DMusic supports Creative Commons and embeds MP3 files

Neeru Paharia, May 25th, 2004

DMusic, the oldest independent digital online music community now supports Creative Commons in their upload process. More importantly though, DMusic is providing the first web-based application to embed Creative Commons license information into ID3 tags of MP3 files. Now, when you upload your MP3 file to DMusic and choose a Creative Commons license, DMusic will put the license into the MP3 file for you. When people download your file, or share it on a file-sharing network, there will always be a way to detect the Creative Commons license.

Our hope was that one day, file-sharing networks would start to display our license information to their users, so people could easily find legal music to download. Currently search engines like Alta Vista, and applications like iRATE Radio, are able to display this information.

If you want to see how this works, check out this search result from Alta Vista’s MP3 search engine. Some of the top search results have a field called “copyright,” that contain and display Creative Commons license information pulled right out of the MP3 file.

The more MP3 files out there with embedded licence information, the easier it will be to build new applications around the distribution of legal music.

DMusic’s free service gives its members 75 MB of space to host music. In addition, you can post pictures, events, mailing lists, and even send messages to other people on the network. Check it out, and thanks DMusic — this is a big step for us.

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Jim’s Big Ego sweetens the deal — be on NPR

Neeru Paharia, May 25th, 2004

Jim will pick three to five of his favorite remixes from our remix contest to be featured on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered this June. The piece will be about this contest.

Jim says his deadline for entries will be June 10th. We’ll still feature our favorite song on our web site as of May 28th.

Post your entries to the remix contest blog post or send us an email. Given that there aren’t too many remixes up there, your chances of being heard on the radio — all over the country — are pretty good. Even if you’re not a musician, load up Garageband or Acid and take a crack at it! Maybe there’s even some good open-source music mixing software — anyone know?

If you need hosting for your remix, the Internet Archive provides free hosting for Creative Commons licensed music.

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Serendipity blogging application supports Creative Commons

Neeru Paharia, May 25th, 2004

Serendipity, an open-source blogging application, now has a plug-in that allows users to select a Creative Commons license.

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Derivative works and effects on book sales

Matt Haughey, May 24th, 2004

Suw Charman has a great article on The Free Culture AudioBook Project that touches on all the reasons why an author would use a Creative Commons license, and what can come out of such an exercise. The issues around business models in publishing are also covered.

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Rip-Mix-Burning DVD players

Matt Haughey, May 21st, 2004

Copyfight has an interesting post on the discrepancy in congress over ClearPlay DVD players. The players automatically remove scenes that would be offensive to sensitive viewers, but do so in the comfort of one’s own home while playing standard movies on DVD. Some politicians oppose it because individuals are creating derivative works and they also see it as opening the door to “recipe hacking”, which would be like producing the Grey Album by purchasing two legal records (the original Beatles’ White Album and Jay-Z’s Black Album) and combining them at home to produce a derivative work (if DJ Dangermouse produced software that could create his mixes).

On top of all that, since the motivation behind ClearPlay technology is largely religious, it turns the argument on its ear to many participants and observers. It’s not hard to find folks that loved the Grey Album but see ClearPlay technology as something to be frowned upon, but the underlying technology and law is largely the same. It’s an interesting case and hopefully does open the doors to all sorts of creative uses of derivative works.

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New fourstones album

Matt Haughey, May 21st, 2004

Previous winner of a Creative Commons remix contest, Victor Stone has released a new record on Magnatune. Like his earlier Magnatune works, it is a remix album of other Magnatune artists. He’s written a great background post on the album and why he chose the artists he did.

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Glenn Otis Brown, May 20th, 2004

I’m beginning to think that the excellently named Defamer is a daily must-read for media freaks and IP watchers. Today Defamer describes a brewing credit dispute over the Shrek 2 screenplay.

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/run and Nothing Severed Yet

Matt Haughey, May 19th, 2004

This week’s featured content are two new blogs, /run and Nothing Severed Yet.

/run is one man’s obsession with all sorts of geek gadgets related to running. While you’d think running is just shoes and shorts, there’s a whole industry of other essential stuff like iPods, pedometers, and high-tech watches that do everything from time your run to mapping where you’ve been. Personally, I find running these days to be much more comfortable than it used to thanks to advances in shoe support, ultra-lightweight fabrics, and my iPod.

Nothing Severed Yet is a joke title for a woodworking blog setup by someone new to the hobby. Dan shares reviews, photos, and tips on all the projects he has done. He even offers blueprints of his own projects, specifically shared and licensed to allow others to build similar projects. As a new homeowner and casual do-it-yourselfer I’ve always wanted to do a blog like this to share my experiences building and fixing stuff. The more I learn, the more I’ve found that the only difference between a seasoned veteran and a new enthusiast is experience, and having a blog to share experiences can go a long way to teaching people new trades.

Both blogs embody the spirit of the licenses by sharing information with others and encouraging others to comment and learn from their work.

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Creative Commons Moving Image Contest: Staff Picks

Neeru Paharia, May 19th, 2004

Our panel of judges announced the winners of our Moving Image Contest a few months ago, but the CC team never got a chance to announce our favorite entries. Though these entries didn’t win the contest, they are excellent contributions:

Content Collage by Mike Telford, is a fun, interactive piece. Click on the boxes and a brief movie clips appear, along with sound.

Shape Shifters by Peter Lewis, has a great animation at the end featuring many of the Creative Commons logos.

And my favorite, A Real Marketplace by Chris Hamilton, it a beautiful flash animation detailing an adventure with Creative Commons, and copyright.

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The Hollywood Ouroboros

Glenn Otis Brown, May 18th, 2004

Today the wonderfully nasty Hollywood gossip blog Defamer points to the media blog Low Culture, which noted that a recent Entertainment Weekly story looks awfully familiar to one of Low Culture’s own pieces, which itself noted that several elements of the new Olson Twins “film” New York Minute look awfully familiar to scenes from the movies Ferris Bueller, Moonstruck, The First Wives Club, and There’s Something About Mary.

Is piracy v. hot or what?

(And, yes, I stole the idea for this entry’s title from Charlie Kaufman’s and Spike Jonze’s self-reflexive flick, Adaptation, which itself lifted an Ouroborus reference from the Folklore and Mythology Corporation, also known as — gasp! — the public domain.)

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