Freedom to Creativity!

Mike Linksvayer, February 1st, 2006

This year’s Freedom to Creativity festival is underway in Zagreb, Croatia, featuring a lecture by John Wilbanks of Science Commons on “The Impact of Patents and Licensing on the Commons” and free culture performances by artists from Croatia and Serbia and Montenegro.

Creative Commons licenses for Croatia were announced at last year’s festival. Happy one year anniversary!

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Help give your senator an iPod loaded with CC music

Eric Steuer, February 1st, 2006

During last week’s Senate hearing on the Broadcast Flag, Senator Ted Stevens revealed that his daughter had recently bought him an iPod — and that he enjoys using it to listen to ripped CDs. In turn, IPac has launched a drive to collect money to buy iPods for other senators who work on technology legislation. They’ve promised to load the machines with “public domain content, Creative Commons content, and audio messages about the importance of balanced copyright policy.”

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200,000 CC mp3s

Mike Linksvayer, January 30th, 2006

The Soundclick music community passed the 200,000 mark for CC-licensed mp3s over the weekend. That’s a whole lot of music.

Soundclick doesn’t offer CC-specific search or feeds, which rather points out an opportunity for aggregators.

Forunately Google and Yahoo! have both indexed the Soundclick site rather well. Click on one of the previous links or type into the search form on the CC find page, which allows you to search Soundclick using Google or Yahoo!’s CC-enabled search.

That’s a whole lot of music.

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Creative Commons media kits

Francesca Rodriquez, January 30th, 2006

Last summer, Creative Commons had the pleasure of having Fred Benenson as its first Free Culture intern. Fred was tasked with coming up with interesting or cool ways to get out Creative Commons’ message but on a grass roots level.

Fred created a very sexy media kit that Free Culture members can give to bands at shows or events. The kit includes a flyer explaing CC, a DVD with CC cartoons and videos, and a CD with re-mixed CC licensed music. Our new graphic designer Alex Roberts put on the finishing touches to make it come to life. Nelson Pavlosky, Free Culture’s founder, gave out his first one at a World Inferno Friendship Society show
in Haverford. Nelson reports that the band was friendly to his CC pitch. Thanks for the grass roots efforts.

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Multibillion-dollar business mashup

Mike Linksvayer, January 29th, 2006

As I procrastinatefinish my slides for a talk on Semantic Search on the Public Web with Creative Commons at the 2006 Semantic Technology Conference (March 6-9, San Jose, California) I note that the closing keynote makes some pretty heady predictions:

Markets for semantic technology products and services will grow 10-fold from 2006 to 2010 to more than $50B worldwide. Near-term drivers include 2-10X gains in performance for information-intensive processes across a broad range of applications and domains. From 2010 to 2020 semantic technology markets will grow ten-fold again, fueling trillion-dollar world-wide economic expansions. Longer-term drivers are new capabilities for knowledge-intensive activities, tasks, and processes that will tap new sources of value, delivering performance gains up to 100-fold.

Put that in your pipe and smoke it with Giving it Away (for Fun and Profit), Business 2.0’s article claiming Creative Commons could be the key to a new multibillion-dollar industry. Ponder what would happen if you mashed up these nascent multibillion-dollar industries? Fortunately some of the forward thinkers who started Creative Commons already thought of that.

Creative Commons board member Hal Abelson and advisor Ben Adida will also be presenting at the conference on Interoperable Metadata for a Bottom-Up Semantic Web, as will CC advisor Eric Miller, on Recombinant Business, appropriately enough.

If this post gave you a hype headache please go listen to some chill. You’ll get over it.

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Mike Linksvayer, January 29th, 2006

A few days ago we turned on a completely redesigned public wiki. The main content there now focuses on software developers. Shortly the entire technology section of the CC site will move to the wiki and will no longer be embarrassingly out of date.

I want to especially draw attention to our technology challenges page. If you’re a developer looking to help CC with your coding skills this is a good place to look, and will get much better soon, updates to be posted here.

Non-developers may want to check out the content curators page on the wiki. Web communities that encourage CC licensing of user generated audio, video, text, images, and more are popping up all over the world to the extent that we can’t keep track. Please add to this page.

Potential contributors do take note — the CC wiki requires registration with a valid email address, which must be confirmed, as one of several spam prevention mechanisms installed. Sorry for the inconvenience.

We’ve wanted to relaunch the CC wiki for awhile, but the particulars took some inspriation from the Mono Project, Hula Project and others who have built wiki-based sites that look great. We’re happy to be part of this trend.

CC designer Alex Roberts is immediately responsible for the CC wiki’s design and software engineer Nathan Yergler for the coding, standing on the shoulders of giants.

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Early Malaysian Support for Creative Commons

Mia Garlick, January 29th, 2006

Although the CC Malaysia project was only launched in December 2005 and the Malaysian version of the CC licenses are slated for release in early March 2006, under the stewardship of project lead Dr. Ng Alina, the CC concept has received some welcome initial support in Malaysia. Several musicians have explained how Creative Commons licensing can assist both with the development of the local music scene and also assist musicians to embrace, for their own benefit, the sharing of music by their fans.

According to Wong Yu Ri, lead guitarist of the band Frequency Cannon:

“Creative Commons is one of the tools that local musicians can use to protect their works. But it’s just a form of licensing; how you create your music, how you market yourself, how you help create a better, more diverse scene, and how you help others will be the things that make a difference to the local music scene.”

Yu Ri also observed that fighting music piracy should take a more flexible approach than merely combating copyright violations. “I feel it’s not quite about ‘fighting piracy,’ it’s about working with it. People share music. You can’t help that. It’s like fighting a forest fire that keeps on coming and no one really wins.”

Oh, and if you are a Malaysian citizen 17 years or older, check out the CC Malaysia project team’s competition.

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Presentation at Purdue University

Nathan Yergler, January 25th, 2006

Monday evening I had the pleasure of presenting to the Purdue Linux User Group (PLUG) and Purdue Computing Society in West Lafayette, Indiana. Unlike previous talks I’ve done, this one wasn’t about a specific development I’m working on, but rather an overview of CC and metadata. In particular we had a good discussion about the need for relevant, accurate metadata, and the intersection points between embedded metadata and applications. As is typical in my experience, things were the most interesting when there were questions and a dialog about what’s going on, but if you’re interested, my slides are available online. Overall it was a lot of fun, and good to see a group of students really interested in Creative Commons and the work we do.

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100 second festival

Mike Linksvayer, January 24th, 2006

Cool new global video contest from a community media center in Lowell, Massachusetts: the 100 Second Festival. The deadline for entry is May 1. Entries must be CC licensed and are available for download with Bittorrent. The winners will be screened in Lowell this summer.

Yep, your submission must be 100 seconds or less. Got it?

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Start your own netlabel

Mike Linksvayer, January 16th, 2006

The first Black Sweater White Cat of the year is an all-Comfort Stand program — two hours featuring twenty Comfort Stand tracks and an extended interview with Otis Fodder and Mr. Melvis, two of the netlabel’s musician-operators. If you don’t want to hear about how great Creative Commons and the Internet Archive are, or be at least a little bit inspired to start your own CC-licensed netlabel, do not listen.

BSWC is a weekly program, so there have already been two additional shows this year. The most recent show (playlist) is particularly excellent. It’s really cool to see CC music programs feeding off each other:

Many thanks to Grant
Robertson and his new project, CC365.
CC365 is providing a real service to both the musicians and fans of the
CC music community. This program features three songs from his second
week. I have two computers subscribed to his feed. Check it out…there
are 350 tunes left in 2006.

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