Call to all video artists who want to Support CC through Revverizing their videos

Melissa Reeder, November 8th, 2006

Last week we blogged the story of a CC supporter who decided to auction off on eBay the historic domain name and to donate 90% of the generated revenue to CC.

This week, since we launched our Revverized videos, several CC supporters, such as CC Australia’s Elliott Bledsoe have proposed uploading their videos to CC’s Revver account so that their work could help generate funds for CC as well.

In response to our supporters’ request we will now upload any CC licensed video to our Revver site if the artist wants to donate the money generated to CC. We have uploaded CC Australia’s CC Mayer and Bettle Animation to Revver and encourage everyone to check it out. We also encourage the sharing, embedding, and blogging of this and all other CC videos as a way to support CC. If you are interested in sharing your video and also raising money for CC at the same time, please email your videos to Melissa Reeder.

We are constantly surprised by our community and the creative ways that our supporter’s conceive of raising us money. Thank you. Please let us know about other fantastic ideas by emailing as well.

Watch the CC Australia Mayer and Bettle Animation and post it to your own blog!


The Shakespeare Chronicles

Mike Linksvayer, November 8th, 2006

CC board member and Duke law professor Jamie Boyle is serializing his 19 years in progress novel, started “when I was Shakespeare’s lawyer in a televised mock trial in front of three Supreme Court Justices. He was accused of not being the real author of his own works.”

Each chapter of The Shakespeare Chronicles is being serialized under a CC Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives license, or you can buy a hardback, paperback, or PDF copy from Lulu.

As usual the great Boing Boing had the story first.

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Should CC release software licenses?

Lawrence Lessig, November 8th, 2006

It has been suggested that there would be some value in CC entering the field of software licensing. I am skeptical (there are plenty of software licenses) but the explosion of mixed code/content platforms (e.g., Flash) has led me to at least get feedback about the idea. So if you have thoughts about this, I’d be grateful if you could send them to

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REMINDER: CC Salon San Francisco this WED, NOV 8, 6-9 PM at Shinesf

Jon Phillips, November 7th, 2006

Don’t miss the next CC Salon
at shinesf from 6-9 PM on Wednesday, November 8
in San Francisco. This salon features famed
blogger and
SF Bay
Annalee Newitz. Also,
Homebrew Mobile Club’s, Matthew Hamrick and
other HB Mobile Club members will be on hand to discuss his project’s
“Complete Open Phone,” a project to produce open source cellphones with CC licensed plans and content accessible on them. Finally, Wendell Davis is going to present the new
on-line music editor and mash-up community,
Splice. And, just added to the dynamic
line-up is Steve from
Alive in Baghdad, an amazing videoblog
of interviews and stories by Iraqis directly from the streets of Iraq, bypassing
corporate media. Throughout the salon the
Kleptones are going to spice up the
evening with music and interludes.

So come on out on Wednesday, bring a big stack of business cards,
some cash for drinks, and lets talk about the Commons. This is the last salon of
the year, as our regular 2nd-Wednesday December salon is combined with a special
birthday party for Creative Commons on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15. Stay tuned for more info.

You may track this CC Salon on See you this Wednesday!

UPDATE: Come to the special Creative Commons Publishers’ Association meeting at 5 PM. From the even’t wiki page, it is characterized as a “A collection of representatives from organizations that publish content under a Creative Commons license.”

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Polling Place Photo Project

Mike Linksvayer, November 7th, 2006

It is election day in the United States jurisdiction. The Polling Place Photo Project aims to use mass citizen journalism to document democracy:

The Polling Place Photo Project is a nationwide experiment in citizen journalism that seeks to empower citizens to capture, post and share photographs of democracy in action. By documenting their local voting experience on November 7, voters can contribute to an archive of photographs that captures the richness and complexity of voting in America.

With citizens’ images and the information that accompanies them, the Project becomes a research tool on how voting happens in America and how it can be designed to be easier, less confusing and more enjoyable. The project intends to collect photographs of every polling place in America, so you are encouraged to participate no matter where you vote, how large or small your polling place is, what kind of ballot you use, or what your party affiliation.

All photos are contributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives license.

Voters in Peteluma, California photo by Suzuki Cady licensed under CC BY-ND.


