Launches the Free Music Project

Eric Steuer, March 2nd, 2007

The very good people of have launched a new website called the Free Music Project, where people can upload music available for free and legal sharing and remix. The site is working with the One Laptop per Child project; selected songs will be included on OLPC laptops to be distributed to children in the developing world.

“This is a groundbreaking opportunity to locate the best free music out there and share it with millions of people of all ages around the world,” said Elizabeth Stark, board member of and founder of the Free Culture group at Harvard. “Freely licensing recordings allows artists to gain extremely valuable global exposure through projects such as OLPC.”

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SXSW: Creative Commons, An Introduction

Jon Phillips, March 2nd, 2007

If you live in Austin, and/or will be at SXSW on March 14 (4:30-6:30 PM at Austin History Center), I’m giving a FREE introduction to Creative Commons in affiliation with EFF-Austin. Here is the quick blurb I wrote up about the presentation:

In this presentation, Jon Phillips, Community Developer for Creative Commons, discusses how Creative Commons enables legal sharing, reuse, and remix. Contemporary relevant topics will be discussed in relationship to artists, musicians and attorneys. Come with your questions as this session will be highly interactive and focused on synthesis.

Also featuring: Entertainment Lawyer Deena Kalai and Attorney Ed Cavazos, Fish & Richardson, P.C.

For more information or to rsvp: rsvpcc at

Presented by EFF-Austin and The Digital Convergence Initiative.

Jon Lebkowsky from EFF-Austin has written an article in Austin Chronicle which mentions this event and you may track the event on this posting.

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CC music on Dutch public radio

Mike Linksvayer, March 1st, 2007

Marco Raaphorst writes:

VPRO (Dutch public radio, tv and internet – non-profit) will start promoting ‘open content’, Creative Commons music in their radio-show Wissel.

This will only be the first step. I am talking about other open content projects for the Publieke Omroep here in Holland as well. So stay sharp for future updates at this blog. 2007 will be the year of free, open and… music of course :)

This began with a post on Marco’s blog, noticed by VPRO. Way to go!

Previous post on CC music in the Dutch speaking world, including Netwaves on Radio Scorpio, which has since featured an interview with Marco Raaphorst.

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DHTML wizard challenge met!

Mike Linksvayer, March 1st, 2007

A few days ago we announced a new version implemented in Flash of the ccLabs experimental Freedoms License Generator and issued a challenge to DHTML developers to equal the performance and visual improvements of the Flash version, using DHTML.

That didn’t take long. Sylvain Zimmer of Jamendo (see our most recent post about Jamendo’s CC music portal) whipped up a DHTML version of the puzzle pieces interface used in the Freedoms License Generator that is just as slick and fast as our Flash version.

The implementation is not complete — it doesn’t provide copy & paste license HTML — but it proves the point that Flash is unnecessary for this application. The next iteration of the ccLabs project will integrate Sylvain’s code with HTML and metadata generation.

Thanks Sylvain!

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Tech Policy Summit Silicon Valley

Mike Linksvayer, February 28th, 2007

The last two days I attended the Tech Policy Summit Silicon Valley. While the panels discussed important issues that impact the technology industry (including privacy, security, immigration, taxes, trade, networks, patents, and of course copyright), I got a distinct feeling of Washington, D.C. transported to San Jose, California — discussion (and fashion) constrained by the possibilities or lack thereof of near-term politics. Mike of Techdirt has more coverage.

The major exception was a familiar panel featuring web 2.0 regulars Dave Sifry of Technorati, Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn, Jonathan Abrams of Socializr and Jay Adelson of Digg, moderated by Kara Swisher. Many thanks to Jay Adelson for leading off by saying (in more words) that Creative Commons is the future. I’ll reciprocate here by saying that Digg (as representative of bottom-up content discovery, filtering and tastemaking) is a big part of the future of Creative Commons. But this panel didn’t really discuss policy.

Today it was refreshing to return to Creative Commons (not that I ever left — the wifi was good), where we help expand practically available copyright options with both more immediate impact and a longer horizon than can be had within an election cycle.

This is not at all to criticize the conference organizers. To the contrary, the technology industry probably needs to engage the political culture (a recurrent theme at the summit), and the same is probably true for those who care about technology policy but are not formally in the industry.

