Peru, Taiwan, Korea, Columbia, Argentina

Mike Linksvayer, August 4th, 2006

Extensive writeups on 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 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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Creative Commons @ Open Source Pavilion @ Siggraph this week in Boston

Jon Phillips, August 3rd, 2006

Creative Commons is represented this
week as part of the first ever Open Source Pavilion, which features Open Source Applications, at the world’s largest Graphic Conference, Siggraph. The booth this year is set-up by Ton Rosendaal,
the project lead of the CC-BY 2.5 licensed Elephant’s Dream Open Source movie and Blender, a 3D application. There is participation around the projects Blender, GNOME, Gimp, Creative Commons, Jahshaka, Uni-verse, Inkscape, and several others.

Please stop by booth #1527 all week to discuss Creative Commons licensing, how
you can plug into development, and other information about the Commons. Here is a link for free tickets to the exhibition floor. Also, you can check the Blender website for a day-by-day overview of the conference with pictures, video, and other information.

This conference participation comes on the heals of the previous week’s
Desktop Developer Conference in Ottawa, Canada, where Jon Phillips (myself)
presented “May I See Your License?” which looked at licensing creative works, how to participate in the Creative Commons Developer Community, and the various software CC develops to support licensing.

Also, please attend the upcoming Linux World Expo in San Francisco August 14-17 and don’t forget that there is a CC Salon next wednesday from 6-9 PM.

UPDATE: Please track the next CC Salon on our post at The event next week features Public Library of Science, Magnatune’s John Buckman, and the popular social bookmarking site, Digg. Come on out for a fun evening of conversation, drinks and networking.

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New CC search UI

Mike Linksvayer, August 2nd, 2006

Today we turned on a new search interface offering tabbed access to Yahoo! and Google CC-enabled web searches and Flickr CC image search.

We hope that this new search user interface highlights the ease of discovering licensed content (including options to filter for only content that allows commercial or derivative use) and opportunities to do more.

How to access the new CC search interface:

What’s next?

Our first priority is to internationalize the search interface. Fortunately we have tools in place to tackle this.

We’ll add more search tabs as quality CC-enabled search engines come online. We’re especially eager to see audio- and video-specific search with the same features offered by Yahoo!, Google, and Flickr CC search.

Credit goes to our designer Alex Roberts for another marvelous design and implementation. The main site is up next!

11,384 roses?

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Talking about CC in 15 languages

Mike Linksvayer, August 1st, 2006

Check out Estudio Livre‘s iSummit 2006 podcasts: currently 24 people in 15 languages talking about sharing and collaboration with Creative Commons, with video to come.

The clips are all free to be remixed under the Attribution-ShareAlike license.

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Best open source solution!?

Mike Linksvayer, August 1st, 2006

ccHost, the Remix Management System (think CMS, heh) that powers ccMixter and that we’ve released under the GPL, has been nominated for the Linux Journal and IDG World Expo Product Excellence Awards and LinuxWorld San Francisco in the “best open source solution” category. We hardly expect to win, but thanks for the nomination!

If you’re coming to LinuxWorld Expo (August 14-17) please visit the Creative Commons booth in the .org Pavilion and get inspired by Lawrence Lessig’s keynote, Free Culture: What We Need From You.

Free exhibit hall passes include access to keynotes.

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Bram de Jong of Freesound

Mike Linksvayer, August 1st, 2006

New featured commoner interview: Bram de Jong of Freesound. Here’s the first sentence of one of his answers to whet your appetite and prime your ears:

Oh, yeah, entirely! Some of the people in Freesound are so dedicated to recording and creating sounds it’s amazing.

Read the interview.

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“Abracadabra!” – Free CC-licensed e-book about the Beatles’ “Revolver”

Eric Steuer, August 1st, 2006

Abracadabra! by Ray Newman is a new e-book that tells the story behind the making of the Beatles’ masterpiece, the 1966 album Revolver. The book is available for free download and is being offered to the world under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs license. Newman says that he plans to publish an expanded second edition of the book next year, and is inviting the public to help.

My aim is to produce a free, good quality history of the making of Revolver which doesn’t (a) rely entirely on regurgitating chunks of other books or (b) unsubstaniated opinion. This has made the job harder than it might have been, but also a lot more fun.

(via Boing Boing)

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Robberriff remix contest extended to August 20

Eric Steuer, August 1st, 2006

Due to popular demand, the deadline for the Robberriff Remix Contest (previously discussed here) is being extended to August 20. Fake Science will choose the top 20 remixes and post them online for people to vote on. The creator of the highest-ranked track will win an iPod nano. Check out Robberriff’s MySpace page to listen to more of his music.

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