2007 November

We are looking for PR help!

Jennifer Yip, November 6th, 2007

As you might already be aware, Creative Commons’ fifth anniversary celebration is next month. This milestone provides us with a great opportunity to let the world know about all of the amazing things our community has accomplished over the past few years. As such, we’re looking for a public relations expert to work with us on a program to get the most media impact out of our anniversary as possible.

We’re looking for someone to start working with us on this ASAP, so if you or someone you know has solid PR experience (as well as significant familiarity with CC’s community and work), please take a look at our proposal request and send us some information about how you’d help us fulfill our goals.

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Steal This Film (Part Two)

Michelle Thorne, November 6th, 2007

ShareThe League of Noble Peers has done it again. Steal This Film Part II, the appropriately named sequel to Steal This Film Part I, is coming soon (if not already) to a tracker near you. The film, although regrettably not under a CC license, features interviews with Lawrence Liang, Siva Vaidhyanathan, Fred von Lohmann, and Aaron Swartz, among others.

Its opening message:

“Do not seek permission to copy this film. Anyone who fails to redistribute this film, or by inaction, prevents others from distributing it, faces ostracism.

All devices capable of being used to share this film should be so deployed. We ask the audience to remain vigilant in promoting such activity and report docile consumption to cinema staff. Thank you.”

Don’t worry — some viewers were already found camming it at the premiere.

Image from Steal This Film Part I

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Is your art for the 21st century?

Mike Linksvayer, November 5th, 2007

Author Cory Doctorow, asked for the millionth time “What’s the deal with giving away your stuff for free?” by Joel Turnipseed guestblogging at kottke.org, covers the the usual economic and ethical grounds, and also comes up with something new and wonderful (emphasis added):

But then there is the artistic reason: we live in a century in which copying is only going to get easier. It’s the 21st century, there’s not going to be a year in which it’s harder to copy than this year; there’s not going to be a day in which it’s harder to copy than this day; from now on. Right? If copying gets harder, it’s because of a nuclear holocaust. There’s nothing else that’s going to make copying harder from now on. And so, if your business model and your aesthetic effect in your literature and your work is intended not to be copied, you’re fundamentally not making art for the 21st century. It might be quaint, it might be interesting, but it’s not particularly contemporary to produce art that demands these constraints from a bygone era. You might as well be writing 15-hour Ring Cycle knock-offs and hoping that they’ll be performed at the local opera. I mean, yes, there’s a tiny market for that, but it’s hardly what you’d call contemporary art.

Also check out Doctorow’s recent Commoner Letter penned as part of the CC fall fundraising campaign and of course his books, which you can indeed download and share for free under CC licenses.

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“Rock’n’Rebirth” Media Web Meet-up @ Songbird

Mike Linksvayer, November 5th, 2007

Madonna and Trent Reznor lose their labels. Radiohead lets fans choose their price. Led Zeppelin … finally decides to make its music available on iTunes.

Last month was an exciting one for those watching the future of the music distribution industry (except for the tardy Led Zeppelin announcement, which could lead one to conclude that Rock’n’Roll is dead, dead, dead).

But what does this upheaval among the majors mean for fans, for remixers, for culture, and more narrowly, for free culture and digital media on the web, for Creative Commons?

I’ll be presenting and leading a discussion on just this topic at the first Media Web Meet-up @ Songbird, November 13th 1pm to 3pm in San Francisco. Songbird makes a radical web-aware media player based on the same software platform as the Firefox browser. They also hosted CC’s 4th birthday party last year (but in case you attended that, they’ve moved to a bigger space since then, so don’t go where the party was).

You can RSVP for next Wednesday’s event at Upcoming or Facebook (and if you’re going to be on Facebook, click to spread the word about Creative Commons to your friends).

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CC China Photo Contest

Joi Ito, November 4th, 2007

JUMP系列 Photographer:老0

Yesterday, I attended the Creative Commons China Photo Content ceremony at the National Library in Beijing. There were 10,000 submissions of professional and amateur works licensed under various CC licenses. There were three categories: Society, Nature and Portraits. Winners were chosen by a panel of judges including famous photographers, professors and other notable people. The photographs were amazing. There is a web page of the winning photographs. Don’t forget to click the link underneath the winning photos for the second place winner gallery.

