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Cogniview Brings CC Licensing to PDF Output

Nathan Yergler, July 11th, 2007

This has already been picked up by at least one blogger, and I’ve been remiss in not blogging it earlier. Cogniview has developed an open source tool for embedding CC license metadata in PDF output. You can find a screencast and download information on their website.

The CC PDF Converter takes a slightly different approach than most of the other tools we’ve seen. It’s installed as a Windows printer and allows the user to select a license when they “print” a PDF of their document. The tool embeds license metadata in the document as XMP and provides an optional facility for “stamping” the document with visible CC license information — either as a small image in the header or footer, or as a full-page deed appended to the document.

Some additional details are available on Cogniview’s blog; anyone want to write a similar tool for Mac OS X or Linux?

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CC Salon SF Tonight: Live365, Jumpcut, OWL Music, and Slideshare.net Powerpoint Karaoke!

Cameron Parkins, July 11th, 2007

Don’t forget that tonight we are back at Shinesf.com (1337 Mission St. in San Francisco) for this month’s Creative Commons Salon! We are pleased to announce that Live365, an internet radio network where members can create their own online radio stations, will be joining us as presenters. They will be discussing netradio’s effects on independent artists, CC’s role in this relationship, and the most recent legislation in congress which will determine netradio’s future. Joining them will be Yahoo’s Jumpcut Online Video Editing Community, OWL Music Search, and slideshare.net.

After the presentations are said and done, SlideShare will be treating us to Powerpoint Karaoke, MC-ed by EFF’s Danny O’Brien! Today marks the release of the SlideShare Karaoke Randomizer, the first tool that utilizes their just-released API (be sure to check out their Google Code Project Page to learn more).

It’s wonderful that a CC Salon will be the first time this is used in the wild. By combining CC-licenses and open-source software, SlideShare has created an infinitely fun and useful way to scour their repository of open-content presentations. It should be an absolute blast, and in their words, “we are told that pptkaroake is more fun when there is beer involved”.

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Wellcome Images Launches With CC Licences

Cameron Parkins, July 10th, 2007

Wellcome Images, an online image repository “depicting 2,000 years of mankind and medicine”, recently launched their enormous collection online under a Creative Commons Attribution, Non-commercial Licence 2.0. From their press release:

Launched on 15 June 2007, ‘Wellcome Images’ is the world’s leading source of images on the history of medicine, modern biomedical science and clinical medicine. All content has been made available under a Creative Commons License, which allows users to copy, distribute and display the image, provided the source is fully attributed and it is used for non-commercial purposes.

Wellcome Images is constantly updated with new clinical, and biomedical and historical images from the Wellcome Library, Europe’s leading resource for the study of history of medicine which recently re-launched as part of the new and forthcoming Wellcome Collection.

This is absolutely amazing news. Projects like Wellcome Images are phenomenal resources for those in the academic world, allowing students and teachers alike open access to a wealth of information. By utilizing CC-licensing, Wellcome Images is more able to fully realize the true spirit of academia – an unblocked and open pursuit of knowledge and understanding.

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Blast Magazine Chooses CC

Cameron Parkins, July 10th, 2007

Blast Magazine, an online publication that focuses on “lifestyle issues, trends, fashion, sexuality, romance, movies, music, literature, arts, poker, technology, video games, computers and gadgets in the 18-35 demographic”, has recently adopted a CC Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License for all their content. You can read their press release here.

This is fantastic news – as of late, we have seen more and more publishers adopting CC-licenses for their content, an inspiring trend to say the least. By choosing to use CC-licenses, publications like Blast are able to distribute their content in terms that account for the dynamic relationship between reader and author new technologies have helped foster. This flexibility is essential to the way we access and consume content, be it written or otherwise.

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RAND Europe survey on Evaluation of Internet Self Regulation, including CC

Mike Linksvayer, July 10th, 2007

A note from Chris Marsden of RAND Europe:

I am working on a report for the European Commission on the efficacy of self- and co-regulation in various online sectors, looking at organisations such as Creative Commons, the W3C, and others.

We’d be most grateful if CC members had time to participate in one part of the project, a survey:

http://web3.rand.org/resurvey/TakeSurvey.asp?SurveyID=3JK663L0368KG

Note that you do not need to fill in all the questions – you can simply press ‘Next’ to skip pages where you need to. It would help us if you could be very specific in answering question 5.

Our assessment will cover self-regulatory organisations’ efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability in order to identify conditions under which such institutional arrangements can best stimulate innovation without compromising safety, security and fundamental rights. The ultimate aim is to support EC efforts to further these objectives by initiating and/or mediating self- and co-regulation.

