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2007 June

CC Israel

Cameron Parkins, June 12th, 2007

Concluding our series on the Creative Commons international jurisdiction projects comes news from CC Israel (CC-IL) concerning their various projects and initiatives. Again, we can’t thank you all enough for your support during our CCi Scholarship campaign – it was a truly overwhelming response and promises to make iSummit 2007 an event for the ages.

CC-IL was established in 2004, when Ohad Mayblum, then an Israeli LLM student at Stanford University, worked as a research assistant to Professor Lawrence Lessig. At Stanford, Mayblum learned about Creative Commons and suggested that an Israeli branch should be established at the Haifa Center of Law & Technology (HCLT) – HCLT Directors, Professor Niva Elkin–Koren and Dr. Michael D. Birnhack, agreed. The first CC-IL project leaders were Mayblum and Elad Wieder and as of November 2006, Nethaniel Davidi and Lital Leichtag have taken over, while Mayblum is responsible for legal assistance.

In January of 2007, CC-IL completed localizing the CC 2.5 licenses. Although some of the license adopters (about 23,000 works use CC-IL) have yet to upgrade their old CC licenses to the latest version, CC-IL are in the process of locating those users and are encouraging them to both adopt the new licenses and take an active part in their local community.

Similarly, since last January, CC-IL have been vigorously updating their website in an attempt to make it more attractive, dynamic and up to date. CC-IL use their website to chart their progress, their projects with other organizations and, mainly, to post about local events. CC-IL has also begun featuring Israeli websites that use CC licenses on a monthly basis, creating a better connection between the authors and the community while giving the authors a sense of satisfaction.

The main goal for CC-IL in 2007 is to increase awareness of CC licensing options among Israeli authors, artists, and creative minds. By the end of the year, CC-IL intend to launch an Israeli version of ccMixter, complete in Hebrew and supported by a generous grant received from the Israeli Information Society (ISOC-IL). ISOC-IL joins the “Hamakor” (English) association (“The Source” in Hebrew) in supporting CC-IL’s goal for localizing CC applications (ccPublisher and ccHost) so that Israelis can easily use the applications with ease.

In order to promote CC’s mission, CC-IL are in the process of producing a few short films in order to increase awareness of the importance of CC licenses. CC-IL also plan on having a small conference in the coming weeks, at which CC-IL will discuss the Israeli licenses and their different uses, presented by interesting guests that have been able to use them in different ways. CC-IL are also hoping to throw the first CC Israel party, coinciding with the launch of the new ccMixter Israel website.

Most of CC-IL’s activities and projects are covered by the media, especially in dominant Israeli news websites like ynet.com, themarker.com, walla.co.il, nana.co.il and more. In addition, former Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has adopted a CC-IL license for the contents of his blog. Netanyahu’s use of CC comes at the time that the Israeli Parliament (Knesset) is discussing a new Copyright Act, and is a powerful statement from such a high profile politician.

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CC Bulgaria

Cameron Parkins, June 11th, 2007

With iSummit 2007 kicking off at the end of this week (June 15th), it seems only appropriate to wrap up our series highlighting the phenomenal work being done by Creative Commons international jurisdiction projects. Two stories remain, and today we present Creative Commons Bulgaria.

CC Bulgaria, in cooperation with six international partners, including CC Sweden, is actively working on initiative, aiming to bring to life an open and accessible platform for knowledge and educational materials about Free Software and Open Standards. The initiative is called SELF Project — an acronym for Science, Education and Learning in Freedom. The SELF platform aims to bring together universities, training centers, Free Software communities, software companies, publishing houses and government bodies to centralize, create and disseminate information, educational and training materials on Free Software and Open Standards.

The SELF platform will simultaneously be a knowledge base and a collaborative production facility. On the one hand, it will provide information, educational and training materials that can be presented in different languages and forms: from course texts, presentations, e-learning programs and platforms to tutor software, e-books, instructional and educational videos and manuals. On the other hand, it will offer a platform for the evaluation, adaptation, creation and translation of these materials. The production process of such materials will be based on the organizational model of Wikipedia. In short, SELF will be a web-based, multi-language, free content knowledge base written collaboratively by experts and interested users.

