2007 January

CC License info now available for your Flickr Moo Cards

Francesca Rodriquez, January 19th, 2007

moo-small.jpgMany of us share our images on Flickr, and some of us at Creative Commons were thrilled when Flickr introduced Moo Cards for purchase. Flickr describes Moo Cards as “tiny wonderful calling cards” for the real world. To make Moo Cards, log into your Flickr account and click on Moo in the “Do More With Your Photos!” box. You can choose a photo from your personal Flickr stream for the front of the Moo Card, and you can customize text for the back of the card. When you customize your text, Moo has introduced a CC License option that allows you to insert your CC license information and the CC logo on the back of the Moo Card.

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Online office suites: The clear winner includes CC

Mike Linksvayer, January 19th, 2007

It’s good to know that Computerworld’s “clear winner” among web-based word processing and spreadsheet office suites is also the first to include support for CC licensing (and the requisite Flickr API/CC implementation).

See last July’s post about ThinkFree and CC (screenshot below from that post).

thinkfree/cc screenshot

Via Slashdot.

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Mosaickr: another day, another Flickr API/CC mashup

Mike Linksvayer, January 19th, 2007

Mosaickr helps you build mosaics from Flickr photos published under an Attribution license (and your own photos). The process is simple: 1) choose a master image, which will serve as a template for the mosaic, 2) choose images that will be used to fill in the mosaic and 3) download your mosaic.

Any art form takes skill and patience. My first attempt using an image of (cc) stickers as the master and images tagged ‘cloud’ as fillers is not good enough to publish.

Yesterday’s mashup.

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netBloc vol. 1

Mike Linksvayer, January 19th, 2007

blocsonic cover artblocSonic is a new thing (blog or compilations label, you decide — a tastemaker in any case) that has just posted its first compliation of CC-licensed music. From the release’s 36 page CD booklet:

One problem… the sheer quantity of netlabel releases and no simple way of sifting through it all to find the gems. That’s where blocSonic and our netBloc releases come in. Admittedly not a solution to the problem, our netBloc releases are a but a tiny-step in the direction of a future solution that we intend to develop and launch. For the time-being let our monthly releases help you shine some light on deserving artists/netlabels and the terrific music that they have to offer. Help us usher in a new era by regularly downloading our releases and then checking out the featured artists’ and labels’ websites for more from them.

Via Digg.

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Linux Kernel in a Nutshell: The Secret Goal

Mike Linksvayer, January 18th, 2007

book cover Linux Kernel in a Nutshell (O’Reilly) by Greg Korah-Hartman is now available online under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license in PDF and DocBook (easily modifiable source files for the book) formats.

The author’s “Secret Goal (i.e. why I wrote this book and am giving it away for free online)”:

I want this book to help bring more people into the Linux kernel development fold. The act of building a customized kernel for your machine is one of the basic tasks needed to become a Linux kernel developer. The more people that try this out, and realize that there is not any real magic behind the whole Linux kernel process, the more people will be willing to jump in and help out in making the kernel the best that it can be.

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Another Flickr API/CC mashup

Mike Linksvayer, January 18th, 2007

FlickrCC uses the Flickr API to search for CC licensed images and for images with a license permitting derivative use provides basic image editing operations (e.g., cropping, adding text) online, without downloading the image and starting a paint program.

Last month we noted a tool that searches Flickr for CC licensed images based on color, hue, and saturation.

You can also browse and search CC photos at Flickr and via search.creativecommons.org.

Via Learn Online.

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Christopher Willits Remix Contest Winner Announced

Eric Steuer, January 17th, 2007

Congratulations to DJ/producer Electricwest, the winner of the Christopher Willits/Colors Shifting Remix contest. The contest, which was presented by XLR8R magazine, Ghostly International, and Creative Commons, gave remixers the chance to rework the CC-licensed audio stems of Willits’ track “Colors Shifting.” The track will be available on XLR8R‘s INCITE 49 CD, which will be packaged exclusively with copies of the magazine’s March 2007 issue. Additionally, you can hear the track at Willits’ website, and of course, you can download it for free from ccMixter.

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New Featured Commoner interview with Enderrock

Eric Steuer, January 17th, 2007

Lluís Gendrau is the publisher of the Enderrock Group, a company that specializes in Catalan music and publishes three popular music magazines: Enderrock (pop and rock), Folc (traditional music) and Jaç (jazz). Enderrock – in collaboration with the government of Catalonia – recently included two CDs full of CC-licensed music, Música Lliure and Música Lliure II, free within the page of its magazines. The songs on the Música Lliure discs are available for free download at culturalliure.cat. Read more about this project in our new Featured Commoner interview.

