Audio book commons

Mike Linksvayer, August 25th, 2006

The New York Times has a story on LibriVox, a community of 1,800 volunteers reading out of copyright books and releasing them as public domain audiobooks. We mentioned LibriVox’s one year birthday earlier this month.

The Times article mentions two more audiobook projects using public domain books: Literal Systems, which releases recordings under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs terms, and the Spoken Alexandria Project, which releases recordings under Attribution-NonCommercial after five years or 100,000 downloads from Telltale Weekly, whichever comes first.

Via Joe Gratz.
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Lucky 7s: Awesome CC-licensed jazz music

Eric Steuer, August 24th, 2006

Lucky 7s is a jazz band made up of musicians from the New Orleans and Chicago jazz scenes:

Lucky 7s is the brainchild of Jeb Bishop and Jeff Albert. In September 2005, shortly after Hurricane Katrina blew through Jeff’s hometown of New Orleans, Jeb and Jeff were discussing the future. Jeff wanted to try to book some gigs for his group in the Chicago area, since it seemed that the regular New Orleans creative scene would be out of sorts for quite some time. Jeb suggested a co-op project with some Chicago musicians along with players from the New Orleans scene. Wish lists were made and emails were sent and answered, and a band was born.

The septet offers several mp3s on its site as free downloads under the Creative Commons Music Sharing license. It’s great stuff — modern yet steeped in improv traditions. If you like what you hear, you can buy Lucky 7s new CD, Farragut via Lakefront Digital or through CD Baby.

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Eric Steuer, August 24th, 2006

Many congratulations to, which was recently ranked the top video sharing site by Light Reading. The free videoblogging, podcasting, and video sharing service — which allows its users to publish their work under Creative Commons licenses — scored an incredible 95 out of 100 points. The review cited blip’s “simplicity … responsiveness, and impressive distribution options” (one of which, of course, is distribution under CC terms.) Good going, — keep up the great work!

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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 and

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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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