CC search and more with SpinXpress

Mike Linksvayer, April 16th, 2007

As recently promised we’ve added an exciting new CC-enabled search service to

SpinXpress Get Media searches the Internet Archive‘s massive audio and video collections as well as media at several other sites, including Magnatune, Flickr, and and allows filtering searches by desired source, media type, and license.

We’re extremely pleased that the Internet Archive’s collections are now easily searchable via, as has been an important supporter of Creative Commons works from the beginning (check out ccPublisher for a cross plaform desktop application that helps you license and take advantage of hosting for your media).

Jay Dedman of SpinXpress will be at Wednesday’s CC Salon San Francisco to present about CC integration with Get Media and other SpinXpress applications.

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OECD report on CC declassified

Mike Linksvayer, April 16th, 2007

Participative Web: User-Created Content (pdf, 74 pages) mentions Creative Commons several times.

According to the foreword:

This report was presented to the Working Party on the Information Economy (WPIE) in December 2006 and declassified by the Committee for Information, Computer and Communications Policy in March 2007.

Now the whole world knows … about User Generated Content and Creative Commons!

The document appears to contain no earth-shaking revelations, but does look like a solidly informative report.

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Most sophisticated Flickr/CC mashup yet

Mike Linksvayer, April 15th, 2007

FlickrCash uses the Flickr API to search by CC license, build lightboxes, and keep a record of licensed photos you intend to use.

Augustine Fou, creator of FlickrCash, tells us:

I created FlickrCash because I found many really beautiful photos on Flickr but could not use them for “commercial” purposes like design work for clients, because there was no way to document I had a license to use it. FlickrCash is BOTH a search/find interface to more quickly find images on Flickr, and also a way to document that you have a license to use a specific image.

Sample of image search (currently only searches Flickr repository):

Sample of archived license, available for inspection at any time:

With this publicly archived license the image buyer can definitively prove they have the right to use a specific image for a specific purpose — so they can use it for client design work. Both image owner and image buyer are named signatories to the agreement, and an official date/time stamp is obtained from the NIST Atomic Clock to document the exact time the license was executed.

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Jamendo 3k, Integrating open content

Mike Linksvayer, April 15th, 2007

Another milestone for CC-centric music site Jamendo: 3,000 albums released, including 1,000 in the last three months.

If you’re a Linux user the Rythmbox music player is a great way to explore these albums. It ships with a Jamendo plugin (and a Magnatune plugin), providing a seamless listening experience. Screenshot:

Jono Bacon recently wrote about this in Making us win: Integrating open content:

Sometimes we, the free software community, can get a little pre-occupied with the immediate landscape, and we often focus too much on Linux, free software ethics and open standards. These are essential, but there is a whole world of open content such as Jamendo, Magnatune, Open Clip Art, OpenStreetmap, Wikipedia, Freesound and much more at our fingertips. With such a rich tapestry of open content and a licensing infrastructure (Creative Commons as a great example) that makes it so simple to license and distribute such content, we have a huge opportunity to not only provide a free software Operating System, but to also hot rod it with oodles of free content.

In the spirit of doing what I encourage others to do (be a CC tastemaker), two recently released Jamendo albums I recommend…

Self-titlted “NeoRomantic Pop” by WhiteRoom from Quebec. Start with track 10, Simple Mood.

If “improvisación experimental” from Spain appeals to you, check out En Busca Del Pasto’s Digresiones IV: Variaciones sobre un diaporama.

Enjoyed that? Then head over to and listen to one of my favorite albums in the commons (public domain in this case), Miscel·lània Sonora, Joan Bagés i Rubí’s improvisational sound art from Barcelona.

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CC Salon on WED, April 18 from 7-9 PM:, Jay Dedman/SpinXpress and Debut of New Creative Commons Video

Jon Phillips, April 13th, 2007

As if you didn’t have enough to do next week in San Francisco for the big Web 2.0 conference, Creative Commons is putting on another Creative Commons Salon at from 7-9 PM (1337 Mission St in San Francisco) on Wednesday, April 18. It is a great place to meet-up with others interested in Creative Commons flexible licensing, technology and standards and informally discuss how to work together.

Confirmed to present for the next salon is, talking about their great project with the motto: “Upload and explore data.” If you missed it, there is a great graph of license adoption by photo sharers on on their site, so we will explore this live. Also presenting is videoblogger Jay Dedman who will discuss his involvement with Dave Toole’s companies, SpinXpress and And finally, Eric Steuer, Creative Director for Creative Commons will show off a new video about CC Plus Commercial Rights in order to get feedback before it goes 100% live. NOTE: There will be approximately 2 more guest presentations to be announced in the coming days.

