Nine Inch Nails releases Ghosts I-IV under a Creative Commons license

Eric Steuer, March 2nd, 2008

Some very exciting news for music fans: Tonight, Nine Inch Nails released Ghosts I-IV, a collection of 36 new instrumental tracks that are available to the world under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.

This music arrived unexpectedly as the result of an experiment. The rules were as follows: 10 weeks, no clear agenda, no overthinking, everything driven by impulse. Whatever happens during that time gets released as… something.

The end result is a wildly varied body of music that we’re able to present to the world in ways the confines of a major record label would never have allowed – from a 100% DRM-free, high-quality download, to the most luxurious physical package we’ve ever created.

We’ll have a lot more to say about this exciting development very soon. In the meantime, read more about the project and check out the music!



Encyclopedia of Life launches, publishes articles under CC licenses

Timothy Vollmer, March 2nd, 2008

The Encyclopedia of Life, an ambitious project to document all of Earth’s known species, has released its first 30,000 pages of content. Over the next 10 years, the project aims to aggregate, in one place, information on an estimated 1.8 million species. From the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) press release:

Intended as a tool for scientists and policymakers and a fascinating resource for anyone interested in the living world, the EOL is being developed by a unique collaboration between scientists and the general public. By making it easy to compare and contrast information about life on Earth, the resulting compendium has the  potential to provide new insights into many of life’s secrets.

In most cases, Encyclopedia of Life contributing members have made content available using one of the following Creative Commons licenses: Attribution, Attribution-ShareAlike, Attribution-NonCommercial, or Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike. Users can easily note the CC license attached to each article and accompanying media (like photos).

EOL fish photo CC marking

The EOL project incorporates an open collaboration and feedback process, calling on community members and scientists to offer design suggestions and ideas for content development.

Download and read the full press release. More EOL coverage from the New York Times.

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Visit Planet Creative Commons

Mike Linksvayer, March 1st, 2008

In the universe of blogs and other syndicated content, a planet is a service that aggregates a specific set of blogs, usually all relevant to a particular community, so that one may easily follow conversations (or at least blogged updates) in the community or drop in and see what is happening in a community without having to visit many individual blogs (and having to figure out which ones to visit).

Planet Debian and Planet GNOME were the first two planets. Now a planet aggregator is a well established communications channel for many large free software communities, complementing mailing lists, IRC, wikis, and individual and project blogs. Planet Mozilla is another good example.

We’ve been syndicating CC jurisdiction project blogs on the CC home page for a while. Now you can see more and subscribe at Or visit the Planet Creative Commons home page to get this blog, CC jurisdiction blogs, and various CC community blogs all at one time.

You can read about the software that runs the Planet on the CC wiki, including CC engineer Nathan Kinkade’s plugin to read syndicated license information.

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Ro(cc)k music wanted

Mike Linksvayer, February 29th, 2008

LugRadio Live 2008 USA (previously mentioned; register here) is looking to feature CC-licensed music at the conference:

At LugRadio Live in the UK, we traditionally play a lot of rock music in-between talks – it keeps the atmosphere loose and fun. With LugRadio Live USA 2008 on the horizon, and well aware of the dictatorship that is the RIAA, I am keen to find a collection of good rock and metal that is suitable for legal public performance at LugRadio Live USA 2008.

Add a comment at Jono Bacon’s blog with your suggestions.

Some places to look. I’d recommend some sexy French punk rock.

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Cameron Parkins, February 29th, 2008

Zhura is a new screenwriting and community website that utilizes CC licenses to enable unparalleled avenues for online collaboration between screenwriters. Although CC licensing works is optional (you have the ability to write and share works privately), the “public” area of Zhura allows screenwriters to collaborate on projects they would have never been a part of otherwise. The possibilities are vast and unprecedented, ranging from an independent filmmaker making a noncommercial adaptation of someone else’s treatment to community fueled script collaborations. From Zhura:

“Zhura provides the most advanced online screenwriting tool in the industry, plus the ability to connect with the global writing community. On Zhura, you can work privately on your own projects, collaborate in private with your friends, or collaborate with the global public community.”

Membership is free and members may choose to work in any or all three of the ways listed above. However, it is in the “Public” area of the site which Zhura has adopted Creative Commons. When members create a “Script”, they are required to answer two questions: 1) Allow commercial use of your work? and 2) Allow modifications of your work? And based on their answers to these questions a Creative Commons License is assigned. From this “Create Script” page, as well as from within any Public Script that has been created, members can jump directly to your Creative Commons site for more information.

