2007 January

Technorati Launches Where’s the Fire (WTF) Service with CC BY-NC 2.5 Licensing of UGC

Jon Phillips, January 31st, 2007

Technorati, the popular search service for identifying popular dynamic user-generated content, today launched a slyly titled service, WTF, or Where’s the Fire, which allows for Technorati users to comment upon searches across their system (and the web). Technorati has decided to use the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.5 license for all user generated content (UGC) for this WTF service, the same license they use on their website.

This feature adds a qualitative layer of user commenting to the quantitative service of identifying top popular searches across the web from user generated content — most notably, blogs. Liz Dunn from Technorati sums up the reasoning by stating:

“Our users have told us that they want to know, immediately, WHY it is something is popular — to explain what’s happening out there on the Live Web, right now. They don’t want to page through a hundred blog posts to figure out what Violent Acres is and why it’s a top search; “Just take me straight to the good stuff, fast!”

So, in the grand tradition of Technorati using a Creative Commons BY-NC license (yes, I’m linking to a blog post from Matt Haughey in 2003), they have yet again supported the commons by offering WTF’s user generated content under the CC BY-NC 2.5 license. Check out their service and find out Where’s the Fire.

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CC Licenses Launch Today in India

Mia Garlick, January 26th, 2007

Commons advocates in India now have a localized version of Creative Commons licenses to use with today’s launch of the Creative Commons India project.

Adding Creative Commons India, 35 jurisdictions around the world to date will have localized CC’s “some rights reserved” licenses and adapted this form of licensing system.

The project celebrated its official launch today at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Bombay. The launch is part of Asia’s largest technology festival held in Mumbai – Techfest. Now in its tenth year, the two day festival offers a smattering of workshops, exhibitions and lectures to students to explore advances and opportunities in modern science and technology.

The launch will kick off at 4 p.m. in the IIT Bombay’s auditorium in Mumbai. Outside of this event, there will also be two parallel workshops offered as part of Techfest 2007 on Creative Commons: “Do We Need Remix?” and “Sharing is Creating” on January 26-27.

For more information about this project and its launch, visit CC-India’s website. To learn more about this year’s Techfest, click here.

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Chilean Library of Congress Releases All of their Content under CC BY-NC-SA Chile License

Jon Phillips, January 26th, 2007

Project lead of CC Chile, Claudio Ruiz Gallardo, recently posted to the Creative Commons community mailing list that the Biblioteca del Congreso Nacional del Chile released all of their content under the recently launched CC BY-NC-SA Chile License.

Claudio stated on the cc-community mailing list that:

This is a very important notice for the CC Chile team, because [it] shows how the government can use alternative[s] to the legal framework in order to bring freedoms to use to the citizen[s].

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Search 23,500 CC tracks via audio similarity or keyword

Mike Linksvayer, January 24th, 2007

Owl Multimedia has more than doubled the number of CC licensed tracks you can search via audio similarity (sounds like a mp3 you already have) or keywords. How? By adding over 10,000 tracks from Jamendo.

You can find CC music through music via the CC Search Portal or directly at Owl Multimedia.

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Vieux Farka Touré remix contest launches today at ccMixter

Eric Steuer, January 24th, 2007

Creative Commons, in conjunction with Modiba Productions and Global Beat Fusion are pleased to present the Vieux Farka Touré Remix Contest, taking place at ccMixter. Vieux Farka Touré — a highly talented guitarist, singer, songwriter, and percussionist from Mali — is offering the audio source files from the song “Ana” online under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license, so that producers worldwide can use the sounds in remixes and new compositions.

The audio sources went online this morning. ccMixter will accept entries between February 7 and March 7. The winning remix will be included on Modiba Productions’ upcoming Vieux Remixed CD. Get remixing!

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Spend this summer working at the Creative Commons office!

Jennifer Yip, January 22nd, 2007

This year, we are looking for tech and community + media development interns. If you are interested in working with us at the San Francisco office, please follow the instructions for applying. We are accepting applications until March 1, 2007. If you know of a student who fits the description(s), please refer them to our opportunities listing!

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Review of the Law, Business & Policy of Community Created Content Now Available

Mia Garlick, January 22nd, 2007

Community Created Content Book Cover

CC Finland project lead Herkko Hietanen has co-authored a book with Ville Oksanen and Mikko Välimäki that provides a useful overview of the law, business and policy of “community created content,” entitled (not suprisingly) “Community Created Content. It is published by Turre Legal Publishing and available for download as a PDF under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 2.5 license or for sale through Amazon. The book looks at different legal issues that arise in relation to conten and reviews the CC licenses, the FDL, Free Art License and FreeBSD Documentation license before turning to issues of community, business and policy.

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MozCC 2.3.9 available for testing

Nathan Yergler, January 22nd, 2007

If you’re a fan of embedded metadata (and really who isn’t?), you might want to check out the latest release candidate of MozCC, version 2.3.9. MozCC 2.3.9 isn’t available from addons.mozilla.org yet; we’re just putting it out there for some testing. You can find the download link in the wiki. This version includes fixes for two problems recently reported:

  • performance slow-downs when visiting pages with lots of metadata and
  • problems with MozCC breaking other Firefox extensions (including Operator).

If you find bugs or have suggestions, you can report them by filing a bug or leaving a comment on this post. We hope to ship the final release (2.4.0) next week and make it available for automatic update for those of you who’ve installed from addons.mozilla.org.

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CC Music Blogs

Victor Stone, January 20th, 2007

It’s easy to predict that 2007 will be a good year for CC music when out of the gate three (that we know of) all-CC-all-the-time sites spring up:

First up from Belgium there’s NetLabelism who are on their way to Den Haag to talk to our good buddy and CC music champ Marco Raaphorst.

Next is the audio/video site generationWIRE. Check out the audio section which has been featuring a hand picked selection from ccMixter.

From Brazil there’s Bruno Vellutini’s very cool ccNeLas who says “Since I’ve been listening to excellent songs published under Creative Commons licenses, I decided to create this music blog and promote these artists.”

And while we’re at it, the venerable Black Sweater, White Cat has taken the baton from cc365 (Grant Robertson’s unique CC artist per day project for 2006) with the all new BSWC One-a-day. I’ll be doing a call-in to their live radio show tonight at 6 PM PST (9 EST) to ask why they aren’t playing more Professor Armchair on their show.

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First CC Business Mixer Update

Francesca Rodriquez, January 20th, 2007

Last month, we blogged about the first CC Business Mixer, an event that seeks to bring together entrepreneurs who have ideas for a Creative Commons related business and VCs. Last Thursday CC board member John Buckman hosted a number of entrepreneurs who presented their business ideas to CC supporters and VCs. This networking event was the first of its kind for Creative Commons, and we look forward to seeing how the Business Mixers develop throughout the year.
Check out Flickr photos of the event here.
And thanks to the entrepreneurs who presented:

  • Chris Allen, blogger, presenting a transparent media licensing scheme
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