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ccNewsletter #12

Allison Domicone, April 2nd, 2009

ccNewsletter #12

Spring is a time for new beginnings, and April’s newsletter will catch you up on all of CC’s many exciting new projects in addition to several milestones marking our continued growth and development as a leader of openness in the realms of science, education and culture, as well as internationally. This newsletter is chock full of interesting items, including the launch of CC Zero; updates from several international jurisdictions; GreenXchange, a project of CC, Nike and Best Buy; a new site for OpenEd that will provide valuable resources for the open education movement; and even a CC-licensed animated feature film.

As always, thank you to our CC Philippines team for the beautiful PDF version. Check out all the past issues.

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2009 Google Policy Fellowships

Fred Benenson, April 2nd, 2009

We’re excited to announce the recipient of our Google Policy Fellowship for the Summer 2009 is Aurelia Schultz of Vanderbilt University Law School. You’ll hear more about what she’ll be working on shortly.

We also wanted to extend our congratulations to Brian Rowe, our 2008 CC legal intern for nabbing Public Knowledge‘s GPF position. You can read about all the other fellows over at the Google Policy blog. Congratulations to all the fellows and thanks again to Google for sponsoring such a fantastic program!

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250,000 Images Donated to the Commons

Michelle Thorne, April 2nd, 2009

Not wanting April Fool’s Day to overshadow this announcement, we’re posting today about the 250,000 images recently donated to Wikimedia Commons, a sister project of Wikipedia.

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The images, part of the German Photo Collection at Saxony’s State and University Library (SLUB), are being uploaded with corresponding captions and metadata. Afterward, volunteers will link the photos, all available under Germany’s ported CC BY-SA 3.0 license or in the public domain, to personal identification data and relevant Wikipedia articles. The collection depicts scenes from German history and daily life.

As a bonus for the donating library, the metadata supplied by the German Photo Collection will be expanded and annotated by Wikipedia users, and the results will be seeded back into the collection’s database.

The donation marks the first step in a collaboration between SLUB and Wikimedia Germany e.V., the pioneering Wikimedia chapter who faciliated a similar 100,000-image-strong cooperation with the German Federal Archives last December.

Fotothek df n-06 0000031.jpg” by Eugen Nosko,  provided to Wikimedia Commons by the Deutsche Fotothek of the Saxon State Library (SLUB) as part of a cooperation project. The file is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 Germany License.

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20×200 Benefit Edition: Buy Art, Support CC

Allison Domicone, April 1st, 2009

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On Tuesday, April 7th, 20×200, a project started by Jen Bekman that produces affordable, exhibition quality art prints and sells them exclusively online, will release a special benefit edition by designer Matt Jones with proceeds to benefit Creative Commons. This is an incredible way to support CC, so be sure to sign up for the twice-weekly 20×200 newsletter to to be among the first to collect Matt’s print for as little as $20. Popular editions often sell out via the mailing list before they’re even available on the 20×200 homepage, so add yourself to the list for your best shot at getting one of Matt’s prints and supporting CC in this unique way.

We are honored that Matt Jones has chosen CC as the beneficiary for his special 20×200 edition, and as always, we are extremely grateful for the generous support of our community! Find out about all the ways you can support CC and participatory culture.

Also, if you’re in San Francisco, you can check out the 20×200 Collector’s Confab, a cocktail party co-hosted by 20×200 and Chronicle Books on Monday, April 6, from 6-8pm, at Chronicle Books in San Francisco (Map and Directions). Space is limited, so please RSVP via Facebook or Upcoming, or send an email to rsvp [at] 20×200.com.

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Esther Wojcicki, new CC board chair

Mike Linksvayer, April 1st, 2009

We’re very pleased to announce that effective today, noted educator, education innovator and journalist Esther Wojcicki is the new chair of the Creative Commons board of directors. From the press release:

“I am thrilled to take on this new role,” said Wojcicki. “I strongly believe that the Creative Commons approach to sharing, reuse, and innovation has the power to totally reshape the worlds of education, science, technology, and culture at large. My main goal as chair is to make average Internet users worldwide aware of Creative Commons and to continue building the organization’s governance and financial resources. I am also very eager to help CC’s education push at high school and college journalism programs worldwide.”

Read the whole release for more.

Also see outgoing chair James Boyle’s CC BY(e bye) post — finely crafted writing down to the title, as we have come to expect. As you’ll read, Boyle, a founder of the modern movement for the intellectual commons (and CC itself), will remain deeply engaged in the movement. There remains no better in depth explanation of the intellectual commons than Boyle’s book, The Public Domain.

Thank you and congratulations to both Wojcicki and Boyle!


CC board members Hal Abelson and Esther Wojcicki. Photo by CC CEO Joi Ito / CC BY. Note that our celebratory offer of Joi’s Free Souls book for a donation to CC is still on.

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