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Creative Commons licensed site templates

Matt Haughey, July 24th, 2003

Neil Turner, a student designer and computer science student has released his great looking site’s template designs under an Attribution license. They’re downloadable and valid to XHTML 1.1 standards and look pretty easy to modify for your own use, as long as you give Neil credit.

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ItrainOnline’s Training Kit

Matt Haughey, July 24th, 2003

ItrainOnline provides online training materials to NGOs and describes their new Creative Commons-licensed training kit as follows:

The Multimedia Training Kit (MMTK) provides trainers in telecentres, community media organizations, and the development sector with a structured set of materials to help make that jump between new and traditional media or train in a new skill area.

The kit provides lesson plans, instructor materials, handouts and more, and covers technical training, content creation, and specific topics such as violence against women. They’re all available free and under licenses so they can be used, distributed, and enhanced by groups around the world.

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The League of Vaguely Familiar Gentlemen

Glenn Otis Brown, July 22nd, 2003

In a great article about the movie The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Brad Stone of Newsweek makes the perfect case why a stronger public domain would be a good thing — for show business itself.

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Feedster now Creative Commons aware

Matt Haughey, July 20th, 2003

Feedster, the RSS search engine, now understands Creative Commons licenses found in feeds. This marks one of the first search engines of any sort to recognize our metadata and display information about it. They’ll start implementing them on search results and cache pages soon but are open to other suggestions for use.

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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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