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Open Source and Free Software, Concepts, Controversies, and Solutions

Neeru Paharia, May 12th, 2004

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak at the Open Source and Free Software conference, held by the Knowledge Media Design Institute at the University of Toronto.

The conference was designed to explore the legal, moral, political, social, commercial, and technical perspectives of open source and free software, to build a broader understanding of the movement.

I spoke on a panel entitled Education and Public Knowledge: Open Access, Open Content. The aim of the panel was to understand how the lessons from open source and free software could help develop a thriving open-content ecosystem, within the context of education.

The entire conference will be online soon — check it out!

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Mike Linksvayer, May 12th, 2004

Ben Adida will represent Creative Commons at the World Wide Web Consortium Advisory Committee meeting next week, held concurrently with WWW2004 in New York City.

This year has seen a number of new proposals on W3C lists for RDF-in-XHTML. Ben has been encouraging the development of a solution that will meet Creative Commons’ requirements. We hope to hear of progress on this front and other Semantic Web issues of interest. Of course these things take time…

Pity Adida doesn’t start with the letter C.

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MTV’s new mashup bootleg TV show “MTV Mash”

Matt Haughey, May 11th, 2004

MTV Europe is currently doing a mash-up show called MTV Mash. Mash-up culture has been mainstream in Europe for the past few years, and I hope the show is limited to Europe only because of that, and not because it would be difficult to obtain rights to mash in the States. Links to the songs made on the show can be found at BoingBoing, where we first heard about this.

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Bluejake and Satan’s Laundromat

Matt Haughey, May 7th, 2004

If you’re looking for slice-of-life New York City photographs of the compelling and off-beat, the images at Bluejake and Satan’s Laundromat have got you covered. They’re both licensed under Creative Commons and allow for derivative works, making for some great collage fodder.

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Glenn Otis Brown, May 7th, 2004

The Stanford Undergraduate Research Journal, a very impressive student-run academic publication here, has published its third volume under a Creative Commons attribution-noncommercial-sharealike license. I got to speak at SURJ’s annual awards event this week on Stanford’s campus, and the group’s enthusiasm for open-access research was inspiring.

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Creative Commons licensed journal online

Matt Haughey, May 6th, 2004

The Center for Hellenic Studies of Harvard University has started applying Creative Commons licenses to its journals. Classics@ is available online at their site. It’s great to see further uptake in the educational world, as the ideals of academic publishing are pretty close to the goals of Creative Commons.

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Online music selling like hotcakes

Matt Haughey, May 6th, 2004

Apple just announced they sold 3.3 million songs in 7 days on the iTunes Music Store. To put this in perspective, the entire top ten of the Billboard music chart is tracking just over 2 million units. If anyone in the music industry doubted that people would ever want to pay for music online, Apple’s recent sales explosion clearly points out that it’s here to stay.

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DRUMS, a new P2P idea

Matt Haughey, May 6th, 2004

Scott Matthews, of turnstyle web mp3 player fame, has launched a new project called DRUMS. It’s slighty inspired by Creative Commons and the goal is to create a P2P network that is fair to both copyright owners and folks seeking content. If you have something to add to his proposal, pop on over and drop Scott a line.

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Planet Spreadsheet

Glenn Otis Brown, May 5th, 2004

Here’s a good piece from Wired News on the always excellent Future of Music Conference, held this weekend in Washington, DC.

(Sadly no one from Creative Commons HQ was able to make it this year, but plenty of our friends did. Check out Siva Vaidhyanathan’s guest spot on our chairman’s blog for his take on the event.)

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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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