Free Culture talk in Second Life Thursday

Francesca Rodriquez, May 16th, 2006

Meet Fred Beckersted, who will speak on behalf of the
Free student movement which was inspired by Professor Lawrence Lessig’s book, Free Culture. Fred’s talk, Free Culture and Second Life : Virtually Extending Free Culture’s Work and Goals, will discuss his involvement in RL DRM Protests, ccArt Show, and Film Remix contest. Anyone interested in discussing strategies on integrating free culture in SL are welcome. Come get a free virtual shirt too.

  • Date: Thursday, May 18, 2006
  • Time: 6:00PM – 6:45PM (45 minutes)
  • Location: Kula 4 (75,75)
  • Host: Genevieve Junot


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Adobe Labs wiki under CC BY

Mike Linksvayer, May 16th, 2006

Adobe Labs wiki has been up since last October under the liberal Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 license and has become a great resource for information on recent Adobe (mostly former Macromedia) technologies.

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Toronto and Berlin CC Salons

Mike Linksvayer, May 11th, 2006

Last night’s CC Salon San Francisco was probably the best so far, with just the right mix of art, legal, and technology mixed in the three excellent presentations. If you’re involved in U.S. politics, or make art that critiques U.S. politics, you must check out Metavid, the first presenters — keyword searchable public domain footage from the U.S. Congress in high quality open format with cool remediator applications coming. Special thanks to the large contingent from the EFF in attendance, source of the evening’s most provocative questions.

Coming up May 16 there will be a CC Salon in Toronto and the 29th in Berlin. The next San Francisco Salon is June 14.

Info on starting your own salon.

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Jamendo 1k

Mike Linksvayer, May 11th, 2006

Jamendo recently passed the 1,000 album mark, more than doubling since the beginning of the year.

Congratulations! Jamendo is a great place to find CC licensed music. See their top albums by popularity and a search form on the side of that page that allows you to only see albums that match your licensing needs (commercial use, derivative works), just like Yahoo! and Google web searches for CC.

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ccPublisher 2 beta 3 Now Available

Nathan Yergler, May 11th, 2006

We’ve been working hard on ccPublisher 2 lately, and I’m pleased to announce that the third beta is available for download. You can find release notes and downloads for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux here. This release is stable enough for regular use. If you’ve tried ccPublisher in the past and want to upload a work to the Internet Archive, I encourage you to try this release. We’re still working on ironing out the last few wrinkles, but overall this release is more stable and flexible than previous ones.

ccPublisher 2 doesn’t add lots of new features to the original ccPublisher feature set, instead opting to focus on the infrastructure of the application. I think it’s a strategy that’s paying off, and will make the addition of new features far easier in the future. We’re already seeing results, as bugs and major improvements to the code base are far easier than they were with ccPublisher 1.

If you have any suggestions, ideas, or bug reports, we’d love to hear them. You can file bugs in the ccPublisher tracker, or join the cc-devel mailing list to communicate with the developers.

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Cinema 2.0?

Mike Linksvayer, May 10th, 2006

A Swarm of Angels is a project to create a fan-funded sci-fi thriller with funders participating in every step of the movie making process. The project is unsing the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 license.

Some interesting talent has already signed on with the project, including most recently The Kleptones as soundtrack producers.

You can be one of the first 1000 angels.

“A new way to create cult media.”

“Active entertainment.”

“Be part of a giant media experiment.”

Via Boing Boing.

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Free ‘Screen’ Culture – Melbourne, May 17, 2006

Mia Garlick, May 10th, 2006

If you’re in Melbourne or will be next Wednesday, check out the Free ‘Screen’ Culture forum which is taking place as part of Arts Law Week. Open Channel is hosting the forum which will feature 7 panelists debating “Creative Commons – new technologies and licensing for the screen.” There will also be a live video and sound remix by Dale Nason and Steve Law.

Panelists will include Philippa Campey from Film Camp, Dale Nason from Cinematic Dispersion, Nic Suzor from Creative Commons Australia, Frank Rodi from the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and Andrew Garton from Open Channel. Given APRA advises it’s members that Creative Commons licensing is confusing and should be approached with caution, the forum should prove to be very interesting and reflect a diversity of views.

Details: May 17, 7 – 9pm at Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon St, Carlton, AUD5 entry fee (free for OPEN CHANNEL Members) at the door.

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Reminder: CC Salon tomorrow night in SF!

Eric Steuer, May 9th, 2006

If you’re going to be in the Bay Area tomorrow night, please join us for Creative Commons Salon.

CC Salon
Wedneday, May 10, 2006
6-9pm (don’t worry if you can’t make it on time — there will be things happening all night)
@ Shine, 1337 Mission Street between 8th and 9th

Tomorrow’s presentations are by Chris DiBona (Google’s open source program manager); Ken Goldberg (artist and UC Berkeley professor) and Tiffany Shlain (founder of the Webby Awards), who will be presenting their film The Tribe, and Abram Stern and Michael Dale of UC Santa Cruz, who will discuss Metavid. CC music will be provided by Quarterbar.

Previously on the CC blog: Creative Commons presents: May CC Salon, San Francisco

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David Byrne and Brian Eno’s “Bush of Ghosts” remix site launches today

Eric Steuer, May 9th, 2006

David Byrne and Brian Eno’s landmark sampling album My Life in the Bush of Ghosts was recently remastered and reissued with extensive liner notes, photos, previously unreleased bonus tracks, and the short film Mea Culpa by multimedia artist Bruce Conner.

Now comes the best part! Today, Byrne and Eno launched a Web site where the audio source files from two of the classic tracks from Bush of Ghosts — “A Secret Life” and “Help Me Somebody” — are offered under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 license, so you can (subject to the download terms of use) use them to make remixes. The site allows uploads and user ratings, as well as the ability to share videos you make for music on Bush of Ghosts.

This is incredibly exciting and we can’t wait to see all the cool creativity that comes out of this project.

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Podcasting Legal Guide Released

Mia Garlick, May 8th, 2006

Creative Commons, Vogele & Associates & the Berkman Center’s Clinical Program have put together a Podcasting Legal Guide to provide general information to podcasters about legal issues they may need to consider when podcasting. The Guide has been is available both online and as a PDF under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 license. A hardcopy of the Guide can also be ordered via Lulu in print-on-demand for $5.37 (black & white) or $10.83 (color). The authors hope that the flexible license chosen will enable practitioners in different jurisdictions to translate and adapt the guide for their own jurisdictions to assist podcasters around the world.

To coincide with the release of the Guide, Creative Commons has released podcast promos from several prominent artists including DJ Spooky, Kristin Hersh, Jonathan Coulton, Finian Mckean, and Au Revoir Simone. These promos are available for podcasters who use CC-licensed music to include in their podcasts. Creative Commons invites other artists to submit promos for inclusion at the site.

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