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CC for Googlers tech talk

Mike Linksvayer, November 6th, 2006

October 26 I gave a tech talk at Google, “Creative Commons for Googlers”, now avaiable for viewing and download on Google Video. Unfortunately slide text is too small to read well in the video, but the slides are also now online.

If you’ve been following this blog obsessively there will be nothing new in the brief legal and culture updates in the presentation, but if you’re interested in the machine-readable side of Creative Commons, do watch and read for a frank discussion of the state of CC metadata and tools (keywords: search, metadata, RDF, RDFa, microformats, embedded metadata, XMP, attribution, remix tracking, commerce).

This talk was also the semi-public debut of our new short Wanna Work Togehter?, which you should watch right here if you haven’t yet:

Copy this video to your own blog!

Addendum: The Google tech talk summarized by William Slawski, Spanish translation of the summary.

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America’s smartest economist on sharing

Mike Linksvayer, November 5th, 2006

A profile of Kevin Murphy, called by some the smartest economist in America, mentions Murphy’s research on outsized gains from medical research. What happens when Murphy starts to think a little harder about innovation?

Although they are still “working some” on the economics of health and medicine, Murphy and Topel also have started to “think a little bit harder,” as Murphy puts it, about the process of innovation in health care and the economics of how to speed it up. They’re not taking “a purely mechanical point of view,” he says, but thinking about a world in which “one player intervenes and everybody else optimizes.” For example, a government or philanthropic organization that supports research might establish rules for sharing new knowledge, which may speed the development process. “So that’s the concept. We’re starting to get there.”

(Emphasis added.) Read the profile in the University of Chicago Magazine.

For the Creative Commons take on this insight, check out Science Commons.

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PBS TeacherSource on CC

Mike Linksvayer, November 5th, 2006

PBS TeacherSource blogger Andy Carvin has a great article on Encouraging Student Creativity with Creative Commons:

I’m often amazed by the lack of discussion in education technology circles about copyright. Sure, people talk about it occasionally, but given the increasing number of young people (read: millions of them) uploading their own content to the Internet, it surprises me how many educators don’t make a point at teaching copyright basics to students. That’s why I thought it would be worth spending a little time talking about the issue and an amazing online initiative that every Internet-using educator should know about: Creative Commons.

Carvin uses a CC license for his own work:

Because of this license, people from all over the world are able to utilize my content for whatever purposes they want, as long as it follows these basic rules. For example, a museum in Georgia recently used one of my videos for an exhibit they were curating on West African textiles. They were nice enough to contact me about it, but they didn’t have to – the CC license laid out my expectations, and they could use the video immediately as long as those expectations were followed. Almost every week I get an email from an educator asking to use some piece of media I’ve published, and I always tell them, “No need to ask,” pointing them to my CC license. You can almost see the lightbulbs going off in their heads when they figure out how the license works.

Read the whole article. Also see PBS MediaShift’s article on CC and reuse.

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Creative Ways to Support Creative Commons

Melissa Reeder, November 3rd, 2006

Creative Commons has worked diligently to provide non-traditional ways for our community to support CC, and it’s exciting when our community responds with their own creative ways as well. There is now a historical domain name – – up for auction on eBay. The owner will be donating 90 percent of all revenue to Creative Commons for our annual fundraising campaign. According to the description on the eBay site, was one of the first RSS aggregators but was abandoned in April 2006. Here is a screenshot of the original page.


This domain name has a rating of PR5 and the owner would prefer the top bidder use it for serious reasons only. If you’re interested in supporting Creative Commons by acquiring this domain name the item number is 2300467794467 and is found here.

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Media players and access to CC licensed music

Mike Linksvayer, November 2nd, 2006

Last year the Linux media player Amarok created a demo LiveCD using CC licensed music from the WIRED CD. In the meantime Amarok developers have added many features and have now added access to Magnatune within the player. (We’ve mentioned Magnatune here many times, but for new readers, it is an innovative record label that uses CC licensing, see our interview with the founder.)

Songbird is another innovative media player, and one that supports Windows, Mac, and Linux. It includes access to CC Search via a sidebar and can “play” any web page with music links. The screenshot below shows Songbird playing recent remixes on ccMixter.

Check out the Amarok post on the Magnatune blog for screenshots of that integration.

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