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. 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 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 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! 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

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“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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Creative Commons Participating in Google Summer of Code 2008

Nathan Yergler, March 18th, 2008

This year Creative Commons will once again be participating in the Google Summer of Code. Summer of Code is a program generously sponsored by Google which pays college students to work on open source projects. The application period for students begins Monday, March 24 and is open through Monday, March 31 (a complete schedule is available).

We have some background information in the wiki, including project ideas. I’m personally really hoping for a ground-up rewrite of the validator (project suggestions). Our list of ideas is small, so let your imagination run wild; if you have questions about an ideas we’re happy to answer your questions on IRC or the cc-devel mailing list.

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Simulated Comic Product hosts CC remix contest

Timothy Vollmer, March 18th, 2008

Simulated Comic Product is a great strip licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license. Jump on over to the site to enter the remix contest that’s running until March 24:

To celebrate the upcoming book launch, we’re going to have a contest! Have you ever read an SCP strip and thought “I can do better than that”? Maybe you have an idea for a better punchline. Or maybe you could make it funnier by redrawing all of the panels in crayon. Or maybe you could combine panels from different strips to make something completely new. Now is your chance! Make an SCP remix, and post it in the comments to this post before the cutoff date on March 24.

An SCP poll will be posted to pick the winner, and the top three entries will be featured in a blog post. The author of the winning entry will get a free, signed copy of the book! Awesome.

More details here.

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