The National September 11th Memorial Museum Implements CC

Fred Benenson, December 15th, 2008

On Friday December 5th, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum launched its Artists Registry. The registry provides a virtual gallery of art created in response to the attacks of September 11, and includes contributions made by a diverse artistic community using varied media – visual, tactile and auditory. Most excitingly from CC’s perspective is that the registry offers full support of our 6 licenses. When uploading a work artists have the option to select a license and the work’s resulting metadata and RDFa will be displayed when the it is shown in the online galleries.

Not only has National September 11th Memorial Museum encouraged user submissions into its collection, but by using our licenses, it has done so in a progressive and socially responsible fashion. We look forward to seeing more institutions like the Memorial Museum integrating CC into their mission and offerings, so it is great to see such an innovative implementation leading the pack.

Click here to read the museum’s full press release (PDF warning) about the launch, or just head over to the registry to check it out now.

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Create Digital Music Winter 2008 Guide

Cameron Parkins, December 15th, 2008

White On Black LCD by William’s Photos | CC BY-NC

Create Digital Music, a fantastic blog on innovations in music technology/performance, recently published their Winter 2008 Guide featuring interviews, reviews, and of course photos of new trends in music production.

The guide is being published as a free PDF download and paperback book and is released under a CC BY-SA license. Not only is the guide approved for free cultural works, but it does an excellent job pooling free-to-use CC-licensed images and providing proper attribution back to these images through out its pages.

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Rank Your Free Music on

Fred Benenson, December 15th, 2008

What would happen if you combined digg‘s voting structure with Jamendo‘s CC business model and a healthy dose of free culture? You would end up with encourages musicians to upload their music so that it can be voted upon. Besides operating at no cost to musicians, and using our copyleft Attribution-ShareAlike license, is free software as its codebase is released under the Free Software Foundation’s AGPL license.

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Arts Engine and CC Team Up for Case Study Video

Fred Benenson, December 15th, 2008

Creative Commons and Arts Engine have teamed up to create a video explaining how CC has helped filmmakers in the Media That Matters film festival.

In this short produced by Intelligent Television, you can hear from established film makers on why CC is a crucial part of their work flow and perspective on creating new media.

Check our video page for full details, downloads, and more.

Also, don’t forget that the Media That Matters Film Festival call for entries is open until January 9th. All finalists will be awarded $1000 for their future film making endeavors.

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UPDATE: New Venue for CC Salon / Birthday NYC

Fred Benenson, December 12th, 2008

CC Salon NYC Logo

I was not expecting our humble NYC CC Salon / Birthday to become so popular that I had to find a new venue, but that’s what has happened.

With over 140 people and 76 maybes RSVP’d, TOPP and I were a little worried about whether the building would still be standing after the event.

So our friends at For Your Imagination have graciously offered us their loft for the event on Tuesday. I’ve amended the address on the Facebook event and blog post, but here it is anyway:

Tuesday, December 16th from 7-10pm
For Your Imagination
22 W. 27th St., 6th Floor
New York, NY

As usual there will be beer and a reception afterwards, so we look forward to seeing you!

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CC Technology Summit Tomorrow

Nathan Yergler, December 11th, 2008

We’re holding the second Creative Commons Technology Summit tomorrow in Cambridge, MA.  The program is online and I’m quite excited about the lineup.  We still have some space available so if you’re in the area and would like to attend, drop by the Stata Center at MIT tomorrow morning and register on site. The cost is $75 ($50 for CC Network members) or $40 for students ($20 for CC Network members).

If you can’t make the event, fear not; Frank will be pseudo-live-blogging the event over on the CC Labs blog and we’ll have video available afterwards.

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Open Milton

Jane Park, December 11th, 2008

Happy Belated Birthday John Milton! The poet that English majors belabor and grow to know so well turned 400 earlier this week, and to celebrate, the Open Knowledge Foundation launched Open Milton. What is Open Milton?