The evaluation will be based on documentary, quantitative, elite interview and electronic survey evidence, analyzed within a logical framework reflecting existing knowledge of the evolution of self-/co- regulation. The findings and recommendations will be validated by means of a key stakeholder workshop and reported in a form suitable for wide dissemination and discussion.

Thanks to Veni Markovski of CC Bulgaria for bringing the survey to our attention.

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Finding and Quantifying Australia’s Online Commons

Mike Linksvayer, July 9th, 2007

Finding and Quantifying Australia’s Online Commons is an in-depth look at open license use in Australia, in particular analysis of Creative Commons license adoption.

Thanks to both Jessica Coates of CC Australia and Jordan Hatcher for pointing this excellent resource out following last month’s presentations on CC statistics.

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Wanna work with us?

Jennifer Yip, July 9th, 2007

Creative Commons is looking for 1 or 2 Bay area students to work on media and/or technology projects this fall. Involvement in free culture, open source, or other related projects is helpful. Please submit your letter of interest and resume by August 1.

If you are a highly motivated and uber-organized person seeking a full-time position right now, please check out our Administrative assistant job description!

Please email inquiries and applications to Jennifer Yip: jennifer [at] creativecommons.org
(No phone calls, thank you.)

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Creative Talks: Eric Steuer in Los Angeles

Cameron Parkins, July 9th, 2007

This Wednesday, July 11th, while those in the Bay Area will be enjoying the wonderful world of Power Point Karaoke at this months CC Salon SF, those interested in CC down further south in Los Angeles can catch Eric Steuer, CC’s Creative Director, presenting at Yahoo’s Creative Talks. From Yahoo:

Creative Talks presents outstanding designers and artists, addressing current creative issues, processes and methods. It’s a forum for Los Angeles area designers to meet, get inspired, and learn from each other…Eric will discuss Reusable Culture. He’ll look at ways that people around the world contribute to and draw from the massive pool of creative work on the Web to expand and enhance the worlds of art, education, and science.

Snacks, beverages, and socializing starts at 7:00pm. The talk starts at 7:30pm. You can RSVP at the Upcoming event page.

Similarly, Los Angeles will soon have its very own CC Salon. Presenters are being gathered as we speak and it is shaping up to be quite the kick-off. Keep your RSS-readers pointed this way for an update soon.

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Choose GOOD Block Party

Cameron Parkins, July 9th, 2007

Bay Area CC friends: You are invited to a block party on July 15 at the 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco, hosted by GOOD Magazine! Join us for an afternoon explosion of booth vendors, an outdoor stage and a unique combination of San Francisco’s best! There will be musical performances by A-Trak, Diplo, Kid Sister, Vin Sol, Squeak E Clean, Richie Panic, Blake Miller of the Moving Units, Bedtime For Toys, and more. Admission is free if you purchase a year subscription to GOOD Magazine.

GOOD is a publication focusing on people, ideas, and institutions that are affecting the world in innovative and positive ways. One very cool thing about GOOD is its Choose GOOD campaign, where you can subscribe to a year of the magazine for $20 and choose a partnering non-profit organization that you want 100% of your subscription fee to go towards helping. That means for $20, you can subscribe to a year of GOOD, make a contribution to CC, and gain admission to an afternoon of enjoyment.

Details:
San Francisco Choose GOOD Block Party
Sunday, July 15; 12PM 111 Minna Gallery (111 Minna St.)
GOOD. Block Party. Drinks. Music. Food. Giveaways.
Magazine subscription required for entry. 100% of your subscription fee can go towards helping CC! Subscribe here.

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Superstars on ccMixter

Victor Stone, July 6th, 2007

Salman Ahmad is the founder of one of the world’s most popular bands Junoon. A household name in South Asia, the band has sold over 25 million albums, played at the United Nations by special invitation and Salman and the band have been the subject of several BBC documentaries. Salman has now decided that his solo catalog should be released under Creative Commons and has signed a contract with Magnatune.

In celebration Magnatune and Creative Commons are sponsoring a remix contest featuring Salman’s song “Natchoongi.” Submissions are currently being accepted through the end of July.

Meanwhile BBE Records has announced the winners of the DJ Vadim remix contest and will be releasing these winning entries in a variety of media throughout the the year. Congratulations to grand prize winner Jr Eakee and all the other winners. Read more and listen to the winners here. This contest went so well that BBE and ccMixter have agreed to work together to release a lot more material into the Commons so keep an eye out for that.

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