CC Community Call recording now online

Allison Domicone, February 26th, 2009

On Monday, February 23, 2009, we hosted our first community conference call. Donors who have given a gift of at least $250 to CC were invited to join members of CC’s staff and board, including CEO Joi Ito and Board Chair Jamie Boyle, to discuss what 2009 will look like for Creative Commons, in terms of work to be accomplished and how our work is vital to facilitating a more open and participatory culture. We also took questions and comments from participants. The call was a great success and a valuable opportunity to reach out to and connect with our supporters; we will continue to host community conference calls quarterly and anyone giving $250 or more will be invited to take part.

An audio recording of the call is now available online. Thanks to everyone who participated, and as always, we would like to extend a big thanks to all members of our community for your continued support!

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Day Of Sharing

Mike Linksvayer, February 26th, 2009

Techdirt’s Mike Masnick, responding to a proposal for a day of sharingstealing:

Gibbs is simply showing his own ignorance of the difference between scarce and infinite goods. That’s because his “Day of Sharing” is a recommendation that people steal (yes, steal!) physical things. He claims that this will show people that sharing music is stealing — but, of course, he’s wrong. Making a copy of an infinite good is entirely different than taking a scarce good away from someone

Masnick follows with an excellent proposal for a real Day of Sharing:

However, if he wants a “Day of Sharing,” perhaps we should give it to him. On the day he’s chosen as his Day of Sharing, November 29, 2009 (the day after Thanksgiving) we should all send him copies of free, public domain or Creative Commons-licensed music from musicians who actually have an open mind on this issue and who encourage sharing, knowing that, with the right business model, it actually helps them tremendously. That would be a true Day of Sharing and would perhaps show Mr. Gibbs that perhaps things aren’t so bad as he thinks they are.

Read the whole post and mark your calendars.

If you haven’t already, also check out Masnick’s case study on the digital music business, Connect With Fans (CwF) + Reason To Buy (RtB) = The Business Model ($$$$).


February CC Salon NYC Followup

Fred Benenson, February 26th, 2009

Thanks to the presenters and everyone who made it out on Tuesday for our Salon at For Your Imagination‘s studio. I’ve posted photos from the event here.

If you have a minute, we’d love it if you could fill out a quick survey about the Salon here. Don’t worry if you’ve already filled one out for a previous Salon, we’re always looking to improve, so don’t hesitate to let us know your thoughts.

Couldn’t make it to February’s Salon? Our next one will be in mid-April, so subscribe to our blog and keep an eye out.

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CC Salon Boston is Tonight!

Fred Benenson, February 25th, 2009

CC SaloIn conjunction with Pecha Kucha Boston 8, there will be a CC Salon tonight in Boston. Here are the details:

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Wed Feb 25
Mantra, 52 Temple Pl, Boston (near Park St T)
Co-hosted by Creative Commons, Participatory Culture Foundation and Pecha Kucha Boston.
Doors open at 630p for drinks and chit chat. Talks start at 715p.
The event is free and open to the public. Cash bar.
Join the most talented and creative people in Boston for the first local Creative Commons Salon.

Check the Pecha Kucha site for more details, and remember, anyone can start their own Salon in their own community.

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Beijing Symposium on Common Use Licensing for Scientific Literature and Data

Michelle Thorne, February 25th, 2009

An international symposium on Common Use Licensing for Scientific Literature and Data will be held on March 25, 2009 in Beijing, China.

This one-day symposium, initiated by Creative Commons China Mainland, will review the rationale, practice, and issues associated with the application of Creative Commons/Science Commons “common use” licenses to scientific literature and data in government and academia.

The event will also explore the possible implementation of these licenses for publicly funded scientific literature and data in China. The symposium, designed to provide a basic introduction to the subject, aims to address the interests of both the science policy and the science research communities.

There will be a wide array of speakers from the PRC and abroad, bringing together a large group of participants from various universities, research institutes, governmental agencies, libraries, and the Internet industry.