Here’s a photo (CC BY) of the second least foreign panel, featuring Declan McCullagh (moderator), Jim Dempsey of the Center for Democracy and Technology, Lauren Gelman of the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, and Andrew McLaughlin of Google:


Bodo Balazs of Stanford CIS and a project lead of CC Hungary was also present.

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Jamendo CC music portal

Mike Linksvayer, February 28th, 2007

Jamendo just turned on a Creative Commons portal for browsing and searching albums by license (very similar to Flickr’s CC portal).

While Jamendo has always been a CC music site, the portal interface makes using Jamendo extra convenient when you care about which CC license the music you’re using falls under (e.g., for remix or commercial use).

If you just want to discover music you can share, Jamendo also recently rolled out The Spiral, a convenient and visually interesting way to explore the Jamendo catalog.

Just imagine if Jamendo keeps adding albums (now 2500+) and features at this torrid pace for the remaining 10 months of 2007…

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CC challenges community

Melissa Reeder, February 27th, 2007

We challenge you, our community, to raise $6000 for Creative Commons by subscribing to GOOD Magazine and having a drink with us at the famed South by Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin, TX. All it takes is for 200 people over the next 2 weeks to subscribe to GOOD. No, my math skills are not wrong. If you subscribe in the next 2 weeks your $20 bucks will be generously matched by Six Apart for up to $2000. So you won’t just raise $4000 for CC but $6000.

Since July 2006, Creative Commons has been one of the 12 non-profits benefitting from the Choose GOOD campaign. GOOD magazine was started by some innovative people who have taken a non-traditional approach to promoting their magazine – and have experienced unbelievable success. The folks at GOOD have been traveling around the nation hosting parties and more importantly raising money and awareness for the non-profits that they support.

Over the past 7 months they have sold 11,899 subscriptions generating over $200,000 which in turn is gifted to 12 non-profits that are doing new, innovative, and great things. CC is one of them and since July GOOD has raised over $11,000 for us!

We need your help to make GOOD Magazine’s SXSW party honoring Creative Commons the most successful party they’ve hosted to date. Cover charge is the $20 subscription fee and we strongly suggest emailing your rsvp to

If you want to help support CC and attend one of GOOD’s infamous parties but do not reside in the Austin, TX area don’t worry – your subscription fee gets you into any of the upcoming GOOD parties. And yes all parties are open bar.

By subscribing to this awesome new magazine you gain entrance to the biggest GOOD/SXSW party to date and you’re helping us raise $6000 for CC. That money will support what we continue to do best – enable a participatory culture.

SXSW GOOD Party details:
with Special Guest Joi Ito, CC Chairman
VJ Phi Phenomenon
DJ Filip Turbotito
Ima Robot
ex Junio Senior

Monday March 12th
Uncle Flirty’s
325 E. Sixth St. (on corner of Trinity and Sixth)
Austin, TX

This event is for GOOD subscribers only and is sponsored by Moli.

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xlr8r tv debuts on revision3

Eric Steuer, February 27th, 2007

xlr8r tv is a new cc-licensed online tv show focused on music and club culture. it’s a collaboration between xlr8r magazine and revision3 — the internet tv network started by some of the guys behind digg.

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March 1st Deadline for Technology and Community+Media Internship

Jon Phillips, February 26th, 2007

That’s right! Students, get your applications in before the end of the day on March 1 (which means PST for us in San Francisco reviewing applications).

As we announced before, we are picking one intern to help our tech team and another to help us with creating media and building up our community. If you want to spend the summer building the commons, living in San Francisco, and generally plugging into one of the most dynamic social networks offline in SF and on-line on the web, then please apply.

For both internships, there are several projects to work on. A good place to look is at our Labs demo/test site and Developer Challenges to get your heart beating faster. Then, for Media+Community internships, there will be some great work on some media-based (part-technical) projects like OLPC and

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Get 3.0 at ccLabs

Mike Linksvayer, February 26th, 2007

We’ve updated the experimental license choosers on ccLabs to support the new version 3.0 licenses and given one a visual and performance refresh:

choose license

This involved re-writing the license chooser in Flash.

DHTML wizards, take this as a challenge.

Free software advocates, we understand that free Flash is important, and on the chooser page urge contriubutions to Gnash, a GPL Flash player and one of the Free Software Foundation’s high-priority projects.

Flash hackers, download and improve GPL licensed sources for the chooser.

Everyone else, try it out. There’s a feedback survey at the bottom of the license chooser page.

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