dadaIMC, a content management system that offer a codebase for the operation of Independent Media Center sites, now supports Creative Commons licenses for users uploading content to the system. There are currently twenty eight Independent Media Center sites that run on dadaIMC.
Independent Media Centers, like the one in Baltimore, are based on a philosophy of open publishing. Their newswire is open to public use, and anyone can post articles, audio, video, or images to the site. The interface for posting media includes
a section for selecting between
copyright, public domain, or any of the Creative Commons licenses. dadaIMC has also innovated to offer a new logo that explicity signals the allowance of derivative works, something our current license engine doesn’t support.
Winksite is a popular mobile blogging application that lets you both post to a blog from your phone or PDA and read other blogs, in addition to a slew of other community tools. They’ve recently added Creative Commons support for blogs hosted on the service, so you can make it clear to readers how your content is licensed.Comments Off
Today Creative Commons has begun discussion of licenses in Australia and Jordan. Professors at Queensland University of Technology and law firm Blake Dawson Waldron Lawyers will be helping out on the Australian efforts while Jordan’s licenses will benefit from the folks at Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property. Those wishing to join the discussion can find the links here and here.Comments Off
Creative Commons chairman Lawrence Lessig has just released his new book, Free Culture today, both online as a licensed downloadable PDF and in stores. The book covers the current state of copyright law and what it means to our culture and society. Give it a look, and if you like what you see, ordering online will contribute a small percentage of this organization.Comments Off
The Berkman Center’s Mary Bridges and Benjamen Walker — the sound designer behind Creative Commons’ animations — recently produced an audio postcard for NPR on the SXSW Interactive conference. It’s subtly funny, and a nice self-exemplifying piece of, and about, instant bricolage media. (Listen closely for the voices of Creative Commons board member Joi Ito and Mediarights.org tech chief and Fourth Wall Films panelist David Jacobs.)Comments Off
2. When is free music legal?
Free music is legal when the artists want it to be. Until recently it was near impossible to know the artist’s feelings and intentions as all works were automatically copyrighted. Today with the emergence of the Creative Commons License and the EFF Open Audio License the artist’s desired intentions are expressed by the license that they choose to publish their works under.
We were delighted to hear that Brad’s song “Making Me Nervous” was recently licensed for use in radio ads and TV ads that played in Canada. Thanks in part to Magnatune’s tiered licensing system, record-at-home musicians like Brad have found other ways to make a living from their music by selling commercial licenses. It’s a great example of the common sense approach Magnatune takes to commercial licensing that also allows for free sharing and listening by fans. Congrats, Brad and Magnatune!Comments Off