The September issue of Wired Magazine features an article called “MIT Everyware” about the OpenCourseWare project, which aims to offer material from every course at MIT, all under a Creative Commons license. As the article suggests, various educational organizations around the world have sprung up to help translate and disseminate the materials. Here’s a translation of the Creative Commons license used in Vietnam’s OpenCourseWare material, for students such as the one described in Ho Chi Minh City. Creative Commons co-founder and board member Hal Abelson is also quoted in the article.Comments Off
This week’s featured content is a new site called WikiTravel that takes an innovative, community approach to sharing travel information. The site is based on a Wiki, which is a bit of web software that allows anyone to edit and create new pages, giving a community of interested users the power to expand the content of a site in any direction. Current hot topics include a great set of tips on flying and tips for driving in Australia.
To go along with the multi-author, community spirit of the site, the contents are licensed under a Creative Commons license, allowing anyone to reprint, modify, and even use the content commercially.1 Comment »
Lawrence Solum runs the Legal Theory Blog and recently wrote a piece on “Copynorms”, the “informal social attitudes about the rightness or wrongness of duplicating material that is copyrighted.” He describes a few scenarios that might come out of the recording industry’s pending lawsuits against filetraders, and what effect (if any) that will have on Copynorms.Comments Off
A great new audio project worth highlighting is the Speech Accent Archive at George Mason University. It features 264 native and non-native speakers reading the same paragraph in english. Ever wonder what a Romanian from Bucharest sounds like in relation to a Boston accent? Look no further, as it is all released under a Creative Commons License.3 Comments »
This week we’re featuring the photography of Raymond A. vanderWoning. His photos feature subjects from flowers and bugs to signs and people and his about page carries a thoughtful piece on how and why he licenses all his photos. A hobbyist photographer at heart, Raymond’s closing statement gets to the heart of it all:
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Information doesn’t want to be free, it wants to be shared.
Project Gramophone is a new project that aims to become a definitive source for early recordings that slipped into the public domain. The goals are similar to Project Gutenberg, but with audio instead of text. For now, the project features a mailing list open to anyone interested in contributing to the project.Comments Off
Read about Creative Commons’ plans to help make this sort of of culture legitimate, in the law’s eyes at least.Comments Off