ccPublisher 1.1 Released

Nathan Yergler, March 28th, 2005

After many, many delays, I’m proud to announce the release of ccPublisher 1.1. This is primarily a bug fix release that corrects the most common problems we’ve had reported. This release also accounts for changes in the upload requirements at the Internet Archive.

You can find packages for Windows and Mac OS X here. Go on, give it a try. And if you have suggestions or feedback, email me at nathan@creativecommons.org or file a bug.

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Using Creative Commons in the Real World

Matt Haughey, March 24th, 2005

Magnatune founder John Buckman has posted an interview he did with Five Eight Magazine, about the use of Creative Commons licenses in Magnatunes song catalog. He covers the whys and hows of licensing, and how it helped at Magnatune.

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Lessig at M3 in Miami

Glenn Otis Brown, March 24th, 2005

Our chairman Lawrence Lessig will be speaking on Creative Commons tomorrow morning (Friday) at the M3 Conference in Miami, at the Raleigh Hotel in South Beach. One of the greatest minds of a generation on Collins Avenue — someone please take video.

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Yahoo! Search for Creative Commons

Mike Linksvayer, March 23rd, 2005

Six months ago we noted that one could use Yahoo! link: searches to find Creative Commons licensed content out of 4.7 million indexed pages that linked to a Creative Commons license at that time.

Last month we mentioned that the Yahoo! search index contained over 10 million pages that link to a Creative Commons license.

Now we’re very happy that Yahoo! has built a Creative Commons search interface. As with our own search engine, you can limit results to works you can use commercially or that you can build upon or both.

We’ve added a box to our search engine’s results page that allows you to easily try a similar search at Yahoo! — try out this search for ‘shark’.

For developers, Yahoo! has added a license parameter to their Web Search API.

Read more on the Yahoo! Search blog, where the announcement of Yahoo! Search for Creative Commons features an inspiring guest post from Creative Commons chairperson Lawrence Lessig.

Way to go Yahoo!

(Now close to 14 million pages linking to a CC license.)

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More on Amsterdam Meeting

Glenn Otis Brown, March 23rd, 2005

I just noticed this cool photo on the CC Netherlands blog. Not cool ’cause I’m in it — I’ve seen myself before — but rather ’cause of the room of European Commoners shown in it. Was a great event. More photos to share soon, I hope.

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Our Media launched

Matt Haughey, March 23rd, 2005

Our Media is an ambitious new project to host and curate Creative Commons licensed works that others can view, comment on, rate, and download. In conjunction with the Internet Archive, Our Media is offering free hosting for anyone that would like to upload their works. Our Media also uses a custom version of our CC Publisher desktop application tool, and our new version of the CC Publisher tool will soon make it possible for other similar sites to produce their own custom versions.

One of my favorite new works at Our Media was Sam Bisbee’s You Are Here video, which is great to listen to and fascinating to watch. The video was made using thousands of still photos set to music — quite creative and an inventive way to shoot a music video.

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The Shape of Things to Come: 5 Cents

Neeru Paharia, March 21st, 2005

This last Saturday, I was on a panel at the SXSW Music Festival entitled The Shape of Things to Come. On the panel were some industry legends including Sandy Pearlman and Peter Jenner (former manager of Pink Floyd).

The panel somehow converged around the idea of a 5 cent download, and how it would be a better model both economically, and socially. I wonder if anyone has drawn the demand curves to see where there’s more money. If marginal cost is close to zero, then you could have 1 million people buying songs for 1 dollar, versus 25 million people buying songs for 5 cents – maybe the lower price wins?

It did get me thinking that maybe we (or someone) should build a Creative Commons 5 cent download site. It could be a good test case, and it would also help artists get compensated. Of course, since all the works would be CC licensed, tracks could probably be legally traded noncommercially. However, if there was one central place with a good recommendation engine and user interface (not to mention good musicians), I bet people would go for it. Any takers?

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Rock out on Mixter!

Neeru Paharia, March 21st, 2005

If you haven’t already been there, check out CC Mixter. Mixter is a site for musicians that operates sort of like Friendster, in that it lets you find other musicians based on their musical interests and talents. What’s new, though, is you can see how music is related to each other based on who’s sampling and mashing-up who. For example, if I’ve sampled your song, the system will create a link between our two songs.

Currently, all of the tracks on Mixter are licensed under the Sampling Licenses, giving you the right to noncommercially distribute, and sample or mash up, either commercially or noncommercially, based on the license.

We’re hoping that Mixter becomes a central place for musicians to find tracks they can LEGALLY sample, without any hassle. We’re also hoping Mixter becomes a place where artists can be discovered, using the power of Creative Commons. To get the ball rolling, we’ll soon be running a contest where the winners will get a Magnatune contract. You can help by pointing your friends to Mixter, file-sharing or podcasting tracks you like, or whatever else you can think of to get the music out there.

Fortunately, the Fine Art of Sampling contest drew out some GREAT musicians, who have contributed some GREAT tracks. For example this remix by sHORT fACED bEAR of Girl and Supergirl, by Lisa DeBenedictis. Or, Living Stereo (2005) by Teru which samples


The Critic – Coffee House Rendezvous(II)
,
sacred sand
, and
Living Stereo (1958)
. Or, check out One Two Three by Sharp, which both samples a bunch of songs, and is sampled by a few (I won’t bother to make any more hyperlinks here – that’s what’s Mixter is for – it does it for you!).

For a quick tour, you can stream the editoral picks, or if you’re looking for something specific, check out some of the tags. There’s also an RSS feed.

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Creative Commons Europe

Glenn Otis Brown, March 19th, 2005

I had the good fortune to attend the Creative Commons Europe summit in Amsterdam this week. The meeting, part of the Creative Capital conference, was organized by the Waag Society’s Paul Keller, the public project lead of CC-Netherlands. It was one of those great happenings, more and more frequent these days, that snap your eyes open to Creative Commons’ long-term potential, and to how far we’ve come already: over 40 European Creative Commons project leads and volunteers from Spain, the Ukraine, and everywhere in between, brainstorming for two days about organizational structures, promotion strategy, and tough legal issues, like a free-culture EU. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing everyone — many for the first time — after so many email exchanges, and having the chance to listen to their stories about all their work. Paul deserves a medal (if we had those to give out) for pulling the event together, and there aren’t words to describe Creative Commons’ indebtedness to Christiane Asschenfeldt and Roland Honekamp for coordinating, over only the last year and a half no less, the development of such a great network of people. It was one of those events that feels both like a milestone and yet a beginning. Indeed, watch this space as we try to develop similar meetings around the world. (Photos will soon follow, too.)

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Free Culture On Tour

Neeru Paharia, March 18th, 2005

Free Culture may be visiting a college, youth media group, or festival near you. Brooklyn-based artist Colin Mutchler, in partnership with FreeCulture.org, has launched a five-week tour which kicked off last week at South by Southwest.

The Free Culture show mixes music, images, and spoken word to demonstrate the complex and entertaining cross section between cultural property and freedom. Check it out!

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