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A few select photos from Software Livre

Neeru Paharia, June 23rd, 2004

As mentioned earlier on the blog, Creative Commons took part in 5th Annual Software Livre Conference in Porto Alegre earlier this month. Here are some select photos from the event:

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:

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Street Memes

Neeru Paharia, June 23rd, 2004

Street Memes is a new Eyebeam R&D project designed to track the spread of street art. All submissions are licensed under the Noncommercial-ShareAlike licence.

Read more about it, or just grab a camera!

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XMP embedding for pdflatex

Mike Linksvayer, June 22nd, 2004

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.


President Bush public domain audio project

Matt Haughey, June 19th, 2004

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.

It’d be cool if the Library of Congress site had this level of detail on all presidents, but this will do for now. They’re even throwing a little music remix contest based on the speeches.

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Center for Cooperative Research

Neeru Paharia, June 19th, 2004

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.

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Mike Linksvayer, June 19th, 2004

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 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.

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Creative Commons, a wedding beneficiary

Neeru Paharia, June 19th, 2004

We were honored to get this letter, and a check, from the recently married Joanna and Jaroslaw, of Warsaw, Poland:

We (Joanna and Jaroslaw) had decided, that during our wedding we want people to donate for charity instead of buying flowers, and as people somehow connected with copyleft/free_content movement we have chosen CC as a beneficiary. We hope, that this money may be spent on starting iCommons Poland.

Our professional-looking charity box was made from one plastic pot, parts of tea can and lots of duck-tape (see enclosed photos :-))). Response was pretty good, and we collected 552 polish zloty (pln) and 6 Euro (e). With 1e = 4,662pln that made 579,97pln. Bank and sending cost was 30,30pln, what made 549,67pln. With 1$=3.94pln we were able to send you 139,52$.

BTW our wedding took place on 24th April, but i took us some (too much) time to send a check. Finally we did it yesterday, on May 25th. Please let us now, when (and if) money will arrive. We don’t want it to get lost somewhere over Atlantic :-)

Few words about us: Joanna Maksymiuk is a student of philosophy at Curie-Sklodowska University (Lublin, Poland). Jaroslaw Lipszyc is an editor of Warsaw daily Zycie Warszawy, but also a poet (all works avalaible under GNU GPL), part of the Copyleft Art project and one of translators of Lawrence Lessig book “Free Culture.”

Thank you for all your efforts in making our world a better place. Supporting you is a pleasure.

Joanna and Jaroslaw
from Warsaw, Poland

more photos from our wedding you will find here.

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CC Remix Music — Simple Flower

Neeru Paharia, June 19th, 2004

Los Angeles-based soul band Simple Flower has released the source tracks for their song Flowers and Pain under the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license. They’re also offering to host remixes. Give it a shot!

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FAIRCOPY lets your fans make you money

Neeru Paharia, June 18th, 2004

FAIRCOPY has developed an innovative way for musicians to distribute their content over P2P networks and get paid. They’ve also built in a way for fans to leverage the power of P2P to resdistribute their favorite FAIRCOPY artists, and make a commission. Musicians can also offer free samples of their work under Creative Commons licenses.

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Mike Linksvayer, June 18th, 2004

Legal ports of Creative Commons licenses to the copyright law of the Netherlands are now available via our choose license app. A launch event was held today in Amsterdam.

Thanks to the Instititute for Information Law (IViR) in collaboration with DISC, a public domain initiative by Nederland Kennisland and Waag Society, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Culture, for making CC-Netherlands a reality.

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