2008 March

Columbia Music Entertainment & Good Crew Offer CC-Licensed Vocal Tracks

Cameron Parkins, March 25th, 2008

Good Crew, a pop-rock band from Japan, have released the vocal tracks for all the songs from their new album, Nippon Husky, under a CC BY-NC-SA license. While this in itself is great news (we always love to hear about people using licenses!) this is especially noteworthy in that Good Crew are signed to Columbia Music Entertainment in Japan (and got said recording contract through user voting), making this the first major label release in Japan to use CC licenses.

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Good Crew will be holding a remix contest using the tracks from now until May 10th (get the tracks here), with Good Crew choosing their two favorite remixes for prize winnings. The Grand Prize winner will receive a Sanyo Xacti with the second place winner (and the Special Humor Award) recieving a $100 Amazon Gift card. From ejovi:

OtoRevo has created a lot of first. OtoRevo and Columbia Music Entertainment were the first label to sign a major artist (Good Crew) exclusively from user voting. Now we have done another first, we are the first major label to release tracks from a major release under Creative Commons.

You can download the mp3 vocal tracks from Good Crew’s album on the OtoRevo website.

We are releasing the vocal tracks for anyone to remix and mashup. The most interesting remixer will win a Xacti camera. Unfortunately the page is in Japanese, but downloading and listening to the tracks is pretty simple. I love Kuroki-san’s voice (lead singer). The name of the album is Nippon Ha:Ski. When you hear her voice you will know why.

Even if you don’t want to remix, download and listen to the tracks. Of course if you like it, you might like the album!

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Flickr Re-Use Stories

Cameron Parkins, March 25th, 2008

Calling all Flickr photographers and CC-licensors – we are compiling a list of interesting and/or unique stories of re-use of CC-licensed photos on Flickr and we need your help!

If you or someone you know has had their photographs reused in an intriguing way, please send the story and corresponding photograph to melissa AT creativecommons DOT org. This is super significant in helping us explain to the larger community why CC is important for photographers. We have a short time frame and any help from those in the CC community is greatly appreciated!


Macedonian translation of 11 Shakespeare plays under CC license

Michelle Thorne, March 25th, 2008

From CC Macedonia (via Metamorphosis):

Creative Commons Content Portal for Macedonia published Macedonian translations of eleven Shakespeare plays as downloadable e-books, made available by the renowned storyteller and translator Dragi Mihajlovski.

The e-books have been published in weekly batches of two to three PDF-files between the 8th of February and the 20th of March 20, 2008.”

The translated plays are made available under Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 Macedonia.

Clarification: It should be noted that while translations of public domain works are fully copyrightable and therefore eligible to be licensed under a Creative Commons license, the original work remains unaffected and in the public domain.

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Creative Commons Expands Documentation project

Timothy Vollmer, March 23rd, 2008

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We’re always trying to make Creative Commons licenses easier to understand and use. From the get-go, human-readable copyright licenses have been a CC mainstay. Creative Commons is excited to announce the expansion of a documentation project that explains various facets of Creative Commons licensing. From the press release:

The initiative includes links and PDF downloads to information on critical CC specifications, recommendations, research studies and tutorials. Some of the topics covered include the CC+ and CC0 projects, a simple licensing how-to, and best practices for integrating Creative Commons licensing in websites. The documentation project also offers posters, flyers and other creative media such as the “Sharing Creative Works” comic book.

We encourage the CC community to use the information provided, translate these documents into other languages, and help create new documentation too!

Learn more about the Documentation project and read the full press release.

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PMOG shares player-generated content under CC-BY

Timothy Vollmer, March 22nd, 2008

PMOG is the Passively Multiplayer Online Game, an interesting online gaming experience where players interact with each other with their clicks through the world wide web. PMOG.com explains:

PMOG is an infinite game built on individual network histories, transforming our web surfing into ongoing social play. With a game heads-up display in Firefox, players can bomb each other, wage war over web sites, and lead other users on web missions.

This unconventional massively multiplayer online game merges your web life with an alternate, hidden reality. Player behavior generates characters and alliances, triggers interactions in the environment and earns the player points to spend online beefing up their inventory. Suddenly the Internet is not a series of untouchable exhibits, but rather a hackable, rewarding environment!

