Cellphone ringtones were a $3 billion business last year, but a new bit of software from Xingtone finally makes it possible to easily create your own sounds. I always thought much of the Opsound archive would make good ringtones. It’ll be interesting to see if more CC music makes its way onto phones everywhere.
In other CC-in-other-media news, some people working on MythTV (a sort of open source TiVo that can run on any linux PC) are trying to find ways to import movies from the Internet Archive and under CC license to their TV systems.Comments Off on Finding Creative Commons in all the weirdest places
Pixagogo, an online photo site, now offers Creative Commons licenses to its contributing photographers. Pixagogo allows you to upload and share photos via its web site. They also let you purchase prints. Check out their toolbar, that includes an option to choose Creative Commons:
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Chairman and co-founder of Creative Commons, Larry Lessig, spent most of this week speaking at the ILAW conference at Harvard. There are some great notes and transcripts on Furdlog and Copyfight of Lessig’s “Free Culture” talk. There are a lot of great questions from the moderator and audience, and a lot of great ideas being debated.Comments Off on Free Culture at ILAW
“Creative Commons highlights final day of OS conference” by David ‘cdlu’ GrahamComments Off on NewsForge
Proving that culture can be remixed in almost real-time, a group from San Francisco has created an album of piano and opera versions of US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s statements to the press. They offer sound samples and the lyrics pulled from press briefings on their site, and are currently on tour. Rumsfeld himself has heard the songs and jokingly decried the state of music, now that he is the subject of songs. [via]Comments Off on Chart topping Donald Rumsfeld and his poetry
A hearty congratulations goes out to The Fray for winning a webby this year. The Fray is an online storytelling site where contributors share tales and allow for comment by readers afterwards. There are also live events held several times a year where folks gather to tell stories on stage, all the audio of which is available under a Creative Commons license.Comments Off on Fray wins a Webby
The conference was designed to explore the legal, moral, political, social, commercial, and technical perspectives of open source and free software, to build a broader understanding of the movement.
I spoke on a panel entitled Education and Public Knowledge: Open Access, Open Content. The aim of the panel was to understand how the lessons from open source and free software could help develop a thriving open-content ecosystem, within the context of education.
The entire conference will be online soon — check it out!Comments Off on Open Source and Free Software, Concepts, Controversies, and Solutions
This year has seen a number of new proposals on W3C lists for RDF-in-XHTML. Ben has been encouraging the development of a solution that will meet Creative Commons’ requirements. We hope to hear of progress on this front and other Semantic Web issues of interest. Of course these things take time…
Pity Adida doesn’t start with the letter C.Comments Off on AC CC NYC W3C