2006 February

Free Culture.org Creative Commons Art Show

Francesca Rodriquez, February 27th, 2006

Last time we reported on FreeCulture.org NYU, they were getting accolades in the Village Voice for taking part in a regional FreeCulture.org summit. Now NYU FreeCulture.org has organized an art show featuring works all licensed under Creative Commons. The opening is this Wednesday, March 1st on 7th floor of the Kimmel Student Center at 7 pm. The show will also be on-line. This art show is the first of its kind-good work NYU FreeCulture.

UPDATE: Last June, we blogged about Rob Myers show in Belgrade of all licensed Creative Commons art. Also, in 2005, Remix Reading hosted an art remix contest of all CC licensed art. Thanks Tom!

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News.com on the Copyright Criminals Remix Contest

Eric Steuer, February 27th, 2006

News.com has an excellent article about the Copyright Criminals Remix Contest that Creative Commons is sponsoring over at ccMixter. It’s not too late to enter the remix showdown — we’re accepting tracks until March 14. Submit your music and it might be featured in Kembrew McLeod and Ben Franzen’s upcoming documentary Copyright Criminals.

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Web 2.0 rule #5

Mike Linksvayer, February 26th, 2006

Dion Hinchcliffe has put together a draft list of the first-order elements of Web 2.0 thinking. Number five (of sixteen):

Be prepared to share everything with enthusiasm. Share everything possible, every piece of data you have, every service you offer. Encourage unintended uses, bend overbackward to contribute, don’t keep anything private that doesn’t absolutely have to be. Go beyond sharing and make discovery, navigation easy, obvious, and straightforward. Why: In return, you will benefit many times over from the sharing of others. Note: This is not a license to violate copyright laws, you will not be able to share your ripped DVDs or commercial music recordings, those are things you agreed you can’t share. But you might find yourself using and sharing a lot more open source media. And for heaven’s sake, learn the Creative Commons license.

Great advice, but make that Creative Commons licenses. The rest of the list well worth reading too.

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Mike Linksvayer, February 22nd, 2006

A National Public Radio (United States) story on audio books from early this month highlights two very different projects using CC tools. LibriVox provides free audiobooks of public domain works. The audiobooks themselves are dedicated to the public domain using the CC public domain dedication. LibriVox’s goal is “to record all the books in the public domain.” You can help.

Escape Pod buys non-exclusive audio rights for science fiction works from authors and releases fan-read audio books under the CC Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs license.

Litsen in!

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Davis Guggenheim’s “Teach” now available under a CC license

Eric Steuer, February 21st, 2006

Teach, filmmaker Davis Guggenheim’s powerful documentary about teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District, is now available under a CC BY-NC-ND license. For more about this exciting news and to download a copy of the film, please see creativecommons.org/teach.

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People Go Wild About CC BY

Mia Garlick, February 17th, 2006

So we’re still loving tracking when CC appears in the Flickr zeitgeist, whether it’s about our latest Creative Commoner Ts or remix culture with CC & EFF stickers. And this one is great…thank you to our CC Netherlands team who made these Ts to coincide with the Creative Commons Europe summit….

By DaVrolik, CC BY 2.0. If you like this, stay tuned for our 2006 Ts which will enable you support your favorite CC license…

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CC Music Podcasts

Mike Linksvayer, February 16th, 2006

All have been mentioned here before, but never all in one place. I’m talking about CC music podcasts, now cataloged on our wiki. Listen, you’re in for a treat. I guarantee it, having listened to and enjoyed nearly every espisode of all of the listed shows.

By the way, the original CC music podcast is back.

It’s about discovery now.

I forgot to say that here.

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Copyright Criminals Remix Contest extended; New Chuck D and George Clinton samples added

Eric Steuer, February 15th, 2006

Great news for all you producers, DJs, and remixers: the Copyright Criminals Remix Contest over at ccMixter has been extended by two weeks, ending on March 14. Additionally, new vocal samples from influential rapper Chuck D (of Public Enemy) and pioneering funk musician George Clinton (of Parliament-Funkadelic) have been made available for use in the competition. Check out our latest press release for more info.

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Yahoo! Design Pattern Library

Mike Linksvayer, February 14th, 2006

Yesterday Yahoo! release of a library of design patterns (think “best practices” for web interaction designers, though “design patterns” have a long history in software engineering) under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 license.

See the Rate An Object pattern for example. The “object” used in the example is a restaurant, but could be anything, say a remix (if you’re logged into ccMixter you’ll see a ratings UI very similar to the suggested Yahoo! pattern).

Yahoo! also released a UI library of code that can be used to implement such patterns under the liberal BSD software license.

Thanks to Bjorn Wijers of CC Netherlands for the pointer. CC software engineer Nathan Yergler has more good thoughts on Yahoo! getting it right.

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RESTful RSS2/Atom Remix API

Mike Linksvayer, February 14th, 2006

ccMixter tracks in-community mixversations. We’ve now released a very simple beta API that allows tracking remix relationships across sites. The API is implemented in ccHost, the GPL software that runs ccMixter, and you can implement it for your site. For details see ccMixter developer Victor Stone’s blog entry and the beta documentation. Feedback to the cc-devel list.

In other ccHost development news, the excellent Open Clip Art Library is in the process of migrating to ccHost and doing some work along the way to make it easy for others who want to use ccHost for non-music remix communities to do so.

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