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2006 April

Creative Commons presents: CC Salon 2, San Francisco

Jon Phillips, April 10th, 2006

Please join us for the second CC Salon, taking place in San Francisco on Wednesday, April 12 from 6-9 PM at Shine (1337 Mission Street between 8th and 9th Streets). CC Salon is a casual get-together focused on conversation and community-building with 2-3 brief presentations from individuals and groups developing projects with relationship to Creative Commons. Please invite your friends, colleagues, and anyone you know who might be interested in drinks and discussion. We look forward to seeing you there!

Following the first successful salon, this event focuses on “Net-based Music.” James Polanco is presenting about “Podcasting and the Fake Science Digital Music Store” and
Lucas Gonze is talking about “How the Net is Changing Music.” Lucas Gonze is the creator of Webjay and is a frequent Creative Commons supporter. Also, we have a special surprise guest composer Bob Ostertag.

We’ve set up http://creativecommons.org/salon where you can find the latest information about CC Salon. It is also place where the community may contribute ideas, make suggestions, and submit proposals for future events.

You can track this event on upcoming.org along with every future monthly 2nd Wednesday CC Salon.

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Submit your short DIY video to the MAKE: Movies film festival

Eric Steuer, April 10th, 2006

MAKE (which is, incidentally, one of the coolest magazines around) is hosting the MAKE: Movies film festival as part of the Maker Faire, taking place on April 22 and 23 at the San Mateo Fairgrounds. You’ve got a few more days (until Wednesday, April 12) to submit your CC-licensed project demo videos, DIY tech documentaries, and how-to clips. Need music that you can use noncommercially in your entry? Check out one of the sites indexed on our audio page.

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SXSWi Open Science Podcast

Francesca Rodriquez, April 5th, 2006

At this year’s SXSW Interactive conference in Austin, John Wilbanks, Executive Director of Science Commons, moderated a panel on Open Science. The panel is now available as a podcast, thanks to the good folks at SXSW.

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Elephants Dream Premier

Mike Linksvayer, April 4th, 2006

Bjorn Wijers of CC Netherlands sends this about the successful premier of Elephants Dream (previous post — Your textures in a movie):

The Blender movie ‘Elephants Dream’ (previously known under the working
title Orange) was released last friday with a crowded but nice premiere
at the Ketelhuis in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Elephants Dream is the
world’s first film which was completely created using Open Source
Software and released under the Creative Commons Attribution license. The film was
realised by the Blender Foundation, known by the excellent 3D open
source program Blender, and The Netherlands Media Art Institute,
Montevideo/Time Based Arts.

Summary from Motevideo:

Elephants Dream is a story with quick-witted dialogue, tightly designed
architecture and unusual sound effects. The main characters, Emo (a cool
young trumpeter) and Proog (a confused – or maybe not? – loner) are each
stuck in a world of their own. At a certain moment they cross paths with
one another. The oddball Proog cautiously tries to introduce his young
friend Emo to his world. When Emo realizes that Proog primarily wants to
push his ideas on him, this leads to a conflict between them. But can
Emo survive in Proog’s world? And can they overcome their conflicts, or
will they each go their own way in life?
Tygo Gernandt and Cas Jansen create two unique personalities that
command the imagination, and carry the viewer along into a bizarre world
that consists of a bleak wasteland with a tangle of cables and other
alien landscapes, a living typewriter, an enormous elevator shaft, and
especially a lot of very strange birds.

The DVD can be ordered and more information is available at orange.blender.org, with downloads to follow.

Post about the premier on the CC Netherlands blog (Dutch).

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CC Mainland China Launch Photos

Mike Linksvayer, April 3rd, 2006

Creative Commons licenses ported to Mainland China were launched last week. Photos from the launch event are on Flickr with the ccchina tag. A post in Chinese is here.



Photo by Shi Zhao licensed under CC BY.

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Black Sweater White Cat … Live!

Mike Linksvayer, April 3rd, 2006

Weekly two hour radio program dedicated to CC-licensed music Black Sweater White Cat initiated WBCR’s new live stream last week. Now you can catch the program every Saturday at 9PM EDT (Sunday 1AM GMT) and not have to wait for the podcast.

BSWC host Biotic writes in:

Next week we will be
talking to Lisa DeBenedictis during the first part of the program,
shortly after 9 EDT. Plan on talking about the impact of CC on her
career and the difference that ccMixter has made in her distribution
across the Internet.

Previous post on BSWC: Start your own netlabel.

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ccHost 2.0.1 and subversion

Mike Linksvayer, April 3rd, 2006

Every major software release has bugs and ccHost 2.0, released last week, is no exception. Today we released ccHost 2.0.1, fixing a problem with contests and making it easier to install in a non-webroot directory. (ccHost is the GPL-licensed web app that runs ccMixter, read all about it here.)

In other development news Nathan has migrated CC software projects, ccHost included, to SourceForge’s new Subversion revision control service. Our repository is documented here. Thanks SourceForge!

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iCommons.org

Mike Linksvayer, April 3rd, 2006

The iCommons site is now live with some exciting news about this summer’s iSummit.

What is iCommons?

Incubated by Creative Commons, iCommons is an organisation with a broad vision to develop a united global commons front by collaborating with open content, access to knowledge, open access publishing and free culture communities around the world.

Using the annual iCommons Summit as the main driver of this vision, iCommons will feature projects that encourage collaboration across borders and communities, and promote the tools, models and practice that facilitate universal participation in the cultural and knowledge domains. The Summit will collaborate with organisations and communities from around the world to demonstrate and share best practice and discuss strategies for continuing the positive impact that “sharing” practices are having on participation in the cultural and knowledge domains.

During the year iCommons will incubate projects that cross borders and unite commons communities, acting as a platform for international collaboration towards the growth and enlivening of a global digital commons.

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