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Creative Commons in NYT

Glenn Otis Brown, September 15th, 2003

A piece on digital music from the Sunday New York Times mentions Creative Commons and quotes our chairman.

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Kottke.org

Matt Haughey, September 11th, 2003

September 11, 2001 was a day of shock, horror, sadness, and confusion for many of us. In the midst of all that, a few tried their best to gather as much information as they could about it, to help make sense of things. Kottke.org’s September 11 post was a hub for breaking news, photos, and personal perspectives from NYC.

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T-shirts on sale

Matt Haughey, September 11th, 2003

If you’ve caught up with Creative Commons at any conferences or events this year, you’ve probably seen us wearing Creative Commons t-shirts. If you’d like to order one for yourself and help support our non-profit organization, we’re now offering the same shirts for sale. They are $20 including shipping to the US and Canada, available in medium, large and extra large sizes. The shirts are a light green Hanes Beefy T with a screenprinted logo on the front, “Some Rights Reserved” and URL on the back, and we’re using Paypal to accept payments. Order soon, order often.

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More Human-Readable Than Human-Readable

Glenn Otis Brown, September 9th, 2003

Have a look at our new, streamlined license selection process and Commons Deeds (an example).

Thanks to all of you who have written to us these first nine months with suggestions for improvements, and please let us know if you see anything in these new pages that could be improved.

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OYEZ.org: The Supremes and Campaign Finance

Glenn Otis Brown, September 9th, 2003

Our friends at OYEZ, the U.S. Supreme Court audio archivists dedicated to releasing their decades of recordings online with our licenses, have already posted the audio from yesterday’s arguments in the challenge to the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law. Check it out.

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Cory Doctorow’s new book and licensed chapters

Matt Haughey, September 8th, 2003

Cory Doctorow was previously profiled on this site for his first novel, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, which was released under a Creative Commons license. His new book, A Place So Foreign and Eight More, is a short story collection that can be purchased online, and you can also download six of the nine stories which are released under a Creative Commons license.

Congrats Cory!

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Public Domain not in the cards

Matt Haughey, September 6th, 2003

Earlier this year, officials from the US Defense Intelligence Agency came up with the idea of producing decks of cards for US troops that identified Iraq fugitives. Playing cards have a long history in war, being part of both World War II and the Vietnam conflict. The Department of Defense released the cards as public domain and a cottage industry of card producers sprang up overight to sell them online.

Unfortunately, DOD officials didn’t realize the two joker cards carried the Hoyle Joker, a copyrighted image from US Playing Cards, the company behind Hoyle, Bicycle, and other popular brands of cards. As a result US Playing Cards has begun sending cease-and-desist letters to companies producing copycat cards, and the DIA is helping spread the word. US Playing Cards are currently selling their decks as the one true official set.

When dedicating something to the public domain, it’s important to clear the rights to everything contained within a work, which can sometimes be difficult for film and works of collage. We try to stress this point in the Public Domain Dedication process, but with stories like the Hoyle Joker it’s worth mentioning how important it is to make sure that you control the copyright on every part of your work before dedicating it to the Public Domain. [via Workbench]

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Can you remix? Want to be on our CD?

Neeru Paharia, September 5th, 2003

We want you to make a remix of Bm Relocation Program’s song, Superego Exchange to put on the next Creative Commons promotional CD. Send us your remix, and we’ll feature the best entry on the CD.

Superego Exchange is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license, which means you can make derivative works and remixes, as long as you release your work under the same license.

Bm Relocation Program has kindly made available the song’s wav file, a zip file with the eleven individual tracks, and the eleven individual tracks separately, which you can all find here — or just download the mp3.

We’ll take submissions until September 23rd, 2003. Please email us with an mp3/wav file, or a URL where we can download your remix.

Demonstrate how people can collaborate without even knowing each other — go make remixes!!!

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People Like Us/Vicki Bennett

Matt Haughey, September 5th, 2003

Vicki Bennett recently sat down to talk to us about her thoughts on how and why she creates audio and visual collage, the upcoming sampling license, and the legal issues surrounding her creativity.

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10,000 Birds

Matt Haughey, September 4th, 2003

Fans of the recent documentary hit movie “Winged Migration” might be interested in following this week’s featured content at the 10,000 Birds Blog. Written by a small team of casual bird-watchers, their goal is to document as many sightings of the roughly 10,000 bird species found in the world. So far, they’re up to 210. After reading their site, I can’t help but hope they make their goal and continue publishing their Creative Commons licensed updates far into the future.

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