Day 9: Worldwide growth

Mike Linksvayer, May 6th, 2007

iSummit 2005
iSummit 2005 group photo by Creative Commons / BY

isumm06 group photo
iSummit 2006 group photo by Fred Benenson / BY-SA


You determine what 2007 looks like.

More participation from our dedicated volunteers at the iSummit is not just a side effect of the last year’s growth, but a critical enabler of the spread of Creative Commons over the next year.

Creative Commons International affiliates are crucial to the success of the iSummit and of Creative Commons globally. The iSummit is the one opportunity each year for these dedicated volunteers drawn from universities and cultural institutes to learn from each other face to face and plan for the challenges and opportunities facing the movement in the next year. Enabling these volunteers to participate in the iSummit is truly the most leveraged way to support Creative Commons at this time.

Please help!

If you need more convincing, check out the profiles we’ve run of CC activities in Hungary, Taiwan, Chile, France, Catalonia, Spain, Malaysia, Peru, and Argentina (more to come) and letters from Creative Commons founder and CEO Lawrence Lessig.

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Day 8: CC Argentina

Mike Linksvayer, May 5th, 2007

So far we’ve profiled Creative Commons international volunteers in Hungary, Taiwan, Chile, France, Catalonia, Spain, Malaysia and Peru. Today we’ll stay in South America with Creative Commons Argentina.

Please donate in support of scholarships for our international project volunteers. Read letters from Lawrence Lessig explaining the campaign and an exciting new opportunity.

After the launch of Creative Commons Argentina the use of licenses grew up and many projects related with freedom of the cultural environment have emerged as a result. Ariel Vercelli, leader of CC Argentina and president of the NGO Bienes Comunes, describes that they are working hard in at least four areas:

(1) Creative Commons licenses in Argentina and other free licenses for all kind of intellectual works;

(2) Negocios Abiertos, a project to work, design and share open business models in Spanish;

(3) Aprender la Libertad, a project to work with digital commons and collaborative production of educational contents;

(4) Librecultura, to work together with the free culture movement from Argentina and Latin America.

From Bienes Comunes and Creative Commons local community, they are also planning other projects to work with commons in the bio/nano-technology. Together with other organizations, Bienes Comunes collaborates to protect natural environment and promote a balance of access of the common basic resourses.

For example, there are more than 40 albums with CC in Argentina; in Negocios Abiertos there is a video about that and uses of CC licenses for music in Buenos Aires. In the editorial field, during these months is starting Libros Abiertos (Open Books), a new initiative of books under free licenses for Latin America.

Ariel Vercelli
Ariel Vercelli speaking at Día de weblogs 2006. Photo credit Irene.F / CC BY.

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Day 7: CC Peru

Melissa Reeder, May 4th, 2007

This marks the seventh day since the launch of the CCi Affiliate Scholarship Campaign. It has been an active week and we cannot thank you enough for your support. There are 6 days left to help meet the $100,000 challenge that we announced on May 2nd.

In terms of raising the initial $50,000 for the CCi Scholarship Campaign we are $34,132 away from this goal! We hope that you will continue to support CC by both giving to this campaign and spreading the word.

Today’s highlighted jurisdiction is CC Peru. This is an impressive project so here is Oscar Montezuma’s account of the work that they continually do to forward this movement.

“A few years ago Pedro Mendizabal, Katitza Rodriguez and me, started one of the more challenging projects we ever thought of: Creative Commons Peru. We were convinced that copyright laws needed more sense in the digital age and Peru could not be an exception. Heir to ancient cultures and a rich colonial tradition, Peru became the perfect spot for this new adventure. Located in the heart of the Inca culture, where ideas of community were the key to their everyday life, and boasting one of the finest and more diverse cuisines in the world were Peruvian cheffs (also called dish-jockeys) are great examples of the values that inspired Creative Commons international project and served us too as an inspiration for our main goal.

After sleepless nights and months of hard work, we had our CC launch and celebration (photos). We had the support of the private and public sector including the Peruvian Copyright Office (INDECOPI). After the launch, young lawyer and firm believer of the free culture movement, Rafael Salazar, joined us. The CC Peru team was growing. Many local musicians, writers, designers sent us thousands of emails asking about how to use CC Peru licenses. Guys from Alter Tempo became the first Peruvian band to use the licences and THEMIS-Revista de Derecho, a Law Review run by law students from Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, launched a CD with legal articles and papers under CC licenses. A month ago we launched reference texts of the licenses in Quechua language, native tongue of the Incas and one of the official languages in Peru and spoken in many places in Andean South American regions.

CC is a vital project and we need your help in reaching this goal so that we can continue helping CC grow and spreading free culture worldwide.”

