Commons News

Can CC Kill Spam?

Glenn Otis Brown, December 11th, 2003

Well, maybe not on its own. But now that I’ve gotten your attention with that spammish subject line, you might want to check out John Henshaw’s tips for avoiding spam at Family Resource, licensed under a Creative Commons license — which means you can copy and send them to everyone in your address book.

Thanks to Common Content‘s snazzy RSS feed for this.

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PD Photo

Matt Haughey, December 10th, 2003

This week’s featured content is PD Photo, a new photo archive containing thousands of photos released into the public domain. Photographer Jon Sullivan has opened up his personal archives of thousands of photos and made them free for re-use. His favorites are a good place to start if you’re looking for high quality outdoor and landscape photos to use in web, print, or post designs.

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Ingenious use of the public domain

Matt Haughey, December 10th, 2003

Customized Classics takes several classics of literature from the public domain, and weaves names of your choosing directly into the story to create custom one-off printings of your books. It’s a clever (and commercial) use of freely available works.

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PARTY — You are invited!

Glenn Otis Brown, December 9th, 2003

Why: One Year Anniversary of the Creative Commons tools and licenses.

When: Sunday, December 14, 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

Where: 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna Street, San Francisco, CA. (View Map).

What:

  • An address by Lawrence Lessig
  • The sequel to the first Creative Commons animated hit, “Get Creative
  • Special guests
  • CC Tunes
  • Appetizers & Drinks

Space is limited, so RSVP, please! — commonsbash@yahoo.com

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Project Gutenberg hits 10k, events in San Francisco

Matt Haughey, December 9th, 2003

In celebration of Project Gutenberg‘s 10,000th book release, founder Michael Hart and CEO Greg Newby are planning a series of events to commemorate the milestone. Starting tomorrow with a lecture at the Golden Gate Club and finishing up this week with an appearance on TechTV.

Along with the annoucement they’re offering all 10,000 books as a downloadable DVD disc image, ready for burning.

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French Creative Commons

Matt Haughey, December 5th, 2003

We’ve recently announced the launch of the iCommons project in France. Like the other concurrent iCommons projects, there’s a mailing list, a proposed translation into French law, and a retranslation to explain the changes. If you understand French law and/or live in France and want to help shape the extension of Creative Commons, feel free to sign up for the mailing list and contribute.

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MobileWhack

Matt Haughey, December 3rd, 2003

This week’s featured content is MobileWhack. It’s a new site dedicated to tweaks, hacks, and hints on how to extend the phone, PDA, music player, and/or any other gadget you might carry around in a pocket. The content is released under a Creative Commons license and if you’re a gadget freak, I can assure you there is at least one new piece of software or tip you can use if you check MobileWhack out.

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Tech Challenges Update: Mozilla, Python, C#, SMIL

Mike Linksvayer, December 2nd, 2003

October 23 we posted about Nathan Yergler’s ccValidator web app, developed in response to our list of tech challenges.

Challenged developers have been hard at work since:

  • Nathan Yergler has created mozCC, an extension for Mozilla-based browsers that reads and displays CC metadata as you browse.
  • In addition to creating mozCC and fixing ccValidator bugs, the amazing Nathan Yergler is working on ccRdf, a Python library for CC metadata.
  • Steve Griffin has created a C# library for CC metadata.
  • Lucas Gonze has created a spec for embedding CC metadata in SMIL.

Congratulations and thanks to Nathan, Steve, and Lucas! There are more challenges to take on, including many we don’t yet know about. Post about your work and ideas here or on the cc-metadata mailing list

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CC-GPL, Brazil, and iCommons Japan

Matt Haughey, December 2nd, 2003

Today’s a big day for annoucements at Creative Commons. Earlier today in Tokyo, Japan, the launch date of iCommons Japan was finalized and we have turned on automatic Japanese translation for our current license system. Starting next month, we will be offering optional licenses that apply to laws within the Japanese jurisdiction

Even bigger news is that the Brazilian government has commited to releasing code created with public funding as free software using the new CC-GPL, or Creative Commons Gnu General Public License. The CC-GPL will improve upon the existing GPL by adding in our interface of Commons Deeds and embedded metadata. The CC-GPL page is now offered from our license page, in Brazilian Portugese only for now, but soon will also be available in English.

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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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