Commons News

A Call for Translated Commons Deeds

Glenn Otis Brown, June 17th, 2003

While we’re talking translations:

As our iCommons project begins to port the lawyer-readable licenses to various countries’ laws and languages, we’d like to start translating the human-readable portion of our licenses as well. (Here’s an example of one in English.)

Just as humans are less formal than lawyers, so will this process be less formal than iCommons, so send us what you’ve got when you’ve got it . . .


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And . . . Japanese Comics

Glenn Otis Brown, June 17th, 2003

And here’s a translation of our comics from our other current iCommons country, Japan. Thanks to Hiroshi Yuki. These are beautiful.

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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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Matt Haughey, June 12th, 2003

This week we’re pointing out the hundreds of photographs taken by freelance writer David Gallagher. His site,, 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 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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