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GET CREATIVE! Moving Image Contest — Win a G5!!!

Neeru Paharia, July 18th, 2003

With “Get Creative”, our Flash movie, we took a shot at explaining Creative Commons’ mission. We’re fond of it, but we think you could do an even better job. On August 1st Creative Commons is launching the GET CREATIVE! Moving Image Contest, a competition to create a 2-minute moving image that articulates the Creative Commons mission.

The 1st prize winner will receive an Apple® Power Mac® G5 Personal Computer.
Contest runs August 1st, 2003 to September 30, 2003. Please return to this site for official rules and entry restrictions.

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Washington Post

Press Robot, July 18th, 2003

Reading between the lines of fan fiction” by Ariana Eunjung Cha

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Wired News

Press Robot, July 18th, 2003

Supreme Court vs. The Supremes” by Katie Dean

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Guerrillas in the Mix

Glenn Otis Brown, July 17th, 2003

There’s a good, brief article in Wired News today on the importance of digital editing tools to the underground film movement.

They describe themselves as “guerrilla filmmakers,” independent directors who create for both fun and profit, and they see themselves as a resistance force battling the banality of mainstream movies.

“There’s a world full of weird and important stories to tell, so I’m not sitting around waiting for scripts or budgets to be approved,” said filmmaker Laszlo Balogh. “I roll my own movies.”

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Take Another Little Piece of My Art

Glenn Otis Brown, July 17th, 2003

A museum exhibit called “Illegal Art” might sound like a history of naughty pictures. Turns out that the exhibit (through July 25 at SF MOMA Artist’s Gallery) is more innocuous than most primetime TV: A Mickey Mouse gasmask. Pez candy dispensers honoring fallen hip-hop stars. A litigious Little Mermaid. Not kids’ stuff, exactly—but illegal?

Creative Commons’ Derek Slater has a nice review of the Illegal Art exhibit, which ends its stay at the SF MOMA later this month, plus some insight into surrounding issues.

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Physics Textbooks

Matt Haughey, July 17th, 2003

This week we’re featuring physics textbooks that are available for free download under Creative Commons licenses:

The Light and Matter series of introductory physics textbooks, as implied by its title, has a story line built around light and matter. The outlines of Discover Physics and Simple Nature are based on conservation laws.

The author states reasons why the books are available for free, encourages reporting of errors and sharing of problem sets, and keeps track of schools adopting the titles as textbooks.

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Howard Dean on Lessig Blog

Glenn Otis Brown, July 15th, 2003

In case you haven’t heard yet, Governor Howard Dean is guestblogging on Lessig.org this week. (Be sure to check out the Lessig-Dean mash-up photo.)

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Wired News on OYEZ and Creative Commons

Glenn Otis Brown, July 15th, 2003

Wired News has a nice article on our work with Supreme Court audio archivists OYEZ today.

Download and fileshare a few megabytes of history.

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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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