2006 July

Reminder: CC Salon tomorrow night in SF featuring Facebook, EFF, and Good Magazine

Eric Steuer, July 11th, 2006

Join us tomorrow night (Wednesday, July 12, from 6-9pm) at Shine, (1337 Mission Street between 9th and 10th Streets) for CC Salon!

This month’s line-up:
Chris Hughes and Jeff Hammerbacher from Facebook
Derek Slater and Jason Schultz from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
Max Schorr of GOOD Magazine

We’re also going to try something new and will be featuring “OpenSalon” — an open mic where the community is invited to give short (five minutes or less) off-the-cuff presentations. Show up if you are interested in this chance to demo your new project, play your new remix, get feedback from the community, or shamelessly plug your upcoming event (if it relates to CC, of course!).

Track this event on Upcoming.org!

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Interwingling in the commons musicsphere

Mike Linksvayer, July 11th, 2006

Since taking on additional hosts cc365 has been on a roll. Last week Chris Campbell made some great picks, three of which are new to the commons — Chris convinced the artists to try CC — go Chris! This week ccMixter superstar teru is making the picks.

Black Sweater White Cat featured an in-depth interview with cc365 founder Grant Robertson, revealing that he’s mixing in CC tracks on local Nova Scotia radio. Last week’s BSWC draws inspiration from CC music discovery site ccHits, run by Brazilian developer Fabricio Zuardi, who we met at the iSummit.

LugRadio (CC licensed) contributor and heavy musician Jono Bacon gets remix religion and joins those choosing more liberal licenses.

Lucas Gonze explains sample pools in plain language.

Teresa Malango has a big update on cool uses being made of CC licensed music at Magnatune.

I need to mention Uwe Hermann’s Podcast again. Uwe makes a great CC licensed music pick most days and at 220+ picks so far is a champion CC tastemaker. CC music programmers, tune into Uwe!

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Freesound via ccMixter (20k free sounds)

Mike Linksvayer, July 8th, 2006

ccMixter maestro Victor Stone summarizes the good news:

The freesound project is a web site for collecting tiny audio snippets and samples and sharing them under a Creative Commons license for use in larger audio works such as soundtracks, original material and oh yea, remixes. In just over the first year of operation they accumulated almost 20,000 samples of every shape, size and variety.

ccMixter is a site sponsored by Creative Commons that specializes in hosting remixes all under CC license and has the special ability to track the sources of the remixes. In almost two years of operation, ccMixter has had nearly 5,000 uploads from producers using samples from their own libraries, ccMixter itself and of course the freesound project.

It was only a matter time the two sites work together. Remixers from ccMixter that use samples from the freesound project can now track the sources of the remix back to freesound (and soon viceversa). You can see this in action with teru’s remix of “Ophelia’s Song” which includes electric guitar parts and an a cappella from ccMixter as well as a sample of a train passing and a nylon guitar pluck all of which are linked to from teru’s remix page.

On a technical note: The underlying technology is based on an open programmer’s interface first published by Creative Commons via ccMixter called Sample Pools. CC is continuing to recruit other sites with CC licensed music to expand the pool. Every installation of ccHost (the open source code project that ccMixter runs on) is already enabled for Sample Pools.

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Wednesday, July 12 in San Francisco: Creative Commons Salon

Jon Phillips, July 7th, 2006

Yes! The monthly CC Salon is next Wednesday, July 12, from 6-9pm at Shine, (1337 Mission Street between 9th and 10th Streets). Come out and discuss your interests around CC, copyright, creation and licensing (among other topics). Note: Shine is a bar, and thus, only people 21 and older may attend.

CC Salon is a casual monthly event focused on conversation, networking, and presentations from people or groups who are developing projects that relate to Creative Commons licensing, content, and tools. Please invite your friends, colleagues, and anyone you know who might be interested in drinks and discussion.

This dynamic salon features:

  • Chris Hughes and Jeff Hammerbacher from Facebook, the largest social networking site on college campuses, are presenting an overview of the project and how it ties in with CC.
  • Derek Slater and Jason Schultz from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) are presenting the “Corruptibles” animation and discussing currently what is happening with copyright in Congress.
  • We are screening the Creative Commons licensed (CC BY 2.5) Open Source Movie, Elephants Dream.
  • And finally, we are having “OpenSalon” time for 4-5 quick 5 minute presentations in rapid fire. Please RSVP if you are interested in this chance to demo your new project, play your new remix, get feedback from the community, or shamelessly plug your upcoming event (that relates to CC of course!).

As with previous CC Salons in SF, this event is posted at Upcoming.org.

We look forward to seeing you at the CC Salon!

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New Featured Commoner – Architecture for Humanity

Mia Garlick, July 5th, 2006

One of our Summer ’06 interns – Katy Frankel – has completed a Featured Commoner interview with Cameron Sinclair, who is the co-founder and Executive Director of Architecture for Humanity (AFH). AFH do incredibly important work and use the Creative Commons Developing Nations license to help achieve their goals. Read more here.

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Open Video Contest Deadline Extension

Mike Linksvayer, July 5th, 2006

Due to requests for additional time we’re proactively extending the deadline for the Fedora/CC Open Video Contest by one month — you now have until August 20 to submit a 30 second video on the subject of openness.

Previous post annoucing the contest.

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“Boy Who Never Slept” film and source files online

Eric Steuer, July 5th, 2006

In May, we reported that indie filmmaker Solomon Rothman had released the trailer to his movie Boy Who Never Slept online under Creative Commons’ BY-NC-SA license. The full feature is now online, along with the film’s source files, which are — quite wonderfully — offered to the public under CC’s Attribution license.

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Mike Linksvayer, July 5th, 2006

Lulu.tv is a new video site from do it yourself publisher Lulu (we profiled Lulu in May) with a twist — creators can get paid out of a pool of people who subscribe to the site.

Lulu.tv was written up in the New York Times two days ago. The article also mentions Revver, which takes a different approach to compensating creators, offering a share of advertising revenues.

All videos on both Lulu.tv and Revver are under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs license. It will be interesting to see how these models play out as video sites look for growth and sustainability.

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GOOD Magazine comes to San Francisco

Eric Steuer, July 5th, 2006

Bay Area CC friends: You are invited to a party on July 14 at the 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco, hosted by GOOD Magazine! Join us for a night of art, music (provided by Odd Nosdam of Anticon), and an open bar. Admission is free if you purchase a year subscription to GOOD Magazine.

GOOD is a new publication focusing on people, ideas, and institutions that are affecting the world in innovative and positive ways. One very cool thing about GOOD is its Choose GOOD campaign, where you can subscribe to a year of the magazine for $20 and choose a partnering non-profit organization that you want 100% of your subscription fee to go towards helping. That means for $20, you can subscribe to a year of GOOD, make a contribution to CC, and gain admission to a night of great fun.

GOOD Magazine comes to San Francisco!
Friday, July 14; 9pm-2am
111 Minna Gallery (111 Minna St.)
Art, music (provided by Odd Nosdam), and open bar all night.
Magazine subscription required for entry. 100% of your subscription fee can go towards helping CC! Subscribe here.


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Robberriff remix contest

Eric Steuer, July 5th, 2006

Monkey Love Records and Fake Science are sponsoring a super cool CC-licensed remix contest for the Robberriff track “Stringing Away Revisited.” You have until July 16 to “rinse, cut, splice, add samples and do whatever the hell you want to it.” Fake Science will choose the top 20 remixes and post them online for people to rate. The producer of the highest-ranked track will win an iPod nano. Join the fun!

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