World IP Day

Mike Linksvayer, April 26th, 2007

World Intellectual Property Day is observed annually on April 26. “Encouraging Creativity” is the theme for 2007.

For this day we’ve produced a flyer addressing how Creative Commons encourages creativity. You can download the PDF or read the text on our wiki.

Here’s the closing paragaph:

In sum, the Creative Commons toolset encourages and enables participation in creativity by everyone, not only those with access to copyright lawyers. This is as it should be in modern democracies, where the tools for expression and creativity are available to everyone as everyday consumer goods.

In the spirit of World IP Day, please support our campaign to fund this summer’s worldwide gathering of Creative Commons International volunteer legal affiliates.

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CCi Affiliate Scholarship Campaign launches today

Lawrence Lessig, April 26th, 2007

Two years ago, iCommons established the yearly iSummit conference as a way to bring together the thinkers, innovators, and pioneers of the “Open” movement.

This year’s iSummit (taking place in Dubrovnik, Croatia from June 15th through 17th) will bring together more than 250 key players for two days of intense discussion and debate about our digital freedoms and the future of the Internet. It is critical to assure that a truly global legal perspective is represented at this important conference.

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.

In order for Creative Commons to provide affiliates with scholarships to attend this critical conference, we need your help in raising $50,000 within the next two weeks. This is a daunting task, but we strongly believe that you, our community, will help us reach this goal.

Please give to the fund. All of our usual cool premiums are available.

To help, Digital Garage, a major sponsor of iSummit 2006, is matching the first $20,000 that is contributed.

This campaign will end when we have raised $50,000, or in two weeks, whichever comes first. There will be updates from our international affiliates blogged each day of the campaign.

If your company is interested in contributing matching funds or if you have questions about the campaign, please contact our Development Coordinator, Melissa Reeder, at

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You on Make Internet TV

Mike Linksvayer, April 23rd, 2007

Make Internet TV, previously blogged here is now officially launched and has a call for videos:

Submission Requirements

  • Short (1-4 minutes)
  • Narrow Focus
  • Directly Related to Creating Internet Video.
  • Licensed as Creative Commons BY-SA
  • High Quality Video (we prefer having a copy that is higher than 320 by 240 pixels)
  • Make Sure We Can Get in Touch With You

Spread your vlogging knowledge! This entire project is licensed under CC BY-SA.

Also, congratulations to the Participatory Culture Foundation, producers of Make Internet TV, for being one of the Netsquared Innovation Award winners, as we recommended.

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Enter the name of a mainstream artist…

Mike Linksvayer, April 20th, 2007

Jamendo has continued to add music and features at a torrid pace.

Their latest feature is Jamendo+Radioblog, which allows navigating all 3041 albums available on Jamendo in one Flash-based web interface, including navigation by Creative Commons license.

You can also type the name of a mainstream artist into the Jamendo+Radioblog interface and obtain recommendations for CC licensed music similar to that of the mainstream artist.

Cool tools for open music, congratulations once again to Jamendo!

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DJ Vadim Contest Extended

Victor Stone, April 20th, 2007

The DJ Vadim remix contest currently under way at ccMixter ran afoul of server outages and other shenanigans yesterday so we decided to extend the deadline 48 hours to accommodate entries that could not access the site yesterday. The new deadline is 9 PM PDT Saturday April 21 (4 AM GMT Sunday April 22).

The contest has been a huge boon to the site bringing great new talent and bringing out the best in old-timers. We look forward to working with BBE Records again.

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“please let this become a trend”

Mike Linksvayer, April 19th, 2007

please let this become a trend

That’s the top-ranked comment on the Digg story about the first Academy Award winning film to be released under a Creative Commons license. Another Digg comment:

This is as good as apple pie or chocolate. I am very impressed. A thumbs up to the Interplast volunteer surgical team, and to the filmmakers. Plus a hug to those children and to their parents that waited on news about their child not knowing what kind of life their child may have. Those children are grown now in the film. :) I hope their lives today are good too.

These and other comments show that there is a tremendous hunger for quality media whose owners have done the right thing — give their constituency at least some rights (this film is released under the most restrictive standard Creative Commons license), i.e., a tad of respect — and organizations that do the right thing get tremendous respect back.

