CC Swag photo contest winner #2

Melissa Reeder, November 26th, 2007

The Currency of the Future

The second CC swag photo contest winner is Tama Leaver with his entry Cultural Capital. Congrats Tama!

There are 3 weeks left and 75 more entries needed to reach our goal of 100. By participating you are helping spread the word about Creative Commons and bringing attention to your own work – what more can you ask for in a contest? Thanks to everyone who has participated so far!

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Heaps of Positive Coverage for CC Licenses on German TV

Michelle Thorne, November 26th, 2007

NDR+CC

We just ran a post about the German public broadcaster NDR, who recently announced it will release segments from some of its programs under a CC license. But the flood of positive feedback and media coverage has prompted us to write another article pointing to a few of the gems (mostly in German):

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Australia: Radio program on Creative Commons

Mike Linksvayer, November 23rd, 2007

The Law Report, a weekly program of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, broadcast a program on Creative Commons (mp3) featuring interviews and excerpts from a debate on CC at the Melbourne Writers Festival. The program features Cory Doctorow, CC Australia’s Jessica Coates, and CC skeptics.

Read more about the program and other recent appearances of CC Australia staff at Elliot Bledsoe’s CC Through The Looking Glass blog here and here.

Via CC Australia.

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Building a Rural Wireless Mesh Network

Mike Linksvayer, November 21st, 2007

A 44 page guide to Building a Rural Wireless Mesh Network:

Reliable, affordable and easy access to telecommunication services for all has been identified as key to social and economic development in Africa. Self-provisioning and community ownership of low cost, distributed infrastructure is becoming a viable alternative to increase the penetration of telecommunication services in rural Africa. The recent emergence of wireless mesh network technology (based on IEEE 802.11 a/b/g standards) can help to improve the delivery of telecommunication services in these regions.

The guide tries to simplfy the planning and building of a mesh network, using a step-by-step approach to setting up a infrastructure mesh node, or an access point using a Linksys WRT54gl and the Freifunk firmware or DD WRT firmware depending on the node type.

The first version of the guide was published earlier this month. I mention both because the guide is licensed under CC Attribution-ShareAlike and because it would be wonderful if the network layer turned out to be something that could also be peer produced, e.g., see a portion of Lawrence Lessig’s 2006 LinuxWorld keynote or portions of Yochai Benkler’s Wealth of Networks, but that aspiration is largely untested. And there’s nothing like practical experience.

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Newsweek suggests “Open Access for Dummies”

Mike Linksvayer, November 20th, 2007

Credit Where Credit is Due, an article in Newsweek, about use of text from Wikipedia by major publishers without compliance with Wikipedia’s license, includes quotes from CC CEO Lawrence Lessig on license interoperability:

The Free Software Foundation, which maintains Wikipedia’s GNU license, is teaming up with a popular rival licensing movement called Creative Commons to create an interoperable open source standard. “This has been my secret obsession and work for the last four years,” says Lawrence Lessig, a Creative Commons founder and Stanford University law professor. “Make the legal issues totally invisible to the average user who is trying to use free culture in a way that is responsible and trustable.” By making the two licenses interoperable, for example, users will be able to integrate text, photographs and music samples from Wikipedia with Creative Commons-licensed content on Flickr or jamendo. Posting, reprinting, sharing and otherwise licensing such material would simply require attribution (and not the actual clunky text of the license).

The article’s closes with an excellent suggestion:

It’s enough to suggest that, for penance, Wiley ought to commission “Open Access for Dummies.” Published under a Creative Commons license, naturally.

Read the whole article and previous writing of Lessig on interoperability and details of compatibility structures introduced in CC BY-SA 3.0.

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Firefox 3 Beta 1

Mike Linksvayer, November 20th, 2007

If you want to help test the next great version of Firefox, the browser with aspirations for the open web highly complementary with CC’s aspirations, read this post at the Mozilla Developer Center.

And a reminder that one of the many cool things about Firefox is that you can access CC Search from the Firefox search bar, as documented at the  (CC licensed) Firefox Knowledge Base.

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German public broadcaster adopts CC license

Michelle Thorne, November 20th, 2007

The Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR), a public radio and television broadcaster belonging to Germany’s national broadcasting consortium ARD, announced today that they will begin to use CC licenses for some of their programs.

The political comedy show Extra 3 and critical media magazine Zapp will release segments of their program under a BY-NC-ND license as part of a pilot project lasting for six months.

More information can be found here (German) and in NDR’s official press release (German).

Thanks to Meike Richter, CC Project Leads John-Hendrik Weitzmann (Germany) & Paul Keller (Netherlands), and CC Creative Director Eric Steuer for their involvement in this great initiative!

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OpenOffice.org Addin Updated

Nathan Yergler, November 19th, 2007

The response to the release of our OpenOffice.org Addin last week was great. We had several bug reports, and lots of constructive feedback. I’ve just released an update, version 0.6.1 (download, changes). This version fixes a couple of bugs which caused OpenOffice.org to crash, as well as storing the license metadata in a more logical place within the document. See the wiki page for details on how to upgrade automatically from within OpenOffice.org.

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UK: Open Rights Group @ 2

Mike Linksvayer, November 19th, 2007

Open Rights Group is two years old, and they’ve published a great report on their activities, which includes promoting and educating the public about CC licensing and researching free culture business models. And everything they publish is licensed under CC Attribution-ShareAlike.

Congratulations to ORG and best wishes for 2008!

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The 50,000 friends challenge

Melissa Reeder, November 19th, 2007

Looking for another way to support CC? Be our friend! By connecting with Creative Commons on sites like Facebook, MySpace, and Flickr, you can help us broaden our reach and educate the masses about the Creative Commons mission.

So, starting today, we’re issuing a 50,000 friend challenge to our community. We’re asking you to help us expand CC’s overall friend network to 50,000 people across the Web’s various social networking and content sharing sites by December 15 – the date of our fifth birthday party.

Here are some ways you can help our friend network grow. If you aren’t a member of any of these sites, please help us by starting (or expanding) a CC group on any site you do use.

Of course, you can also help Creative Commons by contributing to our annual fundraising campaign. As always, we thank you sincerely for your support!

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