Read. Listen. Watch. Buckman.

Mike Linksvayer, January 29th, 2005

All Creative Commons radio show Staccato’s episode 7 features an interview with Magnatune record label founder John Buckman, our current featured commoner interview. Also check out a San Francisco television interview with Buckman and Magnatune artist Artemis.

MP3s of all 326 Magnatune-published albums are CC licensed. Listen.

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Rip. Sample. Mash. Countdown.

Mike Linksvayer, January 29th, 2005

Since we noticed sta(cc)ato another CC radio show has started: The Revolution. After three regular shows, the Revolution is already producing a special: Rip. Sample. Mash. Countdown. Each week until the Freestyle Mix and Militia Mix contests end (February 12), the Revolution will play new entries that have been rated four stars (of five) or higher by the CC Mixter community.

Listen now.

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CBC Radio 3 Chooses CC as a Top Issue

Neeru Paharia, January 27th, 2005

CBC Radio 3 has chosen Creative Commons Canada as 5th of 100 contemporary issues facing Canadians today.

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Ready to Share (Pret a Partager)

Glenn Otis Brown, January 26th, 2005

Here’s a great idea: A conference that compares how creativity is regulated in fashion versus how it’s regulated in other art forms. In fashion, copyright (among other things) is pretty laissez-faire compared to, say, music or film.

On January 29, 2005, the Norman Lear Center will hold a landmark event on fashion and the ownership of creativity. Ready to Share will explore the fashion industry’s enthusiastic embrace of sampling, appropriation and borrowed inspiration, core components of every creative process. Presented by the Lear Center’s Creativity, Commerce & Culture project, and sponsored by The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising/FIDM,  this groundbreaking conference will feature scholarly debate, fashion shows, multimedia presentations, the clash of perspectives and the cross-fertilization of ideas.

If you’re in Los Angeles this weekend, come see designer Tom Ford, musician Dangermouse, techie John Seely Brown, musician and producer T-Bone Burnett, and other giants of the various corners of the creative world talk about the fine art of sampling, across disciplines.

Or, check out the webcast at 9am PST January 29.

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A Great Scene From iCommons

Neeru Paharia, January 26th, 2005

We just got this great photo of the Wissenschaftskolleg conference from Christiane, our International Commons Project Coordinator, whom you can see there in the background. Featured in the foreground is Professor Ricolfi, Creative Commons Legal Project Lead from Italy, and to the right of him is Professor Jürgen Renn, Director of the Max Planck Institute for History of Science. On the very right, is Professor Lessig. Photo by Olivier Menanteau.

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At Sundance

Glenn Otis Brown, January 26th, 2005

I’ll be on a panel on Digital Rights Management tomorrow at high noon at the Sundance Film Festival.

Digital Rights Management (DRM) is a key issue for any company that controls content or has a library it wants to exploit. Balancing issues of copyright/privacy versus profit is no small challenge. In the new digital age, is it possible to leverage content and maximize profit only when a top-notch DRM system is in place? The music industry learned its lesson the hard way with Napster; the film industry doesn’t want to make the same mistake, but still finds itself fighting multimillion-dollar antipiracy lawsuits year after year. How will the newest state-of-the-art DRM software change how we deliver movies? Come hear from the experts, and find out what’s on the horizon for the moviegoing (and book-reading) public. Moderated by Walter S. Mossberg, personal technology columnist for the Wall Street Journal.

Watch for Creative Commons sightings on Defamer.

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Featured Commoner: Magnatune

Glenn Otis Brown, January 24th, 2005

Magnatune provides “Internet music without the guilt.” Based in Berkeley, California, Magnatune is a record label with a 21st Century business model, offering consumers a unique mix of free and paid music. One of the first for-profit companies to adopt Creative Commons’ copyright licenses into its strategy, Magnatune has amassed both an impressive buzz and a large artist roster. We recently spoke with Magnatune founder and CEO John Buckman about the music company’s progress and plans, and how going “some rights reserved” can boost the bottom line.

