2006 August

CC tastemaking and timekeeping

Mike Linksvayer, August 9th, 2006

Gratisvibes is a newish blog reviewing and recommending CC licensed electronic music:

Gratisvibes aims to lead readers to the best of Creative Commons-licensed Electronic Music on the web, spreading the word for greater musical freedom for both artists and listeners alike.

ccMixter star teru has a new remix project, ccMusictime:

The following mixes were made to be used in a classroom setting as background and/or intermission music. In the class I am attending at the moment we frequently work on our own and then meet back up after a pre-determined time. For example we would go work at computer terminals for thirty minutes or take a break for fifteen. The mixes can be used as a musical stopwatch playing 5, 10, 15, or 30 minutes of work/study friendly music.

The samples are of course from ccMixter and fully attributed.

You can be a CC tastemaker too.

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Tonight: Creative Commons Salon SF w/ PLoS, Digg, Magnatune

Eric Steuer, August 9th, 2006

Just a reminder that CC Salon is happening tonight from 6-9pm at Shine in San Francisco. CC Salon is a free, casual monthly get-together focused on conversation, networking, and presentations from people or groups who are developing projects that relate to open content and tools. CC Salon SF is now being presented in conjunction with CopyNight SF.

This month’s line-up of speakers includes Hemai Parthasarathy and Barbara Cohen of the Public Library of Science, Owen Byrne of Digg, and John Buckman of Magnatune. Shannon Coulter will be DJing a set of CC music from Magnatune’s catalogue.

For more information, visit this event’s Upcoming.org listing.

This Flickr photo of CC Salon was taken by sloanro and is used under a CC BY 2.0 license.

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Build Your Own Portal

Mia Garlick, August 8th, 2006

Zimbio is fairly new to the scene — it allows people to build and participate in “public portals” with others who share their interests. A portal can include photographs, links to websites and articles, a group blog, online discussion forum, recommended RSS feeds, and live chat about the subject. While we’ve all learned to love Wikipedia, unlike Wikipedia which seeks to offer a neutral point of view, Zimbio is about opinions and discussion among like-minded people. You can find, build and engage in dialogue about a diverse range of topics including podcasting law, engery conservation, or the Tour de France. Zimbio has also partnered with companies like Webshots, SmugMug, and Flickr for photos, Aim, Skype, and Yahoo for instant messaging, and Topix, Sphere, and Blogdigger for news and blog search. All user submitted content is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives license.

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CC in SL Movie workshop

Jennifer Yip, August 7th, 2006

What happens when three Germans drive aross the US in an old red Cadillac? Route 66: An American Bad Dream documents one experience. Stefan Kluge will show SL attendees highlights of his film and discuss VEB FILM Leipzig, an open source netlabel that publishes work under a Creative Commons license. We’ll be at the CC Kula movie theateron Thursday, August 10 from 4-6pm PDT/SL.


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Mia Garlick, August 4th, 2006

Been looking for a good book to read lately? Margot, one of our Summer ’06 interns, has put the finishing touches on a page of the CC wiki devoted to listing the various books that have been published under a Creative Commons license. The page is split into categories. The first, more conventional types of books – being “works over 35,000 words that are or have been commercially available in hardcopy and have an ISBN,” both fiction and non-fiction. Then there is also a section highlighting CC-licensed works on Lulu (who we recently featured), including the always fun “55 Ways to Have Fun With Google” by Philipp Lenssen, which is licensed to the public under the CC BY-NC-SA. And finally, a category for “online books” such as “GAM3R 7H30RY” by McKenzie Wark which introduces some of us to the concept of a “networked book.”

See any we missed? Log in and add them.

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Mike Linksvayer, August 4th, 2006

Evoca is a new service that helps you record audio via their web application, phone, or skype (you can also upload a .mp3 or .wav file) and allows people to choose a CC license or public domain dedication for their recordings. Many people seem to be doing just that!

Via Tom Raftery.