All educational materials on the SELF Platform will be available under free licenses, which allow unlimited use for any purpose, modification, and distribution. Special attention will be paid to the CC-BY license, as the attribution clause specifies that the authors of a document must be attributed in all future versions of the document. Attribution is an important aspect of the SELF project as it allows everyone working with the SELF platform to garner a positive reputation through recognition of the materials they have contributed to.

In addition to an already impressive platform, sitting on the newly established SELF Advisory Board are both Heather Ford and Lawrence Liang.

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More media from CC Salon Seoul and upcoming CC Salon info

Cameron Parkins, June 8th, 2007

Following up on our previous post comes even more media from the most recent, and wonderfully amazing, ccSalon in Seoul. The theme, “Code Can be an Art”, was engaged through a media-jam encouraging those in attendance to create art from code, presentations by local artists and DJs, as well as a panel discussion focusing on the question “Could code be widely regarded as an artform?”. Follow the link to see video as well as an amazing interactive piece created from media generated at the Salon.

The success of CC Salon Seoul only further illuminates the notion that anyone can start a CC Salon wherever they’d like, helping CC spread. In the near future, there is the upcoming London CC Salon as well as both the July and August CC Salons in San Francisco.

Involving CC in local communities is essential to CC’s growth as a movement, but we need your help! If you want to set up a CC Salon in your area, let us know and we can send some schwag your way.

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PictureSandbox

Mike Linksvayer, June 5th, 2007

April’s most sophisticated Flickr/CC mashup yet has relaunched with angel funding as PictureSandbox.com with cool tools to find and reuse CC licensed photos in lightboxes, cards, and more.

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Science Commons in the news

Kaitlin Thaney, June 5th, 2007

From the Science Commons blog

Information World Review and SPARC’s Open Access Newsletter both feature pieces this month highlighting a new set of online tools recently released by Science Commons and SPARC. The toolkit aims to help authors retain critical rights over their scholarly works.

From IWR’s article, “Commons copyright targets scientists”, which was posted today:

“[...]‘This is about authors’ rights,’ said John Wilbanks, vice-president [for] Science Commons. ‘Right now, authors trade the most important rights – like the right to make copies of their own scholarly works – to traditional publishers. That trade has led to an imbalanced world of restricted access to knowledge, skyrocketing journal prices, and an inability to apply new technologies to the scholarly canon of knowledge.’”

More after the jump

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Book recommendation: “Ourspace” by Christine Harold

Eric Steuer, June 5th, 2007

Ourspace cover

Professor Christine Harold of the University of Georgia has a great new book out entitled Ourspace: Resisting the Corporate Control of Culture that focuses on participatory culture and the movement to subvert mainstream media supremacy.

Harold examines the deployment and limitations of “culture jamming” by activists. These techniques defy repressive corporate culture through parodies, hoaxes, and pranks. … While these strategies are appealing, Harold argues that they are severely limited in their ability to challenge capitalism. Indeed, many of these tactics have already been appropriated by corporate marketers to create an aura of authenticity and to sell even more products. For Harold, it is a different type of opposition that offers a genuine alternative to corporate consumerism. Exploring the revolutionary Creative Commons movement, copyleft, and open source technology, she advocates a more inclusive approach to intellectual property that invites innovation and wider participation in the creative process.

There’s a nice write-up of the book on Media Bistro, which points out a wiki Harold has set up to invite readers to offer their ideas about the book and related concepts. The write-up also mentions McKenzie Wark’s Gamer Theory, which we wrote about previously.

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Worldwide Wanna Work Together? (in your language)

Jon Phillips, June 4th, 2007

Dominick Chen, from CC Japan, uploaded the latest Creative Commons video, Wanna Work Together? in order to develop translations for his others in Japan. Check out the video and also contribute translations for the languages you know. Also, as a challenge, blog about and let the community know if you have found other CC media and videos. Ryan Junell sent me this link of an old Creative Commons video, Reticulum Rex, with dubbed in Japanese language. This links to a Japanese video sharing site Nifty, which supports all six primary Creative Commons licenses in Japan…its spreading!