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CC on the charts

Mike Linksvayer, January 20th, 2005

Ok, #9 on the Toronto Eye’s Anti-Hit List, with very some cool company. It’s a start!

Here’s the Eye’s pick on CC Mixter: fake french [le tigre est fatigué], featuring samples from several WIRED CD tracks.

It’s about discovery now.

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Australia Launch and River Boat Cruise

Neeru Paharia, January 19th, 2005

Over the last few days, I had the honor of attending the Creative Commons Australia launch which was celebrated by a two-day Creative Commons conference at the Queensland University of Technology Law School. The conference, entitled Open Content Licensing (OCL): Cultivating the Creative Commons, was well attended by many of Australia’s influencial thinkers in government, technology, the arts, and law. Brian Fitzgerald, head of iCommons Australia, and his many colleagues, put together an amazing crash course in Creative Commons, as well as the context from which we’ve emerged. It seemed that conference attendees left excited about the potential for Creative Commons to work within the Australian cultural environment.

Most exciting about this conference, was to see how energetic everyone was about Creative Commons, both in support, and in criticism — the mere fact that people felt so strongly about it was truly inspiring. I also had the pleasure of attending the first official Creative Commons river boat cruise — leave it to the Australians to show you a good time! Below are some images from the event and the cruise:

A scene from a conference lecture:

Head of iCommons Australia, Brian Fitzgerald, with conference organizers and Creative Commons researches, Cher Barlett and Amanda Campion:

Michael May, conference organizer and Creative Commons researcher (sporting a CC shirt and enjoying a beer):

A scene from the boat:

The other boat, which looked like our boat (taken with my new digital camera that I obviously don’t know how to use very well yet):

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CC Italy Launch Report

Mike Linksvayer, January 19th, 2005

Juan Carlos De Martin writes in with a report on last month’s Creative Commons Italy launch:

The Italian CC Licenses were launched in Turin on December 16th, with a
conference at the
Fondazione Giovanni Agnelli. Over 100
people crowded the attractive conference room of the
Fondazione, with several journalists in attendance to cover the event.

The first part of the program prepared by the iCommons Italy Affiliate
Institutions (University of Turin
Law School
coordinated by the Italian project lead, prof. Marco Ricolfi, consisted
presentations by Lawrence Lessig, who eloquently explained the
conceptual foundations of CC,
and by Christiane Asschenfeldt, who reported on the state of the art of
the iCommons project.

Marco Ricolfi then spoke about the process that produced
the Italian CC licenses, highlighting among the other things that like
elsewhere in Europe there is a need
for some adjustments to the role of collecting societies to second the
growing desire of authors to
distribute their works more freely. Juan Carlos De Martin, a computer
engineering researcher with IEIIT-CNR,
provided an overview of the CC technical challenges and stressed the
role of technology in
enabling the ‘Some Rights Reserved’ vision in cyberspace.

Talks that followed the lively discussion session were a selection
of the many proposals
submitted in response to a call made by the organizers back in October

The presentations touched a wide range of topics, including the
relationship between free software
and CC licenses (Alessandro Rubini), Radiodrome – a student web radio
experiment at the Politecnico di Torino
(Puria Nafisi and Jovi Berton), and a report on work in progress on CC
in a country next door to Italy,
Slovenia (Maja Bogataj Jançiç). The conference ended with
the words of an artist from another
neighboring country, France: Dominique, lead singer of the free rock
group Godon, explained
why Godon chose CC licenses to release their music on their web site.
For a complete list of all the talks, see the site of the event,
where most presentations (in English) will be available shortly.

The event was webcast live by IEIIT-CNR, using its free streaming
the Open Media Streaming project,
which supports handling of CCPL licensing metadata.

After the conference, attendees were invited to move to the near-by
Imbarco Perosino,
an attractive venue right on the backs of the Po river, for a
celebratory “aperitivo”,
followed by a “Creative Christmas” party that lasted into the night.

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