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CC Talks With: Enderrock

Margot Kaminski, January 17th, 2007

Lluís Gendrau is the publisher of the Enderrock Group, a company that specializes in Catalan music and publishes three popular music magazines: Enderrock (pop and rock), Folc (traditional music) and Jaç (jazz). Enderrock – in collaboration with the government of Catalonia – recently included two CDs full of CC-licensed music, Música Lliure and Música Lliure II, free within the page of its magazines. The songs on the Música Lliure discs are available for free download at culturalliure.cat.

Creative Commons spoke with Gendrau about this exciting project and his experience in using CC licensing.

Creative Commons: What inspired Enderrock to release the Música Lliure CDs under Creative Commons licences?

Lluís Gendrau: In Catalonia, there have been musicians working informally with methods similar to Creative Commons for a long time. Groups like Pomada, for example, that do folk fusion with electronic music, freely broadcast their work independently of the SGAE (the Spanish society for the management of authors’ rights), but without making use of licences of any kind. Something has been cooking for some time. On coming into contact with Creative Commons Catalonia, and on learning of the experience of Wired magazine, we brought a handful of artists together who would opt for this model of license, with no aim other than to publicize a different way of distributing music.

CC: How did the government of Catalonia become involved with this project?

LG: The project grew out of a commission from the Catalan government. Catalonia has had an unheard-of experience in the last three years, where the government has used free software and Creative Commons licensing in some of its official programs. Unfortunately, the political situation has changed now and it will probably be difficult for an experience like this to be repeated.

CC: Why did you choose the specific licences you used for the project? (CC BY-NC and CC BY-NC-ND)?

LG: We gave the musicians total freedom to choose what kind of licence they wanted to make use of, and the immense majority opted for a licence that permitted the remixing and sampling of their work – especially those artists starting off from electronic or improvised bases.

CC: How did you convince the musicians to be part of this project?

LG: Some of the musicians were already publishing their music independently of the traditional system of authors’ rights management. Some of the musicians weren’t, but were artists that we believed would be ready to participate in an experience like this. We started off with a hundred or so groups, ranging from new groups to established ones, and in the end, we worked with around thirty groups covering all styles, from hip-hop to punk, electronic to folk – even jazz and improvised music.

CC: Had any of the songs been released before by other labels? Will any of them be released on the musicians’ future CDs?

LG: The majority of songs were previously unpublished, and that has been one of the attractions of the record. A lot of them were made specially to be included in the two Música Lliure records, others were works that for one reason or another had been left in the drawer. Some had been published by alternative record labels or published by the artists themselves.

CC: When you were planning the project, what reactions to the idea of using CC licensing did you encounter from the artists, their labels, and their managers?

LG: Obviously, in some cases we met with greater willingness than in others. In the case of the independent record labels like Propaganda pel Fet! or BankRobber, there was total willingness, because they already had a philosophy and way of working that was along these lines. The same occurred with artists who self-publish. But there was also receptiveness on the part of the managers and concert halls.

CC: What were their reactions after you released the CD?

LG: Reactions have been very wide-ranging and the Spanish media has given the project ample coverage. There is still a lack of public debate over the new forms of authors’ rights management, but we’re happy that the appearance of this CD has provoked reactions on all sides, from those most staunchly in favor of copyleft to the SGAE itself.

CC: How was the CD featured at the Catalan Internet Festival?

LG: The CD was presented three times in concert form, in which groups like Conxita, Pirat’s Sound Sistema, Plouen Catximbes, Roig, LaMundial.net and Guillamino performed. All their songs may be heard on musicalliure.cat.

CC: Would you say the CD was a success?

LG: We believe we have opened an interesting door. The independent labels have started new relationships with artists and producers, debates have been organized at festivals, and the people in charge of public radio – and private programmers also – are studying the possibility of creating a channel specializing in free music.

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Freesound sample in “Children of Men”

Eric Steuer, January 17th, 2007

The powerful new film Children of Men is notable for many things: its bleak artistry, riveting story, and elegant direction, just to name a few. A very cool aspect of the movie that the critics may not have much appreciation for, but that we here at Creative Commons surely do, is its use of a CC-licensed audio sample, taken from the excellent CC community sound library Freesound.

From Freesound:

Friendly freesounder “6am” just brought it to my attention that the major motion picture Children of Men uses a Freesound sample, and properly credits the sample! You can see for yourself from this image that was sent to me. The sound in question is the “male loud scream” from thanvannispen. This is quite an amazing first! Go go freesound power!! And congratulations thanvannispen.

The sample is licensed to the public under CC Sampling Plus, making this a really great example of how CC’s non-exclusive noncommercial licenses can easily work in tandem with separate commercial licensing arrangements. Nice going to everyone involved!

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