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CC Licensed Document Sharing

Cameron Parkins, February 29th, 2008

For those of you looking to share documents, templates, and other digital documentation online, make sure to check out both Scribd and DocStoc. Both sites have CC license implementation built in and make sharing your documents with co-workers, friends, family, and the general public a breeze. There is an immense amount of options available for both Scribd and Docstoc (read their respective FAQs here and here) and while they are both fairly flexible, Scribd is more focused on personal documents (creative, individual, etc.) while Docstoc is oriented towards a professional (legal, business, technology, etc.) audience.

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Wireless Networking in the Developing World

Cameron Parkins, February 29th, 2008

This past Monday, the Arabic edition of Wireless Networking in the Developing World was released for free online. Wireless Networking… provides an introduction to the theoretical concepts required to understand the behavior of wireless networks as well as practical guidance on how to apply these concepts to design/build low cost wireless networks. Aimed at those in the majority world, both the English and Arabic versions are released under a CC BY-SA license, meaning that the bevy of information therein can be freely shared, redistributed, and built upon. From WNDW:

This book is the corner stone for an ambitious project to bring wireless networks, along with its promises and potential, to the Arab region, to overcome the language barrier and reach out to everyone who would like to learn or contribute to the use of these technologies in building an equitable knowledge society. As of today, this project contains:

“Wireless Networking: A Primer”: a short guide for the essential concepts in wireless networking and how they could be applied in
designing and building wireless networks Multi Media Training Kit – Wireless Networking in Arabic: an excellent supplement to the book for educational, training and capacity building purposes The Arabic Wireless Networking in the Developing World website: the meeting point for wireless enthusiasts in the Arab world. The website includes a discussion forum and references to several real world projects


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Free as in “FREE BEER” Brewing in Berlin

Michelle Thorne, February 29th, 2008


FREE BEER” is always something to get excited about — especially when it’s being brewed in your own backyard. If you’re in Berlin this Saturday, March 1st, come stop by “Free as in ‘FREE BEER’ – Brau-Aktion.” We’ll be in the brewery “Hops & Barley Berlin” starting at 12:30pm to witness 100 liters of FREE BEER being brewed and learn some tricks from Braumeister Philipp.

The bubbly beverage’s recipe is based on classic ale brewing traditions and employs a Creative Commons license (Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5) to encourage anyone to brew their own batch or create derivative recipes. With support from zeitgeisty and newthinking, this round of FREE BEER is being prepared for consumption at re:publica’08, Berlin’s incredibly successful annual blogger conference, to be held this year April 2-4th.


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Recycled Computers, Remixable Content for schools

Asheesh Laroia, February 29th, 2008

The Alameda County Computer Resource Center is a Bay Area non-profit whose motto is “Obsolescence is Just a Lack of Imagination.” James Burgett, the Director of the ACCRC, writes on their website that they have distributed 16,000 computers as of 2006. Most of the computers they receive would otherwise end in the trash, which means they are saving landfills from computers’ toxic waste. Instead:

[They] give free refurbished computers to schools, non-profit organizations, and economically and/or physically disadvantaged individuals. . . . Our refurbished systems all run a Free software GNU/Linux operating system.

With Andrew Fife from Untangle, they are organizing a Linux installfest in the Bay Area this weekend to get the Bay Area community to help set up those systems. The computers being installed will go to schools in the Bay Area. In addition, they are going to pre-install Creative Commons-licensed photos and music from Flickr and Jamendo. The photos and music were selected as part of our LiveContent project. What better complement to (little-f) free computers than Free Software and Free Content?

With the number of computers they’ll be working on, the installfest has four locations. It all takes place on this Saturday, March 1. If you’re near Berkeley, San Francisco, San Mateo, or Marin County, check out their wiki and sign up!

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University of Auckland embeds CC licensing

Michelle Thorne, February 28th, 2008

The University of Auckland has just announced that they have embedded Creative Commons licensing for all new submissions by PhD students into the university’s digital repository, ResearchSpace.

From the repository’s librarian Leonie Hayes:

“At the moment the showcase collection is PhD theses, there are nearly 800 in the PhD collection, most are open access. There are another 900 awaiting signoff from authors. When new graduates submit online they have a choice of adding a CC licence along with their consent for a digital copy.

We are also investigating application of Creative Commons licenses to our other digital collections.”

For the purposes of the repository, students are using a localized Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license, legally ported to jurisdictional law by the CC team in New Zealand.

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