This week’s featured content is Douglas Rushkoff‘s new essay entitled Open Source Democracy. It’s a 70 page essay (available as a free downloadable PDF) that explores the future of politics in an interactive world. It was created for the UK thinktank Demos, and is available under a Creative Commons License.Comments Off
Earlier tonight at the Lessig vs. Rosen debate, we gave away copies of our second* CD, Copy Me/Remix Me. It features a variety of music from an even wider variety of artists. Among the featured musicians, you’ll find record-at-home independents, magnatune and opsound artists, world music groups, and small town rock bands.
As we mentioned on this blog before, we had a little mini-contest to get remixes for the disc and we’ve posted all of the entries received.
A remix from Flowerlounge and fourstones.net ended up on the final CD, but picking the top two was a tough task. Victor at fourstones.net turned in eight very different mixes that ran the gamut. Albert Lash not only remixed and rearranged the original Superego song, he also tossed in numerous samples from Oyez, the audio archive of Supreme Court arguments. Evan Lawrence’s mix was a nice reinterpretation of the song and DBF’s inventive and humorous mix featured a synthesized voice of a woman leaving an answering machine for an IBM typewriter, which was also a staff favorite.
Feel free to download, share, and remix the songs and if you catch us at a conference or event later this year, we’ll probably have copies of the CD on hand to give away.
*Our first compilation CD was done in February of 2003, for the Noisepop festival in San Francisco.Comments Off
If you’re in Los Angeles, you might want to check out Chairman of the Creative Commons, Lawrence Lessig, along with former recording industry head Hilary Rosen tonight and tomorrow at USC’s Bovard Auditorium. Tickets are $10, and Creative Commons will be there giving out information and licensed music CDs (more about the CDs shortly).Comments Off
Gnomoradio is a new project to create a free software package that will allow people to share Creative Commons licensed audio. While there are no downloadable clients currently, the project is proceeding rapidly and they have put a call out for musicians wanting to release their licensed music to the network.Comments Off
Streaming Media’s recent article “Creative Commons Licensing for Digital Media” is a detailed review and demonstration of our metadata embedding guidelines. Larry Bouthillier covers why the licenses exist, the license terms themselves, and how to apply them to web pages and music formats.Comments Off
Inspired by world-famous musician and composer Gilberto Gil and developed with the help of the veteran found-art group Negativland, Creative Commons will launch our new Sampling Licenses on December 16, 2003. Read more.Comments Off
There’s a great article by Tad Friend in this week’s New Yorker, entitled “Credit Grab.” The piece explains the (fairly arbitrary) arbitration process used to settle authorship disputes over big Hollywood movies and to award credit to screenwriters. The process is a mess, says Friend, in part because
most Hollywood pictures, particularly those whose characters are given out in rubberized form in conjunction with the purchase of Happy Meals, have no particular author. They emerge out of market research and dovetail with the storytelling expectations of the wider commercial culture . . . .
Just one of many nuggets in this piece, which sadly, is only available in print. But film fans and copyright buffs will find the New Yorker‘s Oct. 20 issue well worth the four bucks: it’s one story or comic after another about the fascinating, surreal world of commercialized culture. (A representative cartoon caption: “That thing you just said — I’d like to option it for a movie.”)Comments Off
We recently sat down with Michael Eisen from the Public Library of Science to talk about why they started their organization and why they adopted our licenses for their publications.Comments Off
This week’s featured content of the week is the combination photoblog/weblog of Jose Luis. In addition to his sharp design and observations of life in the Bay Area, we couldn’t help but notice the breath-taking photos that accompany each entry. It’s hard to pick a favorite, as they are so many amazing shots, and they’re all available under a Creative Commons license.Comments Off
The articles focus on all aspects of biology, and the aims and goals of the publication are outlined in their introductory piece. The first issue also features an essay by our Executive Director, Glenn Otis Brown, on Creative Commons and how copyright and science can evolve in the future.Comments Off