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Naropa Collection

Victor Stone, June 14th, 2004

The writings of William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg may be amongst the most important in the 20th Century but it’s the sound of Burroughs’ growl and the haunting lilt in Ginsberg’s recitals that have compelled turntablists to use samples of their speaking voices. Sampling pioneers and Ninjatune entrepreneurs Jonathan More and Matt Black (a.k.a. Coldcut) have used Burroughs and Ginsberg for a while and continue to do so.

Thanks to the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics from Naropa University, you can hear hundreds of hours of lectures and readings by Burroughs, Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Amiri Baraka and others all of which have been posted to the Archive as part of the Naropa Collection. As of this writing there are 147 (!) uploads to the stunning collection.

Burroughs is of special interest due to his exploration of assembling fragments of writings and audio tape (what he called “cut-ups”) in the 1960’s and 70’s that lead directly to follow-up projects by Brian Eno, David Bowie, Plunderphonics and hence the mainstreaming of tape sampling as a music genre. His 1976 lecture at the Kerouac School should be required listening as a background on cut-ups.

Of course the lectures are of invaluable literary value. Burroughs and others delve deep into their personal relationships with various works of literature ranging from Conrad to Fitzgerald, Wordsworth to Whitman.

And finally there is the sheer entertainment value of many of these uploads. For example, you don’t want to miss Ginsberg reading the complete “Howl.”.

The entire Naropa Collection is licensed under a Attribution-NonDerivs-NonCommerical license.

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German licenses launched

Matt Haughey, June 11th, 2004

We’ve recently flipped the switch on German Creative Commons licenses. Like the recent Brazil, Finland, and Japan licenses, in addition to the rewritten legal code that is now based on German law, the license interface is now available in German, as well as the licenses themselves.

Thanks goes out to the folks at both The Insitute for Information Law at the University of Karlsruhe and Institut für Rechtsfragen der Freien und Open Source Software
for all their help along the way. This press release has more details about the launch.

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Mike Linksvayer, June 11th, 2004

Following many requests on cc-licenses for a list with a more general charter, we’ve created
cc-community. If you have a burning question or discussion point related to Creative Commons that doesn’t seem to fit the specific description of any of our many discussion lists, hold back no longer.

Subscribe to cc-community.

Read the cc-community archives.

Note: cc-licenses is still the best for feedback and questions specific to one or more of our mainline licenses.

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Nature on open access publishing

Matt Haughey, June 9th, 2004

One of the kings of scientific publishing, the journal Nature, has recently launched a forum to bring together articles and information about open access publishing. They’ve even got an RSS feed for updates to the forum.

It’s great to see a top journal open a dialogue about a somewhat controversial issue in the scientific publishing industry. In an age of ever increasing journal subscription costs and shrinking library budgets, many smaller journals have embraced the concept of open access publishing and a prominent journal started with the issue at heart, but many larger publishers have distanced themselves from the topic. [via furdlog]

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World’s Coolest Man?

Glenn Otis Brown, June 7th, 2004

Cabinet minister by day, mover of souls by night. At total ease bouncing from baritone to falsetto and back again. As nimble on stage as those half his age. Master of a crowd and, in person, friendly as can be. Gold-selling and Creative Commons-adopting. Is Gilberto Gil the world’s coolest man?

Gil and Team

Minister Gil with assistant director Neeru Paharia, CC video director Danny Passman, cinematographer Andrew Sachs, and me.

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Wired News

Press Robot, June 7th, 2004 Leaves Door Open” by Katie Dean

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Wired Magazine

Press Robot, June 7th, 2004

The Free & The Unfree” by Wired staff

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Boston Globe

Press Robot, June 7th, 2004

Go ahead. Share.” by Joan Anderman

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Macworld UK

Press Robot, June 7th, 2004

Ebook Seller Offers AAC” By Macworld staff

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Garageband adds Creative Commons

Matt Haughey, June 7th, 2004

Wired has a short write-up of the GarageBand (the website for musicians, not the Apple software) annoucement to include a Creative Commons license during song uploads. If you’ve never tried out GarageBand, sign up and give it a whirl. Listeners rate song samples as one vs. another, and you can view the top rated songs in numerous genres. There’s an impressive array of music, all from unsigned bands. On the musician side of things, you can upload music and get feedback and ratings from fans, sort of like a musical

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