Ground Report TV Launches

Cameron Parkins, June 26th, 2007

GroundReport.TV, a streaming citizen journalism news channel online, has officially launched and needs your help! They are looking for CC-licensed documentaries and video news content to broadcast on the channel as well as people interested in reporting live from around the world.

We’ve talked about GroundReport.com, GroundReport.TV’s companion site, here before. Both sites are great examples of how CC licenses can positively contribute to the growing realm of citizen powered media by providing a clear and established means of identifying user-generated content. When CC licenses are built into communities like GroundReport.TV and GroundReport.com, the sharing of vital information becomes more simplified, ultimately leading to a stronger online “ecosystem”.

To get involved with GroundReport.TV, simply visit their website and hit the “Participate” link

UPDATE: A clarification – GroundReport.TV has not officially launched. They are simply in the process of finding CC-licensed content from people like you. Apologies for the confusion!

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CC Salon London this Thursday

Cameron Parkins, June 25th, 2007

Hello friends. A quick reminder that the very first CC Salon London will be taking place this Thursday, at Juno, Shoreditch High Street, London E1, from 6.30pm until midnight. There will be music from the after-dinner.net DJs as well as talks and presentations from Elizabeth Stark (freeculture.org), Tom Reynolds (Random Acts of Reality) and Jonathan Roberts (FreeMeDVD).

These salons are a real great chance for like-minded folk to inspire and excite one another – a strong community is so important for a movement like CC and fostering it through events like these is essential. If you are in the area, don’t miss out on such a great opportunity!

There’s more details at CC Salon London Homepage. You can also RSVP on both Upcoming or on Facebook.

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Mainstreaming open music

Mike Linksvayer, June 24th, 2007

Michael Gregoire, curator of the beautiful netBloc compilation series (previously mentioned here and here; #6 now available) has published an essay on some of the things needed to make open music a part of mainstream culture:

Once a listener realizes that net audio is as good or better than mainstream music, they’re in. They’re part of the movement. They begin to explore the net audio world. The more you explore and listen to net audio, the less you’re influenced by the mainstream music-industry. Wouldn’t it be great if it were easier for these new listeners to find GREAT new net audio? What can be done to make it easier to dig through the immense numbers of net audio releases?

Music to my ears. I’ve been harping on the criticality of discovery services and tastemakers (and praising ones that exist) for a few years. There’s now a lot more great CC licensed music available than when I started.

Speaking of tastemaking, check out the music of Lee Maddeford.

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The music of Lee Maddeford

Mike Linksvayer, June 23rd, 2007

I first read of Lee Maddeford in a comment on Bob Ostertag’s website. Ostertag was announcing the release of every recording he held the rights to under a CC Attribution-NonCommercial license.

Maddeford had similarly put his recordings online under the same license, but a year earlier.

There’s a huge variety of quality music (well over 10 hours of recordings) to enjoy, crossing several genres and many projects led by Maddeford under various names. Visit his listening lounges to browse roughly by genre (piano duo, songs in French, songs in English, lab, and others), the library for lyrics, lead sheets, scores, and information lounges describing each project.

I should especially point out some ironic pop songs that may have wide appeal (mp3s), including a goth spoof Scratch My Body, 80s ska sounding Optical Illusion , and an over the top Le Train.

There’s also plenty of avant leaning material that meets my approval, but I finally want to point out a few tracks that I cannot get out of my head. Actually five different recordings (mp3s) of the same simple composition, called [Le] Bouchon: Bouchon, Bouchon 1, Bouchon 2, Bouchon 3, Le Bouchon.

Go explore Lee Maddeford’s music yourself. Don’t worry if something gets stuck in your head–it won’t be wasted space, as you’ll be able to use it in your own creation down the line.

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Spoon to Headline Creative Commons Benefit Concert to Kick Off WIRED NextFest in LA

Cameron Parkins, June 22nd, 2007

We are very pleased to announce that Spoon, the Austin, TX based rock-quartet, will headline a benefit concert for Creative Commons on September 10, 2007, at the Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles!

The concert will function not only as a fundraiser for CC, but also as a kick off for WIRED NextFest, “a unique world’s-fair-style event showcasing future technologies in design, entertainment, communication, healthcare, transportation, sustainable living and more”. NextFest will be taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center between September 13 and 16 – you can read WIRED’s press release about the concert and NextFest here.

If that wasn’t enough, the concert will also serve as a reunion of sorts for Spoon and “Keepon the Robot”. If you have no clue who or what Keepon is, head over to YouTube and prepare to be mesmerized. Look at that thing move!

This is incredible news – we’ve got our calendars marked and are counting down the days. Tickets go on sale this Saturday (June 23rd) at 10AM and are only $20! Get yours here through Ticketmaster.

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FOSS + Creative Commons LiveContent for libraries

Timothy Vollmer, June 20th, 2007

Creative Commons is developing LiveContent, a project to connect and expand Creative Commons and open source communities. The first output of LiveContent will be ccLiveCD for libraries, which will package free and open source software (FOSS) with CC-licensed content. ccLiveCD aims to demonstrate an example of an easy-to-use, viable alternative to proprietary software and further explore possibilities of the FOSS and Creative Commons movements within libraries.

ccLiveCD will come loaded with lots of great content, including a live-boot Linux OS, a combination of free and open source productivity and creativity applications (such as OpenOffice, Inkscape, Gimp and VLC), open document templates, and a variety of Creative Commons-licensed multimedia and educational content.

Worldlabel.com is providing the support for the development of this project and the distribution of the CD. Watch for ccLiveCD updates, and help further the LiveContent vision by contributing ideas, connections to other projects, and best-of-CC content on the wiki.

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Where are the Joneses?

Cameron Parkins, June 20th, 2007

Last Friday (June 15th), Where are the Joneses?, a “daily fictional interactive comedy shot entirely for the web”, went live. The show is written collaboratively by the Where are the Joneses? community, released on to YouTube under a CC Attribution-Sharealike licence, and funded as a marketing experiment for Ford Motors (as a big purple van is featured in every episode).

Certainly a hybrid of ideologies, Where are the Joneses? is as funny as it is forward thinking. This model for media production is outlined superbly by Rob Myers on his blog where he discusses the show in relation to its use of participatory creation, CC licensing, and as a marketing tool. Truly a must read to understand the unique importance of such an experiment.

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Lessig@iSummit on the next 10 years

Mike Linksvayer, June 19th, 2007

Watch CC founder/CEO Lawrence Lessig’s keynote at YouTube or eyeVio with required reading on the next 10 years at his blog.

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Swivel+Dapper+CC

Mike Linksvayer, June 19th, 2007

Swivel+Dapper+CC = get free graphs delivered in widgets and feeds.

Great to see two services integrating CC working together. See our most recent posts on Dapper and Swivel.

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CC Licensed Film Achieves Massive Popularity on YouTube

Cameron Parkins, June 19th, 2007

The Spanish short film, Lo que tú Quieras Oír–released under a CC Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license–has achieved a huge amount of popularity on YouTube, totaling close to 10,000,000 views!

While the film itself is quite brilliant, the CC license enables its viewers to not only freely distribute the film, but also remix it as long as they give credit, do so with non-commercial intent, and share their new works under the same license. We can only hope that part of the short’s online success has been enhanced by this decision to utilize CC licensing.

Don’t forget to check out the film’s website (Spanish; English translation via Google) as well!

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