ccPublisher: A Day for Releases

Nathan Yergler, June 6th, 2006

We’ve shipped two new releases of ccPublisher today. The first is a bug fix release. ccPublisher 2.0.4 fixes several crash-inducing bugs. All users are encouraged to upgrade.

The second release is the first beta for ccPublisher 2.2. ccPublisher 2.2 is the next feature release for ccPublisher and adds support for internationalizing the application. ccPublisher 2.2 will be released at the iSummit later this month. If you’re interested in testing or translating ccPublisher 2.2, you can find details here.

As always, questions, feature requests and bugs can be sent to the developer mailing list or filed in the issue tracker.

UPDATE: Shortly after the release of 2.0.4 several users allowed ccPublisher to send crash reports which revealed a critical bug. The bug impacts users publishing MP3 files which already have ID3 information embedded. We’ve released which contains a fix for this bug.

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Remix Art in Second Life

Jennifer Yip, June 5th, 2006

This month CC is presenting a Remix Art event inspired by the Free Culture movement, in Second Life. Artists are encouraged to submit remixes based on the images from Sharing is Daring and Free Culture NYU, according to the appropriate CC licenses.

Be ready to discuss your art remixes and other work!

We want to know what you CC/FC/SL enthusiasts up to out there!

Date: Thursday, June 15

Time: 4pm PDT

Location: CC SL Art Gallery

Email submissions to by Tuesday, June 13.

SL - Art Explosion

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Learn computers with pictures

Mike Linksvayer, June 1st, 2006

In Pictures has published 22 computer books under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 license. These books cover computer basics with several operating systems, productivity applications and basic web design and programming. These books make maximum use of images. A quote published at DesktopLinux and elsewhere explains:

Most computer books contain 50,000 to 100,000 words, but these contain only 5,000 or so. They’re great for bringing newbies up to speed.

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Música Lliure II

Eric Steuer, June 1st, 2006

Música Lliure II is a terrific new CD of Creative Commons-licensed jazz music by Catalan artists like Elisabet Raspall, Karion, Ismael Duenas, Joan Diaz, and La Orquesta de la Muerte (with a bonus contribution from Brazil’s Gilberto Gil). Produced by FOBSIC and Enderrock, the disc is available for free with the current issue of blues and jazz magazine Jaç. As with its predecessor, Música Lliure, the songs on Música Lliure II are available for free download at Check it out!

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ccPublisher 2.0.3 Bug Fix Release

Nathan Yergler, May 26th, 2006

Last week we shipped ccPublisher 2 and as with all major updates, there were bound to be bugs. Fortunately users have been allowing the automated crash reporter to send (non-personal, non-identifying) information to the ccPublisher Issue Tracker, which has allowed us to work on fixing bugs people are encountering. I’ve just uploaded ccPublisher 2.0.3. This release fixes a handful of bugs which were reported several times by users. It will be of particular interest to users who experienced crashes when using international characters in the metadata fields. I encourage all users to download and install the upgrade.

Download information and a list of bugs fixed is available on the release page.

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Mike Linksvayer, May 26th, 2006

At the Netsquared conference “remixing the web for social change” Tuesday I’ll be on a panel with the EFF’s Jason Schultz and immoderated by Tara Hunt on Turning Communications Technologies Into Tools For Free Speech And Free Culture.

Those not attending can participate by commenting on the session page or via chat.

Update 2006-06-01: Slides and chat transcript. Thanks to everyone who attended the conference session or the chat. Lots of great questions asked and contacts made.

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Diventa Creativo

Mike Linksvayer, May 26th, 2006

There’s now an Italian version of the introduction to Creative Commons animation Get CreativeDiventa Creativo, available in several formats with sources for remixing!

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Summer of Code 2006 Projects Announced

Nathan Yergler, May 25th, 2006

As previously mentioned, Creative Commons is participating in this year’s Google Summer of Code. Creative Commons was awarded four project slots by Google, and the selecting the top four was challenging. We received many, many excellent proposals, and I personally want to thank everyone who took the time to think about a project and submit it. The projects we’ll be working with students on this summer are:

  • Adding EXIF embedding and Flickr upload support to ccPublisher, Robert Litzke
  • Adding support for uploading to ccHost from ccPublisher, Bruno Luís Gonçalves Dilly
  • Creating a Banshee extension to support embedded licenses, Luke Hoersten
  • Updating MozCC to support RDFa, Landan Hicks

We’re very excited to see what this summer’s projects will produce. And if you have some free time this summer, there are still plenty of ideas for projects that would help the Commons.

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Crammed Discs Remix Contest ends today: Get your entries in!

Eric Steuer, May 24th, 2006

There’s been a ton of action over at the Crammed Discs Remix Contest on ccMixter. Just a reminder: the competition ends today, so submit your tracks now! Don’t forget, nine winning remixes will appear on a Crammed Discs remix compilation, to be sold online through digital music stores.

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Diesel-U-Music: Featured Tracks posted online

Eric Steuer, May 23rd, 2006

The Diesel-U-Music international music competition (see our previous blog post) is now well underway, with more than 1,200 CC-licensed songs submitted. Diesel’s staff has started featuring selected music for download on the contest site — check out some of the latest picks on the Featured Tracks page.

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