Commons News

Sampling Licenses

Glenn Otis Brown, October 20th, 2003

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.

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Attribution, Hollywood-style

Glenn Otis Brown, October 18th, 2003

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.”)

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Public Library of Science

Matt Haughey, October 16th, 2003

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.

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Jose Luis’ photoblog/weblog

Matt Haughey, October 15th, 2003

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.

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Public Library of Science launch

Matt Haughey, October 14th, 2003

The Public Library of Science (PLoS) has just published their innagural issue of peer-reviewed articles, all released freely under a Creative Commons license.

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.

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Youth Media Distribution

Matt Haughey, October 9th, 2003

Youth Media Distribution is a project that aims to improve the distribution of independent youth created film, video, radio and new media. They offer a variety of tools for young people making films, including hosting on their site and promotion through film festivals. Recently they’ve added the option of choosing a Creative Commons license when uploading a film. They’ve even created a special page listing all the entries released under a license,

The YMDI project is an offshot of MediaRights.org, a non-profit organization that helps people locate and use documentary films that focus on social issues.

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Recent news mentions

Matt Haughey, October 9th, 2003

We were impressed to see the Charleston Post and Courier story on the basics of copyright and illegal downloading mention quite clearly Creative Commons and how it works. We were equally impressed by the long-running newsletter TidBITS and their recent decision to release their publication under a license. They describe the process in which they arrived at the license choice — that they basically allowed the same use a license covered, realized the importance of the licenses, and decided to apply it to solidify their policies.

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Magnatune in Wired News

Matt Haughey, October 8th, 2003

Magnatune, a Creative Commons and shareware-friendly music label we profiled a few weeks ago, received a big write-up in today’s Wired News. They are definitely worth checking out if you haven’t tried them already.

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Technology! Can you code?

Mike Linksvayer, October 7th, 2003

No, not another contest — see Can you remix? (results soon) and GET CREATIVE! (you still have time) — but artists can’t have all the fun.

If you can code, we want you to check out our
technology challenges section. GUI developer to Semantic Web pioneer, we have a task for you — help build Creative Commons’ vision of some rights reserved into today’s software and the infrastructure of the Net.

No prizes available apart from intellectual stimulation and bragging rights.

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New release from Scott Andrew

Matt Haughey, October 6th, 2003

Scott Andrew LePera, previously interviewed for our Featured Commoner piece on unsigned musicians, has released a new CD. The songs on the new disc are all Creative Commons licensed and he’s done something interesting with the pricing. You can pay as little as $5 for the new release, but anything beyond the minimum during the month of October will be donated to downhill battle, the P2P legal defense fund for people recently hit with lawsuits from the RIAA.

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