him.
As I sipped my wine at the after party, reflecting on how lucky I am to have this job, David Byrne walked by. Gil wasn’t far behind. And I thought to myself “Now this is a Once in a Lifetime moment,” followed by
“Well, how did I get here?
This is not my beautiful life!
This is not my beautiful job!
These are not our beautiful offices!”
And most important, “Where does that highway go?” And by “highway” I mean CC.Comments Off
Over the last few weeks I’ve been E-mailing his people regarding the possibilities of us doing a song or 2 together. We’ve exchanged ideas and MP3s via Email, as we only have the afternoon soundcheck to rehearse together. It’s been kind of crazy, but it works.
Ever wonder what a rock star does after the after-concert party?
I ride my bicycle home – It might be around 3AM.
I’m at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation today and tomorrow for an “open knowledge” grantees’ meeting. It’s striking (1) how large the group is this year and (2) how many other grantees are close friends of and collaborators with Creative Commons: The Internet Archive, Connexions, MIT OpenCourseware, David Wiley, Foothill-De Anza Community College, and more.
A good part of the network that I thought Creative Commons had built through scrappy business development seems to have been part of a Hewlett master plan. That’s downright Willy Wonka — in a good way.Comments Off