Creative Commons Annual Campaign Update

Melissa Reeder, December 4th, 2006

The Creative Commons’ annual fundraising campaign is set to end on December 31st. The campaign was instituted last year in efforts to prove to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that the public was supporting CC financially as well as ideologically. This year we chose to focus the campaign more on building community and raising awareness about CC’s mission than on the financial commitment we need from the community.

However, as Lawrence Lessig Creative Commons’ CEO and Chairman has already stated, we have a continuing obligation to demonstrate our public support to the IRS. There are exactly 26 days until the end of the campaign. In order to make our goal of $300,000 – which is necessary to continue our work – we need to raise approximately $5,258 per day for the duration of this initiative. The Creative Commons’ team is asking you (the community) to show your support of our continuous efforts by helping us reach this goal.

This year we have offered several ways of financially supporting CC – from straight donations, to Revverizing your videos, to participating in the weekly CC Swag Photo Contest. Several community members took it upon themselves to come up with other clever ways of raising money for CC – and for this we are very appreciative. However, we still have not reached our goal, and we are coming to the final days of the campaign. If you have any questions about how you or your company can help support CC please email We encourage you to show the world that you support a global participatory culture and encourage international creative collaboration by donating today.

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CC Swag Photo Contest Winner #4

Melissa Reeder, December 4th, 2006

We are happy to announce that this weeks’ winner of the CC Swag Contest is Cambodia4kids with her picture titled “Creative Commons”. I’ve set a precedent over the past couple of weeks of stating a bit of our reasoning behind choosing the winning photographs and how we responded to each winners’ creative use of CC Swag in conjunction with our mission.

Creative Commons I think her comment below her photograph “When they grow up, they will understand the power of the “By” license” coupled with the photograph itself communicates our mission more effectively than I would ever be able to with my own words. We are all impressed and inspired by (Beth’s) entry and thank her for participating and for sharing her photograph.

There are only 2 weeks left before the final 2 winners are announced so we encourage everyone to participate. If you for some reason don’t want to participate, we encourage you to check out all the entries thus far to see what interesting and cool photographs have been shared. If you do want to participate check out the rules and then start shooting! Share and disseminate CC’s message by using your photographic skills and help bring attention to this movement for a participatory global culture.

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NetzpolitikTV interviews Lessig

Mike Linksvayer, December 3rd, 2006

Last month NetzpolitikTV interviewed CC CEO Lawrence Lessig. The extended interview is available in raw DV and high quality OGG Theora formats, superb for watching and remixing.

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Judge Richard Posner in Second Life

Jennifer Yip, December 1st, 2006

Richard A. Posner, a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School and a judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, will be logging into Second Life to discuss his new book, Not a Suicide Pact: The Constitution in a Time of National Emergency.
James aka Hamlet Au is going to interview the Judge about the arguments he raises about reinterpreting constitutional law as it relates to enforcing national security and adjusting our individual liberties. After the interview, Judge Posner will engage in a Q&A session with the audience and autograph virtual copies of his book.

When: Thursday, December 7, 2006 from 6-8pm SL/PST
Where: CC auditorium on Kula 4

RSVP for limited seating via IM in SL: Genevieve Junot, or email me directly.

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Alternative Freedom screening in San Francisco tomorrow!

Mike Linksvayer, December 1st, 2006

Alternative Freedom, a documentary about free culture and copyright, is screening Saturday evening as part of the CounterCorp 2006 Anti-Corporate Film Festival. The screening is at 7:30PM at the Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th Street at Mission Street in San Francisco. Q&A will follow with the Samuelson Clinic’s Jack Lerner and Mike Linksvayer from Creative Commons.

Tickets for Alternative Freedom or festival/day passes. The festival runs Friday through Sunday.

See the film trailer and read the blurb.

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Alex Roberts, November 28th, 2006

BloodSpell is a feature-length machinima movie written and directed by Hugh Hancock and produced by Strange Company. The fantasy film uses the game engine behind the popular RPG Neverwinter Nights and is currently being released in serial form, with short episodes hitting the Web every two weeks. BloodSpell is licensed under CC’s Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license, so that people can share it and use it to create fan fiction, remixes, and other derivative works.

