Commons News

Contests Abound

Glenn Otis Brown, January 20th, 2004

Participatory creativity is hot, hot. The Lollapoola Mash-Up Contest. Our Own GET CREATIVE! Moving Images Contest (winners to be announced next month). MoveOn.org’s Bush in 30 Seconds advertisement contest. And now even the New Yorker has announced the winner of its own analog-version of an open-source creativity contest, which was more interactive than contests past. (Devoted New Yorker fans will want to watch the great slide show explaining the judging process.)

I don’t remember the New Yorker’s ever explaining the copyright policy for this. Who gets to keep the rights to the final cartoon? Can we re-use those little screwdriver or dog cut-outs for other purposes? And given that it’s cut-outs we’re talking about, how does first sale doctrine tie in to all this?

Clearly the average New Yorker reader — or editor — isn’t as persnickety about their IP as some of us. Maybe next year they’ll go CC.

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How to Tell People You’re CC-ing It

Glenn Otis Brown, January 20th, 2004

Among the many cool features of our re-design this fall, we may not have given one page the attention it deserved.

If you’re marking your work or web page with our little Some Rights Reserved button, you should take a look at our suggestions for making a precise statement about what’s being licensed, complete with examples and screenshots. We’ll make the page more prominent soon.

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Advance in Cancer Research?

Glenn Otis Brown, January 18th, 2004

NPR’s Science Friday last week spoke with Howard Chang, of Stanford Medical School’s Biochemistry Department. Chang discussed his recent article, co-authored with several colleagues and published in the Public Library of Science Biology open-access journal, which explores how scientists can learn about cancer from studying the way common wounds heal.

Like all PLoS publications, Chang and company’s article, “Gene Expression Signature of Fibroblast Serum Response Predicts Human Cancer Progression Similarities between Tumors and Wounds,” is free under a Creative Commons attribution license.

Recall that one of Creative Commons’ resolutions is to explore a Science Commons. More unencumbered scientific knowledge to come . . .

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iCommons UK launched

Matt Haughey, January 14th, 2004

The International Commons project expanded this week to include the launch of UK license discussions. Those interested in participating can check out the draft license and mailing list for details.

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Marketplace Morning Report (NPR)

Press Robot, January 7th, 2004

Welcome to the Tech Boom” by Alex Steffen

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American Bar Association Journal

Press Robot, January 7th, 2004

“Copyright Law: The Education of Larry Lessig” by Jason Krause

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New Year’s Resolutions

Matt Haughey, January 5th, 2004

New Year’s Resolutions:

Make worry-free sampling and re-creativity mainstream.

Make 25 country-specific sets of iCommons licenses available.

Explore Science Commons.

Version licenses.

Begin Save-a-Book campaign, revive out-of-print books.

Debut metadata search engine prototype.

Unveil CC-Mixter — Friendster for musicians.

Launch “Anatomy of a Film” project.

Build licenses into at least two applications per medium: photography, audio, film, text. (Adobe XMP plug-in to debut soon.)

Make “some rights reserved” household phrase.

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That’s a wrap

Glenn Otis Brown, January 5th, 2004

The GET CREATIVE! Moving Image Contest has gone the way of 2003. Many thanks to those of you who
submitted entries by the New Year. Our panel of expert
judges
is now sorting out the winners. Stay tuned!

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Wired Magazine

Press Robot, January 5th, 2004

101 Ways to Save the Internet” by Paul Boutin

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Syllabus Magazine

Press Robot, January 5th, 2004

Who Stole the Goose?” by James Boyle

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