Maggie Hennefeld and Thessaly La Force filmed a short documentary at last month’s NYC Free Culture Summit. The short, available for download from the Internet Archive under a CC Attribution 2.5 License, features among others
“retired activist and full time novelist” Cory Doctorow, CC staffers
Francesca Rodriquez and
Eric Steuer, and former CC intern
Fred Benenson letting people on the street know about free culture.
Sylvain Zimmer, founder and CTO of the awesome CC music site jamendo, reports on his blog that this past weekend, French television station TF1 ran a profile on jamendo, focusing on the artists who use the system, as well as the company’s use of Creative Commons licenses. It’s estimated that more than 10 million people saw the program. Congrats, jamendo!Comments Off
Please see Science Commons’ database licensing FAQ concerning which elements of the database are under copyright and which are not.
The UniProt background page explains what the database is all about:
Protein sequence databases have become a crucial resource for molecular biologists, both as repositories for protein functional and structural data and as starting points for future experiments. The UniProt consortium aims to support biological research by maintaining a high quality database that serves as a stable, comprehensive, fully classified, richly and accurately annotated protein sequence knowledgebase, with extensive cross-references and querying interfaces freely accessible to the scientific community.
The Streaming Suitcase is a brand new site developed by Adam Hyde, where you can find CC-licensed manuals on a variety of technical topics. Learn how to stream media over the internet, study Linux basics, or even build your own mini FM transmitter. The whole site is great, but one thing that especially struck us was Adam’s great illustration of his business model:
In part this is an experiment in developing a model for the sustainable development of professional online documentation and manuals released under Creative Commons. So if you need a manual to be written on streaming and associated topics, and you have a commissioning budget then write to me and I will write one. This means you get a manual, I get some cash to support my nomadic artist life, and others benefit from having a nice manual too.
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Thanks to Paul Keller for the heads-up.
- 81% of uploaded a cappella tracks have been remixed (and Victor says that percentage goes way up if you ignore recently uploaded tracks, which remixers haven’t had much time to work with yet).
- J.Lang, ASHWAN, Pat Chilla the Beat Gorilla and fourstones are all on both the most sampled artists and top remixer list. Mixversations happen here.
- teru is the remixer champion and Lisa DeBenedictis the lead vocalist.
- Uploads and signups vary depending where we are in a contest cycle.
More traditional “charts” are coming. In the meantime listen to Ms. Vybe: Post ya ‘pellas at ccMixter and you just might get a remixer.Comments Off
Orange is an animated film project in the making to be licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 license, made with Blender, open source software for 3D modeling, animation, rendering, post-production, interactive creation and playback.
The producers have put out a call for textures. If you’re a computer artist, accept the challenge. Rotten fish textures sound harder to me than grunge maps, but I’m no computer artist.
Thanks to Rob Myers for the pointer.Comments Off
Creative Commons licenses already require that you can’t
use technological measures to restrict the rigts you give with the CC
licenses. The “Share Alike” license in particular requires all work based
on it to also be shared alike, ie it has the “GPL feel” to it.
If enough interesting content is licensed that way, DRM eventually becomes
marginalized. Yes, it takes decades, but that’s really no different at all
from how the GPL works. The GPL has taken decades, and it hasn’t
“marginalized” commercial proprietary software yet, but it’s gotten to the
point where fewer people at least worry about it.
Emphasis added. This is embedded in a debate about a future version of the GPL, the dominant free software license. Regardless of how you feel about this debate (or know of its existence), your mission is clear: create and discover great CC-licensed content.Comments Off
We are looking for legal, tech and “free culture” interns to spend the Summer of 2006 working with us, making espresso and, occasionally, free beer…if you are interested and think you fit the description(s), follow the instructions for applying. If you know someone who may be interested and fits the bill, please send them our way.Comments Off
…and of course, you can always create your own stickers for others to remix and CC license them at BumperActive.com.Comments Off
To complement the long term collaboration embodied in a wiki and the measured conversation (at times) on our mailing lists we’ve set up a real time Internet Relay Chat channel, #cc on freenode (link will only work if you have an IRC client like ChatZilla installed).Comments Off