Also, if you are interested in publishing, please show up at the salon at 6 PM for another CC Publishers Association meeting.

Please add yourself to the list of other people coming out to the event on our page. See you there!

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Science Commons goes virtual

Kaitlin Thaney, April 13th, 2007

John Wilbanks will be giving a talk in the virtual world Second Life this Monday (4/16). Taking on avatar-form for his first official SL speaking engagement, Wilbanks will be giving an introduction to Science Commons. The talk – “Scientific Research and the Creative Commons Methodology” – will shed light on the application of CC copyright licenses in a research context for science. The talk will also examine the application of CC methods such as standard human-readable contracts and technology implementations of contracts to non-digital materials (such as DNA, stem cells, research animals).

An avatar is required to attend this lecture, which can be acquired for free on Second Life’s Web site.

The event will take place at the Science Center on Info Island II at 1 p.m. EST/ 10 a.m. SL time.

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Dapper: In Exchange for Traffic Back

Mike Linksvayer, April 13th, 2007

Dapper aims to make it easy to extract and reuse content from any website. They just released Dapper Version 2, providing a good excuse to mention their support for CC licensing which they rolled out in February:

Another exciting part of today’s release is the ability to ascribe licenses to your content allowing you to determine how users can or cannot use your content through the Dapper service. These licenses include several Creative Commons licenses, for those of you familiar with the organization. We’re very happy to be working with the good people at Creative Commons and are sure that together we can do great things. By licensing your content, you can gain significant exposure and traffic for your website as well as empower valuable applications all over the web to use your content legitimately.

An interesting non-technical part of Dapper’s implementation is their description of the licenses supported. CC Attribution is described as “In Exchange for Traffic Back (commercial)” while CC Attribution-NonCommercial is “In Exchange for Traffic Back (non-commercial)”.

Two cool things about this:

1) Dapper did not make up their own ad hoc licenses (which would be uncool and bad for interoperability.

2) They’ve successfully emphasized the key benefit of the CC Attribution license for their target audience — website owners want links and resulting traffic, and attribution required by CC licenses may be in the form of a link — more use means the content owner gets more links and more traffic to their site.

Here’s a screenshot of Dapper’s licensing application:

dapper licensing screenshot

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141 picks

Mike Linksvayer, April 12th, 2007

As noted in January, Black Sweater White Cat has taken the CC music pick of the day baton. Last week they reached 100 picks.

Meanwhile, blocSonic has released their fourth beautifully packaged netlabel compilation: Soundtrack for the Coming Revolution. We mentioned their first release, also only in January.

That’s 141 CC-licensed picks from music lovers to music lovers, with some double counting, as there’s cross fertilization.

Don’t forget (another) 100 CC BY hits, Uwe Hermann’s Music Podcast, and … you can be a CC tastemaker too!

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Make Internet TV

Mike Linksvayer, April 11th, 2007

The Participatory Culture Foundation has a great site called Make Internet TV with tutorials on making and publishing digital video from equipment to promotion, including a nice one page guide to using Creative Commons licenses.

All content on is licensed under CC Attribution-ShareAlike.

There’s currently a call for videos to be used on the site.

Note that the PCF submitted the “Open Source, Open Standards” proposal for the NetSquared Innovation Awards. Go vote!

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Larry Lessig to attend South Africa’s ccSalon

Daniela Faris, April 11th, 2007

It’s a ccSalon… with a twist of sausage.

Down south in South Africa we have the much-revered summer practice of the ‘braai’. The braai is just like a barbeque, except with a better selection of meat and southern blue skies. At a braai the norm is for people to bring their own meat and drink. Salads, breads, desserts and cold-drinks are usually supplied by the hosts. Hence we call it the ‘bring ‘n braai.’

SA Free Culture tour logoInteresting but not relevant you may think. Have we confused CC with Wikipedia? Indeed not. On 20 April Creative Commons South Africa is hosting its second ccSalon at The Independent Armchair Theatre in Cape Town, aka the Mother City. And we’re challenging creators to add to the pool of free culture by CC-licensing and uploading their creative digital works via the ccSalon’s bring ‘n braai website. Folks coming to the ccSalon are urged to bring their iPods and memory sticks where they can download these works via the Freedom Toaster. So – it’s a bring ‘n braai.

To help us jam, remix, share and braai, Larry Lessig and Jimmy Wales will be at the salon as part of the SA Free Culture Tour which takes place from Wednesday, 18 April to Friday, 20 April 2007. The tour has already received a great deal of publicity in the blogosphere and a buzz amongst mainstream SA media.

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