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Mike Linksvayer, May 14th, 2007

Mark Hoekstra posted this cool photo (BY-NC-SA) on Geek Technique:

This is part of a series on iPod hacking. A very Maker thing to do.

(If you’re in the San Francisco area visit CC at Maker Faire this weekend.)

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Slideshare.net and the CC Media Hosting Wishlist

Jon Phillips, May 14th, 2007

Looks like a new great web 2.0 has emerged along the lines of scribd, but specifically for sharing slideshows. Welcome to the world of the commons, Slideshare! (rounds of massive applause)

Here at CC we have been working on a Media Hosting Wishlist for sites like Slideshare to use as a guide for how to best support Creative Commons licensing, standards and technology. Looks like Slideshare supports users to select a default Creative Commons license for uploaded slide shows to be licensed under, as well as allowing for a per-item-upload license setting. Also, this site shows the license marking on uploaded slideshows with a link to the license you selected.

While Slideshare doesn’t implement the Media Hosting Wishlist 100%, this list is a guide for sites to best support licensing and standards. The question of the day is how can your project better support this wishlist? Also, are there items missing from this wishlist. If so, surf on over to the list and hit edit. Its a wiki! :) Let us know if your site is in 100% compliance of this list and/or hoping to be a 100% adopter – let’s do lunch!

Oh, and btw, here is a presentation I gave at CC Taiwan in January, that shows how Slideshare support Creative Commons licensing. Let your uploads commence!

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CC licensed podcast wins Nebula award

Mike Linksvayer, May 13th, 2007

Last night the podcast edition of James Patrick Kelly’s Hugo-nominated novella Burn won the Nebula Award for best science fiction/fantasy novella published in the U.S. during the two previous years. Cory Doctorow writes on Boing Boing:

As far as I know, that makes it the first Creative Commons licensed work and the first podcast to win an Nebula.

That’s one small step for James Patrick Kelly, one giant leap for podcasting and Creative Commons (sorry, groan if you must).

Other recent CC-licensed award winners:

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Libre Graphics Meeting 2007 Report

Jon Phillips, May 12th, 2007

As noted elsewhere, myself (Jon Phillips) and Alex Roberts, CC’s brilliant graphic designer, attended the spectacular Libre Graphics Meeting 2007 (LGM2007) in Montreal last weekend, which I highly recommend for others to check out next year!

The highlight for me is always to see my friends and to make new acquaintances like Tina Piper from CC Canada. Also, Alex and I met up with Evan Prodromou, from Wikitravel.org amonst other projects, to talk shop about CC, the state of the web, and to sample Montreal’s famous dish, poutine.

I wanted to underline how key it is for all those in Open ____ (Open Content, Open Source, Open etc) get together at some point to see each other physically, as often its only virtually. Also, while LGM2007 had a large demographic of Open Source developers working on graphics applications, there was much discussion about open content, standards such as XMP and what projects like Inkscape, Gimp, Scribus and Krita are going to work on as projects and inter-project.

Please check out my slides from the presentation I gave about the concept of creating Open Content Libraries beyond Wikipedia and Internet Archive, to the point where every niche, locale, special-interest, and so forth, and so on, might create a library to house whatever media one sees fit. In this possible future, the importance is not one major silo for content, but many different silos that rely on open standards and Creative Commons licenses for auto-negotiation for the machines to work out so that us humans can get what we want.

In future posts, I will explore these concepts more as they relate to business and how to implement this future through standards like the Sample Pool API that ccHost-powered, ccMixter.org uses.

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CC Italy

Mike Linksvayer, May 12th, 2007

Continuing our series highlighting the excellent work being done by Creative Commons international jurisdiction projects, today we present Creative Commons Italy.

Since the launch of version 2.0 of the Creative Commons Licenses at the end of 2004, the Creative Commons Italia Working Group, based at the Politecnico of Torino and composed of people from a number of different backgrounds – computer engineers, lawyers, social scientists – has been disseminating information on CC both on-line, through the CC Italy website (up to 600.000 hits/month), and off-line, by organizing two national conferences (Torino, 2005 and 2006) and speaking at many events, in Italy and abroad, including the Shareconference on E-Learning, the ICT Law International Conference, the Home Made Festival and the Milano Film Festival.