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CC Gems

Mike Linksvayer, August 4th, 2006

The Best Media in Life is Free is a newish blog recommending quality CC licensed music and public domain books. An early post compliments other CC tastemakers:

Shannon Campbell, Your Own Dot Org: A cute little pop-ish thing that is one of the few cc-licensed songs I have that has not turned up yet on CC 365 or one of my other regular spots. I found this one all by my own self :)

Last post here on CC tastemakers: Interwingling in the commons musicsphere.

It doesn’t take a dedicated blog or podcast to further the discovery process. [Re]blog and tell your friends about CC licensed media you love. Even if you only do it once it is a big help.

Via Boing Boing.

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Peru, Taiwan, Korea, Columbia, Argentina

Mike Linksvayer, August 4th, 2006

Extensive writeups on icommons.org of the CC Peru launch, a CC Collage Party in Taiwan, and the upcoming first CC Salon Seoul.

If you read Spanish see Carlonia Botero’s Q&A about CC licenses leading up to the CC Columbia launch later this month and a new book on free culture, Aprender la Libertad by CC Argentia’s Ariel Vercelli, licensed under Attribution-ShareAlike.

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Creative Commons Salon SF 8/9: PLoS, Digg, & Magnatune

Eric Steuer, August 3rd, 2006

Please join us for another CC Salon!

CC Salon, San Francisco
Wednesday, August 9, 6-9pm
Shine (1337 Mission Street, between 9th and 10th Streets)

CC Salon SF is now being presented in conjunction with CopyNight SF!

This month’s line-up:

* The Public Library of Science (PLoS) is a not-for-profit organization comprised of scientists and physicians committed to making medical and scientific literature a public resource. Hemai Parthasarathy (Managing Editor of PLoS Biology) and Barbara Cohen (Executive Editor of PLoS Journals) will discuss PLoS’s mission, its publications, and some ideas about the future of scientific publishing.

* Digg is a popular user-powered news site with more than 400,000 registered users. Owen Byrne (Co-founder and Senior Software Engineer) will talk about the site’s history, its unique features, and its use of CC licensing.

* Magnatune is a Berkeley-based record label with 470 albums in its catalog. The company’s mission is to treat its musicians and its customers fairly. John Buckman (Founder and Owner) will discuss how the company uses CC licensing as a part of its business model.

This Flickr photo of CC Salon was taken by DNSF and is used under a CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license.

Please join us on Wednesday, August 9, from 6-9pm (don’t worry if you’re late; there will be stuff happening all night) at Shine, (1337 Mission Street between 9th and 10th Streets). Note: Since Shine is a bar, CC Salon is only open to people who are 21 and older.

About CC Salon:
CC Salon is a free, casual, monthly get-together focused on conversation, networking, and presentations from people or groups who are developing projects that relate to open content and tools. Please invite your friends, colleagues, and anyone you know who might be interested in drinks and discussion.

About CopyNight SF:
Since March 2005, CopyNight has helped organize a monthly social gathering about restoring balance in copyright law in San Francisco and now 16 cities across the US. The San Francisco CopyNight will now be hosted right alongside CC Salon on the second Wednesday of every month. Welcome, CopyNighters!

This Flickr photo of a CC Salon flyer was taken by shizhao and is used under a CC BY 2.0 license.

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MozCC for Firefox 2 Beta now available

Nathan Yergler, August 3rd, 2006

Development work on Firefox 2 is moving along, and the Mozilla team has released the first beta. While in San Francisco this week I’ve spent some time hacking on a new MozCC 2 codebase, and we’re happy to announce the availability of MozCC 2. Just a few notes about the release. First, download links and installation instructions are available in the wiki, of course. Second, this release only supports the Firefox 2.0 beta (Bon Echo to those in the know). Finally, running the Firefox 2 beta isn’t for everyone: see the download page at mozilla.org for details on what you can expect.

That said, if you are testing Firefox 2 and enjoy MozCC in your previous version, try this out and let us know what you think.

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