If you don’t believe me about the CC spread in Japan, check out CC Chairman of the Board, Joi Ito’s blog post about further CC licensing support at Sony:

Saw Masaki and Takeshi from Sony yesterday. They are responsible for Eyevio, Sony’s video sharing site. Eyevio uses CC licenses as a default allowing users to select their license when they upload. As Kirai reports, you can sync to the PSP and the Video Walkman. They also have it working with the Video iPod. They use H.264 with no DRM and only allow you to sync CC licensed content. My favorite part of the demo Takeshi did or me with his Video Walkman was when Eyevio popped up a dialog box when you were about to sync the videos that said, “Do you agree to abide by this CC license?” Awesome. Really.

There are great things happening in all the CC jurisdictions. Check out our worldwide page, track down your jurisdiction project leads, and jump into your local scene. If you are in a country that doesn’t have a jurisdiction, help instigate your jurisdiction to have a CC affiliation.

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Download “Good Copy Bad Copy”

Eric Steuer, June 4th, 2007

Good Copy Bad Copy is a terrific new documentary about copyright and culture, directed by Andreas Johnsen, Ralf Christensen, and Henrik Moltke. It features interviews with Danger Mouse, Girl Talk, Siva Vaidhyanathan, Lawrence Lessig, and many others with various perspectives on copyright.

Check out the film’s trailer below (via blip.tv) and download the torrent for the XviD version of the whole movie at goodcopybadcopy.net.



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SXSW podcasts now online

Kaitlin Thaney, June 4th, 2007

From the Science Commons blog

Podcasts from this year’s Interactive component of SXSW are now available. Science Commons’ John Wilbanks moderated one of these very panels, exploring the social and legal ramifications of “Semantic Web” and “Web 2.0″ as it applies to scientific publishing. Joining Wilbanks for this panel was Matthew Cockerill (BioMed Central), Melissa Hagemann (Open Society Institute), Timo Hannay (Nature Publishing Group), and Amit Kapoor (Topaz).

The podcast can be found on the SXSW Web site. We encourage you to visit SXSW 2007′s site for access to all of their telecasts from the event.

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Retiring standalone DevNations and one Sampling license

Lawrence Lessig, June 4th, 2007

Today we are retiring two of the Creative Commons licenses — the stand alone Developing Nations license, as well as one of the three Sampling licenses we offer. The reasons for these retirements are both practical and principled.

The practical reason is simple lack of interest: From the start, Creative Commons has promised to keep our family of licenses as simple as possible. Actual demand has been one of the key indicators of how simple things can be. We estimate just 0.01% of our existing licenses are Developing Nations licenses, and 0.01% are the version of the Sampling license that we are retiring. Those numbers say that these licenses are not in demand.

The principled reasons are different with each license. The Developing Nations license is in conflict with the growing “Open Access Publishing” movement. While the license frees creative work in the developing nations, it does not free work in any way elsewhere. This means these licenses do not meet the minimum standards of the Open Access Movement. Because this movement is so important to the spread of science and knowledge, we no longer believe it correct to promote a stand alone version of this license. Later this month, we will begin a discussion about adding the terms of the Developing Nations license to 5 of the other CC licenses, and giving users the option to include those terms in their license. (So, for example, you could select a BY-NC license for the developed world, but offer a BY license for creators within Developing Nations.) Because such an option would be attached to a standard CC license, it would not conflict with the principle we are announcing here. Based upon the feedback we get to that idea, we will decide whether to implement it.

The Sampling License presents a similar concern. Until today, we have offered three versions of the Sampling license. Two of those versions permit noncommercial sharing of the licensed work (SamplingPlus, and Noncommercial SamplingPlus). One (the Sampling License) only permits the remix of the licensed work, not the freedom to share it. There is a strong movement to convince Creative Commons that our core licenses at least permit the freedom to share a work noncommercially.

Creative Commons supports that movement. We will not adopt as a Creative Commons license any license that does not assure at least this minimal freedom — at least not without substantial public discussion. We are grateful for the feedback, and for the understanding of those who helped us craft the sampling licenses, both of which got us here.

This change does not affect any existing licensed work. The links to these licenses, and every Creative Commons license, will always remain valid. The only change we’re making today is that we will no longer offer these licenses on our licensing page.

To read more about these retirements, please visit our retired licenses page.

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