Creative Commons Italia members have been involved, either formally or informally, in many projects aimed at making creative content and culture more easily shareable.

Among these projects – some still ongoing – it is worth mentioning that La Stampa, one of the largest national Italian newspapers, has opened the archives of its prestigious supplements – TuttoLibri, TuttoScienze, TuttoSoldi – and put the content under a Creative Commons license: 1, 2, 3.

Last, not least, the fact that Creative Commons Italia is hosted by the Politecnico di Torino means that the interaction between law and technology is not only a theoretical concept; the Internet Media Group of the Department of Automatic and Computer Engineering, co-directed by Juan Carlos De Martin (who is also the Italian public lead of Creative Commons) has developed and is still working on on the first server for streaming audio/video content on the Internet that is able to understand Creative Commons metadata and clearly inform the user on the freedoms that s/he can enjoy when listening to a web radio or looking at a video-on-demand movie.

Finally, Juan Carlos De Martin and Marco Ricolfi have recently founded at the Politecnico di Torino the NEXA Center for Internet and Society, the first Italian academic think-tank for the advancement of technological, juridical and economic understanding of the Internet.

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CC India

Melissa Reeder, May 11th, 2007

The Creative Commons international scholarship campaign ended successfully today. We cannot thank you enough for all your help and support. Over the past two weeks we have profiled Creative Commons international jurisdiction projects to highlight the importance to the movement.

Although the campaign has ended, we still have some great stories remaining, which we’ll post over the next few days.

CC India marches ahead
CC India was recently and very successfully launched at IIT Bombay on January 26 [Republic Day of India], 2007. Joichi Ito and Catharina Maracke represented Creative Commons. We also had presentations from Nandu Pradhan, President and Managing Director of Red Hat India, film director Anurag Kashyap, Professor Deepak Phatak of IIT Bombay, legal lead Lawrence Liang and project lead Shishir Jha. For more info check out the press release and Joi Ito’s blog post. There were two workshops organized for the event.

CC India is planning to focus on three specific areas: Educational institutions and organizations, non-governmental organizations and younger artists in the media and entertainment industry. We have already succeeded in persuading a large educational initiative set up by the government: National Programme on Technologically Enhanced Learning [NPTEL] to actively consider using Creative Commons as an option for releasing content. The main objective of NPTEL is to enhance the quality of engineering education in India by developing curriculum based video and web courses. This program is being carried out by IITs (Seven), IISc Bangalore and other premier institutions as a collaborative project. Over 500 courses are finally expected to be developed under this program. Several other organizations are actively thinking of using CC licenses for their documentation.

We are also developing case studies to examine how CC licenses can be productively used for building robust models for the publishing, telecommunications, music and movie industry. We hope to keep the CC-India flag flying high. Lawrence Liang of Alternative Law Forum and a member of the iCommons board is the Legal Lead and Shishir Jha, Faculty at IIT Bombay is the project lead for CC-India.

It is imperative that as CC India and the other CC jurisdictions grow and become more influential that they have access to each other and their contemporaries so that they can discuss and debate issues that they encounter within their own jurisdiction and the larger world. Thank you for your support in making this happen.

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Scholarship campaign ends successfully: $200,000 raised

Melissa Reeder, May 11th, 2007

I have exciting news! Not only did we meet the $50,000 goal for the CCi Scholarship campaign we also met the $100,000 matching challenge — raising $200,000 in total.

We met this challenge through the significant support of:

and most importantly you — our community.

We look forward to keeping you updated on the iSummit and its outcomes.

For all of you that are interested in staying up to date on all the cool things that are happening in the CC sphere via email, we’re resurrecting the CC Newsletter. This bi-monthly newsletter will be launched on June 1. If interested sign up here.

Thanks to all for making this campaign a success and helping us meet this incredible challenge.