All player-generated content on PMOG.com is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license. FringeHog spoke to game designer Merci Hammon, who said that PMOG “transforms the existing topography of the internet into a game world for players to vandalize, annotate, and curate.”

Sign up for the PMOG beta.


CC’s Role in Open Access at Otago Polytechnic

Jane Park, March 21st, 2008

As an advocate of open education, ccLearn supports openness across a variety of fields, and, generally speaking, we would prefer to see things as openly licensed as possible. That’s why when we stumbled across this interview with Otago Polytechnic in New Zealand, we were delighted to find this quote about the role of Creative Commons in making vocational courses (from Automotive Engineering to Midwifery) open access:

“The recognition of Creative Commons with attribution as our default position has been widely accepted and feedback has been that it has been instrumental in building OP’s reputation as an educational provider.”

Otago Polytechnic offers its open access courses under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). Check out their WikiEducator page that has staff-developed Open Educational Resources.

Thanks to Sarah Stewart for publishing this interview under CC BY.

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The Internet Archive Still Truckin’

Jane Park, March 20th, 2008

Wired magazine recently pointed out that amidst all the hooplah about Google’s Book Search project, the Internet Archive hasn’t idled in their work a second. In fact, they’ve got people manually scanning in up to 1,000 public domain works a day—and the number of titles are almost at 350,000 and growing. The Internet Archive is founder and part of the Open Content Alliance, a group of growing members composed of libraries, nonprofits, culture, technology and government organizations. These organizations work to make their material as freely available as possible, allowing any existing or future search service to also access the scanned work, in contrast to some of the other scanning efforts which place certain restrictions on material from libraries (see October’s NYTimes article).

The Internet Archive also gives you the chance (and choice) to have your work become a part of the “permanent record of free culture,” and the option to license it under a Creative Commons license. For more information, see Mike Linksvayer’s article from last August.

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Obama in 30 Seconds

Cameron Parkins, March 20th, 2008

Moveon.org recently launched a contest called “Obama in 30 Seconds,” which encourages the public to create political ads in support of Barack Obama. All works must be released under a CC BY-NC-SA license and the wining ad, which will be voted on by both the public and a panel of judges including CC Founder and CEO Lawrence Lessig, will be aired nationally. The winner will also receive a gift certificate for $20,000 in video equipment.

Entries can be submitted from March 27th to April 1st, and winners will be announced on April 17th. There is a fairly in-depth F.A.Q page with all the necessary details, so if you have an interest in Obama, CC-licensed video contests, or new HD cameras, be sure to check it all out!

MoveOn.org has a message for all filmmakers, writers, directors, actors, editors, composers, graphic artists, and animators: Whether you’re a total amateur or a total pro, now is the time to use your creativity to help Barack Obama win. We’re launching an ad contest: “Obama in 30 Seconds.”

Powered by grassroots enthusiasm, Obama has won the most states and the most delegates. But the race isn’t over, and we’ve got to pull out all the stops to help him across the finish line.

We’re counting on you to make amazing ads in the next three weeks. Then, MoveOn members and the public will rate the ads, and a panel of top artists, netroots heroes, and filmmaking professionals will pick the winner from among top ads. We’ll air the winning ad nationally, and the winner will receive a gift certificate for $20,000 in video equipment.


Version 3.0 Croatia goes live

Michelle Thorne, March 19th, 2008

800px-flag_of_croatiasvg.pngCreative Commons Croatia has successfully completed the versioning of the ported Creative Commons licensing suite in Croatia. Version 3.0 of the six standard Creative Commons licenses is now legally and linguistically adapted to Croatian law and integrated into our licensing process.

CC Croatia, lead by Diana Kovaèeviæ Remenariæ and Tomislav Medak and in affiliation with the Zagreb-based NGO Multimedia Institute [mi2], was one of the first jurisdictions to port the earliest version of the licenses (in 2004) and continues to be one of the most active Creative Commons projects worldwide.

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Rebecca Rojer, March 18th, 2008

kelly by dan goldman

“Kelly” is a CC-BY-NC licensed webcomic written and illustrated by Dan Goldman. The comic’s incredible mixed-media illustration reveals “a psychedelic psychodrama about love, truth and conflicting interior landscapes in a tiny shared New York apartment”. “Kelly” is serialized at ACT-I-VATE, an online comic collective.

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