Versioning — Coming Up

Glenn Otis Brown, January 21st, 2004

We’ll be posting drafts of the new versions of our licenses later this week. About a month of review time will follow, and then we’ll revise as needed and turn the new licenses on. Throughout the next couple of weeks we will explain how the process of versioning will happen.

Meantime, here’s a preview of the highlights:

  • Warranties will now be a matter of choice for the licensor. The new licenses will disclaim warranties, but licensors will of course be free to negotiate warranties with licensees who demand them. (We’ll also work on a protocol to help people add warranties if they want to — but that will come later on.) Special thanks to Karl-Friedrich Lenz and Dan Bricklin and many more for persuading us on this point. More explanation in a separate post soon.
  • The attribution clause will include a link-back requirement simliar to the one previously discussed here. Licensees will only be required to link back to licensors if (1) it’s reasonably practical to do so; (2) the licensor actually specifies a URI; (3) that URI actually points to license information about the work.
  • The Share Alike provision will be more flexible. The provision will allow licensees to license resulting derivative works under Creative Commons licenses that feature the same license restrictions/permissions, including future and iCommons versions of the same license.
  • The Share Alike provision will also be clearer about what happens when different kinds of Share Alike content is mixed together (e.g., How to license a collage made from an SA photograph combined with an NC-SA photograph).
  • We’re still looking into the issue of compatibility between our SA licenses and the GNU FDL. Compared to the above improvements, this potential tweak came on our radar pretty recently. We’ll do our best to address it. Thanks to the many of you who’ve written in on this point.
  • Other minor tweaks.

More soon.

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Contests Abound

Glenn Otis Brown, January 20th, 2004

Participatory creativity is hot, hot. The Lollapoola Mash-Up Contest. Our Own GET CREATIVE! Moving Images Contest (winners to be announced next month). MoveOn.org’s Bush in 30 Seconds advertisement contest. And now even the New Yorker has announced the winner of its own analog-version of an open-source creativity contest, which was more interactive than contests past. (Devoted New Yorker fans will want to watch the great slide show explaining the judging process.)

I don’t remember the New Yorker’s ever explaining the copyright policy for this. Who gets to keep the rights to the final cartoon? Can we re-use those little screwdriver or dog cut-outs for other purposes? And given that it’s cut-outs we’re talking about, how does first sale doctrine tie in to all this?

Clearly the average New Yorker reader — or editor — isn’t as persnickety about their IP as some of us. Maybe next year they’ll go CC.

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How to Tell People You’re CC-ing It

Glenn Otis Brown, January 20th, 2004

Among the many cool features of our re-design this fall, we may not have given one page the attention it deserved.

If you’re marking your work or web page with our little Some Rights Reserved button, you should take a look at our suggestions for making a precise statement about what’s being licensed, complete with examples and screenshots. We’ll make the page more prominent soon.

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Advance in Cancer Research?

Glenn Otis Brown, January 18th, 2004

NPR’s Science Friday last week spoke with Howard Chang, of Stanford Medical School’s Biochemistry Department. Chang discussed his recent article, co-authored with several colleagues and published in the Public Library of Science Biology open-access journal, which explores how scientists can learn about cancer from studying the way common wounds heal.

Like all PLoS publications, Chang and company’s article, “Gene Expression Signature of Fibroblast Serum Response Predicts Human Cancer Progression Similarities between Tumors and Wounds,” is free under a Creative Commons attribution license.

Recall that one of Creative Commons’ resolutions is to explore a Science Commons. More unencumbered scientific knowledge to come . . .

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iCommons UK launched

Matt Haughey, January 14th, 2004

The International Commons project expanded this week to include the launch of UK license discussions. Those interested in participating can check out the draft license and mailing list for details.

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Marketplace Morning Report (NPR)

Press Robot, January 7th, 2004

Welcome to the Tech Boom” by Alex Steffen

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American Bar Association Journal

Press Robot, January 7th, 2004

“Copyright Law: The Education of Larry Lessig” by Jason Krause

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New Year’s Resolutions

Matt Haughey, January 5th, 2004

New Year’s Resolutions:

Make worry-free sampling and re-creativity mainstream.

Make 25 country-specific sets of iCommons licenses available.

Explore Science Commons.

Version licenses.

Begin Save-a-Book campaign, revive out-of-print books.

Debut metadata search engine prototype.

Unveil CC-Mixter — Friendster for musicians.

Launch “Anatomy of a Film” project.

Build licenses into at least two applications per medium: photography, audio, film, text. (Adobe XMP plug-in to debut soon.)

Make “some rights reserved” household phrase.

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That’s a wrap

Glenn Otis Brown, January 5th, 2004

The GET CREATIVE! Moving Image Contest has gone the way of 2003. Many thanks to those of you who
submitted entries by the New Year. Our panel of expert
judges
is now sorting out the winners. Stay tuned!

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Wired Magazine

Press Robot, January 5th, 2004

101 Ways to Save the Internet” by Paul Boutin

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