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Creative Commons Birthday Party

Melissa Reeder, November 28th, 2006

Creative Commons Turns Four!

Please join us on Friday, December 15, 2006, from 9pm until 2am, to celebrate Creative Commons’ birthday!

Raise a glass and toast the four years that CC has worked to promote and enable a participatory culture. CC’s big day is being hosted by the good people at Songbird – the supercool open source media player that’s taking the Web by storm.

Songbird is located at 777 Florida Street, Suite 300 in San Francisco, CA. The entrance is on 20th Street.

There will be an open bar, courtesy of Cooley Godward Kronish. There will also be a Special CC Birthday Brew, available for five dollars a bottle, courtesy of the “Free” Beer guys of Superflex.

Music will be provided by DJs Aus, Deckard, and Oonce Oonce.

Since we’re in the midst of our annual fundraising campaign, we’ll be asking for a small donation at the door. Please contribute whatever you can to show that you support CC’s work.

The details:
What: Creative Commons Turns Four!

When: Friday, December 15, 2006, 9pm until 2am
Where: Songbird – 777 Florida Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, CA

Please RSVP to by December 8th as space is limited.

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How I learned to stop worrying and love Creative Commons

Mike Linksvayer, November 27th, 2006

Photojournalist Andrew Heavens on How I learned to stop worrying and love the Creative Commons:

Time and distance have allowed me to reflect on the many benefits of learning to stop worrying and start loving the liberating effect of Creative Commons.

On the personal side, lots of good things have come out of the fact that my cast-off photos are swimming around the internet with a CC license attached. People have written in checking to see if they can use them in textbooks, calendars, Ethiopian restaurant menus, novelty Amharic greeting cards. (How often do you get the chance to illustrate a line of novelty Amharic greeting cards?) Some of these contacts have resulted in further paid work. Some have resulted in the offer of free food if I am ever passing through New York and want to pop in to a certain Ethiopian restaurant. Others have resulted in nothing financial at all.

Lots of good things have also happened beyond the personal side. As I said earlier, one of the most frustrating things about press photography is the short lifespan of your photographs. You put yourself in a risky situation to record what you consider to be an important, newsworthy event. The resulting pictures flash up on newspaper pages, TV screens and Yahoo! News for a day or so. And then they disappear.

The greatest thing that Creative Commons does is give your work an extra lease of life. After the news event has passed on, the photographs are still out there, waiting for someone else to pick up on them, give them a new meaning and use them in a different setting.

Check out Andrew’s photos on Flickr.

Via Ethan Zuckerman, who has similar words of wisdom:

If you make media, it’s to your great advantage to have your creation live as long as possible. If you make money off of media, you’ve got this incentive as well – once we understand that the scarce commodity is a viewer’s attention, not access to the airwaves, it doesn’t matter if someone is paying attention to your work early or late in the work’s lifespan. What matters is the number of different contexts in which someone can find your work. Breaking news? Fodder for political activists? A long lifespan digital work can be both and more. Won’t it be great when documentaries can be, too?

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CC Swag Photo Contest Weekly Winner

Melissa Reeder, November 27th, 2006

So it’ s week three of the CC Swag Photo Contest and we openly acknowledge our excitement with the amount of participation! Even though we had some awesome entries this week, unfortunately we could only declare one winner.

Creative Commons

Tim Fritz, photographer and CC supporter from the US has won week three of the CC swag photo contest with his photo “Creative Commons.” Fritz illustrates CC’s mission with his clever use of shallow depth of field. Who knew just one rubber band could say so much? Congrats Tim!

There are still 2 weeks to go, so please support CC and our mission of helping enable a participatory culture by using your photographic skills and innate creativity.

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What if The Beatles had used Creative Commons Licenses?

Mike Linksvayer, November 27th, 2006

Dave’s Imaginary Sound Space has a highly amusing and informative review of this year’s Beatles news: What if The Beatles had used Creative Commons Licenses? Yes, much of the news is copyright related.

Vi[v]a Victor!

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