2007 July

CC / Mozilla Party Community Party

Melissa Reeder, July 24th, 2007

CC and Mozilla have come together in order to throw one awesome party. Come celebrate the “open” movement with us this Wed. at the Wonder Ballroom. Portland local Mike Williams, of the Mercury News and host of the monthly dance party Branx, along with the popular Portland band Menomena will be performing so you know it’s gonna be a good time. Doors open at 6:30.

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Progress on LiveContent v1.0

Timothy Vollmer, July 19th, 2007

We’ve been working hard on developing LiveContent, an umbrella concept that works to expand access to dynamic CC-licensed content and free open source software. The first incarnation of LiveContent is taking shape in the form of a LiveCD, and you can help! We have an ISO image of the most current revision available here. Download ccLiveContent-LATEST, burn it to a CD, and give LiveContent a spin. Lend us your eyes and share your thoughts and suggestions on the LiveContent wiki.

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DIY Now!

Mike Linksvayer, July 19th, 2007

Michael W. Dean and Chris Caulder have made their “guide to making a living making music out of your backpack, from anywhere, and everywhere” available as an ebook download licensed under CC Attribution-ShareAlike.

Even better, they’ve put up all the book’s source files up for download and remixing.

Via Boing Boing.

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Science Commons’ John Wilbanks in Popular Science

Kaitlin Thaney, July 19th, 2007

This just in from PopSci.com

Will John Wilbanks Launch the Next Scientific Revolution?

Using innovative copyrights and a Web 2.0 platform, John Wilbanks may just transform how scientific discoveries are made

by Abby Seiff

When Pasteur had his eureka moment, the processes leading up to it were barely different than Archimedes’s. The scientist hypothesized, created his tools, and executed his experiments with little need for input from his colleagues. My, how things have changed. As science has become increasingly complex and interconnected, even the smallest a-ha instance demands that researchers spend the bulk of their time on grunt work – combing through relevant journal articles that are poorly annotated, begging colleagues for necessary materials (a biologist may need specific cell lines, for instance), and tracking down data sets. As scientific goals grow more multifaceted, the challenges for research and developments lie not only in the experiments themselves, but also in the transfer of information among peers.

Enter John Wilbanks, executive director of the Science Commons initiative, and the six-year-old innovation of its parent organization, Creative Commons – an intelligent, understandable copyright that’s revolutionizing how everything from photos to publications are shared. Wilbanks and his team (which includes Nobel Prize winners Joshua Lederberg and John Sulston) are focused on three areas where roadblocks to scientific discovery are most common: in accessing literature, obtaining materials and sharing data. […]”

You can read the rest of this article, which includes an interview with Wilbanks, here.

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PodTech Pays Lan Bui for CC Licensed Photograph

Cameron Parkins, July 18th, 2007

Lan Bui, photographer and vlogger, recently found himself in a difficult situation in relation to a photo he published on flickr under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 license. While at this years SXSW conference, Lan noticed to his surprise that the photo had been reproduced on a promotional poster for PodTech, a technology and entertainment video network. There was no attribution to be found and the use was commercial, violating the terms Lan had chosen.

What followed was a lengthly back and forth between Lan and PodTech. After going through the proper channels to solve the issue, but with no results, Lan posted about the incident on his blog. Many responded, commented, and weighed in on the matter – some in support of Lan and others in disagreement. For the most part, there was an overarching feeling that Lan, under his specified terms, deserved compensation from PodTech.

After a long wait, this compensation eventually came, albeit in an amount much less than Lan had asked for. PodTech sent him a check for less than a third of his original invoice and less than half of his renegotiated claim, a frustrating response to say the least. From Lan:

I didn’t want lower my offer because I didn’t want to set a precedent that others can steal work and then negotiate after the fact as though nothing was done wrong in the first place. What incentive is there for companies to pay creators up front for their work if they can just steal it then only pay up if they get caught, with no penalty, the same amount they would have paid up front? Negotiations are for normal business transactions, which happen before work is used… this was a different story. Although that was my position, I also didn’t want to drag the entire thing on for a long time, so I decided to lower my invoice to $2500. They didn’t accept my offer.

From the beginning of this I’ve told everyone that I was not looking for some quick easy free cash. This was, for the most part, about setting a precedent so companies (and individals) think about what they are doing and the repercussions that can ensue when they use others’ work outside of the copyright or Creative Commons license that is provided.

I believe in using Creative Commons, it allows my work to be used without someone going through the hassle of contacting me and waiting for me to grant them permission. I am ok with this as long as they follow the rules of the license, but just like if I had an all rights reserved copyright on a photograph, contact me before you use it outside of what Creative Commons grants. This goes for anyone using Creative Commons, you should expect others and companies to respect your copyright. You still own the copyright on your work if you release it under Creative Commons; you are just granting certain use of your work through a Creative Commons license.