Even the usual snarky comments call out the practical value of doing the right thing:

Yeah! This would have made TONS of money on DVD, but they decided to do this out of the goodness of their hearts. Probably unrelated to the fact that it’s basically a PR package for Interplast, which will in turn cause people to donate money to Interplast.

I’m not taking away from what they do, but you’re a fool if you think this isn’t about money. There’s just more money to be made in donations (which is a good thing!) than selling a DVD of this short doc.

It’s true. If media isn’t earning tons of money through traditional channels and it promotes your organization or you, keeping the media locked up incurs huge opportunity costs.

Coming back to trends, a user’s bookmark description:

The first CC-licensed academy award winning film. Inconvenient Truth is next?

Why not? Inconvenient Truth is all about the opportunity costs of not acting.

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“A Story of Healing” Becomes First Academy Award Winning Film Released Under A Creative Commons License

Mike Linksvayer, April 18th, 2007

Interplast announced today the release of its 1997 Academy Award winning documentary A Story of Healing under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives license.

Ten years later, this is the first time an Academy Award winning film has been released under a CC license. Kudos to Interplast for realizing that this film, which makes a compelling case for Interplast’s work, will become more valuable to the organization as more people have the opportunity to view it.

To view A Story of Healing visit the Interplast website. The film is also downloadable from, and wherever you share it!

Update: Press release.

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CC Salon SF Tonite! Free Live Music, Presentations and Relaxing Post-Work Time

Jon Phillips, April 18th, 2007

One last reminder to come to the CC Salon tonite at (1337 Mission) from 7-9 PM in San Francisco. If you haven’t read other blog posts, check out out what, Technorati, Eric Zhu (Doublefish) and Jay Dedman have all blogged about their presentations tonite.

Also, I wanted to underline that we will end with a film screening of Interplast’s film. Interplast is the first humanitarian organization to provide free reconstructive surgery for children with clefts, disabling burns and hand injuries in developing countries.

Come out and meet up your friends and colleagues for the salon tonite. See you there!

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CC Salon on WED in SF: Added Technorati, film, and Music by Doublefish (CN)

Jon Phillips, April 16th, 2007

Hello friends. We just added some great presentations for the CC Salon SF on April 18, 7-9 PM at (1337 Mission St). Here is the quick run-down:

Take a break from the heavy conference week, have a drink, or plan a meeting. Come and meet others who are interested into CC and are networking to the common call of CC licensing.

Also, if you NOTE to WRITERS and PUBLISHERS, another installment of the CC Publishers Association is going to be at 6 PM at the same venue before the salon.

Please RSVP/track this event at this listing.

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Our Virtual Make Over

Jennifer Yip, April 16th, 2007

For those who haven’t already noticed, Creative Commons’ home on Kula 4 in Second Life is currently undergoing a complete make over – which is happening alongside our Real life office move! Thanks to the ideas of Professor Mark Perry (Learned Om) and Nic Suzor (Nic Marx) of CC Australia, and the work of our in-world friends, we are expecting to hold the Grand opening of the new CC HQ in June 2007. The design plans include a CC marketplace, school, sandbox, and new home for Check it out for yourself!

cc layout

Our SL design and build experts are Bibi Book, Barney Boomslang, and Kimba McMillan. Bibi and Barney are the same duo who brought us the avatar sized CC licensed chess set, and resulting monthly games. Kimba is Bibi’s apprentice. He has helped to organize events, assisted in making the new layout, and is working on learning more about building and terraforming. Barney Boomslang is a scripter and builder of mostly avatars and simscapes. He hosts the CC radio stream for our listening enjoyment at Kula. Bibi Book is a builder as well, who does some scripting. She wrote a Hitchiker’s Guide to SL. She also teaches on demand, helps newcomers learn the ropes, and supports live music at her beach cafe. Find them at Lummerland or roaming around the virtualscape.

team shot

So far, we also have a few graduate students contributing to this project as well. You can find them in-world as Raja Om, Imran Om, and Cowzog Delcon. Cowzog, aka Fred Benenson, built the intense spherical theater being temporarily displayed at Kula. (The 360 degree video images shown in it are recorded with this special camera.)

If anyone else would like to share their talents in building, landscaping, or stocking the Marketplace, please contact any team members mentioned above (I’m Genevieve Junot in SL). Join us for weekly meetings on Fridays at 3pm SLT / 23:00 GMT on Kula Island. Find our planning notes on the wiki.

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