Uncensored Interview Releases 1000+ Creative Commons Theora Videos

Fred Benenson, March 5th, 2009

Uncensored Interview LogoToday, Uncensored Interview, a video producer and licensor of musician interviews, is releasing thousands of videos from its interview footage archive under our most permissive license, Attribution also known as CC-BY. Previously, Uncensored Interview’s library consisted of premium content available for commercial licensing, but now includes videos available via download in Ogg Theora, a free and open video compression format. Under CC-BY, users of the content are only required to give attribution to Uncensored Interview as the content source. The site is also creatively using our CC+ protocol to help users purchase permissions outside the scope of the Attribution license, such as the right to use the video unaccredited or for endorsement of a commercial product.

Below, find an example* of one of the more than a thousand CC-licensed videos you’ll find on the site where electronic musician Matthew Dear discusses his thoughts on file sharing:

You can find all of the Creative Commons licensed videos (with more to come) in the Creative Commons section of the Uncensored Interview site or subscribe to the feed of videos here.

* You may have noticed that we’re featuring video in this blog post. If you take a look at the source, we’re using the <video> tag in HTML 5 to point to Uncensored Interview’s Ogg Theora file. If you’re running Firefox 3.1 (currently in beta) then you’ll be able to watch the video in the browser’s native media player without using proprietary software. If your browser doesn’t have Ogg Theora support then the embed will default to UI’s Adobe Flash player.

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Visit Us At Plutopia 2009 At SXSW

Fred Benenson, March 4th, 2009

PlutopiaPlutopia has been called the “best SXSW Interactive party to date” and we’re lucky enough to be representing at their 2009 SXSW party. If you’ve got a conference badge you’re free to come, but for every one else, the cover is $10. Check out more details on the Plutopia site or just show up:

Monday, March 16, 2009
6pm – midnight
Palmer Events Center
900 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas 78704

Make sure to say hi to if you do stop by!

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UK Events: Jamie Boyle speaking on the Public Domain

Cameron Parkins, March 4th, 2009

Jamie Boyle, Chair of the CC Board, will be speaking at a couple great events next week in both London and Cambridge, giving British CC-ers a great opportunity to learn more about the public domain, both as a legal status and as Jamie’s new book, The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind. Details below (via BoingBoing):

LONDON: The Public Domain: enclosing the commons of the mind
Where: RSA Lecture Hall (Google Map)
When: March 10, 2009; 18:00

CAMBRIDGE: Cultural Agoraphobia and The Future of The Library (Google Map)
Where: Lee Hall, Wolfson College (Google Map)
When: March 12, 2009; 18:00

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FairShare launched

Mike Linksvayer, March 4th, 2009

Attributor launched FairShare today, a CC-aware self service platform for tracking the spread of your works around the web, building on their index of 35 billion web pages.

FairShare encourages choosing a CC license to make clear the terms under which you want your works to be spread, then gives you feeds showing exactly where all or parts of your works have been used, with or without attribution to you. This should be useful for both requesting proper use of your work under the terms of the CC license you’ve chosen, but perhaps more interestingly, for quantifying the spread and impact your works are having, in a way that has previously not been possible using only keyword and link searches.

You can try out FairShare now. For lots more background, check out Attributor’s presentations (slides and video available) at last year’s June and December CC Technology Summits.

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Fresh Hot Radio

Mike Linksvayer, March 3rd, 2009

Net music innovator and philosopher Lucas Gonze (mentioned on this blog many times, e.g., about net native music) writes in about his new thing:

Hey CC guys, this is a note to announce that my new app is live.

The app:

The FAQ:

What’s special about this is that it’s a mainstream-friendly experience oriented towards casual listeners, but the content is from web-based sources like bulletin boards for musicians to get technical advice on their mixes.

It is deliberate that this is a zero-option experience, unlike Pandora. The experience is modeled after terrestrial radio. You go there and the music just starts, which makes it easier to use and less of a distraction.

Notice that this project has a lot in common with Webjay: it’s about new music, not hits. The content is legal. The curation has a strong identity and voice. The hosting is all deep links. There is an incentive to click through to the song host on whatever web site it came from, and from there to explore the fringes of the music web. You can always download the song. The song is always MP3. The experience is about the browser.

And at the same time, the form is completely different. This is not a social site, and it’s not about listener curation. It is brutally simple — one player page, one playlist, and a static page of documentation.

One way to think of this is Techmeme for music. It’s a single point of entry for the sprawl of web-based music. Another way to think of it is as a netlabel, along similar lines as RCRD LBL. Or maybe it’s a blog crossed with a webcast. Dunno.

It’s important that a lot — but not all — of this music is Creative Commons. What I’m doing to advance the cause is to create an application model that can bring totally unknown CC music to mainstream listeners without having the listeners feel like they’re eating nasty vegetables just for the sake of some abstract good. *But* I’m not slicing the whole problem from the licensing angle but rather than from angle of the originating culture. CC is important because of the ways that it leads to thriving creator communities. And as you’d expect there’s music from Mixter in the new site.


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Learning Music Monthly, CC-Licensed Music Series, Launches

Cameron Parkins, March 2nd, 2009


Learning Music Monthly is a new subscription-based, album-a-month, musical series from L.A.-based musician John Wood. Launched yesterday in partnership with CC-friendly record label vosotros, Learning Music Monthly grows out of a previous and similar project that began as an album-a-month project for John Wood and his musical cohorts, resulting in releases that ranged from a record made entirely on a hand-held cassette recorder to “an autobiographical musical written by a robot.”

