CC search index breakdown

Mike Linksvayer, March 7th, 2005

Folks love a license distribution breakdown, so here’s another, this from the current index of 1.2 million pages (larger crawls forthcoming) used by the Creative Commons search engine:

Allows commercial use Allows derivative works Allows both
Audio 32 78 32
Image 19 48 16
Interactive 31 65 27
Text 28 69 23
Video 13 65 12
All 27 70 23

All numbers in the above table are percentages: 32 percent of pages marked as containing audio content use licenses that allow commercial use, 78 percent allow derivatives, and 32 percent allow both. In the case of audio works, almost nobody has chosen to allow commercial use without also allowing derivatives.

It appears that people licensing audio have chosen to offer more liberal terms than average while those licensing still and moving images have chosen less liberal terms than average.

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Creative Commons Internship Opportunities

Francesca Rodriquez, March 7th, 2005

Creative Commons is happy to announce this summer’s internship opportunities at the San Francisco office. If you are interested in applying, please follow the instructions below.

Legal Internship

Creative Commons is currently accepting resumés from law students interested in interning in the San Francisco office. This paid internship will focus on intellectual property and copyright, especially in relation to the internet as it relates to building the pool of licensed content and encouraging the reuse of content.


Creative Commons is currently accepting resumés from persons interested in interning in the San Francisco office. This paid internship will focus on aiding the Chief Technology Officer and Software Engineer with the development of software and maintenance of services. Knowledge of Linux and Python a must.

Free Culture Marketing/Media Internship

This internship is open to students involved in their respected colleges’ FREE CULTURE club. Creative Commons is currently accepting resumés from those students interested in interning in the San Francisco office. This paid internship will focus on a grass roots effort, and/or media development to encourage the reuse of content. Duties will also include working on a “street team” campaign to other Free Culture club members. This position will be offered to a non-law student.

Internship terms

  • SPRING (Mid-January through late April)
    Applications should be sent between October 1st and December 1st
  • SUMMER (Late May through August)
    Applications should be sent between January 1st and April 1st
  • FALL (Mid August/Early September through December)
    Applications should be sent between July 1st and August 31

Quotes from past Creative Commons interns

Here are what some of the past intern from Creative Commons had to say about their internship.

“I loved working for Creative Commons. The people are wonderful and I had the chance to do cutting-edge legal work that made a real difference to a great cause. My summer at CC was like taking a vacation to the future.”

James Grimmelman, Yale Law School ’05

“My experience at Creative Commons was invaluable. I got to work closely with a diverse team, improve my writing, and study copyright, all while serving an important public interest.”

Derek Slater, Harvard College ’05


Creative Commons does offer compensation for internships. If your school offers a stipend for internships, this factor is figured into the compensation.

How to apply

If you are a student interested in our internship program, send us your:

  • Cover Letter

  • Resumé
  • Two References
  • School Transcript (optional with your application, required at the interview)
  • Writing sample (optional with your application, required at the interview)

Applications and questions can be sent to:

Francesca Rodriquez

Office/Project Manager

fax: 415.946.3001

Thank you for your interest in our organization.
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Creative Commons on Yahoo! Netrospective

Neeru Paharia, March 5th, 2005

To celebrate Yahoo!’s 10th birthday, they created a great Netrospective, highlighting significant events on the Web over the last ten years. We were honored to learn that Creative Commons is number 79 of 100 moments on the Web. Happy birthday Yahoo!

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Mike Linksvayer, March 4th, 2005

The developers of the amaroK media player for KDE have used the tracks from the WIRED CD as content for their demo Live CD. Boot the CD in a PC and you can try out armaroK with zero installation. Great idea. USB memory and hardware media player vendors take note — you can ship your device with great music without asking for permission, because permission has alreaedy been granted.

