We’ve just learned that the Institute for Social Inventions (UK) has named our licensing project the Best Social Innovation in 2003 in the Communications Category.
The Institute is an educational charity founded in 1985. Its patrons include Brian Eno, Anita Roddick, and Fay Weldon.
We’ll pass on details as we learn more.1 Comment »
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.1 Comment »
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.7 Comments »
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.5 Comments »
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.Comments Off
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.
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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]1 Comment »
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!!!1 Comment »