XMP embedding for pdflatex

Mike Linksvayer, June 22nd, 2004

Maarten Sneep has created a pdflatex macro for embedding XMP in PDF files generated from LaTeX source, the de facto standard for scientific documents. As Maarten’s documentation points out, one may obtain XMP suitable for embedding via choose license process.

We have a tech challenge calling for Creative Commons and XMP support in open source applications. Follow Maarten’s lead!

Update: The software above is available via CTAN: the Comprehensive TeX Archive Network. The package is called xmpincl (the second link in this post points to a CTAN mirror). Also of note, xmpincl is licensed under the CC-GNU GPL.


President Bush public domain audio project

Matt Haughey, June 19th, 2004

Though the graphics on this project probably reveal the author’s personal positions on the President, it is pretty cool that someone went to the trouble of creating an audio archive of every speech President George W Bush has made publicly. They’re available for download as mp3, or you can get all 10 Gb of audio on three DVDs from the site.

It’d be cool if the Library of Congress site had this level of detail on all presidents, but this will do for now. They’re even throwing a little music remix contest based on the speeches.

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Center for Cooperative Research

Neeru Paharia, June 19th, 2004

The Center for Cooperative Research is building a database application which will allow the public to conduct grassroots investigations, and participate in the documentation of public historical records by contributing data to their history engine. All the entries will be under an Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike license.

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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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