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Letter to Hypatia

Roland, March 3rd, 2005

Carlos S├ínchez Almeida, a Spanish abogado and fellow Creative Commons proselytizer, has published an English translation of his talk ‘Carta a Hipatia’, originally delivered by him at the Spanish launch event at the University of Barcelona in October 2004. The paper can be found here. Thanks to all involved in the translation effort and to Republica Internet for hosting it.

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Fine Art of Sampling Contest Winners

Neeru Paharia, March 2nd, 2005

The final winners of the Freestyle Mix, and the Milita Mix contests have been announced on Mixter. The top eleven Freestyle Mix entries have won a spot on the Creative Commons release, The WIRED CD — Ripped. Sampled. Mashed. Shared. (playing off the original WIRED CD), and free passes to the M3 Music Summit in Miami. The top track of the Militia Mix Contest won a spot on the next Fine Arts Militia Album Featuring Chuck D. Brian Hardgroove of Fine Arts Militia has this to say: “Overall, I would have been proud to put most of those mixes on the new record — mad props to the producers.”

We’d like to offer a huge thanks to all the contestants and judges, and specifically to Victor Stone for building Mixter and moderating the site (more on Mixter later). This experiment has yielded some great music that will hopefully promote the concept of collaboration over space and time, even further.

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Too many images

Glenn Otis Brown, February 28th, 2005

Wunderkind novelist Jonathan Safran Foer and badboy British artist Damien Hirst make unrelated appearances in this week’s New York Times magazine. Unrelated, but for this nice coincidence in how the Net has affected each artist’s craft.

From the Jonathan Safran Foer profile:

Full-page photographs, all in arty black-and-white, are woven into the narrative, and typography is at times deployed toward pictorial ends. Page 26, for example, comes with only one tiny word — ”Help” — marooned in a vast desert of white. At the opposite extreme, Page 284 is so crowded with words printed on top of words that you cannot decipher them, except as a vertical slab of black, a tombstone of type, or perhaps (like the photograph on Page 318) a velvety night sky. The book also includes a dozen or so grainy newslike photographs that risk offense by appropriating the image of a body falling from the towers — albeit a digitally simulated image — for artistic gain.

”The moment when I chose to put the photographs in the book,” Foer said, ”I was browsing around the Internet. I couldn’t believe what I was looking at — beheadings, C-sections, shark attacks, people jumping from planes with broken parachutes. It made me wonder what it must be like to be young right now. Kids are subjected to images that adults aren’t because a) their curiosity for the grotesque is greater and b) their ability to access it is greater.”

From the Damient Hirst interview:

NYT: [Can we] expect to see seascapes in your show?

DH: No. There are 30 paintings in the show, and most of them are based on photographs from newspapers and magazines.

NYT: I’m sorry to hear that. It seems that most painters today are basing their work on photographs.

DH: There are so many images in the world. An artist doesn’t really need to create anymore.

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License Distribution

Neeru Paharia, February 25th, 2005

Last week we mentioned there were over 5 million web pages linking to Creative Commons licenses. This week, it has come to our attention that Yahoo! has updated their index to find well over 10 million web pages that link to our licenses. If you’re curious at all to see what licenses people are choosing, you can see the breakdown here, on this chart:


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How Many Web Pages Link to a CC License?

Neeru Paharia, February 18th, 2005

At the end of 2003, we were proud to announce that over 1 million web pages had linked to Creative Commons licenses. Today, we are even more proud to say that this number is now well over 5 million web pages. Thanks to you, a vibrant base of free culture is flourishing.

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CC licensed Microsoft site

Mike Linksvayer, February 16th, 2005

The Microsoft-hosted PatternShare community brings together information on software patterns organized by wiki inventor and now Microsoft employee Ward Cunningham.

PatternShare uses the liberal Creative Commons Attribution License.

Thanks Ward Cunningham and thanks Microsoft!

Although it predates the availability of Creative Commons licensing by many years, I would be remiss to not recommend Cunningham’s still active Portland Pattern Repository Wiki, which I suppose could be characterized as the wild and woolly counterpart of PatternShare.

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