2006 August

You’re on Music Dutch Video

Mike Linksvayer, August 23rd, 2006

CC Netherlands held a music contest and had a distinguished panel of judges select 13 tracks of 130 submissions. They want to release a DVD … so they need video. That’s where you come in. Read about the video contest on iCommons.org and creativecommons.nl.

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Ask Lessig a Question

Francesca Rodriquez, August 23rd, 2006

Popular Science Magazine is sitting down tomorrow with Larry Lessig, CEO of Creative Commons, to ask him questions from you! Enter your questions for Larry here before tomorrow. Lessig’s responses will be made availiable next week. Also, stay tuned for a Second Life concert in world next month with Creative Commons and Popular Science.

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Alter Tempo – New Peruvian CCers

Mia Garlick, August 19th, 2006

In July we celebrated the launch of the Peru version of the Creative Commons licenses. And now, we are thrilled to see the release by the Peruvian duo Alter Tempo of four singles: “Para estar contigo” (To be with you), “Gracias” (Thank you), “Tu voz en el viento” (Your voice in the wind) y “Libre” (Free), which can be streamed and downloaded for free in MP3 format directly from their website under the Paternité – Pas d’Utilisation Commerciale – Pas de Modification 2.5 Peru (BY-NC-ND) license.

Alter Tempo’s music is influenced by a wide range of styles such as Beatles’ styled rock, bolero, trova, jazz, heavy metal, gospel and a variety of latin grooves. The main theme of their songs is everyday love, “a feeling everyone experiences but no one can define with precision” says Roberto, one half of the duo.

Alter Tempo explained their decision to use CC licenses – “Creative Commons is the best way to share your music with freedom along the web but keeping also commercial control of your works.”

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ccHost Wins A Linux World Journal Product Excellence Award

Mia Garlick, August 17th, 2006

As we blogged yesterday, CC has a booth at LinuxWorld and our Chairman & CEO Larry Lessig gave a keynote there on Tuesday. Yesterday, we were thrilled to learn that ccHost won the Linux World Product Excellence Award for “Best Open Source Solution.” The other nominees were rPath Conary and Novell SUSE Linux 10.x.

Mike poses excitedly with the award. Photo creativecommoners, BY-NC. Jon poses professionally with the finalist poster. Photo rejon, BY.

ccHost provides web-based infrastructure to support collaboration, sharing, and storage of multi-media using Creative Commons licenses and metadata. The goal of this project is to spread media content that is licensed under Creative Commons throughout the web. ccHost is what is used for the infamous Creative Commons ccMixter project. Congrats to everyone who has contributed to ccHost!

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Mike Linksvayer, August 15th, 2006

Creative Commons founder Lawrence Lessig received a standing ovation for his LinuxWorld San Francisco keynote today on free culture and free software. Some press coverage:

If you’re at LinuxWorld be sure to stop by the Creative Commons booth, say hello to CC staff and volunteers, and grab some stickers, buttons, and other schwag.

Alex Roberts, Asheesh Laroia, Jon Phillips and Eric Steuer at the CC LinuxWorld booth, photo by Mia Garlick licensed under Attribution-ShareAlike.

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Ward Cunningham: CC is the ‘technology’ we need

Mike Linksvayer, August 14th, 2006

Ward Cunningham, creator of the first wiki, interviewed in Application Development Trends:

The Creative Commons Attribution license is the “technology” we need to save patterns. If we’d known this 15 years ago we would not be in the mess we find ourselves in today. Instead creative individuals would be retelling the patterns in a way that resonates with every developer while still preserving a thread back to the analysis that led to each pattern’s initial expression.

The ‘patterns’ Cunningham speaks of are software design patterns, which his wiki catalogs and discusses, though his wisdom applies to any collaborative work in any field.

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LibriVox is One Year Old!

Mike Linksvayer, August 14th, 2006

August 10 LibriVox celebrated its first anniversary with an hour long program celebreating the amazing community that has gathered around the project. Congratulations to everyone involved in this great effort to bring public domain books to life as audio.

We posted about LibriVox and other CC litcasts six months ago.

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Version 3.0 – Public Discussion Launched

Mia Garlick, August 9th, 2006

Why version 3.0?

As was mentioned a little while ago, we are looking to move ahead with versioning the CC licenses up to version 3.0 to improve the clarity of the terms of the licenses and to address some concerns of one of our first and very prominent license adopters — MIT, with their OpenCourseWare project, and to also take on board the concerns of the Debian group about the clarity of some provisions of our licenses.

