Davis Guggenheim’s “Teach” now available under a CC license

Eric Steuer, February 21st, 2006

Teach, filmmaker Davis Guggenheim’s powerful documentary about teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District, is now available under a CC BY-NC-ND license. For more about this exciting news and to download a copy of the film, please see creativecommons.org/teach.

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People Go Wild About CC BY

Mia Garlick, February 17th, 2006

So we’re still loving tracking when CC appears in the Flickr zeitgeist, whether it’s about our latest Creative Commoner Ts or remix culture with CC & EFF stickers. And this one is great…thank you to our CC Netherlands team who made these Ts to coincide with the Creative Commons Europe summit….

By DaVrolik, CC BY 2.0. If you like this, stay tuned for our 2006 Ts which will enable you support your favorite CC license…

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CC Music Podcasts

Mike Linksvayer, February 16th, 2006

All have been mentioned here before, but never all in one place. I’m talking about CC music podcasts, now cataloged on our wiki. Listen, you’re in for a treat. I guarantee it, having listened to and enjoyed nearly every espisode of all of the listed shows.

By the way, the original CC music podcast is back.

It’s about discovery now.

I forgot to say that here.

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Copyright Criminals Remix Contest extended; New Chuck D and George Clinton samples added

Eric Steuer, February 15th, 2006

Great news for all you producers, DJs, and remixers: the Copyright Criminals Remix Contest over at ccMixter has been extended by two weeks, ending on March 14. Additionally, new vocal samples from influential rapper Chuck D (of Public Enemy) and pioneering funk musician George Clinton (of Parliament-Funkadelic) have been made available for use in the competition. Check out our latest press release for more info.

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Yahoo! Design Pattern Library

Mike Linksvayer, February 14th, 2006

Yesterday Yahoo! release of a library of design patterns (think “best practices” for web interaction designers, though “design patterns” have a long history in software engineering) under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 license.

See the Rate An Object pattern for example. The “object” used in the example is a restaurant, but could be anything, say a remix (if you’re logged into ccMixter you’ll see a ratings UI very similar to the suggested Yahoo! pattern).

Yahoo! also released a UI library of code that can be used to implement such patterns under the liberal BSD software license.

Thanks to Bjorn Wijers of CC Netherlands for the pointer. CC software engineer Nathan Yergler has more good thoughts on Yahoo! getting it right.

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RESTful RSS2/Atom Remix API

Mike Linksvayer, February 14th, 2006

ccMixter tracks in-community mixversations. We’ve now released a very simple beta API that allows tracking remix relationships across sites. The API is implemented in ccHost, the GPL software that runs ccMixter, and you can implement it for your site. For details see ccMixter developer Victor Stone’s blog entry and the beta documentation. Feedback to the cc-devel list.

In other ccHost development news, the excellent Open Clip Art Library is in the process of migrating to ccHost and doing some work along the way to make it easy for others who want to use ccHost for non-music remix communities to do so.

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Teach: CC invites you to a special screening

Alex Roberts, February 14th, 2006

CC Presents: Teach

Elisabeth Shue and Creative Commons

invite you and a guest to a very special screening and celebration of the newly Creative Commons licensed film


by Davis Guggenheim
Presented in association with the Teachers Documentary Project

Friday, February 17, 2006

6 p.m. screening in the Rainbow Room Followed by a cocktail reception

The San Francisco LGBT Community Center

1800 Market Street, San Francisco

Seating is limited so please respond with acceptances only to: Anne N. Marino, CC Development Director, at 415-946-3068 or anne@creativecommons.org

Photo used under CC-BY license, http://www.flickr.com/photos/lainmoon/31172906/

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CC Talks With: Second Life

Mia Garlick, February 13th, 2006

CC BY-NC — Courtesy of Second Life

Second Life, the virtual world created in 2003, has recently been hosting various “free culture” related events in world. Mia Garlick caught up with Wagner James Au, who writes the blog New World Notes as an embedded journalist in Second Life, to learn more about these events and how people who are interested in Creative Commons in real life can get involved in CC and “free culture” events in Second Life.

Mia Garlick (“MG”): For those who don’t already know, can you explain a little about Second Life?

