Remix Reading Competition

Neeru Paharia, March 18th, 2005

Remix Reading is holding a remix competition. Here’s an excerpt from their site:

After an extremely successful launch event, Remix Reading is pushing the boundaries of the local cultural community with a remix competition. Over the next month, we want to see who can create the best remix of a piece of work already on the website.

There will be four winners, one in each category (audio, image, text, video). They will each receive the following great prizes:

* Your work on a LOCA Records compilation CD (if LOCA like it enough)
* A Creative Commons t-shirt
* A DVD full of great Creative Commons videos
* A copy me / remix me compilation CD
* A copy of the Wired CD and that issue of the Wired magazine
* A CD from LOCA Records
* Stickers, badges and fake tattoos

The closing date is Monday 11th April and the winners will be announced on Friday 15th April. The competition is being judged by a panel from Remix Reading, Creative Commons and LOCA Records.

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Code v.2: Participation Requested

Neeru Paharia, March 18th, 2005

A new web-based experiment is being undertaken by Creative Commons’ Chairman, Lawrence Lessig. In 1999, Professor Lessig wrote Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace. After five years in print and five years of changes in law, technology, and the context in which they reside, he realized that Code needed an update, so he opened it up to the world to help. Using wiki technologies provided by JotSpot, you, or anyone else can contribute updates to Code.

Once the the project nears completion, Professor Lessig will take the contents of the wiki and ready it for publication. The resulting book, Code v.2, will be published in late 2005 by Basic Books. All royalties, including the book advance, will be donated to Creative Commons.

An excerpts from the site:

In the six years since its first publication, cyberspace has evolved to the point where Code now needs an update. In the five years since Code v.1, cyberspace has also evolved to enable new forms of digital creativity. In applying these new tools to the now-old text, we’re harnessing the knowledge, creativity, and experience of the community, hopefully to build a better update than could have been done alone. This type of project was not possible until very recently: it is an experiment in technology and collaborative creativity. We’re excited to see what happens.

This project also debuts the beta release of a newly branded Wiki license. The license works like Attribution-ShareAlike, however, attribution can be set to the wiki, in this case Code v.2 Wiki, rather than each individual author.

We’ve made this slight modification to the attribution clause in this beta version, and used it for this wiki, but we won’t release the license generally till we’ve had the ordinary time for discussion.

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American Bar Association Licenses Essays

Neeru Paharia, March 18th, 2005

It recently has come to our attention and that the American Bar Association has Creative Commons licensed essays on the USA PATRIOT provisions.

What better a compliment than to have this prestigious association of lawyers use Creative Commons licenses for their content. We’re truly honored.

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Washington Post on Creative Commons

Glenn Otis Brown, March 15th, 2005

Great and particularly well researched article on Creative Commons in the Washington Post today.

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Notes from the Underground

Glenn Otis Brown, March 15th, 2005

Today at SXSW in Austin, WIRED music editor Eric Steurer, red-hot remix artist DJ Reset, and I talked on a panel about “Notes from the Underground: The Rise of Remix Culture.” As fits the subject, there was some very good audience participation and back-and-forth, and Reset told some good anecdotes about living on the bleeding edge of digital creativity.

Check out this recent story on DJ Reset from the New Yorker’s Sasha Frere-Jones.

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The Semantic Web — Live!

Glenn Otis Brown, March 14th, 2005

Our very own Mike Linksvayer and Matt Haughey are on a panel at SXSW discussing metadata, the semantic web, and the one-of-a-kind Creative Commons search engine at this very moment. If you’re at the Austin Convention Center, get over here to Room 15.

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Mike Linksvayer, March 10th, 2005

Last week on this weblog:

USB memory and hardware media player vendors take note — you can ship your device with great music without asking for permission, because permission has already been granted.


Magnatune and Hana Micron Launch TunePlug Portable USB Drive With Pre-Loaded MP3 Music From Leading Independent Artists

This isn’t exactly a “permission has already been granted” case. Magnatune uses a NonCommercial license, so the USB drive vendor had to ask permission to sell drives filled with Magnatune tracks. However, it is a device shipped chock full of CC-licensed music, which is pretty cool.

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Mike Linksvayer, March 9th, 2005

We’ll have a booth at the interactive conference, do two panels (Notes From the Underground: The Rise of Remix Culture and The Semantic Web: Promising Future or Utter Failure), an interview and a party (see below). Also check out Colin Mutchler’s Free Culture Performance.

See you in Austin, Texas next week. By the way, we’re all friendly.

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Real World Creative Commons

Mike Linksvayer, March 9th, 2005

London-based music business magazine Five Eight has published an article by Magnatune founder John Buckman titled Using the Creative Commons in the Real World in which Buckman explains how he chose to use a CC license for his record label.

Also, Buckman in response to a question on his blog regarding source material:

I’m in the process of consolidating all the various individual tracks we’ve received, to make a “remix sources” page at Magnatune, so you can easily find them all, and create new, interesting works.

Keep up the good work John!

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Help MediaRights find music for festival!

Neeru Paharia, March 8th, 2005

MediaRights, who run the Media that Matters Film Festival, has come across a licensing problem from one of its festival entries. The youth-produced flash animation Neglected Sky sponsored by Global Solutions uses the song Such Great Heights by The Postal Service in their animation, however, they only have a license to stream the song. MediaRights had planned to put the entire 5th festival on a DVD and distributes it under a Creative Commons license. They had some confirmation that they’d be able to license the music, but at the last minute, things fell through.

MediaRights now has five days to find replacement music for this piece and is looking to the commons for alternatives. Help MediaRights out: watch the flash and listen to the music. If you know of any CC licensed music that sounds similar, drop MediaRights a line. They prefer an Attribution license or something that’s in the public domain.

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