CC swag photo contest winner #1

Melissa Reeder, November 19th, 2007

And the first weekly winner of the CC swag photo contest is…

Photo by Mortenjohs CC BY

Thank you Mortenjohs and the other 20 participants for your participation and support! There are 4 weeks remaining in the 2007 CC swag photo contest. We’re hoping for 100 entries – so grab your camera, CC swag and get started! If you need new CC swag, please check out the CC store or donate to the 2007 annual fundraising campaign.

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ccMixter: The Next Step

Mike Linksvayer, November 19th, 2007

We’re thinking about how to take our music remix site, ccMixter, to the next level. Read about it at the Lessig blog. If you’re logged into ccMixter, you can go here to take a survey on the matter.

If you’re unfamiliar with ccMixter, check out the unofficial ccMixterblog, which has tons of great examples of ccMixter reuse and collaboration, and some well-deserved self-congratulation (or go straight to the Editor’s Picks).

An affordance that keeps the ccMixter community focused is that no fully-mixed uploads are allowed, unless they reuse material already on ccMixter.

Now for the (post) title cut: The Next Step by Trifonic, licensed under CC BY-NC.

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Anepsosis Uses CC for MMMORPG Character Art

Cameron Parkins, November 16th, 2007

Anepsosis, an open-source 3D MMORPG, has recentlly decided to release all of their game art (which includes texts, pictures, sketches, drawings, 3D art, and sounds) under a CC BY-SA license. This allows all the content created by the Anepsosis community, not just the final game, to remain open and free, adding additional functionality to the already open-source project (Anepsosis is being released under the GNU GPL Version 2).

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Report on CC and UK cultural heritage institutions

Mike Linksvayer, November 16th, 2007

A report based on the survey we mentioned in August is now released:

The cultural heritage community sits on a goldmine of images, texts, sounds, films, video, data and metadata of immense interest to wide variety of specific sectors and the general public. The resources that these organisations hold increasingly come as digital files and objects: either ‘born digital’ or older works freshly reformed for the media and formats of the internet age. The digital resources produced by the cultural heritage community – and often funded by the public purse – form a set of highly valued and trusted materials particularly desired by the research and education sectors, and general public. This community, especially those partaking of public funds, faces pressure to place their digital resources online and to make them available to the research and education sectors.

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Lawrence Lessig in xcd and on Boing Boing TV

Cameron Parkins, November 16th, 2007

In case you hadn’t heard, Lawrence Lessig is officially the most popular guy on the internet (for now)! Check out webcomic xkcd for a great strip featuring Elaine, the “greatest hacker of our era”, learning copyright from CC’s CEO. For added enjoyment, check out a wonderfully lo-fi tribute by SweedishViennese “art-pranksters” Monochrom on BoingBoingTV. That means he’s cool.

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Making and marking public resources as such

Mike Linksvayer, November 16th, 2007

Works by the U.S. government are in the public domain, but not necessarily accessible to the public. Carl Malamud’s public.resource.org has heroically worked to rectify this, and recently announced that 1.8 million pages of federal case law, including all Courts of Appeals decisions from 1950 to the present and all Supreme Court decisions since 1754 would be made available next year:

“The U.S. judiciary has allowed their entire work product to be locked up behind a cash register,” said Carl Malamud, CEO of Public.Resource.Org. “Law is the operating system of our society and today’s agreement means anybody can read the source for a substantial amount of case law that was previously unavailable.”

The cases will be marked with a new Creative Commons mark—CC-Ø—that signals that there are no copyrights or other related rights attached to the content.

CC since its inception has provided a public domain dedication or certification deed and metadata. CC-Ø will extend this functionality, taking into account what we have learned over the past five years. This will be a big project, watch for further news!

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CC+ Video

Cameron Parkins, November 16th, 2007

There has been quite a lively exchange of emails on our community discussion list concerning the idea of CC+ that CC CEO Lawrence Lessig mentioned on our blog a little over a month ago. To shed some light on the concept, we posted a new video that explains CC+ more fully. In short, CC+ is how CC licenses can work in tandem with commercial arrangements.

The core of this idea is based around the non-exclusivity of our licence suite. While you may use a specific CC-license for the wide distribution of your work, there is nothing prohibiting you from entering into a separate license that allows for uses not offered by the CC license (for example, working out a one off deal that would allow for commercial use of a CC BY-NC work).

So go ahead, check it out, and let us know what you think (and don’t forget that we have other videos up as well).

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Two New Academic Studies of CC

Cameron Parkins, November 16th, 2007

In what seems to becoming a trend, two new academic papers have been made available online that explore the varying implications of Creative Commons in relation to copyright law and culture at large.

The first paper, The Creative Commons and Copyright Protection in the Digital Era: Uses of Creative Commons Licenses by Minjeong Kim, examines CC licensors by using a “mixed-methods approach involving a web-based survey of CC licensors, a content analysis of CC-licensed works, and interviews – the study characterizes CC licensors, the ways that CC licensors produce creative works, the private interests that CC licenses serve, and the public interests that CC licenses serve.”

The second paper (forthcoming), License or a Contract, Analyzing the Nature of Creative Commons Licenses by Herkko Hietanen, focuses on the functional nature of CC licenses, attempting to understand “how the licenses should be interpreted, enforced and what the potential remedies are that might exist if a licensee fails to comply with the terms of the license”.

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Reminder: SPARC Video Contest Deadline

Cameron Parkins, November 16th, 2007

A quick reminder to all you aspiring film-makers out there – the deadline for the SPARC Video Contest “Mind Mashup” (which we covered earlier here) is quickly approaching on December 2nd. The winner will receive $1,000 and entries will be judged by a panel that includes both Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and documentary filmmaker Peter Wintonick.

You can find more info on the contest here.

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CC In the Trenches: “A Great Concept I’ll Continue to Employ”

Timothy Vollmer, November 15th, 2007

This great piece blew into our RSS reader this morning. Photographer Brian Auer provides a interesting discussion and personal perspective on Creative Commons. He explains what CC is, comments on licensing rights and responsibilities, and explores some of the grey areas in and around Creative Commons.

Brian licenses using CC, and suggests that other photographers might consider it as well:

“I honestly think that a majority of us should use the Creative Commons Licensing as a way to promote our work, as long as we understand what the license means…I may change my mind some day if I ever become a highly sought after photographer, but the thing that may have helped get me there could be my use of the Creative Commons Licensing…you never know.”

We agree with Brian–copyright can be downright confusing. Licensing with CC can be a great way to increase the visibility of creative work, but an understanding of the terms and conditions of Creative Commons is crucial for both creators and users. Let’s keep the discussion rolling. With the community, we can work to make copyright a little more lucid and usable for everyone.

Digg the article, and spread the love. And if you really love CC, hit us back with a buck (or more!). We’re in the middle of our fundraising campaign, and every dollar helps.

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