Commons News

Finnish Comics

Glenn Otis Brown, June 17th, 2003

Our friends over at the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology, who are porting the licenses to Finland, have also translated our comic strips explaining the licenses. Very nice.

Under the comics’ license, anyone can make a translation as long as they Share Alike, give us credit, and don’t resell.

What language is next?

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iCommons Japan

Glenn Otis Brown, June 16th, 2003

The porting of the Creative Commons licenses to Japan recently got underway.

Leading the effort is the top-notch Japanese IT research institute Glocom.

Join or follow the discussion.

Read more about iCommons and watch for more countries soon.

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Paul Ford on the Public Domain

Matt Haughey, June 16th, 2003

Paul Ford, the author, designer, and programmer of the wonderful Ftrain website recently discovered his site’s logo image was also being featured on a new singer-songwriter’s CD. His response for readers is an amusing lesson in the wonders of the public domain.

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Joi Ito Joins Creative Commons Board

Glenn Otis Brown, June 16th, 2003

We’re honored to announce that Joi Ito, venture capitalist, blogger, and tech Renaissance man, has joined our Board of Directors.

Ito is the founder and CEO of Neoteny, a venture capital firm, and has created numerous Internet companies including PSINet Japan, Digital Garage, and Infoseek Japan. In 1997 Time ranked him as a member of the CyberElite. In 2000 he was ranked among the “50 Stars of Asia” by Business Week and commended by the Japanese Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications for supporting the advancement of IT. In 2001 the World Economic Forum chose him as one of the 100 “Global Leaders of Tomorrow” for 2002.

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lightningfield.com

Matt Haughey, June 12th, 2003

This week we’re pointing out the hundreds of photographs taken by freelance writer David Gallagher. His site, lightningfield.com, has been up for the past two and a half years and features photographs and insights from his daily life. There are many shots from New York and photos from various trips worth enjoying and sharing.

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Jeff Bezos Recommends Cory Doctorow

Glenn Otis Brown, June 10th, 2003

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos recently gave NPR listeners a recommendation for summer reading: the Creative Commons-licensed novel Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, by Cory Doctorow. (Bezos also gave a nod to The Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Ishiguro.)

Buy the book, or download it for free — thanks to Cory’s vision and our license.

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Instant Karma

Glenn Otis Brown, June 6th, 2003

I’m at the University of California @ Irvine’s Humanities Research Institute talking with some good folks about humanities education and technology.

I did a short presentation about Creative Commons this morning, and by the time I’d wrapped up, conference participant Joe Futrelle, who is technical lead of Digital Library Technologies at NCSA, had licensed several of his own tunes. Joe says he wishes our licensing process were even quicker.

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Guardian Unlimited

Press Robot, June 6th, 2003

Drive to put in a good word

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Yet another thing going for the public domain

Glenn Otis Brown, June 6th, 2003

Aimee Deep, otherwise known as Aimster, has created a special incentive for people to sign the Reclaim the Public Domain Petition.

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VentureBlog and Bag and Baggage

Matt Haughey, June 5th, 2003

We’ve have been enjoying the content on VentureBlog and Bag and Baggage for some time, but recently both of these Creative Commons licensed blogs did a great job covering The Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital Conference.

Thanks to some restrictions on the conference, professional journalists were not allowed to cover the event, but audience members could. VentureBlog had some great insights to take away from the conference and Bag and Baggage did a great job taking live notes from the Steve Jobs interview and the dinner with Bill Gates, and also posted photos from the event.

In addition to the recent reporting, each blog has content worthy of merit. VentureBlog is run by venture capital firm investors and their series of posts on Presenting Your Company offers many useful insider tips. We’ve pointed to Denise at Bag and Baggage before on this weblog, but her posts on what Creative Commons licenses mean for weblog authors were instructive for the community.

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