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Press Robot, May 4th, 2004

Listen Up to host, distribute youth media projects.”

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Picture of the Eiffel Tower for noncommercial use

Neeru Paharia, May 3rd, 2004

When Creative Commons’ model was forming, members of the founding team often cited an example of one day being able to search for photos of the Eiffel Tower that could be used noncommercially — an arbitrary example to articulate our vision. Our licenses, and metadata schema were built to make this a reality.

We can now proudly say that there are photos [1] [2] of the Eiffel Tower available for noncommercial use, and the search engine is beginning to find them — a milestone to say the least.

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Pew Musician Survey

Matt Haughey, May 3rd, 2004

The Pew Internet Project released a report today, which surveyed musicians and internet users. While the downloading habits portion of the results were covered in the NY Times today, the most compelling statistic from the artist report was this:

83% [of musicians] have provided free samples of their work online and significant numbers say free downloading has helped them sell CDs and increase the crowds at concerts

That’s great to hear, and it’s my hope these same musicians come to understand how Creative Commons can help them share their samples and also let fans rip, mix, and burn, while still increasing CD and ticket sales.

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Expo for the Artist

Glenn Otis Brown, May 2nd, 2004

Creative Commons spent the day at Expo for the Artist, the 5th annual gathering of artists, nonprofits, and community organizations at Cellspace, in San Francisco, USA. Celebrating its fifth year, the catch-all event included free workshops on grantwriting, burlesque, painting, self-publishing, navigating the music industry, metalworking, and more. Watch the Expo website for a series of DIY articles on these and other subjects.

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Remix Contest: Jim’s Big Ego

Neeru Paharia, May 1st, 2004

Check out some of the entries in the comments. You’ve still got till May 28th to make your remix! Post your entry to the comments on the blog, or send email to us. Here is the original call for entries:

Take a crack at remixing, or making a video for Jim’s Big Ego’s song Mix Tape. You’ve got three weeks and we’ll feature the best entries on the front page of our site for a week. Entries will be taken till May 28th, 2004. The song is under an Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike license and you can download the source tracks from here.

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The Metaphysician

Victor Stone, April 30th, 2004

I recently ran across Doctor Paradox (a.k.a. Barb). She creates very funky, fun, and creative sample-loop-based music using Ableton Live and other tools for the Mac.

I recently spoke with her about CC licensing, found art in remixes, and music in general. Apparently I caught her in the middle of reading Larry Lessig’s The Future of Ideas, so she had a lot of good things say on the matter, not the least of which is the idea that: “all art is found art to some degree. Ideas have origins and everything is fundamentally connected.”

She sees CC licensing as a part of the re-connecting of art to what it is meant to be, an organic part of everyday lifestyle: “Even as recently as a few decades ago, music was still something people did in their homes to entertain themselves, their families, and friends. Now in the midst of a radical technological revolution, we are starting to have access to the tools we need to craft music in our own vision, according to our own philosophies.”

“For me, the dream and vision of Creative Commons is that by making an enormous amount of high-quality art available to society, our culture’s demand for, and appreciation of art itself is bound to increase.”

Well, we appreciate her artistic contribution — that’s for sure. Her entire album “Frame Independent” is licensed under an Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike license. Give it a spin.

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MIT and Jack Valenti have a chat

Matt Haughey, April 29th, 2004

MIT’s The Tech newspaper recently sat down with Motion Picture Association of America head Jack Valenti for an interview about digital rights. The writer, a MIT engineering student, probes (perhaps a bit too tenaciously) the bad side of the DMCA, namely DVD encryption and playback on Linux, which is currently illegal. In the end it’s a nice short piece on two opposing viewpoints coming together and trying to see each other’s point of view, something that’s often lacking in digital rights debates.

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Audioscrobbler

Matt Haughey, April 28th, 2004

Audioscrobbler is an amazing community music tracking application that is really starting to gain some steam. The premise is pretty simple, you run a small app on your deskop which sends information about what songs you are playing on your computer’s MP3/CD player. Now that they have thousands of regular users, they aggregate the information and produce weekly charts and allow even record-at-home musicians to see who is listening to their music.

To promote more interesting uses of the data, they also offer it for download (anonymous data — user details are stripped) to developers, under a Creative Commons license. This makes perfect sense, as they don’t want users and developers to have to wait for Audioscrobbler to program new features or views of the data. With the license they can open it up to anyone that is interested in doing cool stuff with it, but they also want to protect the data from being exploited for commercial reasons and resold.

This originally started as a student project for a computer science course and a little over a year later it’s turning into a bustling community that may someday rival things like pop music charts and sales data.

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Open Clip Art Project

Mike Linksvayer, April 28th, 2004

The Open Clip Art Project is a new effort to catalog and encourage the creation of new clip art using the Creative Commons public domain dedication. Providing clipart for open source productivity applications is one of OCAP’s goals. Contribute your clipart creations now, perhaps your work will one day be available to OpenOffice‘s millions of desktop users.

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Settimana delle liberta

Roland, April 27th, 2004

Last week, the Creative Commons licences were presented by Massimo Travostino at the Settimana delle liberta in Florence, Italy. The week-long conference also featured presentations by Richard Stallman of the FSF and Sergio Amadeu of the Brazilian Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia da Informação. The Italian mailing list – where the local draft licences are currently being discussed under the guidance of Professor Ricolfi- is one of the most active within iCommons.

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