30 Million newspapers to be put online

Matt Haughey, November 17th, 2004

Great news for the public domain: The National Endowment for the Arts and the Library of Congress are putting 30 million newspaper pages online, dating from 1836 to 1922.

It’ll take until 2006 to complete the project but the Library of Congress has put up a sample from The Stars and Stripes, an armed forces paper, posting every issue from 1918-1919.

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Developing for the Commons

Nathan Yergler, November 17th, 2004

Part of our not-so-secret plan for world domination here at Creative Commons includes encouraging developers to include licensing support right in their application. We want to make it easy for developers to integrate license creation, detection and manipulation in their applications.

With that in mind, we’ve created 3 mailing lists and a Wiki. The CC Developer Wiki will collect code samples, examples and tools for using CC licenses and metadata in your applications. There’s still lots of information to add; I’ll be working on improving the contents as we develop new libraries and tools. If you’re working on a CC library or tool, feel free to add your information and grow the collective knowledge base.

The new mailing lists are specifically for developers. They are all hosted at the SourceForge.net CC Tools project, and the archives will be available there. The lists are:

  • cctools-developer: Discussion of developer tools, libraries and practices. Have an integration question? Ask it here.
  • cctools-announce: A low traffic list for announcements of new libraries, APIs and tools. Moderated.
  • cctools-cvs: CVS commit messages from the ccTools project repository. Subscribe if you want to keep tabs on our ongoing development efforts.

You can find subscription information for all three in the wiki. If you’re a developer and we can make your life easier, subscribe to the list and let us know how.

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New Yorker on the tricky nature of copyright

Matt Haughey, November 16th, 2004

There’s a great (long) New Yorker piece this week covering the world of plagarism, copyright, and sampling. In it, Malcolm Gladwell recounts the story of an earlier article that ended up in a hit Broadway play and how in the end, he didn’t feel cheated but instead felt the playwright had created a new work of art. It covers the sticky situation where the real person the main character in the play was based on became displeased with the fictional aspects of her life(she was afraid friends would think she did the things the character did). All the loose ends are tied up with quotes from previous court decisions, books on the subject, and personal interviews with the playwright and subject of the original article.

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Salon.com short story under Creative Commons license

Glenn Otis Brown, November 15th, 2004

Evergreen Creative Commoner Cory Doctorow has a new short story out at Salon.com — the first piece ever to run on Salon with a Creative Commons license. (You can see the “some rights reserved” badge here.) Hats off to Cory and Salon — this is an excellent precedent for online publishing.

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The WIRED CD: The Buzz Down Under

Glenn Otis Brown, November 12th, 2004

The Buzz with Richard Aedy, a great tech-oriented program on Australian national radio, recently aired a piece about Creative Commons and the WIRED CD. Read the transcript or listen to the show.

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Wired CD tracks online, and CC Mixter, our new remix community site, launched

Matt Haughey, November 11th, 2004

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve uploaded all the WIRED CD tracks to the Internet Archive in lossless formats. We’ve linked the MP3s on the WIRED page as well.

Another big announcement is our new music remix community site, which we’re calling CC Mixter. It’s a way to upload songs, loops, and acapella tracks to be remixed by other users, and when they do, they’ll associate their songs with the originals. To see it in action, check out all the WIRED songs, and then check out Victor Stone’s remixes of those. If you’d like to contribute, we’ve uploaded a bunch of loops extracted from the WIRED CD tracks to build upon.

It’s a new project and we’re soft launching it to the public today to gather bugs. We’re still working on many parts of it, so if try it out and find any bugs, let us know in the forums there. We should have a big announcement sometime next week about a contest surrounding the WIRED CD. Stay tuned for info on that.

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NPR on political copyright

Matt Haughey, November 10th, 2004

Today, NPR’s Morning Edition covered the difficulty in getting public domain speeches by politicans earlier today. Even though a speech is likely in the public domain, recordings by TV Networks retain copyright. It’s a sticky point Creative Commons Chairman and co-founder Lawrence Lessig also argued in a WIRED article a few months ago. [via 90% crud]

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Recent Press — LA Times and SJ Mercury

Neeru Paharia, November 9th, 2004

Two great articles about Creative Commons recently came out in the press. A story in the Los Angeles Times by John Healey, details how the most recent release of Morpheus, the popular file-sharing network, is able to identify MP3 files marked with Creative Commons licenses (registration required).

Yesterday, Dawn C. Chmielewski wrote a story on the WIRED CD, in a full-page spread which made the cover of the San Jose Mercury’s Tech Monday section. Beyond describing the nature of the CD, she presents a thorough overview of the current debate over file-sharing, and sampling (registration required).

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Should I Rip This?

Glenn Otis Brown, November 9th, 2004

This flow chart might come in handy the next time you face that insanely complex modern ehtical dilemma: whether to rip a CD or not. (Or, you can just look for a little (cc) Some Rights Reserved and skip all this fuss.)

(Via Serendipity.)

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Glenn Otis Brown, November 8th, 2004

I’ve just heard from the curiously named jazz group Whispering Johnson, who have released their latest recordings, The Birthday Numbers, under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus license. They’ve even gone out of their way to license their sheet music under CC — nice touch. (Which segues into a nice reminder to all you music folk out there: if you’re CC licensing a song of yours, be sure to license both the composition and the recording, if you’re able to, so that your fans know they can make the most of both aspects of your stuff without legal woes.)

Shout it from the rooftops, or just use your inside voice: you’re invited to sample Whispering Johnson.

(I should have known that Xeni from Boing Boing beat me to the punch on this.)

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