2007 December

CC at 5 years and great hope for the future

Mike Linksvayer, December 17th, 2007

For a rundown of the overwhelming number of big announcements made at CC’s 5th birthday party in San Francisco, see Lawrence Lessig’s blog. The party itself was a huge success, with over 600 people attending. Watch this space for more detail on the announced projects as they develop.

In Berlin, headquarters of CC International, a small party became a smashing success with 300 people and some great announcements from CC Germany. See a writeup on the Netzpolitik blog.

There were other CC birthday parties around the globe, but from the photos the most impressive of all may have been put on by CC Korea, called CC Hope Day.

Photo by asadal under CC BY-SA.

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Creative Commons Launches CC+ and CC0 Programs

Eric Steuer, December 17th, 2007

We are very excited to announce the launch of the CC+ (aka CC Plus) and CC0 (aka CC Zero) programs. These are major additions to the Creative Commons array of legal tools.

In a nutshell, CC+ is a protocol to enable a simple way for users to get rights beyond those granted by a CC license.  Meanwhile, CC0 is a protocol that enables people to either assert that a work has no legal restrictions attached to it or waive any rights associated with a work so it has no legal restrictions attached to it. The program also provides an easy way to sign these assertions or waivers.

Please read our press release about the launch of CC+ and CC0 for more information about how they work and who we’re collaborating with.

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Commoner Letter #5 – Mike Shaver

Melissa Reeder, December 17th, 2007

My name is Mike Shaver, and I’m proud to consider myself a Commoner. I work as the Chief Evangelist at the Mozilla Corporation, a part of the Mozilla Foundation chartered to oversee a project I helped found a decade ago. Mozilla produces world-class open source software, most notably the Firefox web browser, but we also produce something else: a participatory and transparent culture of creation. In many ways, this is even more important to us than the actual product itself, because it’s what makes the software and a whole lot of innovation possible in the first place.

When we began the Mozilla project, one of the first tasks that we faced was to determine the license we would use for our software, which is to say that we needed to establish the terms under which we, as a project, would build upon each other’s work. This was not a trivial task, as we wanted to make sure that the code we produced could be combined with proprietary code, while still requiring that changes to our code were made available for others to build on. We were very fortunate to have Mitchell Baker in charge of the process, and since then the Mozilla Public License and very similar derivatives have been used on hundreds of open source projects. Mitchell was able to create a tool for making open source happen, in addition to meeting our own project’s needs, and it’s been great to see that work help others in sharing their code.

Similarly, Creative Commons has produced a set of licenses that helps not only software developers, but photographers, musicians, authors, bloggers, videographers, poets, DJs, painters , documenters, and journalists. This means that anyone who produces a creative work, which is virtually everyone on the planet, can share their work in ways that they choose. CC recognizes that different creators have different needs and expectations, and provides a set of clear and meaningful choices based on legal expertise and pragmatism. That is a monumental achievement, given the complexities of copyright law, and a tremendous contribution to the intellectual and artistic growth of the world.

The Web has been successful in part because people are able to share and learn from each other. Unfortunately, people had to individually learn and understand the interactions of copyright law and their desired uses in order to effectively and legally build on each other’s work. Creative Commons has changed the game forever, and more people than ever before understand their options as creators, the value of contributing to a commons, and the power of building on each other’s work. Even as legislators and industry lobbyists work to erode fair use and other critical rights, CC demonstrates that copyright can be used to promote dialogue and shared goals, not just restrict and confine.

Mozilla is a proud supporter of Creative Commons, and we’re glad to have them as an ally. The Web and the world are much better for their leadership and vision.

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Science Commons announces the Protocol for Implementing Open Access Data

Kaitlin Thaney, December 16th, 2007

From the Science Commons blog

Today, in conjunction with the Creative Commons 5th Birthday celebration, Science Commons announces the Protocol for Implementing Open Access Data (“the Protocol”).

The Protocol is a method for ensuring that scientific databases can be legally integrated with one another. The Protocol is built on the public domain status of data in many countries (including the United States) and provides legal certainty to both data deposit and data use. The protocol is not a license or legal tool in itself, but instead a methodology for a) creating such legal tools and b) marking data already in the public domain for machine-assisted discovery.

You can read the Protocol here.

We built the Protocol after a year- long process of meetings and consultations with a broad set of stakeholders, including representatives of the geospatial and biodiversity science communities. We solicited input from international representatives from China, Ugand, Brazil, Japan, France, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Colombi, Peru, Belgium, Catalonia and Spain.

We expect to convert this work into a working group with founding members from our existing communities of practice. However, the world is moving very quickly in terms of data production, and as such we created the Protocol as a guide and as a tool to bring together the existing data licensing regimes into a single space.

As part of that decision, Science Commons has worked with data licensing thought leaders and is pleased to announce partnerships with Jordan Hatcher, the lawyer behind the Open Database License; Talis, the company behind the Open Database License process; and the Open Knowledge Foundation, creators of the Open Knowledge Definition.

Jordan has drafted the Open Data Commons Public Domain Dedication and License – the first legal tool to fully implement the Protocol. It is available at his Web site. This draft is remarkable not just for the Public Domain Dedication but for the encoding of scholarly and scientific norms into a standalone, non-legal document. This is a key element of the Protocol and a major milestone in the fight for Open Access data. Talis, a company with a strong history in the open science data movement, played a key role in birthing Jordan’s work, and we’re pleased to work with them as well.

We are also pleased to announce that the Open Knowledge Foundation has certified the Protocol as conforming to the Open Knowledge Definition. We think it’s important to avoid legal fragmentation at the early stages, and that one way to avoid that fragmentation is to work with the existing thought leaders like the OKF.

