As promised BBE Music and Creative Commons have taken the first step in our new relationship. And what a step: DJ Vadim has released all the original solo instrumental and a cappella tracks for his latest album “The Sound Catcher.” No contest, no prizes, just the tracks out there in the Commons through a Attribution-NonCommercial license for remixers to use. Legally. Safely.
From Ben Dawson at BBE: “Tracks from many of our new releases and back-catalogue are being uploaded to ccMixter. We know how well you all produce and we want to see what will happen! Unleashing some great performances from live instrumentalist and vocalists and sitting back to see what will emerge.”
We’ve been saying for a long time that this type of activity was inevitable but it still takes your breath away when it actually happens.Comments Off
In support of the Japanese release of his critically-acclaimed album Surf Boundaries, Ghostly International recording artist Christopher Willits (who, you may remember, was the subject of a recent ccMixter remix contest) just spent the summer touring the world and performing for fans in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Thailand. To celebrate his homecoming to San Francisco, Overlap.org is offering a free download package which contains four beautiful new music videos licensed under the Creative Commons BY-NC license. Check them out!Comments Off
Remember the infectious video of Keepon the robot dancing to Spoon‘s hit “I Turn My Camera On?” Well, the cute, cuddly droid and the awesome Austin indie band are back together with an incredible new clip for Spoon’s “Don’t You Evah,” shot in Tokyo by director Jeff Nichols.
We’re thrilled to announce that the video is available to the world under a Creative Commons BY-NC license. Feel free to share and remix it!
The video’s star (besides Keepon, of course) is none other than the bot’s developer, Hideki Kozima. Keep an eye out for cameos by members of Spoon.
Thanks to WIRED for making all of this possible!Comments Off
Debate over whether it makes sense to syndicate complete posts or only excerpts pops up regularly, most recently in reaction to the popular Freakonomics blog moving to the New York TImes, which brought with it a move to partial feeds. The idea of partial feeds is to make readers go to the syndicating site to read the full content, where the reader might click on an advertisement. Techdirt explains why this is short sighted:
However, in our experience, full text feeds actually does lead to more page views, though understanding why is a little more involved. Full text feeds makes the reading process much easier. It means it’s that much more likely that someone reads the full piece and actually understands what’s being said — which makes it much, much, much more likely that they’ll then forward it on to someone else, or blog about it themselves, or post it to Digg or Reddit or Slashdot or Fark or any other such thing — and that generates more traffic and interest and page views from new readers, who we hope subscribe to the RSS feed and become regular readers as well. The whole idea is that by making it easier and easier for anyone to read and fully grasp our content, the more likely they are to spread it via word of mouth, and that tends to lead to much greater adoption than by limiting what we give to our readers and begging them to come to our site if they want to read more than a sentence or two. So, while many people claim that partial feeds are needed to increase page views where ads are hosted, our experience has shown that full text feeds actually do a great deal to increase actual page views on the site by encouraging more usage. It’s the same thing that we’ve talked about in other areas of the content industry. Taking value away from users to try to force a specific action is almost always going to be less desirable than providing people what they want.
The analogy with DRM vs. no DRM is obvious, but what about default copyright and Creative Commons? With copyright the default is to take value away from users, with the hope that some will pay for limited uses. Using a Creative Commons license gives value back to users (how much depends on the CC license used), largely by not forcing people to seek permission to do things they want to do with media, e.g., share and remix.Comments Off
Congratulations to the folks at OnClassical on the relaunch of their site. OnClassical is an indie classical music label that’s been distributing albums since 2003. Previews of all of the label’s music are offered under CC’s BY-NC-SA license. Check out OnClassical’s “What’s new?” page for details about the updates.1 Comment »
From the site’s quite-awesome mission statement:
You should read these pieces in their entirety while at work or when someone is paying you to do something else.
Tay Zonday, the singer/keyboardist behind the insanely popular Creative Commons-licensed hit “Chocolate Rain” (the video for which has now been viewed on YouTube more than 5.5 million times) is set to make his concert debut in Minneapolis on October 5 at a show featuring none other than remix king Girl Talk (who you might recall performed at last September’s CC benefit show in New York) and eccentric electronic musician Dan Deacon. Hooray for Tay!
Also, check out this MTV.com article about Tay, which says that there are currently more than 4,000 remixes and remakes of “Chocolate Rain” floating around on the Web. Wow!Comments Off
Check out the relaunch of citizen journalism portal GroundReport (previously discussed here), as well as the official launch of GroundReport TV (previously discussed here). GroundReport, which lets people publish news articles, photos, audio recordings, and videos uses Creative Commons licenses to expand the reach of its content. Sign up for an account and start submitting your own news; as a contributor, you can earn a share of advertising revenues based on the amount of traffic your stories receive.Comments Off
Following up on an earlier post, we are pleased to announce that PodTech, a technology and entertainment video network, has donated to Creative Commons on top of the money already paid to Lan Bui for his CC-licensed photograph.
In doing so, PodTech has set a precedent in paying Bui for his photo and have further committed their belief in CC licences through their donation. In taking responsibility for their use of CC-licensed content, PodTech lays a foundation for others to follow and their support of CC’s mission and ideals is commendable.Comments Off