2007 July

Power Point Karaoke

Cameron Parkins, July 5th, 2007

As we’ve mentioned before, this Wednesday (July 11th) we will be back at Shine for another round of CC Salon-ing. The presenter list is shaping up nicely and it’s bound to be a great time. This aside, we need your help in making it even better.

Our friends at slideshare.net will not only be in attendance to present their phenomenal slide-sharing community, but will also run “PowerPoint Karaoke” (read about it here), moderated by EFF’s Danny O’Brien. To make it all work, we need your presentations! All you have to do is upload them to slideshare.net, CC licence them, make them downloadable, and finally tag them with “pptkaroake“. Simple enough.

We can’t wait to see what gets posted, and are even more eager to watch one another stumble through them at the Salon. See you then!

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We’re Throwing a Party!

Melissa Reeder, July 2nd, 2007

Come celebrate open source, the open web, and the commons with CC and Mozilla on Wed. July 25th in Portland, OR. Several of the CC and Mozilla crew will be venturing out of San Francisco in order to attend the Open Source Convention (OSCON) and saw this as the perfect opportunity to bring our communities together in real time. Did I mention that Menomena, an experimental rock band from Portland will be playing? Awesome.

Date: July 25, 2007
Time: Doors open at 6:30 but feel free to come after the party on the Expo Floor. Band starts around 8:30.
Location: The Wonder Ballroom

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Mozilla visits [CC-]Brazil

Mike Linksvayer, July 1st, 2007

Representatives of two of our favorite organizations recently got together — Mozilla and CC Brazil affiliate Centro de Tecnologia e Sociedade da Escola de Direito da Fundação Getulio Vargas no Rio de Janeiro. JT Batson from the Mozilla marketing team wrote about the meeting. Excerpt:

At Mozilla, we often struggle to relate our core goal (promoting a innovation and choice on the web) to something meaningful for daily users. This challenge isn’t unique to Mozilla. One of the main goals of CTS is to ensure that their research and work, which if focused on development, innovation and democracy, is accessible to the average person. In addition to their many blogs aimed at general consumers, they also developed a real world approach to explaining the impact of copyright owners pushing for “permanent” copyright to materials by having 20 different musicians record different tracks from a high profile Brazilian classical musician whose family is fighting to extend the copyright on his work indefinitely. If the copyright expires on January 1, for example, the 20 new tracks will be released on the 2nd and then on the 3rd, the CTS team will promote a contest to see who can do the best remix of the tracks, which could never have been done before in mass because of the copyright. Rather that just issuing a press release bemoaning the problem, their work to make copyright expiration palatable to a broader audience is down right impressive (forgive my butchering of the example).

That is from the first of several interesting posts about Mozilla’s trip to Brazil.

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