2008 Summer Internships

Jennifer Yip, February 8th, 2008

For all the students who have been patiently waiting, Creative Commons has posted summer internship positions. Please spread the word to interested college or graduate students. We are currently looking for a Community Development, a Business Development, a Technology, and a Development intern. Three full-time and one part-time (Development) positions are available in total.

Applicants may submit a cover letter, resume, and references for the position(s) of interest through March 3.

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OpenCourseWare Launched at United Nations University

Jane Park, February 6th, 2008

The United Nations University, an official member of the OpenCourseWare Consortium, has just launched their web learning portal. Joining more than 100 other institutions of higher education, UNU is providing open access to an initial dozen training courses, spanning from subjects like Integrated Water Resources Management to the Social Construction of Technology in Development.  The courses are aimed towards educators, students, and individuals–pretty much anyone who’s interested.

Rather than replacing for-credit courses, the United Nations University recognizes the significance of different approaches to education in the 21st century.  As a result, the courses are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License 2.5 (CC BY).

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Bayanihan Books, an Open Textbook Initiative

Jane Park, February 6th, 2008

Bayanihan is a Tagalog term originating from the root word Bayani, or hero.  Today, Bayanihan represents an heroic effort on the part of the community, or the actions of a group of people that result in a common good.  Greg Moreno’s new initiative, Bayanihan Books, is aptly named.   

With 17.5 million public school students in the Philippines, affordable access to textbooks is not a simple matter.  Textbook companies can monopolize the market, upping prices for students and schools that can’t always afford them.  Moreno’s plan is to compete with these companies by shifting the control of textbook content from a few to many—the community.  Textbook making will be a collaborative project, a sort of wiki-style peer editing and review consisting of volunteers.  The content will be published under a Creative Commons license specific to the Philippines that allows it to be shared. But the ultimate goal is to have the content be in print and distributed widely to public schools. That’s where the publishing companies come in.   

The publishing companies will bid on the content, and because they don’t have to deal with doling out royalty fees to a community of volunteers, they will only have to shoulder the costs of the actual printing.  Then they can distribute the books at minimal cost to schools around the country, while still making quite a profit for themselves.  Everyone wins.  

Currently, they are working on these two books. 

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Download the Creative Commons Newsletter #5

Michelle Thorne, February 6th, 2008

Answering Melissa Reeder’s invitation to share & remix our bimonthly newsletter, Atty. Michael Vernon M. Guerrero, Deputy Project Lead of CC Philippines, has released this absolutely beautiful PDF version. Enjoy!

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CC Salon in Chennai

Michelle Thorne, February 6th, 2008

The first ever CC Salon in India will be held in Chennai on Saturday, February 9th at 4:00pm in The Camp. Come stop by for a discussion on Creative Commons, musical performances, networking, games, and a CC Birthday Party & dinner. Our thanks to Kiruba Shankar for his efforts in organizing!

Interested in hosting a salon in your area? Visit http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Start_Your_Own_Salon.

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Secondary Sound Released Under CC-License

Cameron Parkins, February 4th, 2008

Secondary Sound, a book of poems and short stories by Justin Sirois, was recently released simultaneously through BlazeVOX [books] as well as online via afree PDF. Much of Secondary Sound, which is released under a CC BY-NC-SA license, addresses copyright reform and freedom of information, making for interesting parallels and diversions between content and distribution. From BlazeVOX [books]:

An absurdist media firm hires a pirate to “create the most alluring ringtone known to man” – while the author takes a secondary role as this digital scallywag plunders and pillages his way through the book’s vexing text messages. Presumably the first manuscript of both poems and fiction to be licensed with creative commons, Secondary Sound questions the legal limits of electronic sampling, asks why zombies and pirates are so in vogue, and pushes the limits of poetry (and hopefully makes it fun again).

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Anomolo Records Launches English Site

Cameron Parkins, February 4th, 2008

Anomolo Records, an Italian based net-label that has been active for over 5 years, recently launched an English version of their website, extending a backlog of CC-licensed music to an entirely new demographic. Anomolo utilize a variety of CC licenses (differing depending on the artist) and have seen serious traction, amassing over 450,000 downloads since their launch. They join a bevy of CC-based record labels (including fellow Italians OnClassical) in promoting an open and free approach to music marketing, an inspiring trend to say the least.

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Ronaldo Lemos’ Public Policy Talk at Google

Cameron Parkins, February 4th, 2008

Ronaldo Lemos, chairman of iCommons and director for CC Brazil, recently gave a talk at the Google Public Policy series based around the theme of “Cultural Production and Digital Inclusion in Developing Countries”. It is a fascinating talk and a must watch for those interested in CC’s international jurisdiction work.

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The Art of Magic Words

Cameron Parkins, February 4th, 2008

In one of the more unconventional uses of CC-licenses we have seen, Lysse Smith Wylle’s The Art of Magic Words, a book focused on spell poetry and magickal prose, is published with an instructional spell section licensed under a CC BY-NC-SA license. From GroundMarkPress:

While the first four chapters of the book are published under a traditional copyright—an instructional section meant to teach how to
compose spells in verse form—the final, “Grimoire” chapter is being published under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial
Share-alike (NCSA) license. That means the spells can be republished on the Web or in a Book of Shadows without having to seek special permission from the author or a publisher.

“I encourage it,” she said. “In fact, I want other practitioners to modify my spells to fit their needs and situation. Under the Creative Commons license I’ve chosen, the spells I’ve written can be republished in their modified form, as well.”

You can buy the book on Lulu.com and begin open-source spell casting right away.

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Enrico Casarosa on CC

Cameron Parkins, February 4th, 2008

Enrico Casarosa, a story artist at Pixar and creator of “SketchCrawl,” recently posted some thoughts about Creative Commons on his personal blog, capping his entry with the statement “Why not share ideas?”. Casarosa’s SketchCrawl encourages artists and non-artists alike to draw/paint/sketch continuously for an entire day, simply for the purpose of pushing one’s creative boundaries and love of drawing.

As more people are made aware of CC’s ideas (Casarosa was present at a talk by CC’s CEO Lawrence Lessig) the breadth of CC’s worth growths exponentially. It is fascinating to observe the value different groups and individuals see in CC licensing.

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