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Eldred arguments on Oyez

Matt Haughey, November 25th, 2003

Oyez, the supreme court audio archive previously featured on this site, has recently released all the audio from the Eldred vs. Ashcroft case. Recorded last Fall, the audio of this case is available under a Creative Commons license.

Also featured on that page are SMIL versions of the audio, which display images of the speakers and show the running transcript as it plays, and a recent videotaped lecture from Lawrence Lessig on the subject of copyrights.

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Photo Pix Today

Matt Haughey, November 21st, 2003

This week’s featured content is the photoblog Photo Pix Today, done by Christoph Föckeler from Germany. The site features a great variety photos of life in Munich, and all licensed under Creative Commons.

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Wired News on Loca Records

Matt Haughey, November 20th, 2003

Today’s Wired News features an article profiling our featured content from a couple weeks ago, Loca Records.

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Moving Image Contest deadline approaching!

Neeru Paharia, November 20th, 2003

GET CREATIVE!

Enter the Creative Commons Moving Image Contest.

Make a 2-minute moving image that describes Creative Commons’ mission.

Win a computer, a digital video camera, or an iPod.

An amazing panel of judges will select winners.

Please read the official rules.

Deadline for entries is December 31st, 2003

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Creative Commons in Italy

Matt Haughey, November 19th, 2003

On the heels of our recent start of work on licenses in China, Taiwan, and Ireland, today we added Italy to the mix. The discussion has just begun, thanks to volunteers at the Department of Law of the University of Turin and the CNR Institute of Electronics and Information and Telecommunications Engineering.

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Creative Commons launches Ireland discussion

Matt Haughey, November 17th, 2003

Thanks to the help of Dr. Darius Whelan and Louise Crowley, at University College Cork, we’re working on porting Creative Commons licenses to Irish law. There is an iCommons Ireland page with links to the discussion and a full press release describing the undertaking.

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“Where Sharing Isn’t a Dirty Word”

Glenn Otis Brown, November 15th, 2003

Wired News has a nice profile of our good friends and long-time Creative Commons supporters iBiblio, of the University of North Carolina.

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Creative licensing for massive multiplayer online games

Matt Haughey, November 14th, 2003

At a conference focused on video games and the law presented jointly by the law schools of NYU and Yale, the legal grey area of intellectual property and ownership of in-game items by participants has been examined by numerous presenters. The sale of credits and items between players in virtual worlds is fairly common, though standard property law doesn’t quite cover virtual property and companies running these games may also have rights to the contents inside their games.

Given those thorny issues, we were happy to hear the founder and CEO of Linden Lab, Philip Rosedale, announce that their multi-player online game Second Life has changed its Terms of Service (TOS) to transfer all copyright and intellectual property rights to users for any content they create within the game. Linden Lab also specifically allows for game content to be licensed by users under Creative Commons, so those items can be freely shared among players.

Here’s a good summary of the legal changes to Second Life’s TOS and our press release announcing this milestone event for gaming.

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Creative Commons week on Eyebeam forum continues

Mike Linksvayer, November 13th, 2003

Remember that this is Eyebeam week at Creative Commons. Eyebeam is the cutting-edge New York gallery hosting the Distributed Creativity email forum on intellectual property and art this month and next. Creative Commons is moderating the discussion this week. Join up if you haven’t already and spill your thoughts.

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Wired on Berklee Shares

Glenn Otis Brown, November 13th, 2003

A nice article on the Berklee Shares project we profiled earlier this week.

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