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Put the Supremes on Your iPod

Glenn Otis Brown, July 15th, 2003

Our friends at OYEZ.org have now made it ridiculously easy to download MP3s of classic U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments for free under a Creative Commons license.

Here’s a list of the first wave of Supreme Court recordings that OYEZ has embedded with license information.

Download (warning: big) a few here if you like, then browse OYEZ for a few dozen more:

(1) Roe v. Wade;

(2) the Pentagon Papers case;

(3) Miranda v. Arizona;

(4) the Sam Sheppard (a.k.a., “the Fugitive”) murder appeal;

(5) the justly titled Loving v. Virginia (in which the Court overturned a Virginia law banning inter-racial marriage).

OYEZ also has the audio from the recent affirmative action cases Gratz and Grutter.

Not jogging music, exactly — but many of them do get the blood going. Hats off to OYEZ for this ongoing public service.

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Digital Mix: A Special Bay Area Event Celebrating Illegal Art

Matt Haughey, July 14th, 2003

On July 25th the Electronic Frontier Foundation will host a night of music, art, and conversation to celebrate digital culture. Hosted at the Black Box in downtown Oakland, this all-ages event will bring up-and-coming artists of electronica, digital film, and illegal art together with leaders from the cyber-rights movement. Among the event’s speakers, Creative Commons’ Glenn Otis Brown will be there to discuss the new sampling license. For more information, please proceed here.

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BitPass + Creative Commons

Neeru Paharia, July 9th, 2003

Musicians Joshua Ellis and Big Friendly Corporation have implemented a new technology called BitPass to sell their Creative Commons-licensed content via micropayment.

Joshua has offered his songs under an Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike license. If you buy a song for 50 cents, or the entire album for $3.50, you’re then free to copy, distribute, and make derivative works — as long as you give Joshua attribution, don’t make commercial uses, and release all derivative works under an Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike license. Joshua says he’s sold over $100 of content within a few days.

Anyone interested in mixing these songs, or putting them into your student film?

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Commons on the Hustings, II

Glenn Otis Brown, July 3rd, 2003

Our licenses make another appearance on the campaign trail. Check out AmericansForDean.

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An Opsound Exchange

Glenn Otis Brown, July 3rd, 2003

You’ve got to hear this. This week’s featured content is exactly the sort of innovative co-authorship that Creative Commons, and good folks like Opsound, make possible.

Colin Mutchler explains:

About a month after submitting a few acoustic guitar tracks to
Opsound‘s sound pool [and thus releasing the song under an Attribution-ShareAlike license], I got an email from a violinist named Cora Beth, who had added a violin track to one of the guitar tracks, “My Life.” She called it “My Life Changed,” and I think the track is definitely more beautiful now. Maybe eventually we’ll add drums and words.

This is collaboration across space and time, as our Flash movie puts it — with no rights-clearing needed. Great stuff. We’d love to hear more of this sort of thing, so tell us if you have a similar story.

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The Phoenix Trap

Matt Haughey, June 26th, 2003

This week’s featured content is Philadelphia-area rock band The Phoenix Trap. All their songs at MP3.com are available under a Creative Commons license (which also has streaming versions). Fans can purchase a CD of their full set of songs as well. “Not Me” and “You’re on Fire” were definitely my favorites.

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Metadata embedding and verfication plan for MP3 & other formats

Glenn Otis Brown, June 25th, 2003

A big part of the OYEZ Supreme Court audio announcement today is our new strategy for helping people associate license information with MP3s. (We’ll soon move on to other file formats.)

Right now we’re just showing people how to associate verifiable license links with files. But we want to encourage the developer community and various file-sharing and media player companies to build tools that take advantage of the embedded links to make our licenses useful in the P2P and other non-web contexts.

More info:

(1) Metadata embedding in MP3s and other files

(2) The advantage of the verification link

(3) Verification link: also a traffic engine

(4) Geek-readable version of embedding strategy

Please give us your feedback below, or on the metadata discussion list.

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Supreme Court Audio Classics Enter P2P Zone Thanks to Creative Commons Licenses

Glenn Otis Brown, June 25th, 2003

Today, the OYEZ Project announced the first-stage, 100-hour release of MP3s from their 2000+ hours of Supreme Court recordings using Creative Commons’ licenses.

The release also marks the debut of our new metadata tagging and verification strategy, which explains how to attach and verify license information to MP3s (and soon, other files) for distribution on the Net.

Read the Featured Commoner interview of OYEZ director and founder Jerry Goldman, by Creative Commons’ Laura Lynch.

Check out some Supreme Court audio, such as the recent Affirmative Action case.

Read the press release.

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Adelante con Swartz

Glenn Otis Brown, June 24th, 2003

Creative Commons has signed on in support of Aaron Swartz‘s call for “forward motion” on blog protocols. We will be participating in helping define licensing extensions to the new specification.

(I’ve worked with Aaron, our metadata advisor, for over a year now, and this isn’t the first time I’ve followed his lead. You should try it if you haven’t.)

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Help! I’m in a nutshell!

Matt Haughey, June 23rd, 2003

In a newly posted interview on the Apple site, “O’Reilly in a Nutshell,” Tim O’Reilly discusses how his publishing company came to be, how it follows open source trends, and how it publishes many titles under a Creative Commons Founders’ Copyright license.

We should note that the Founders’ Copyright isn’t just for big publishing houses. Anyone can apply for a license to release their works after 14 (or 28) years.

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