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
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.Comments Off
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.Comments Off
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.Comments Off
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.Comments Off
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.2 Comments »
Today we’ve flipped the switch on the newly revamped Creative Commons website. There are a few new features, a lot of updated content, and a general reorganization of the site.
Our newest feature is the Artists Corners section of the site, linked right off the front page. Until now, much of the site’s content has remained general, but based on feedback from writers, recording artists, photographers, educators, and filmmakers, we realized each group had specific needs. We’ve created a page for each audience, with advice, examples, and instructions especially for them.
We’ve updated our technology section, including a re-write of our documentation. If you are a developer and are curious how to integrate Creative Commons into your applications, check out our new developer’s guide. If you’d like to help Creative Commons out, we’ve got a list of tech challenges we could use a hand with (think of it as the lazyweb in action).
The front page of our site has seen a redesign and slight change of layout. We’ve added a quick way to get to our three most popular sections, right at the top and center of the page. Below the weblog on the lower left, we’ve added feeds of recent updates to both Common Content (which is a directory of Creative Commons licensed works) and Internet Archive (which will host audio and video you have created and licensed, free of charge). We’ve also linked to their respective RSS feeds if you’d like to follow along in your news aggregator. If you’ve recently licensed your works, feel free to get them listed at Common Content or hosted at Internet Archive.
Sitewide changes are subtle but numerous. We’ve reorganized our navigation, in order to be clearer and to highlight the “Get Content” page that lists directories and repositories of licensed works. We’ve taken the font-size down slightly based on feedback, and we’ve recoded the site from the ground up. While the site has been coded as valid XHTML and CSS since we launched in December of 2002, under the hood the new site’s code is cleaner, rich in semantics, and accessible for all browsers and users. If you ever get a chance to use the new site in a text browser, you’ll see the difference.
While we’ve changed a great deal of the site and moved things around, we’re always open to additional feedback and welcome any errors you might find. Leave a comment if you see anything out of place or have any questions.3 Comments »