Brazilian Movie – Cafuné – Released Simultaneously in Theaters and Online (under a CC License)

Mia Garlick, September 7th, 2006

A Brazilian feature film – Cafuné – has been simultaneously released both in the cinemas and on the Internet, allowing the audience create different story ends.

Bruno Vianna’s first feature film, called Cafuné, is pioneering an innovative distribution scheme. On August 25th, 2006, it started in the Brazilian movie theaters. In the same day, it was made available for downloading online under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 Brazil licence, allowing anyone to download, copy and distribute it for non-commercial purposes. It also allows anyone to make their own cut of the film, subsequently releasing the result, as long as they use the same Creative Commons license.

In spite of the growing number of movies being produce in Brazil, only approximately 50 Brazilian movies are released in the Brazilian movie theaters every year, creating a significant distribution funnel. Bruno Viana´s initiative demonstrates new possibilities that might help to overcome the narrow, existing distribution channels. As Bruno says: “Why should movies be restricted to a few cinemas that can show the film only for a short period of time? Why shouldn’t we seek wider audience, exploring all possible means of distribution?”

In Brazil, the absolute majority of films are produced by a public financing system. Making movies available online is a way to increase the value of the film to the public, and to society as whole. The simultaneous release was only made possible because of the support of his distributor, the well-known Grupo Estação, based in Rio de Janeiro.

Bruno Vianna is known as a short film director concerned with social problems, violence, and gender. The film takes place in the city of Rio de Janeiro, and tells the story of a rich girl falling in love with a poor guy living in the favelas (shantytowns). Viana explores the way people live in Rio de Janeiro, and examines interesting aspects of the contemporary “carioca” society.

Another pioneering decision in the distribution of the film is that movie theaters received two versions of the same film. Accordingly, depending on the movie theater that the film is watched, a different conclusion to the story takes place. Bruno´s idea was to demonstrate the narrative possibilities from the same film. Following the director´s example, the audiences will be able to create their own finales to the movie.

The two versions of Cafuné are available for downloading at the Overmundo website: one 91 minutes long and one 73 minutes long. More info available here.

Thanks to Ronaldo who heads up the CC Brazil team (among many other things) for the information for this posting.

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CC Salon SF: Sept 13 f/ Irene McGee, Brian Malow, Keldamuzik

Eric Steuer, September 6th, 2006

It’s time for another CC Salon SF! If you’re in the Bay Area, please join us on Wednesday, September 13, 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). Shine has free wi-fi and a super cool Flickr photo booth. Note: Since Shine is a bar, CC Salon is only open to people who are 21 and older.

This month’s line-up:
* Irene McGee (No One’s Listening, MTV’s The Real World: Seattle), who will discuss media ethics, podcasting, and the state of radio.

* Comedian Brian Malow (But Seriously, Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson — video here), who will be performing a CC-licensed stand-up routine that he wants people to record and remix.

* And a performance by Oakland-based hip-hop artist Keldamuzik, who is distributing three of her new tracks under a CC license.

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

CC Salon, San Francisco
September 13, 6-9pm
Shine (1337 Mission Street, between 9th and 10th Streets)
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About CC Salon:
CC Salon is a free, casual monthly get-together focused on conversation, presentations, and performances from people or groups who are developing projects that relate to open content and/or software. Please invite your friends, colleagues, and anyone you know who might be interested in drinks and discussion. There are now CC Salons happening in San Francisco, Toronto, Berlin, Beijing, Warsaw, Seoul, and most recently — Johannesburg. Read about the first Joburg salon on

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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Lifehacker on finding reusable media

Mike Linksvayer, September 1st, 2006

Lifehacker picks six ways to find reusable media:

You need an image for that brochure you’re designing, and you need it now. Put your hands in the air and step away from the cheesy clipart, mister. Thanks to organizations like Creative Commons, licenses like the GNU Free Documentation License, and the public domain, there are tons of photos, songs, movies and documents freely available for you to download and republish without fear of the copyright police.

CC’s search interface is resource #1.

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Eric Steuer, August 31st, 2006

Mark your calenders: On Thursday, September 14 at 5PM (SL/Pacific), and Creative Commons will be hosting a special concert in Second Life featuring Jonathan Coulton as well as popular Second Life musicians Melvin Took, Kourosh Eusebio, Etherian Kamaboko, and Slim Warrior. From Jonathan Coulton’s blog:

I will be playing live from a secure, undisclosed location in the real world, but you will see my handsome avatar onstage at a venue called Menorca in the Second Life universe. You can also listen to the concert via a number of streaming type websites … The whole concert, audio and video, will be Creative Commons licensed, so feel free to record it.

More information is available on this wiki. We’ll post more information on the CC blog as soon as it becomes available.

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Pachelbel’s Commons

Mike Linksvayer, August 30th, 2006

An NYT story on classical and rock guitar players posting versions of 17th century chamber piece
to YouTube demonstrates the value of public domain materials and web-based collaboration:

This process of influence, imitation and inspiration may bedevil the those who despair at the future of copyright but is heartening to connoisseurs of classical music. Peter Robles, a composer who also manages classical musicians, points out that the process of online dissemination — players watching one another’s videos, recording their own — multiplies the channels by which musical innovation has always circulated. Baroque music, after all, was meant to be performed and enjoyed in private rooms, at close range, where others could observe the musicians’ technique. “That’s how people learned how to play Bach,” Mr. Robles said. “The music wasn’t written down. You just picked it up from other musicians.”

Now if only YouTube facilitated CC licensing of contributed videos (like some of those modern reworkings of Pachelbel’s Canon would be legally available for other forms of remix, e.g., sampling (mp3).

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MozCC Support for RDFa

Nathan Yergler, August 30th, 2006

MozCC 2.2 is now available for Firefox 2 (beta 1). This release adds support for metadata described with RDFa, as well as correcting a few minor bugs. As usual you can find download information in the wiki.

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‘Organic’ for your brain

Mike Linksvayer, August 29th, 2006

Scott Leslie of EdTechPost writes:

I have been working away listening to streams of fully CC-licensed remixes and tracks from the awesome CCMixter site all day, and just wanted to tell someone. What brought me there was the announcement that my old favourite, Freesound, is now integrated into ccMixter via the Sample Pool API. Ahh, CreativeCommons content – think “Organic,” but for your brain ;-)

Thanks Scott! That’s what I’m talking about.

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Splice Music Beta

Mike Linksvayer, August 28th, 2006

Splice is a new music remixing site featuring an in-browser sound editor. All tracks in the beta are licensed under CC Attribution and creative reuse of works from Freesound and ccMixter is encouraged. Hopefully in the future we’ll see more thorough integration.

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Commercial under CC

Mike Linksvayer, August 28th, 2006

CC licensing commercials, at least under a restrictive Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs license, seems like a no-brainer (adverisers should want their message spread as much as possible) and allowing derivatives not much of a stretch (going “viral” and all that), but not many have taken these steps.

Now multimedia pioneer Marc Canter has published a commercial for his PeopleAggregator startup under our liberal Attribution license. I don’t suppose Marc would mind if you made him “go viral.”

Watch the commercial. Also note that PeopleAggregator, an “open social network”, enables CC licensing of user created images and videos.

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KCentric on ccMixter

Mike Linksvayer, August 28th, 2006

ccMixter admin and ccHost developer Victor says this is better than any award.

Listen (mp3) to KCentric talk about ccMixter.

Victor also says “If you don’t know KCentric is an amazing talent, remixer, and rapper.” Check out KCentric’s music on ccMixter.

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