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Creative Commons for Newspapers, Scientists, Film students and Wikipedia SEOers(!?)

Mike Linksvayer, May 3rd, 2007

Four articles turned up yesterday all advocating use of different Creative Commons licenses in different contexts, nicely demonstrating the not-really-niche-anymore scope covered by Creative Commons.

Newspapers:

In GateHouse’s case, they’ve reserved the right to commercialize, the right to preserve the content’s integrity, and the right of attribution. [Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs]

It’s all “part of being a good partner on the web,” says Howard Owens, GateHouse Media’s Director of Digital Publishing. After GateHouse publications kept on receiving requests from local non-profit and community groups to republish GateHouse articles in their own newsletters, he pushed to license everything under Creative Commons, effectively stripping out the cumbersome request procedure and streamlining the whole process.

There was simply no downside to licensing content under Creative Commons, adds Owens, who believes it would work just as well for a large newspaper publisher as for a small one.

The “web is a network economy,” says Owens, “Everybody online should use Creative Commons.” Sharing content through hyperlinks and other means is built into the architecture of the web. As ad dollars continue to migrate online, and content becomes more and more open, it will be difficult to facilitate the sharing content unless newspaper publishers loosen their belts and use a license like Creative Commons that clearly defines what is and isn’t allowed.

We blogged about GateHouse Media a few months ago.

Scientists:

Scientists do not need, and indeed should not have, exclusive (or any) control over who can copy their papers, and who can make derivative works of their papers.

The very progress of science is based on derivative works! It is absolutely essential that somebody else who attempts to reproduce your experiment be able to publish results that you don’t like if those are the results they have. Standard copyright, however, gives the copyright holders of a paper at least a plausible legal basis on which to challenge the publication of a paper that attempts to reproduce the results— clearly a derivative work!

The sort of copyright that we need is something like an “Attribution-Share Alike” Creative Commons license. We absolutely should not have, nor should journals have, any sort of exclusive right to prevent reuse of our papers. But we do need credit and citation.

Film Students (PDF):

2) The issue of auteur theory is easily solved through the use of CC licenses.
      a. As USC doesn’t believe in auteur theory, CC licenses would allow all
          students who worked on a given film the same rights towards free
          distribution.
3) CC licenses allow for commercial restriction while allowing for free distribution
   and the ability to allow others to freely build upon work.
      a. It can be assumed that commercial viability is of utmost concern to SCA
          (in comparison between SCA’s IP policy and that of LMU) in continuing
          to allow special agreements with SAG and local insurance companies
               i. CC licenses can specifically allow for that commercial restriction [Attribution-NonCommercial]

Wikipedia SEOers:

Don’t add photos to entries that are not Creative Commons licensed because those will get removed because of copyright infringement. Not just any Creative Commons license will do. It should allow for commercial use. [Attribution or Attribution-ShareAlike]

Apart from the CC recommendation, this last article really points to the benefits of the Wikipedia community. Normally ‘search engine optimization’ is associated with people basically attempting to scam the search engines’ anti-spam defenses, but most of the article’s tips on participating in Wikipedia are for the good — it’s hard to get any value out of Wikipedia without adding value for others, i.e., it’s hard to scam the Wikipedia community.

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Day 6: CC Malaysia

Melissa Reeder, May 3rd, 2007

The past 24hrs have been very active for the CCi Scholarship Campaign! I cannot stress how important participating in this campaign is and the opportunity at stake. A $100,000 matching challenge does not present itself very often so it’s critical that we meet this goal. We appreciate your support so much and hope that you will continue to support CC in the future.

Over the past five days Mike and I have recounted stories from Hungary, Taiwan, Chile, France, and Catalonia & Spain. Today’s anecdote comes from CC Malaysia. They are currently hosting a multi-media online competition which runs through June 25th. Submit your work here.

According to CC Malaysia project lead Alina Ng the competition was initiated as a way to support and bring global attention to local talent and creative communities. Here’s more about this story and the competition from the source.

“This is a very exciting time for CC Malaysia because there is more interest in the project (CC). People are realizing that sharing their creative work contributes toward greater growth and development.”

The contest has 3 categories: music (original and remix), film (animation and live action), and still imagery (photography and digital art). There will also be the “People’s Choice Award” for each category – these winners will be chosen by popular online vote. Winners will be announced at the CC Malaysia First Anniversary Party in July.

On April 28th CC Malaysia hosted a one day photography workshop at the Cyberjaya Lodge that was lead by a reknowned photographer. More than 100 people participated throughout the day. Their work was judged and awards were handed out as the close of the day. Check out some of the photos taken at the workshop and some other beautiful pictures of Malaysian life and culture are available here.

