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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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 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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