Open Content Licensing – Cultivating the Creative Commons

Eva, April 2nd, 2007

“What if Rupert Murdoch’s Fox … bought the rights to Socrates’ dinner parties?” – Richard Neville
“Never in our history have fewer exercised more power over our culture than now.” – Professor Lawrence Lessig

Cultivating the Creative Commons

It is a great pleasure to announce the release of Open Content Licensing: Cultivating the Creative Commons, a new publication of Sydney University Press in conjunction with the Queensland University of Technology and the ARC Centre for Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation. Edited by the Creative Commons Australia project lead, Professor Brian Fitzgerald, Open Content Licensing: Cultivating the Creative Commons brings together papers from some of the most prominent thinkers of our time on the internet, law and the importance of open content licensing in the digital age.

Drawing on material presented at the Queensland University of Technology conference of the same name in January 2005, the text provides a snapshot of the thoughts of over 30 Australian and international experts – including Professor Lawrence Lessig, Futurist Richard Neville and the Hon Justice Ronald Sackville – on topics surrounding the international Creative Commons, from the landmark Eldred v Ashcroft copyright term decision to the legalities of digital sampling in a remix world.

A PDF version of the book is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivatives licence from the QUT e-Prints Archive. Hardcopies (also under a BY-NC-ND licence) can be ordered from the Sydney University Press. Individual chapters are available for free electronic downloaded here.

For more information on the book and its contents, see here.

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Swivel plots growth of CC at Flickr

Mike Linksvayer, March 31st, 2007

Collaborative data and graphing site Swivel (blogged here — copyrightable elements are under CC Attribution) now features a dataset mapping the growth of CC licensing at Flickr over the last eleven months:

Growth of Creative Commons Photos on Flickr

Photo: Franz Patzig / CC BY

Explore 33 million CC licensed photos at Flickr.

Challenge: add datasets for other CC enabled content repositories to Swivel.

Updates:

Beth Kanter remixes.

Swivel explains.

Jared Benedict writes about gathering the data and also making it available in tab delimited format and as a Google spreadsheet.

Another challenge: Gather older data points from http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://flickr.com/creativecommons. In October 2004 there were fewer than 100,000 CC licensed images on Flickr.

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Come Out and Make CC Video Trailers @ SuperHappyVlogHouse this Saturday, March 31 starting at 4 PM in SF

Jon Phillips, March 28th, 2007

Jay Dedman e-mailed me the link to the kick-off of the annual Videoblogging Week called SuperHappyVlogHouse. I’m leading a discussion about Creative Commons and videoblogging (help contribute to that wiki page too, prior ) with emphasis on the Podcasting Legal Guide that Mia Garlick and Collete Vogele created. Then, I’m going to set-up some ground rules about making video trailers, and then from 4-6 PM attendees are going to be making some nice video trailers/bumpers that may be used to show what CC license someone is using on their work and to give proper attribution. Check out the upcoming.org post about this:

superhappyvloghouse is going to be a video making extravaganza!!! Come learn how to videoblog, or just collaborate on projects with other vloggers. check out the wiki! http://superhappyvloghouse.pbwiki.com/SanFrancisco
Remember that this is the kick off of Videoblogging Week 2007 (http://videobloggingweek.pbwiki.com/) where people around the world make a video each day.

Here’s the plan:

4-6pm: Discussion with the Creative Commons folks on why CC is important in Videoblogging. Tech aspects, legal aspects etc. If more videobloggers put a Creative Commons License at the end of all their videos, awareness grows as our videos move around the web. Independent creators unite!

6-9pm: We’ll all make custom CC trailers that can be used in videos. Schlomo has a stop-animation table, lots of space at Hat Factory, great neighborhood for shooting. Anyone new can team up with an experienced videoblogger to learn how it’s done. Lots of video nerds will be available to answer any question you’ve ever had. Bring your computer and camera…or use what we have.

Come on out and plug into videoblogging!

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For the myspace generation, Vivaldi lives

Mike Linksvayer, March 28th, 2007

Magnatune founder (and CC board member) John Buckman in an opinion piece for Gig Magazine:

In 1980, Classical music represented 20% of global music sales. In 2000, Classical had plummeted to just 2% of global music sales. What happened? Did all those people suddenly lose their taste for classical music? Or is something else going on?

At Magnatune.com, an online record label I run, we sell six different genres of music, ranging from Ambient to Classical to Death Metal and World Music. Yet Classical represents a whopping 42% of our sales. Even more intriguingly, only 9% of the visitors to our music site click on “classical” as the genre they’re interested in, yet almost half of them end up buying classical music. What’s going on here?

CC licensing is part of the answer, but go read the article for a number of other keen observations.

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Why bloggers should use Creative Commons licenses

Mike Linksvayer, March 28th, 2007

Paul Jacobson writes at iCommons.org on Why bloggers should use Creative Commons licences. Check out Jacobson’s extended argument, the core of which seems to be that unfortunately fair dealing/fair use will sometimes not be enough to avoid legal roadblocks to conversation; out of respect to your readers, bloggers engaged in conversation with you, and the health of the blogosphere, please explicitly grant more rights by choosing and applying a Creative Commons license for your blog.

Bloggers were among the earliest adopters of CC licenses. If you have a blog and you’re reading this, chances are you’re an early adopter. If not, get on board now. If so, think about how Jacobson’s argument applies even more strongly to other conversational media, e.g., vlogs and podcasts, or consider choosing a more liberal CC license than the one you’re now using.

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Jamendo goes P2P platinum

Mike Linksvayer, March 27th, 2007

Oft-mentioned Creative Commons centric music site Jamendo has gone platinum — its BitTorrent trackers have counted one million downloads of albums hosted by Jamendo.

Add eDonkey downloads and single track non-P2P streaming and secondary distribution, Jamendo is almost certainly multi-platinum equivalent, and all legal.

Help Jamendo celebrate by downloading, sharing and remixing more music.

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ccLabs Relaunched

Alex Roberts, March 27th, 2007

ccLabs has relaunched with a fresh new look, more closely matching CC.org. It’s now easier to gauge how the license engine prototypes will look and feel in real life.

Further updates to these license engines will be coming soon.

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Making CC explicit

Mike Linksvayer, March 23rd, 2007

Notes on “Law That Works” at VON ’07:

It’s not made explicit frequently enough, but one of the core purposes of Creative Commons is to let agents and bots have sex with our permissions data. That’s why the licenses are machine readable. That’s why they can be embedded as metadata in digital files. Accordingly, we see the early progenitors of flying contracts today.

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“The wiki is the center of my classroom”

Mike Linksvayer, March 23rd, 2007

That’s a quote from Wikis and Blogs in Education, one of three educational remixes from students of open content pioneer David Wiley.

The other two are Interviewing Basics and the Open Water Project, an excellent disaster preparedness video that probably everyone should watch.

Each project is licensed under CC Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike and incorporates CC licensed and public domain audio, images, and video as well as original materials.

Via the Magnatune blog.

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Summer of Code application deadline extended

Mike Linksvayer, March 23rd, 2007

Students, you have a couple more days: until 12:00 AM UTC March 27, 2007.

Check out project ideas from Creative Commons and Science Commons.

MusicBrainz also has a CC-specific Summer of Code idea, see improving Creative Commons integration.

More details at our previous post on CC and SoC 2007.

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