We will be launching a wiki for comments on the Protocol soon, and will announce a strategy for versioning the Protocol in 2008.

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Serbia announces ported licenses on Creative Commons’ fifth year

Michelle Thorne, December 15th, 2007

The much-anticipated global celebration of Creative Commons’ fifth year is amplified today with the announcement of the locally ported Creative Commons licensing suite in Serbia. In close collaboration with slobodnakultura.org, Wikimedia Serbia, and the New Media center Kuda_org, the Creative Commons Team in Serbia, lead by Nevenka Antic, has successfully adapted the Creative Commons licenses both linguistically and legally to Serbian national law.The ported Serbian licenses, available online soon, will be celebrated on December 15th in Belgrade at Dom omladine at 5:00pm CET. The festivities will continue at the Cultural Center Magacin, where guests will join the CC Serbia Team in greeting the globally synchronized Creative Commons Birthday Parties via webcast.

The party in Belgrade then heads to Club Andergraund at 10pm CET with live acts from artists MistakeMistake, Crobot, Wolfgang S, Ah, Ahilej, and Electric Divine. More details about the event and the project can be found at creativecommons.org.yu.

Congratulations, CC Serbia!

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If You Haven’t Yet Heard The News–CC Turning 5!

Timothy Vollmer, December 14th, 2007

Tomorrow (December 15th), Creative Commons will celebrate its fifth birthday here in San Francisco and in cities all over the world, including Bangalore, Beijing, Belgrade, Berlin, Brisbane, Los Angeles, New York, Pasay, and Seoul.

The San Francisco party will feature announcements by Joi Ito and Lawrence Lessig, a performance by Gilberto Gil and his son Bem, and music by DJ Spooky. This amazing evening will also be streamed live on Air Mozilla, thanks to the generosity of Mogulus. So if you are unable to come, please tune in around 10:15 PST and celebrate (virtually!) 5 years of helping keep culture free.

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New Comic! Sharing Creative Works

Rebecca Rojer, December 14th, 2007

We are happy to announce the publication of our brand new comic, Sharing Creative Works: An Illustrated Primer. We hope this piece will serve as a friendly and easy-to-understand overview of copyright and CC licensing. This way, the next time someone asks you to explain Creative Commons and you’re not sure where to begin, you can just direct them to our primer.

Its been a while since we’ve updated our previous comics and this one features a completely new visual style designed by Alex Roberts, with some help from Rebecca Rojer. Together with Jon Phillips they also drafted the script. But, we want this to be an asset of and for the community, so the entire project has been released into the public domain. For ease of translation & remixing, the artwork is all available in SVG format and the text is all up on the wiki. Please contribute!

Sharing Creative Works is also part of our efforts to integrate Creative Commons licensing into the OLPC, so we’ve specifically designed it be kid-friendly (though we hope adults will enjoy it too!). This comic will serve as the foundation of the documentation for the Sugar Licensing Activity but will be customized for each country’s distribution, so please let us know if you have suggestions for making this document as culturally accessible as possible.

If you like what you see, consider donating to our fundraising campaign. But most importantly, please enjoy Sharing Creative Works– share it with your friends, leave us your feedback, and make your own versions!

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Sharing Creative Works: An Illustrated Primer

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Hi-Tek Contest on Jamglue

Cameron Parkins, December 14th, 2007

Jamglue is once again up to their old tricks, this time giving users the opportunity to add a verse to hip-hop producer Hi-Tek’s “My Piano”, which features Ghostface, Raekwon, and Dion. To say it is an all-star cast users will be interacting with is an understatement.

Per usual, everything is released under a CC BY-NC-SA license. What this allows for is the commercial rights of the artists involved to remain intact, while offering people to experiment and interact with the work in a positive way. In the past, these contests have been incredibly successful in showcasing the power of user-generated content and interaction – you can check out all of Jamglue’s past contests here.

If you want to learn more about Jamglue, check out the “Featured Commoner” piece we ran with co-founder Divya Bhat in which she goes into detail about what Jamglue is all about.


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Global CC Birthday Parties: Catch the Live Stream!

Michelle Thorne, December 14th, 2007

Ten confirmed global CC@5 parties in eight countries spanning six time zones: how to catch it all?

The generous team at n3tv.it, alongside Berlin’s seasoned Erik Stripparo, have offered to help. Starting in Berlin December 14th at 2000 UTC (2100 Central European Time), we will be streaming CC Birthday Parties around the globe.

You can view the action live by visiting www.n3tv.it or www.mogulus.com/n3tv, or DIY by embedding the player in your own blog or website by copy/pasting the following script:

<script src=” http://www.mogulus.com/scripts/playerchromeless.js?channel=n3tv&bgcolor=0x000000&showviewers=true&width=454&height=389&on=true ” type=”text/javascript”></script>

And remember: if you’re joining a birthday bash in your area, don’t forget to use the tag “CCBday5”!

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Philippines introduces locally ported Creative Commons licenses

Michelle Thorne, December 14th, 2007

On December 15 in Pasay City, Metro Manila, the 42nd locally ported Creative Commons licensing suite will be launched for the Philippines. The Creative Commons Team in the Philippines, lead by Atty. Jaime N. Soriano, have worked under the auspices of the e-Law Center at the Arellano University School of Law and in collaboration with Creative Commons International to port the licenses to Philippine national law.

In a prelude to a larger celebration planned in January 2008, CC Philippines will unveil the licenses at 2pm PST at an event held in Arellano University’s School of Law.

After the ceremonies, the evening will continue on as Birthday Party 2007 Manila, as part of a series of synchronized celebrations worldwide to commemorate Creative Commons’ fifth year.

Congratulations, CC Philippines!

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