We are also very pleased that Pete Teo, an internationally known Malaysian musician, songwriter and composer, who licenses some of his music through Creative Commons and who is on the Creative Commons Malaysia Board, won the 2007 Malaysian Music Industry Annual Awards. We thank him for supporting our project (despite his busy schedule, he agreed to judge our competition) and we are so proud of him. Way to go, Pete! So, all in all, Creative Commons Malaysia is growing well and we are very excited and really happy with this growth.

Please contribute to the Creative Commons International scholarship fund so we can send more awesome CC volunteers like Alina Ng to the iSummit to learn and plan for the challenges and opportunities of spreading the commons globally in the next year — and take advantage of the new $100,000 matching fund.

Showing off one of the available premiums for donors, here are our favorite models. Photo by cambodia4kidsorg, licensed under CC BY.

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Day 5: CC Catalonia & CC Spain

Melissa Reeder, May 2nd, 2007

Today marks a turning point in the campaign to fund the CCi Affiliates thanks to a VERY generous donor. It also marks the first time that we’ve highlighted two jurisdictions in one day. Both of these jurisdictions and projects are very active so it is my pleasure to post this lengthy yet amazing and inspirational account from Ignasi Labastida. I’ve been so touched that there is nothing else to say on my end. Except to please help support CC by giving to the campaign and telling others to help support us as well.

Catalonia

A year ago, CC Catalonia was involved in an amazing project called Música lliure aimed to emulate the success of the Wired CD. The release of the double CD with music magazines Enderrock, Folc and Jaç, has instigated a huge debate amongst musicians about distribution. Conxita, one of the bands featured on the first CD has won an award for her first album released under a CC license. This year dozens of bands have opted to CC license their work and utilize platforms like musicalliure.net or netlabels like Costellam.

The debate about Creative Commons has also reached the Catalan government as they are considering publishing departamental works. Both Australia and the UK have recognize the benefit and potential of the CC licensing infrastructure. The Justice Department and its web sessions are a good example of this approach.

Another amazing project is Barcelona Visio hosted by the Barcelona City Council website and developed by Deboom. This project offers the space to show your point of view of Barcelona as you captured it with your camera.

Freesound is a high profile project that came out of a Catalan university. The project has received many awards this year but maybe the most impressive story is that Alonso Cuaron’s last movie “Children of Men” featured content found on Freesound.

Yet another way to show how far your work can go when you share it.

Spain

The copyright debate in Spain is alive and well. It is currently being fueled by the fact that the modification that the Spanish IP law went through last July left it with some gaps. The use of levies is the main point of discussion but copyleft and new methods of knowledge dissemination are being addressed as well. And of course, CC Spain is significantly involved in these discusssions.

We explain how the commons movement philosophy and the use of the licenses is applicable to more than just authors but institutions as well. We help to spread the word but without authors (individuals and institutions) continuing to illustrate the importance and relevance of CC – we will be nothing.

Lately the main advice seekers have been musicians. Most of them are very disappointed in the traditional publishing process and are seeking new models of distribution and renumeration. There are a number of netlabels and portals, such as Miga-label, Dpop, Autoeditados, dedicated to helping musicians. The bands that began to release their music under a CC license like Stormy Mondays or Lamundial.net are not alone anymore. The adoption rate of CC licensing is growing exponentially, as illustrated by musicalibre.info, another good portal to find good music.

High profile stories of CC licensed content come from other genres besides music as well. For instance the short movie “Lo que tu quieras oir” has reached the top of the rankings on YouTube. Guillermo Zapata, the director of the short, has been very vocal about the link between making content “open” and achieving success.

Traficantes de sueños, a publisher company based in Madrid is another brilliant example of how to publish good books under free licenses. Last September they published a copyleft manual for those interested in this issue.

The CC success stories within art, science, and content in general are numerous and I could write at length about all of them. But I think that this anecdote is best to leave you with:

There is a small village in Andalusia, Niebla. A few weeks ago I was introduced to the San Wabalonso school and the work that the children and teachers are accomplishing together. If I was to share one thing from that experience it is this statement (translated) “We build learning for the free knowledge society. Many hands together, even small ones, can make huge things.” I can not add anymore.

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An Exciting New Challenge: $100K in Matching Funds for iSummit

Lawrence Lessig, May 2nd, 2007

Last week, I wrote to ask you to help us raise scholarship funds to help CCi Affiliates’ participation in the iCommons iSummit. Our goal was to raise $50,000 for the CCi Scholarship Fund in a two week period.

