Commons News

Rick Prelinger in the NYT

Matt Haughey, April 12th, 2004

Rick Prelinger, of the Prelinger Archives, got his letter to the editor published in today’s New York Times. In it he points to the positive free distribution aspects of digitizing and sharing his works under the public domain:

Our experience may seem counterintuitive, but it has been overwhelmingly positive: the more we give away, the more we actually sell.

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The Bots Are All Right

Glenn Otis Brown, April 11th, 2004

Some Creative Commons-licensed, political-mash music from “the Internet’s first virtual band.”

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Books on MP3: Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom

Victor Stone, April 11th, 2004

I watch the Internet Archive’s Open Source Audio area for material that could be used for legal remixes including spoken word audio.

In wonderful news, this morning’s postings include Andrew Levine’s audio reading of the first chapter to Cory Doctorow’s Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom. The book had been available online under a somewhat restrictive CC in text format for a while but Cory recently loosened the reins and the artistic community seems to be responding.

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How hard is it to put a book online, legally?

Matt Haughey, April 9th, 2004

Sometimes people ask us why we created the Creative Commons, and we often say that we wanted there to be an easy way for you to share your creations and also to build a large pool of creative work that is easy to redistribute, print, (and if the license allows) collage, remix, or even sell to others.

If you’re wondering what the world without Creative Commons is like, check out this helpful primer on the question “How Can I Tell Whether a Book Can Go Online?” The answer, as you can see, is quite complicated, including the various laws around the world. The page doesn’t mention CC, but if it did, one of the top bullets would be “look for a Creative Commons mark” and the permission and legal questions that take up the rest of the page would be solved.

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Tell Tale Weekly’s audiobooks

Matt Haughey, April 9th, 2004

A New York Times article recently pointed to Tell Tale Weekly, an audio book site selling MP3s as cheap as $0.25 each. They’ve also committed to licensing the books under a Creative Commons license after 5 years or 100k downloads, whichever comes first.

It’s not easy to find good, cheap, DRM-free audiobooks and Tell Tale Weekly looks like a pretty cool new provider of such work.

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Digital Media Europe

Press Robot, April 9th, 2004

New ‘some-rights-reserved’ music licence from Creative Commons” by Leigh Phillips

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New York Times

Press Robot, April 9th, 2004

Lottery Numbers and Books With a Voice” by Pamela LiCalzi O’Connell

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BBC News

Press Robot, April 9th, 2004

I share, you rip off, they pirate” by Bill Thompson

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Times (UK)

Press Robot, April 7th, 2004

Copyright for Every Occasion” by Richard Susskind

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Everyone in Silico

Matt Haughey, April 7th, 2004

Everyone in Silico is a futurist sci-fi novel set in Vancouver, 2036. It came out a couple years ago, but this week the author decided to license it under Creative Commons and produce free downloadable ebook versions. As the author says “So if you like the book, send pals this link, e-mail it to friends, fileshare it on illegal networks — you’ll be helping me out. I know from experience that I’ll reap dividends.”

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