While we have silly people in the West saying that for every free photo on Flickr a professional photographer loses their job, we have professional photographers in China licensing their best works under CC licenses. As far as I could tell, the amateur and professional photographers seemed integrated and supportive of each other.

After the awards ceremony, we have a workshop with presentations from an illustrious and interesting group of speakers. Overall a groundbreaking and well executed event. Congratulations Chunyan and the CC China team!

I’m uploading photos from my trip in a Flickr set. I found out yesterday that there is a Firefox Plugin to bypass the Chinese block on Flickr.

Cross-posted from my blog.

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LibriVox Releases 1,000th Public Domain Audio Book

Timothy Vollmer, November 3rd, 2007


Illustration by Aubrey Beardsley of “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” 1895.Congratulations to LibriVox, who’ve just released their 1,000th public domain audio book! Previously featured on this site, LibriVox has been a consistent supporter of access to open content by building a digital library of free public domain audio books.

From their release:

LibriVox, the free audio book project has just cataloged its 1,000th book: Murders in the Rue Morgue, by Edgar Allan Poe (read by Reynard T. Fox).

LibriVox.org started in August 2005 with a simple objective: “to make all public domain books available as free audio books.” Thirteen people collaborated to make the first recording, Joseph Conrad’s Secret Agent.

Two years later, LibriVox has become the most prolific audiobook publisher in the world – we are now putting out 60-70 books a month, we have a catalog of 1,000 works, which represents a little over 6 months of *continuous* audio; we have some 1,500 volunteers who have contributed audio to the project; and a catalog that includes Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Moby Dick, Darwin’s Origin of the Species, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Einstein’s Relativity: The Special and General Theory, Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, and other less well-known gems such as Romance of Rubber edited by John Martin. We have recordings in 21 languages, and about half of our recordings are solo efforts by one reader, while the other half are collaborations among many readers.

Full announcement here.


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Mike Linksvayer, November 2nd, 2007

Rudy Rucker, one of the founders of cyberpunk, has released the electronic version of his latest novel, Postsingular, under a CC Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs license.

Via Boing Boing.

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CC Talks With: Jamglue

Cameron Parkins, November 2nd, 2007

UPDATE: Jamglue has shut down – former users should see our music communities page for a list of additional communities working in a similar vein.

Jamglue has been consistent blog-fuel for CC over the past couple months, combining some seriously cool remix contests with an exemplary online music collaboration platform. We recently caught up with co-founder Divya Bhat to learn more:

What’s Jamglue all about? What’s its history? How did it come about? Who’s involved?

Jamglue aims to make it simple and fun for fans to get involved with the music they love. Our Flash-based tools let anyone mash up and remix music from within their browser, making their mark on their favorite music.

Our tools and rapidly growing online community provide a platform for artists to engage their listeners. Through remix contests, fans can interact with their music by adding/removing parts, chopping up tracks, contributing their own vocals, and adding sound effects. Our community facilitates collaboration and provides an instant audience for the new music that’s produced.
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Wear “I ❤ CC” on your sidebar

Melissa Reeder, November 1st, 2007

As a digital creator, you have a vested interest in both the future of your work and the larger participatory culture. As an active participant in this community, you play a major role in helping ensure that our culture remains as free and accessible as possible.

Because of this, we are releasing our own fundraising widget. This is an exciting move for CC, as we’re putting faith in the power of “you” to help us raise awareness and funds for CC’s future.

The widget is an easy-to-use tool that embeds in your blog, website, or Myspace page. The text is customizable so you can encourage people to support CC in your own words.

Remember – by supporting Creative Commons, you are enabling us to continue doing innovative work that builds and supports an accessible, shareable, and reusable culture.

Also check out our other viral fundraising tools — buttons, videos, Facebook, and more.

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