Wagner James Au (“WJA”): Second Life is a user-created 3D online world—almost everything you see in it was built with the internal building and scripting tools. Residents retain IP rights to all their creations, and can do with them as they please. As of today (February 10, 2006), there are well over 135,000 members, and it’s growing at nearly 5,000 a week.

MG: You recently had Creative Commons’ CEO & Chairman Lawrence Lessig appear, using his own special avatar, in Second Life. Can you give some background information about how this came about and also, why the Second Life community would be so interested in the issues & law of copyright and technology?

WJA: A longtime Resident, Eggy Lippman, is the proprietor of an SL history Wiki, and was helping a student of Professor Lessig’s with a research paper on the world. As Second Life’s embedded journalist, I run an ongoing book club series where I bring established authors into SL to discuss their books— Ellen Ullman, Cory Doctorow, and Thomas *Pentagon’s New Map* Barnett. Eggy suggested this as an idea for Larry to his student, the student brought it to Larry’s attention, Larry contacted me, I had a heart attack, but from there it was all logistics. Some ten Lindens and a handful of Residents jumped in to turn it into a huge event. Resident Lilith Pendragon created Larry’s avatar to eerily resemble him, while Falk Bergman imported the full text to Free Culture into a virtual edition of the book which can be read in–world—and thanks to his autograph technology, signed by Lawrence Lessig himself, at the click of a mouse. Check out these screenshots.

In a very real sense, Second Life exists as it does because of Lawrence Lessig. A few years ago, he advised Linden Lab to allow their subscribers to retain IP rights to whatever they built. The result of this has been an explosion of sustained creativity, with many Residents making all or some of their real life living by their imagination and efforts in SL. As I told the Linden Lab staff after Larry offered to appear in world, “This is like Thomas Jefferson suddenly returning to the US to see what his ideas had inspired.”

MG: Second Life recently held an in world meeting to discuss planning and ideas for “free culture” events. What lead to this meeting being held?

WJA: After Larry’s appearance in Second Life, which attracted a huge overflow crowd (easily 300 or more), there was a lot of enthusiasm for more events related to Free Culture, the Second Life group I created to reserve spots for that event. Fortunately, Larry told me he had a great time in Second Life and was willing to do more such projects, so we’ve taken it from there. That meeting a couple weekends ago was one of the first to plan future events, most of which will take donations to Creative Commons through the non–profit’s Paypal account (which has been set to Larry’s Second Life account.)

MG: What does Second Life and the Second Life community hope to grow out of these “free culture” meeting?

WJA: Speaking for myself, I’d love to see a more active relationship between the Second Life community of creators, who already “get” the philosophy of Creative Commons in an emotional and cultural sense, with Creative Commons the real world movement. I would want anyone passionate about a new kind of “rip, mix, burn” creativity to take their energies into Second Life, which is already a kind of 3D wiki built with those ideals.

MG: What can people who are interested in Free Culture issues do to participate in and assist the development of “free culture” in Second Life?

WJA: Well, first get a Second Life account and join the Free Culture group, already some 150+ strong. Within the Second Life interface, that’s as easy as clicking Find>Groups>entering “Free Culture” in the find slot, and clicking Join. Also drop by the Free Culture group forum in Second Life.com (you need your SL account info to get in): http://forums.secondlife.com/forumdisplay.php?f=265.

Most importantly, bring your passion for free culture to Second Life, for no matter what your specific interest, you’ll find others just as enthused. Already in the works are plans for bringing CC–themed film festival, music festivals, art festivals, and more, into Second Life itself. (Not to mention events that will feature Larry himself, in avatar form.) Come on in, contact one of the Free Culture officers, and join the fun.

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Looking to Extend Your ‘Real Life’ Free Culture Activities?

Mia Garlick, February 13th, 2006

Check out our new Feature on the Free Culture (“FC”) events and activities that are currently happening in Second Life and learn more about how you can become involved in some ‘in world’ CC & FC events…

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V-Fib: Free CC-licensed music compilations

Eric Steuer, February 10th, 2006

V-fib Recordings offers free CC-licensed compilations of underexposed music, from both the past and present. The Winter 2006 mix features great tracks from bands like Koester, A Don Piper Situation, and Rank Strangers. Check it out!

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