2006 December

Creative Commons Annual Campaign Update

Melissa Reeder, December 4th, 2006

The Creative Commons’ annual fundraising campaign is set to end on December 31st. The campaign was instituted last year in efforts to prove to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that the public was supporting CC financially as well as ideologically. This year we chose to focus the campaign more on building community and raising awareness about CC’s mission than on the financial commitment we need from the community.

However, as Lawrence Lessig Creative Commons’ CEO and Chairman has already stated, we have a continuing obligation to demonstrate our public support to the IRS. There are exactly 26 days until the end of the campaign. In order to make our goal of $300,000 – which is necessary to continue our work – we need to raise approximately $5,258 per day for the duration of this initiative. The Creative Commons’ team is asking you (the community) to show your support of our continuous efforts by helping us reach this goal.

This year we have offered several ways of financially supporting CC – from straight donations, to Revverizing your videos, to participating in the weekly CC Swag Photo Contest. Several community members took it upon themselves to come up with other clever ways of raising money for CC – and for this we are very appreciative. However, we still have not reached our goal, and we are coming to the final days of the campaign. If you have any questions about how you or your company can help support CC please email melissa@creativecommons.org. We encourage you to show the world that you support a global participatory culture and encourage international creative collaboration by donating today.

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CC Swag Photo Contest Winner #4

Melissa Reeder, December 4th, 2006

We are happy to announce that this weeks’ winner of the CC Swag Contest is Cambodia4kids with her picture titled “Creative Commons”. I’ve set a precedent over the past couple of weeks of stating a bit of our reasoning behind choosing the winning photographs and how we responded to each winners’ creative use of CC Swag in conjunction with our mission.

Creative Commons I think her comment below her photograph “When they grow up, they will understand the power of the “By” license” coupled with the photograph itself communicates our mission more effectively than I would ever be able to with my own words. We are all impressed and inspired by Cambodia4kids.org (Beth’s) entry and thank her for participating and for sharing her photograph.

There are only 2 weeks left before the final 2 winners are announced so we encourage everyone to participate. If you for some reason don’t want to participate, we encourage you to check out all the entries thus far to see what interesting and cool photographs have been shared. If you do want to participate check out the rules and then start shooting! Share and disseminate CC’s message by using your photographic skills and help bring attention to this movement for a participatory global culture.

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NetzpolitikTV interviews Lessig

Mike Linksvayer, December 3rd, 2006

Last month NetzpolitikTV interviewed CC CEO Lawrence Lessig. The extended interview is available in raw DV and high quality OGG Theora formats, superb for watching and remixing.

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Judge Richard Posner in Second Life

Jennifer Yip, December 1st, 2006

Richard A. Posner, a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School and a judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, will be logging into Second Life to discuss his new book, Not a Suicide Pact: The Constitution in a Time of National Emergency.
James aka Hamlet Au is going to interview the Judge about the arguments he raises about reinterpreting constitutional law as it relates to enforcing national security and adjusting our individual liberties. After the interview, Judge Posner will engage in a Q&A session with the audience and autograph virtual copies of his book.

When: Thursday, December 7, 2006 from 6-8pm SL/PST
Where: CC auditorium on Kula 4

RSVP for limited seating via IM in SL: Genevieve Junot, or email me directly.

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Alternative Freedom screening in San Francisco tomorrow!

Mike Linksvayer, December 1st, 2006

Alternative Freedom, a documentary about free culture and copyright, is screening Saturday evening as part of the CounterCorp 2006 Anti-Corporate Film Festival. The screening is at 7:30PM at the Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th Street at Mission Street in San Francisco. Q&A will follow with the Samuelson Clinic’s Jack Lerner and Mike Linksvayer from Creative Commons.

Tickets for Alternative Freedom or festival/day passes. The festival runs Friday through Sunday.

See the film trailer and read the blurb.

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