It is unfortunate that PodTech did not take into account the terms of Lan’s CC licence, as it would from the get-go prevented the entire issue. Perhaps PodTech misunderstood his licence to begin with, but this should not have stopped them from working with Lan to find a mutually beneficial solution. Thankfully Lan was monetarily compensated for his work to an extent – unfortunately it was not on the terms he had chosen.

There has always been a commitment to commercial viability with the licenses CC provides – allowing or disallowing commercial use as a creator sees fit. As CC gains momentum, knowledge of this will become more pervasive, from both a content creator and content consumer standpoint. CC licenses and commercial use fit together nicely and have the ability to marriage the benefits of a “sharing economy” with that of “permission culture”.

Lan has decided to end pursuing the matter and instead has chosen to donate the money he received from PodTech directly to CC to help further our mission. Lan’s belief in the ethos of CC is truly inspiring – CC licenses were created as a means to avoid these content misuses on all levels, and Lan sees his donation as a means to further this goal. He is truly an exemplary member of the CC community.

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Community content and money

Mike Linksvayer, July 17th, 2007

Evan Prodromou just published a great essay on paying wiki contributors. He says don’t, offering solid reasons and alternatives. One alternative that I won’t argue with (but probably one of the least interesting–read the essay for more):

Donate. Set aside a good part of the profits from the site (if there are any…) to donations to related charities. Donations to Creative Commons, the Free Software Foundation, and Wikimedia Foundation are probably all good candidates. There may also be domain-specific charities you can contribute to; if you have a site about pets, say, you could contribute to the Animal Rescue Network.

Relatedly, Evan’s talk at SXSW this spring on Commercialization of Wikis was the best session at SXSW (says me) and a must read for anyone building a community or user generated content site (Evan argues that many such sites have “WikiNature” though they aren’t formally wikis).

To wrap up the self-serving nature of this post, Evan recommends CC licensing for commercial wikis. But that should be obvious.

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Jamendo attracts VC funding

Mike Linksvayer, July 17th, 2007

Congratulations yet again to Jamendo, though this time not for adding CC licensed music and features, but for raising money to do even more:

Jamendo allows users to listen and download for free more than 40.000 DRM-less music tracks under Creative Commons license. So far, 3 million albums have been legally downloaded from the Jamendo platform, which currently counts 500.000 unique visitors per month. Since January 2007, Jamendo offers to its artists a Revenue Share program: half of the advertising revenue are shared with the registered artists.

Laurent Kratz Founder and CEO of Jamendo commented: “We are very proud to welcome Mangrove as a new shareholder in our company. We share the same vision of the future of music. With this funding, we plan to become the undisputed global player of free music. More than a music sharing platform we are economically supporting and promoting the long tail of music. We have a proven business model where music is not only proposed for free to end consumers but we are also closing an increasing number of partnership agreements and licensing deals.”

Exciting stuff. But if you’re more interested in the music, Jamendo is nearly at 4000 albums. One I’ve been enjoying recently is Devon Miles – Nine Hundred, supposedly “noisy emo math rock”, licensed under Attribution-ShareAlike. The track “Crash Into June” is particularly catchy.

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The Open Content Library at GUADEC

Jon Phillips, July 17th, 2007

I presented an updated tango-ified Open Content Library presentation that discussed some key projects that we are working on at Creative Commons at GUADEC in Birmingham, UK. GUADEC is the happening right now with major key open source developers focused in and around the GNOME desktop here. Check the CC Attribution 3.0 licensed presentation:

I look forward to meeting with various developers to talk about integration of open content and Creative Commons licensing to further empower the content evolution. It makes sense, right, for free and open source software to play free and open content?

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Video from the CC Salon London

Cameron Parkins, July 16th, 2007

A little over two weeks ago, the very first CC Salon London took place with great success. A slew on interesting presentations and good times filled the night with a last-minute presentation of Where Are The Joneses? capping things off nicely. For those not in the London area, you can read about the night’s festivities and catch video of Tom Reynold’s presentation here.

In even better news, CC Salon London will be back once again at 6.30 on Thursday the 26th of July at Juno on Shoreditch High Street! This month will feature presentations from Paula leDieu of Magic Lantern, Michela Ledwidge from Modfilms, and live music from Calendargirl/Calendarsongs. You can RSVP (although none is required) on Facebook or Upcoming.

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Music search, a cool web app for everyone

Mike Linksvayer, July 15th, 2007

The OWL Music Search presentation at last week’s CC Salon San Francisco has been written up by CNET’s Webware, “cool web apps for everyone.”

You can use OWL via CC Search or directly.

Mark your calendar for the next CC Salon SF: August 8.

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