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Day 13: CC Germany

Melissa Reeder, May 10th, 2007

The past 13 days have been unbelievable. The support that you have shown CC and the CCi volunteer affiliates has been phenomenal. Tomorrow marks the end of the campaign so we’re making one final push to help us reach our goal. As always there are several ways to help us reach this goal: shop at our online store, make a donation directly, or just help spread the word by telling people that you think would be interested in helping us reach our goal.

Over the past 13 days we’ve heard stories from around the world. Today’s story however comes from our second home base – CC Germany. Creative Commons International, the international arm of CC, is based in Berlin – so it’s fitting that the final push to meet our $50,000 goal is highlighted by CC Germany’s story.

CC Germany

One of the first jurisdictions to port the CC core licenses was Germany. Germany strongly emphasizes moral rights and is rather regulated, in most cases to the benefit of creators, compared to what is common in other countries.

With a very active open source community and the ever growing network of bloggers, podcasters, netlabels and young artists it is not surprising that there is strong awareness for alternative licensing in Germany. The latest examples for this was the hugely successful re:publica conference in Berlin, where Creative Commons was a hot topic.

CC licenses in action could also be seen at the Open Music Contest of Marburg University’s Student Union. This was their third year of hosting it and this year’s contest was officially supported by Lawrence Lessig (who is presently on sabbatical in Germany). The contest facilitated such good work that they needed to produce a double sampler to make sure that all the winning bands were featured.

The Mobile film festival is where CC-licensed cellphone clips can be submitted and voted on through a website. Other CC related projects include OMDB.org, a user generated open media database which was recently launched and is growing by the hour, as well as the award winning IP law website irights.info and also various regional user groups that are forming throughout the country.

CC Germany itself is presently building up an affiliate team from all academic fields as well as a network of supporters. At Saarland University law students can now choose a seminar on Creative Commons within their curriculum. Next month Creative Commons will be featured in the german open source / TYPO3 magazine named T3N. We have also begun versioning the german CC licenses to 3.0, including a re-translation of the entire texts.

The growth and success of CC is partly due to the internationalization of our licenses and the education and dissemination of the importance of “free culture” by these affiliates. Please contribute to the campaign.

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How to piss off the Industry for Fun and Profit

Mike Linksvayer, May 9th, 2007

Magnatune founder and CC board member John Buckman is giving a presentation today (and again next month) in London provocatively titled How to piss off the Industry for Fun and Profit.

Check out John’s slides (PDF) (licensed under CC Attribution).

Piss Off Presentation3B

I’ll give away the the big picture answer below, but do check out the whole presentation:

What makes a great business idea?

It really annoys an established industry who is making a lot of money

and

it’s legal

and

it gets you excited to get out of bed every morning.

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Day 12: CC Sweden

Melissa Reeder, May 9th, 2007

The end of the campaign is near and we have received phenomenal support from our community. And for that we thank you. We still need to raise $22,460 in the next three days. If 45 people give at the $500 level we will reach our goal. If you’re looking for a unique present for someone then give them the gift of reassurance that the future of the Internet and their digital rights are being protected. Support this campaign in their name and I’ll send them all the swag that comes with the donation and list their name on the website.

Continuing our CC international jurisdiction project profiles, today we present Creative Commons Sweden.

Creative Commons Sweden originally began in 2004 but ran into difficulties and stalled. In February 2005 the project was transferred to the University of Göteborg where Mathias Klang (then a PhD student) and Karl Jonsson (then a law student) took over the project.

On 30 November 2005 the licenses were launched and since then Mathias (now Dr Klang at the University of Göteborg) and Karl (now a law clerk at the Court in Malmö) have been actively promoting the licensing through lectures, media articles and fielding questions from the public.

Since their launch, the Swedish licenses have been used on music CDs, in a music competition, for online media and the first European CC licensed PhD thesis.

The Creative Commons Sweden project plans to continue its work in promoting the licenses, supporting the development of open access to knowledge by promoting the use of licenses among researchers and to develop a better cooperation between other CC jurisdictions, in particular the Nordic countries.

Help CC Sweden and the other CCi Affiliates by sending them to the conference that will facilitate the debate and conversation that will fuel the work that they do in their own jurisdictions.

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