I’m writing you today to inform you of an amazing opportunity that makes more urgent our need for your help. A donor has GENEROUSLY offered to give $100,000 towards the iCommons iSummit, if we are able to raise $100,000 to match that gift by May 10th. This gives us nine days to raise a lot of money.

I think we will be able to raise at least half of the $100,000 that we need from some long time supporters of Creative Commons. But this makes meeting our goal of $50,000 from the community even more important. Many of you have contributed already (I know, because I get the job of writing thank you letters!). But if you haven’t, or if you know others you might persuade to help, now is the time. It is my goal to get the broadest range of participants to this Summit. If we can raise the $50,000 in scholarship funds we’ve targeted, we certainly will.

About the iSummit

The iSummit is an annual gathering of the world’s leading intellectuals, authors, lawyers, artists and technologists on the cutting edge of Internet policy. This year’s iSummit will be held in Dubrovnik, Croatia from June 15th – 17th. The invition is open to the public. Conference registration is $500. For more information please visit the official iSummit page.

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Wikitravel Wins Webby Award

Francesca Rodriquez, May 1st, 2007

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Last summer, we featured Wikitravel as one of our Featured Commoners. Today, Wikitravel won a Webby Award for their free, up-to-date, complete world travel on-line wiki. Wikitravel is licensed under the Creative Commons 1.0 Attribution, Share Alike license. Way to go Evan and Maj!

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Day 5: CC France

Melissa Reeder, May 1st, 2007

Yep – another slow day for the CCi Affiliate Scholarship Campaign. I had high hopes for the state of the campaign yesterday as I walked into work and I refuse to let them whither. As you all now assuredly know we believe that it’s truly important to fund the CCi Affiliates participation in the iCommons iSummit by providing them with scholarships to attend. Yesterday I highlighted one of CC Chile’s cool stories and today I’m crossing the Atlantic and to summarize all the interesting things going on at CC France. According to Melanie Dulong de Rosnay CC France has been extremely active this year.

Unlike 2003, 2004, and 2005 we did not have enough resources to organize a broad CC France conference and party. We did organize a workshop related to Science Commons at CERSA in February 07 – an activity we will continue to focus on in the future.

Our main task this year has been to participate in the meetings “Open Works” that are hosted by the Ministry of Culture Copyright Consultative Council. The main tasks resulting from these meetings are:

  • To evaluate the legal and economic aspects of the free and open licenses for content and software.
  • To discuss with main copyright stakeholders including Collecting Societies, the goal of coming to a mutual understanding and compatibility of NonCommercial licensing with some Collecting Society statutes.
  • To help two professors chairing the commission to draft a report and recommendations which will be released to the next Minister of Culture to be appointed after the elections.

The most interesting “Open Works” meeting was when Jamendo, Musique-libre.org, and Magnatune presented their business models. John Buckman of Magnatune and the CC Board of Directors explained (in perfect French btw) that it is indeed possible to make money after CC licensing one’s content.

Musique-libre.org is a non-proft org. that runs two platfoms: Dogmazik and Pragmazic.

Domazik hosts free music form 1295 bands mostly under CC licenses but also FAL & open music licenses. Pragmazik is a new libre music store that sells CC music (wav, mp3, flac, and some CDs). Pragmazik revenues are shared between the platform (17.5%) and the rightsholders (65%). This innovative philosophy is a private mutualisation: the remaining 17.5% is dedicated to a support fund for the development of open licensed music.

Under French law, 25% of the remuneration for private copy (and all the compulsory levies collected for reprography, cable, music performance neighbouring rights, and private copy which could not be allocated to relevant rightholders by the collecting societies in charge) must be dedicated to funds supporting creation, live events & festivals as well as performers training. However, artists who cannot become members of collecting societies (because they choose to release some or all of their works under a CC license) are mostly excluded from these grants managed by collecting societies.

As you can see these are issues that are critical and convoluted. They need to be attended to by people that are emmersed in the field. Help facilitate these important discussions and debates by giving to the scholarship fund today.

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Diesel-U-Music international music contest taking submisisons

Eric Steuer, May 1st, 2007

Musicians: you have until May 13 to submit your tracks to the Diesel-U-Music international music contest. Winners will receive a cash prize, tour support, and press coverage. Past winners include Duke Dumont, Mylo, We Are Scientists, Tom Vek, and DJ Yoda. All songs entered are licensed to the public under CC BY-NC.

Successful entrants will be supported locally with the opportunity to play local events and tours, and winners will have the opportunity to play at the final televised awards event. With strong connections to the record industry past winners of recent editions have all received record contract offers from Diesel-U-Music partners, radio play, recording studio time as well as PR support from Diesel’s worldwide communications teams.

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