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Creative Commons wins major award

Matt Haughey, May 4th, 2004

Prix Ars Electronica, a 25 year-old international arts award, has announced their 2004 prize winners. We are honored to learn that Creative Commons has been awarded one of the top honors, the Golden Nicas, in the “Net Vision” category.

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New Names & Guest Bloggers

Glenn Otis Brown, May 4th, 2004

You may have noticed some new names on our blog of late. Roland Honekamp, an Internet entrepreneur in Germany, recently joined Creative Commons as Christiane Asschenfeldt‘s right-hand-man at iCommons HQ in Berlin. Heather Ford, a Reuters Digital Vision Fellow here at Stanford, is helping lead iCommons Africa’s development, with a focus on South Africa, her home. Victor Stone, who submitted tracks to our Remix contest last year, has joined as an occasional guest blogger on matters of music and bricolage. And last but certainly not least, Creative Commons poster boy Cory Doctorow — blogger, EFF activist, and award-winning science fiction author — is now Creative Commons’ advisor on iCommons UK. (Cory liked us so much — and we, him — that he joined the company.)

Stay tuned for more guest-blogging. In the meantime, welcome our new friends.

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Swiss Action Film

Roland, May 4th, 2004

The Swiss movie CH7 was released on the internet under a CC licence at the end of April. The 90min action film – featuring Denise Meili, Yvan Piccino and Noe Muller – is currently being shown exclusively in Switzerland but can be downloaded for free ( CH7 is a production of Cineartis, an organisation seeking to support independent filmmakers.

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International Journalists Network

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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