So we at CC love to watch Flickr. We love to watch the number of CC-licensed images grow and grow…We love to check out recent images that are posted to Flickr from people in different places about the things that they are witnessing on a day to day level – whether it’s the snowstorms on the East Coast of the US, the latest Burning Man or more serious events such as the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina or the London bombings. The photos uploaded to Flickr in many ways reflect the different daily zeitgeists in different parts of the globe. So we’re thrilled to learn that our Creative Commons’ t-shirts are Flickr worthy and becoming part of the daily Flickr zeitgeist. And, of course, these photos are CC-licensed.No Comments »
This weekend Free Culture.org will be holding its first New York City Regional summit in New York. In this week’s Village Voice, the Education Supplement features Fred Benenson, Creative Commons’ former intern and president of the NYU Free Culture chapter and Inga Chernyak, co-founder of NYU’s Free Culture club, in
Code Warriors: Free Culture takes flight at NYU. If you are in New York City this weekend, head over to the summit. Check out the scheduled events here.
So the topic of what constitutes a “noncommercial use” under those Creative Commons licenses that contain the NonCommercial license option has been a perennial source of debate over the years. Shortly after I first started with Creative Commons, I posted an interpretation of “noncommercial” to the cc-education list which was consistent with that community’s understanding of the term but which then seemed to cause considerable consternation on the cc-licenses list. This also lead to what may be able to be described as one of the most comprehensive noncommercial use cases list in the history of, well, a lot of things.
To reconcile the otherwise potentially different views of different CC communities and try to clarify some of the easier and more realistic use cases, we at CC and through our international network of affiliates have been working over many months (with the invaluable assistance of one of our summer interns – Laura Lynch who spent her summer on the issue – on trying to draft possible guidelines on what does and what does not constitute a noncommercial use. Obviously, it’s not possible to define noncommercial for every single situation. However, we have attempted to craft these guidelines to resolve some of the more common and pressing questions about what is and what is not a noncommercial use in the CC world.
These guidelines have undergone tremendous internal debate and discussion amongst staff and our international affiliates. They have been considerably improved and revised in the process so, particularly in light of the most recent discussion on the list we thought now would be a great opportunity to expand the debate and invite more analysis, debate and discussion from all of you who are also heavily involved in the practices and application of CC licenses.
Please note – these guidelines are not set in stone; they are a draft subject to debate, discussion and refinement by all those who adopt CC licenses and use CC licensed content, ie. you. Let us know what you think – these guidelines have been posted here. Join the discussion here.No Comments »
Panelists will include:Patricia Aufderheide, Director, Center for Social Media, American University; Fred Von Lohmann, Senior Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation; Jack Walsh, independent filmmaker and Co-Director, National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture; Donald Young, Director of Broadcast Programming, Center for Asian American Media; Claire Aguilar, Director of Programming, Independent Television Service. Wendy from BVAC tells me that the event is free and no registration required. Also, check out (if you haven’t already) the Center for Social Media’s Documentary Filmmaker’s Statement of Best Practice in Fair Use.No Comments »
There’s an update to mozCC available. You can find all the gory details here, but suffice it to say you really should upgrade. This release fixes a couple of naggling bugs, and adds support for Flock. Flock is a browser based on the Mozilla Firefox codebase which integrates several interesting tools to make your browsing experience more seamless. Ideas? Suggestions? Write them down and we’ll see what we can do.No Comments »
Ever wondered what Lawrence Lessig sounds like in Catalan? In addition to having Maria Cristinia Alvite and the iRights.info project translating the Lessig Letters into Spanish, we are also privileged to have Ignasi Labastida i Juan, the project lead for CC Spain, translating the Lessig Letters into Catalan. Thank you Ignasi!No Comments »