Symposium Theme: Common-Use Licensing of Scientific Literature and Data

Hosts: National Science Library of Chinese Academy of Science, the U.S. National Committee for CODATA of the National Academy of Sciences, and Creative Commons China Mainland

Date and Time: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., March 25, 2009

Location: Lecture Hall, 1st Floor, National Science Library of CAS, Beijing

Language: Chinese and English, Simultaneous Interpretation provided

Admission: Free

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TweetCC Lets You CC License Your Twitter Feed

Fred Benenson, February 24th, 2009

tweetCCUntil now, the only way to mix your microblog and Creative Commons licenses was to sign up for the free-as-in-speech service (or run your own instance of Laconica), which requires all posts to be under our Attribution license. But as of February 18th, thanks to the work of UK author Andy Clarke, you can CC license your twitter feed via TweetCC.

The idea is to post a tweet to Twitter letting @tweetCC know that what license (or waiver, in the case of CC Zero) you want your feed to be under, and then the service keeps track of your choice for the rest of the web’s reference. Users can also look up whether and how a given Twitter user has chosen to license their feed. Right now, our Public Domain Dedication is the default and thereby most popular choice, but take a look at the rest of our licenses offered on the site, and CC license your twitter feed today!


New Swag in CC’s Online Store!

Allison Domicone, February 23rd, 2009

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If you haven’t stopped by our online store recently, now is the time to do so, because we’ve stocked up on new items and brought back old favorites!

We’re excited to now offer two varieties of the I Love to Share shirt, now available in cranberry in addition to brown.

We’ve also reloaded our stock of sea foam green Creative Commoner shirts and the very popular black CC logo shirt. Both are now available in women’s medium as well as adult sizes S-XXL. CC shirts are a great way to support CC and make for great conversation pieces as well!

We’ve also brought back the original black and white CC buttons, which you can load up on in addition to our stickers and lapel pins to stick on your shirt, bag, jacket, or computer, and show your love for CC!

Stop by the store today and stock up on CC gear.


Remix Georgia Wonder via Mixable

Fred Benenson, February 23rd, 2009

georgiawonderGeorgia Wonder, the UK band who made headlines earlier this year for encouraging their fans to share their music, is participating in this year’s annual MIXABLE contest to support UK schools. The band has made the separated audio tracks from their song “Girl You Never Knew” available for download in both WAV and AIFF files and available under our Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license:

Whoever comes up with the best version as chosen by the band will get to work further on the track in a full studio, and this new version will then be featured on an upcoming release with full production and performing credits!

Check out the site for more information and the details for starting your remix!

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CC Salon Berlin and openeverything focus – Feb. 26

Michelle Thorne, February 23rd, 2009


Encouraged by the resonance of openeverything camp in December 2008, we’re helping put on a regular series of events about “openness.” This Thursday, Feb. 26, kicks off the first openeverything focus, in tandem with the CC Salon in Berlin.

This month we’re focusing on Open Knowledge, delving into project like OKFN‘s Open Knowledge Definition and learning more about the 100,000 CC BY-SA images donated to Wikimedia Commons by the German Federal Archives.

Each focus event draws on theory and praxis to inform the discussion. If you have a project you’d like to share, or are just curious to join the conversation, please stop by!

When: Thursday, 26.02.09, 19:30 Uhr

Where: newthinking store, Tucholskystr. 48, 10117 Berlin Mitte

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REMINDER: CC Salon NYC Tomorrow Night

Fred Benenson, February 23rd, 2009

CC Salon NYC Logo

Just a reminder that the Creative Commons Salons NYC is happening tomorrow night!

Creative Commons Salons in NYC have been building momentum and tomorrow is our February salon. Come out to have some beers with the CC community (don’t worry, we’ll open it up early this time) watch some cool presentations, and meet some new faces in the free culture space. Since we’ve outgrown our original space, The Open Planning project, February’s Salon is back at For Your Imagination‘s loft space.

February’s Salon will feature presentations by Bre Pettis on‘s CC integration,’s CEO Mike Hudack demoing new features of the CC-friendly video site, and co-CEOs Dan Zaccagnino and Matt Siegel from Indaba Music, talking about their recent work on Colbert v. Lessig remix shenanigans.

Here are the details:

Tuesday, February 24th from 7-10pm
For Your Imagination Loft
22 W. 27th St., 6th Floor
Between Broadway & 6th Ave.
New York, NY

We’ll have free (as in beer) beer for the reception afterward. If you’ve didn’t make it to any past CC Salons, don’t miss this one, and if you did, you’ll know to come early as space is limited.

RSVP to the event via Facebook or by e-mailing me: fred [at]

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