Open Milton is “an open set of Milton’s works, together with ancillary information and tools, in a form designed for reuse. The Open Milton project has two main objectives:

  1. Provide the works of John Milton, along with textual apparatus and tools all in an open form.
  2. Deliver this material as a knowledge package that allows for easy deployment, redistribution and reuse. 

Specifically [they] provide a full open set of Milton’s works along with ancillary material, a variety of tools and a python API. In addition to the works themselves there is a chronology, statistics, a concordance and search facilities.”

The great thing about Open Milton is that it is a specialized resource, organized and pieced together in novel and thoughtful ways—but it doesn’t prevent you or anyone else from tinkering with it, adding to it, and making it better. Why? Because it’s licensed under CC BY and therefore discoverable (machine-readable), even if it doesn’t conform to some aggregator’s notion of a proper resource. Open Milton is an excellent example for self-publishing; anyone can give their work the advantage of open licensing.

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dublab DJs announced for CC’s SF Birthday Party!

Allison Domicone, December 11th, 2008

CC’s birthday is almost here! We hope you’ll join us at the San Francisco party next Thursday, December 18th, 9pm-2am, at 111 Minna Gallery (Map and Directions).

We are pleased to announce the dublab DJs who will be performing live as part of the physical Into Infinity installation:

Jimmy Tamborello, frosty, Professor Cantaloupe, and matthewdavid will use Into Infinity’s sound loops as the basis for an improvisational electronic music show at the party!

Dance music for the evening will be provided by DJs Ripley and Kid Kameleon, both regulars at Surya Dub in San Francisco.

Tickets will be sold at the door, but please RSVP to rsvp[at] so we know you’re coming.
The event is 21+.
From 9-11pm: $15 for CC Network members and $20 for non-members. Hosted bar: beer, wine, and well-drinks (cash bar otherwise). Join the CC Network today to secure your discount!
After 11pm: $5 for CC Network members and $10 for non-members. Cash bar.

Everyone is welcome, but space is limited – so bring friends and arrive early!

Can’t make it to the San Francisco to party? Check out the other parties planned around the world in celebration of CC’s 6 years, or find your own way to honor CC’s birthday – no celebration is too small!

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Blue Orange Records releases “Come Tomorrow”, CC-licensed Electro/Indie-Pop Compilation

Cameron Parkins, December 10th, 2008

Blue Orange Records, a net-label that aims to “provide a portal for quality Indie Pop bands to connect with a global community of Indie Pop fans”, recently released Come Tomorrow, a compilation of songs by some very talented electro/indie-pop acts. The disc is released under a CC BY-NC-ND license to encourage sharing and is available for free online. From BOR:

A bit of background on the project–we spent 2008 listening to music from all over the world to find the best new electro indie-pop sounds. Included you will hear from Kiesgroup (DE) featuring Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier performing in the song Punishment, Lucy and the Popsonics (BR) with their Brazilian electropop Garota Rock Ingles, not to mention our local favorite, Potion (US) with their Film Noir titles collage in Band of Outsiders as well as many other new artists ready to make you dance and smile. So let the sunshine in over these looming dark clouds of recession and download this compilation for free thanks to these wonderful artists and the Creative Commons License.

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ccNewsletter #10 – ccLearn

Allison Domicone, December 10th, 2008

ccNewsletter #10

December’s newsletter features ccLearn, the education branch of Creative Commons which has grown substantially this year and has a lot of exciting plans lined up for its bright future as a leader in the open education movement. The newsletter also brings to you news highlights from each of CC’s other program areas.

As you’ll see in this newsletter, we have begun experimenting with a new format as a way to bring you the latest CC news in a more manageable way, so check out #10 and see what you think! As always, many thanks to the CC Philippines team for designing the PDF version.

Stay in touch with us: sign up to receive the newsletter via email and subscribe to our newly-formed events list.


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