The File Sharing Experiment

Matt Haughey, August 5th, 2004

The File Sharing Experiment is a project with the goal of demonstrating how file sharing actually helps the music, movie, and software industry. Folks are encouraged to post purchases they’ve made and a short explanation of how they learned about the band/movie/game and why they ended up buying something for it. All the evidence is anectdotal, but when taken together, it’s already over a quarter million dollars in reported sales and the site has been up for one week.

Personally, this was the point I tried to make in the heyday of Napster. You could find anything on Napster, but rarely could you find complete albums, so the service had the effect of promoting CD sales. I would often surf others’ music lists whenever I noticed things I liked, download the things I hadn’t ever heard of, then I’d end up buying CDs from Amazon.

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We the Media released

Matt Haughey, August 4th, 2004

Dan Gillmor’s book, We the Media, is now available for download as a PDF, under a Creative Commons license. We recently threw a book launch party for it and the audio versions of the book are already starting to be recorded by fans and readers.

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Matt Haughey, August 3rd, 2004

With the advent of various news gathering services, there’s been a recent trend to produce visualizations to make sense of the information deluge. So far I’ve seen this flash representation of Google News, a Java representation of NewsIsFree, and this interesting timeline-based topic view of Google News, also in flash.

A completely different view on the news is provided each week on “What happens is the news” is an obsessive hand-drawn summary of the past week’s noteworthy events. It’s been around since the beginning of this year, and it’s fun to go back and remember the topics that grabbed headlines. The images are under a fairly open Creative Commons license, meaning you can take these images and do quite a bit with them.

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License to Mural

Mike Linksvayer, August 3rd, 2004

Brad Neuberg has discovered a CC licensed street mural in San Francisco, California:

mural license

Check out Brad’s post for more pictures.

No kidding!

The Market Street Railway Mural is at 300 Church Street in San Francisco. More from the muralist and the Market Street Railway.

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“We, the Media” Launch Partied

Mike Linksvayer, August 3rd, 2004

A few days ago we had a very successful book launch party for Dan Gillmor’s We, the Media at our new offices. Several attendees blogged the party:

Leave a comment if I missed one.

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Seems fair. Share and enjoy!

Mike Linksvayer, July 30th, 2004

Last month Norman Walsh started using a Creative Commons license for his essays (consistently informed and provocative on XML, Semantic Web, and other technical topics) and photographs. Norm does us the favor of explaining his choice:

When I started writing this collection of essays, I slapped on a quick copyright statement asserting “All Rights Reserved.” That was simple and easy to do, but it has always struck me as overly conservative.

I wouldn’t release code under such a restrictive license, so why release words or images that way? There’s no good reason, and Creative Commons offers a selection of much more friendly alternatives.

So this morning I’m switching to the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License. In a nutshell, you are free: to copy, distribute, display, and perform the work and to make derivative works.

But you have provide attribution (you don’t get to take credit for my work) and you can’t use my work for commercial purposes. At least not without getting my explicit permission first.

Seems fair. Share and enjoy!

A common story, but one that bears repeating when told so simply and well.

By the way, the design of Norm’s site is a real treat. I can see that he has honed every detail. Those with different tastes my see nothing special.

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Jessamyn’s convention blogging

Matt Haughey, July 27th, 2004

Jessamyn runs, a blog exploring issues in library science and within American libraries, and is currently one of the select few webloggers
covering the Democratic National Convention
. In addition to all her daily posts, her access allows her to share photos from within the convention, and all of it is available for reuse under a Creative Commons license.

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Fair Use in Action!

Matt Haughey, July 27th, 2004

Barbies in a Blender with a CC button

We enjoyed the shot above from the completely legal Barbie-in-a-Blender art gallery, from the folks at free culture. The full story behind the site is here.

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Lessig’s free book still racking up the sales

Matt Haughey, July 27th, 2004

Stanford Magazine carries a story this month about our chairman and co-founder Lawrence Lessig‘s book which has just entered its third printing. This is interesting because the book is freely available online for download (under a Creative Commons license), and has been downloaded about 180,000 times. On the one hand an author can give away free content for folks to remake into audio books, translations, and other formats, and the author still gets paid through traditional book sales. Amazing how that works, and works so well sometimes. [via Copyfight]

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mozCC Updated, Upgrade Encouraged

Nathan Yergler, July 27th, 2004

I’ve just released an upgrade to mozCC. Everyone’s encouraged to upgrade, as this release fixes an embarassing bug which caused Mozilla and Firefox to lock up under certain situations (say, choosing a Creative Commons license). You can find the release annoucement and installation/upgrade instructions here.

Find another bug? Have a suggestion? Let me know!

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