New US and “generic” license

Another big feature of version 3.0 is that we will be spinning off what has been called the “generic” license to now be the US license and have crafted a new “generic” license that is based on the language of international IP treaties and takes effect according to the national implementation of those treaties. This may only be something that gets IP lawyers excited but I thought it might be good to share this draft with the community as well in order to ensure full transparency and in case people were interested and/or had any comments.

Anti-DRM language – possible parallel distribution language

Finally, there has been much discussion – preparatory to releasing these drafts to the public – about whether to amend the CC licenses to include a “parallel distribution” amendment to the existing “anti-DRM” (or more correctly an “anti-TPM” (technological protection measures)) clause of the CC licenses. As you probably know, the existing clause of the Creative Commons licenses states that:

“You [being the licensee, not the licensor] may not distribute, publicly display, publicly perform, or publicly digitally perform the Work with any technological measures that control access or use of the Work in a manner inconsistent with the terms of this License Agreement.”

As you can see from the drafts below, version 3.0 includes amendments designed to make this language clearer. But there are some in the Debian community that feel that the existence of the current anti-TPM provision renders the CC licenses inconsistent with the Debian Free Software Guidelines (although the group has deemed the FDL DFSG-free and the FDL has similar if not stronger “anti-DRM” language in it) and that if CC introduces parallel distribution language we could achieve both freedom of content and freedom to code for open and closed systems (see this discussion for an explanation of the reasoning behind allowing TPMs on free content). The parallel distribution provision essentially says that a licensee can apply a technological protection measure to content only if they also release the content in an unrestricted format.

However, our international affiliates, as well as others in our community, are strongly opposed to the introduction of this amendment for various reasons, including: (1) lack of demonstrated use cases showing a strong need among CC licensees for this kind of an exception to the existing “anti-TPM” language; (2) risks of unduly complicating the licenses which defeats alot of the point of CC licenses being to be simple and easy to use and understand; and, (3) the strong opposition to technological protection measures by many in the CC community generally.

Consequently, CC is currently not proposing to include this new parallel distribution language as part of version 3.0; however, because it is not clear whether the Debian community will declare the CC licenses DFSG-free without it and because it represents an interesting proposal, we felt that it was appropriate to circulate the proposal as part of the public discussions of version 3.0.

The discussion about version 3.0 will occur on the cc-licenses list. Subscribe to the list to participate here. Drafts of the US v 3.0 license, the new “generic” v 3.0 license and the parallel distribution language are at the end of this posting.

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Inside track on the future of free content licenses

Mike Linksvayer, August 9th, 2006

If you want an inside track on the future of free content licenses you could hardly do better than watch or listen to recordings of two Wikimania sessions — Lawrence Lessig on The Ethics of the Free Culture Movement (particularly the last twenty minutes) and Eben Moglen on Document Licenses and the Future of Free Culture, which also features Q&A with both Moglen and Lessig.

You’ll recognize this discussion if you followed Lessig’s series about the history and future of Creative Commons from the end of last year.

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Crow book, Pig movie, Lavender soap

Mike Linksvayer, August 9th, 2006

MCM, who last month published a DRM fable for children has published The Crow Who Could Fly, a patent fable for children, under the CC Attribution-ShareAlike license. German and Hungarian translations have already been published, with Chinese underway.

There’s now an effort to turn MCM’s The Pig and the Box into a movie.

If that isn’t enough MCM also recently published a very interesting pitch for a soap opera. Excerpt:

“Push” as a vidcast
Every episode of Lavender is less than 7 minutes long. It’s a standard vidcast, delivered straight to your favourite player every Sunday night. At the end of the video, Lavender is faced with a dilemma with four possible outcomes… and the audience gets to decide what happens next. Visit the official website, vote for which path Lavender takes, and the next Sunday night, see if your vote came out on top – and how it messes with her life!

Business model
The episodes themselves are totally free… CC licensed and playable anywhere. The business is in the voting. To be able to vote, subscribers pay $3/month. There may also be a very quick “this episode is brought to you by…” bit at the start, depending on advertiser interest.

Target audience
The show is largely aimed at 18-49 year old females, and not the tech-savvy sort that usually do vidcasts. This is the show that fits into their lunchtime with their expensive salad or their grande nonfat Tazo soy latte. It’s a guilty pleasure that won’t eat up too much time, and something they have control over. This is a show for the Old Media demographic, designed and developed by the New Media folks.

There’s much more at MCM’s site.

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