Building upon new methods of music distribution, LMM is being offered as a tiered subscription service that ranges from a donation-based digital option to a $60 package that includes, amongst other amenities, a handmade album delivered by mail each month, limited edition stickers, bonus albums from friends of LM, and a song written and recorded for you, delivered on your birthday. The band is also offering a lifetime VIP subscription, which includes a private performance anywhere in the world. From LMM:

Learning Music Monthly is a collaborative, subscription-based album-a-month series. As a subscriber, you receive a brand new full-length album of original music every month. You can choose to receive your monthly issues on CD (delivered to your mailbox in beautiful handmade packaging, with cover art by a different artist each issue), or in downloadable high-quality mp3 format. Subscribers also receive unlimited access to our online archive of music, including a newly re-mastered album from the original twelve Learning Music albums released each month. Additionally, you are invited to collaborate in the creation of Learning Music Monthly, with remixes, covers, and sound donations, regardless of whether you are a subscriber or not.

As one of the primary foci of Learning Music Monthly is collaboration, the website features numerous ways for the LM community to get involved. Found sounds, remixes, cover versions, and videos are all encouraged and LM has gone so far as to begin filling the section on their own, including audio stems for the first installment’s single Short Tempered. All of the material – from the original music to artwork to samples – is released under a CC BY-NC-SA license, an essential aspect of the project that makes this kind of digital collaboration legally sound and clear.

The project has just begun, so be sure to head over to the Learning Music Monthly homepage and learn more about what is happening. Similarly, the project has launched with a page at CASH Music, the CC-using music nonprofit “dedicated to improving the music experience for artists and listeners alike.”

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Submit a Proposal for Writing Spaces

Jane Park, March 2nd, 2009

The transition from high school to college can be tough, especially when it comes to writing. Most first year college students are required to take introductory classes on writing, where they purchase mandatory writing textbooks at exorbitant prices, only to crack ’em open once before delegating them to dusty corners of dorm rooms.

Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing is a new initiative that aims to offer an alternative to this situation. From their about page:

Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing is a new book series containing peer-reviewed collections of essays–all composed by teachers for students–with each volume freely available for download under a Creative Commons license. The Writing Spaces’ mission is to build a library of quality open access texts for the writing classroom as an alternative to costly textbooks.

Each series collection will contain engaging essays from different writing teachers in the field and will explore important topics about writing in a manner and style accessible both to teachers and students. While the first volume will focus on instructional texts for first year composition, future editions may feature texts for writing in the disciplines and professional writing classrooms. Additionally, each collection will be supplemented by classroom activities and exercises which illustrate and implement the ideas discussed by the authors.

Because the essays are Creative Commons licensed, PDF electronic versions of each series edition and each individual essay can be downloaded from this website. Teachers can freely share these texts with other teachers or prepare printed course packs without need for copyright clearance. For those who would like professionally printed copies for their classes, printed versions of each series edition will be available for purchase through Parlor Press.

Furthermore, Writing Spaces puts each essay through a peer-review process, and all authors retain copyright for their vetted work via whichever Creative Commons license they choose. Though the default license is CC BY-NC-ND, authors can choose to publish their essay via a license better suited to educational needs, such as CC BY, which allows the necessary permissions to fully share a work online via revision, remix, and redistribution. Read more and submit a proposal! The deadline is April 10, 2009, and accepted proposals will be fleshed out (by you) into full essays to be published in January of next year.

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JoCo Looks Back on LegalTorrents

Fred Benenson, March 2nd, 2009

JoCo Looks BackWe’ve posted all of the data that was offered on Jonathan Coulton’s “JoCo Looks Back” USB jump drive promotion on LegalTorrents. The zip file contains the entire “JoCo Looks Back” album (also available on CD for $15 from CDBaby.com) plus all of the separated source audio files from each track, all licensed under our Attribution-NonCommerical license.

Download the 730mb torrent and start your remixes today!

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The Commons Video

Mike Linksvayer, February 26th, 2009


The Commons Video is a 3 minute 46 second animation (licensed under CC BY) from On The Commons and The New Press making the case for an expansive conception of “The Commons” as a means to achieve a society of justice and equality. From the video’s description:

In a just world, the idea of wealth–be it money derived from the work of human hands, the resources and natural splendor of the planet itself–and the knowledge handed down through generations belongs to all of us. But in our decidedly unjust and imperfect world, our collective wealth is increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few. There is be a better way–the notion of the commons–common land, resources, knowledge–is a common-sense way to share our natural, cultural, intellectual riches.

A good portion of the video from the captured point above (1:53) on concerns intellectual commons, based on the writing of David Bollier and others. Bollier is author of Viral Spiral, a history of CC and related movements (previously blogged).

Some readers will find the expansive and social justice oriented conception of commons described by the video compelling. Others will find the argument that tangible goods thought of as commons confuses the unique case in favor of a commons of intellectual goods, given the latter’s non-rival nature. But such confusion is often willful, certainly not informed by subtle and historical arguments about the nature of commons.

Agree or disagree with the perspective presented in The Commons Video, it’s a useful reminder that lessons concerning the management of real and intangible goods don’t always flow in the direction or say what one might expect.

For more on the expansive commons point of view, watch for an extended featured commoner interview with Bollier soon.

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Summer Internships 2009

Jennifer Yip, February 26th, 2009

CC’s popular summer internship positions are now posted on the Opportunities page! We are looking for motivated students who can spend the summer at the San Francisco office to work with the staff on various projects. This year, we are offering technology, legal, international outreach, and graphic design/media development positions. Please spread the word to qualified students, or apply yourself! We are accepting applications now through March 13th.


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