Creative Commons has a simple strategy for linking licensing information in mp3s and other media files often found on P2P networks back to the web. Until now implementing that strategy was rather a pain for publishers. The only tools were command line, and those depended upon a gaggle of libraries not already installed on a typical machine.
Thanks to work by Nathan Yergler, we have a new application that attacks both problems. ccTag 0.5.2 offers a cross plaform GUI that works on Linux, OS X, and Windows. The command line version has no dependencies apart from Python 2.x.
Ye obligatory screenshot.
Long term one vision is to have a desktop tool that one could drag any media one wanted to license over. The tool would ask the user about licensing, embed any metadata appropriate, and have the ability to publish metadata and the licensed media to the web. ccTag is one small step along that road.Comments Off on CC MP3 GUI Tagger
Wired has a bizarre story of music and sampling royalties involving found sound recordings by one person sold as CDs which the band Wilco sampled from. What is unusual about the case is the company claiming copyright on the sounds, Irdial Discs, didn’t perform or write the shortwave broadcasts of what is reportedly hours of spy messages. Irdial simply recorded (and obtained recordings from others) four discs full of it and released it as a compilation. While they embrace free downloading and sharing of the tracks, they do prohibit commercial use, which Wilco looped on a successful 2002 album.
As the article states, many legal experts are unsure if Irdial had the rights to demand royalties and point out that future musicians may be wary of using found sounds such as these.
Early this week, SpaceShipOne became the first manned private flight into space. The event was covered by industry news organizations as well as the general media, but personally, I find this first-person account and these sets of photos and movies of the launch more compelling than the general news coverage so far.
Photo of SpaceShipOne by Bruce Damer.Comments Off on SpaceShipOne event recollections
The IBM booth. The pillar says “the future is open” in Portuguese:
A conference sign:
The Minster of Culture’s booth, displaying both of our stickers:
A view of the audience:
Professor Lessig, and Professor Fisher waiting for the panel to begin:
Minister Gil, next to Jon Maddog Hall, giving his address:
Read more about it, or just grab a camera!Comments Off on Street Memes
Maarten Sneep has created a pdflatex macro for embedding XMP in PDF files generated from LaTeX source, the de facto standard for scientific documents. As Maarten’s documentation points out, one may obtain XMP suitable for embedding via choose license process.
We have a tech challenge calling for Creative Commons and XMP support in open source applications. Follow Maarten’s lead!
Update: The software above is available via CTAN: the Comprehensive TeX Archive Network. The package is called xmpincl (the second link in this post points to a CTAN mirror). Also of note, xmpincl is licensed under the CC-GNU GPL.11 Comments »
Though the graphics on this project probably reveal the author’s personal positions on the President, it is pretty cool that someone went to the trouble of creating an audio archive of every speech President George W Bush has made publicly. They’re available for download as mp3, or you can get all 10 Gb of audio on three DVDs from the site.Comments Off on President Bush public domain audio project
The Center for Cooperative Research is building a database application which will allow the public to conduct grassroots investigations, and participate in the documentation of public historical records by contributing data to their history engine. All the entries will be under an Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike license.Comments Off on Center for Cooperative Research
Our most prolific technical volunteer (soon to join the CC staff, more on that shortly) strikes again with a cute hack — ccSaver, a screensaver for Linux and Windows that displays random CC-licensed images from OpenPhoto.net at times when your display really ought to power down, but you want eye candy instead.
This development merits a new tech challenge — more “art” programs.Comments Off on ccSaver