“Supreme Court oral arguments now available for file-swapping” by Phuong LeComments Off on San Jose Mercury News
This week’s featured content is the open-source film “Nothing So Strange.” While the whole film is protected by full copyright, individual clips can be downloaded for a nominal fee (a few cents in most cases), with the film’s footage available for reuse, remix, and commercial use in any other work provided attribution is given.
It’s an interesting experiment in both filmmaking and micropayments.1 Comment »
“Getting audio recordings of landmark legal arguments is becoming as easy as downloading the latest Snoop Dogg single.”Comments Off on OYEZ Press
FGV and Creative Commons also plan to begin work with the Brazilian Minister of Culture, world-renowned musician Gilberto Gil (!), to use the licenses to expand access to Brazilian culture.
Read the first porting (for readers of Portuguese).
Read the excellent annotation of the first porting (by project lead Ronaldo Lemos, in English).
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The GET CREATIVE! Moving Image Contest.
Win a computer, a DV camera, or an iPod.
Then start getting creative.
It’s open-source messaging.
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As a part of the Texas Center for Educational Technology’s Web Library, Free Media is a storehouse of stock photos provided under a Creative Commons license primarily for educational purposes. They currently have over 400 high-quality images in a variety of categories, waiting for your reuse.4 Comments »
On Saturday, we posted about the Creative Commons licensing used by Scott Andrew and Shannon Campbell on their collaborative music project. They ended up creating two songs by Sunday morning and released them under a license.
Late Sunday night, Scott posted a link to the first derivative work made from it, a re-recording by previously featured content of the week singer/songwriter Erik Ostrom (using none of the same instruments that Scott and Shannon used, no less).Comments Off on Wow, that was fast, part 2
And thanks to David Jacobs for showing Allen’s letter to us in the first place.Comments Off on Wow, that was fast
A helpful reader spotted this great letter-to-the-editor in the Portland Mercury. It’s from a member of the influential punk & new wave band of the late 70s and early 80s, Gang of Four, but it could’ve been written by us.
Copyright is the issue! Our archaic copyright laws allow artists, musicians, and other creators to hang on to their rights for far too long before they enter the public domain. Today’s technology allows for any creator with a computer to manipulate any sound file available.
Mashing is one example, wherein a musician with a computer takes a song, pulls out the vocal melody, and literally mashes it onto another song. One great example is Madonna’s “Holiday” mashed with a Sex Pistols song. Technically it’s illegal but it’s also good fun and more interesting than a lot of schlock out there.
Today’s talented artists will always run afoul of current copyright laws because it’s an eternity before anything drops back into the public domain. So I say all you computer whiz musicians should go forth and grab a Gang of Four track and mash it onto a Christina Aguilera song just for the hell of it. I’d be pleased because it’s an inventive use of my copyrighted work. It’s the gatekeepers that are stifling creativity and innovation online.
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