Commons News

Down and Out Up and Away

Glenn Otis Brown, January 11th, 2003

Wired News says Cory Doctorow “walks the walk” with the Creative Commons licensing of his Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom. An excerpt from the story:

“I don’t believe that I am giving up book royalties,” Doctorow said about persuading his publisher, Tor Books, to make Down and Out available digitally for free under the new Creative Commons licensing system.

“(Downloads) crossed the 10,000-download threshold at 8 a.m. this morning,” Doctorow said Thursday, “which exceeds the initial print run for the book.”

Doctorow said he thinks the marketing buzz from those downloads will be worth more than any lost book sales. “I think that the Internet’s marvelous ability to spread information to places where it finds a receptive home is the best thing that could happen to a new writer like me.”

Down and Out may be watched closely as a test of whether the Creative Commons license actually helps or hurts writers, but Tor senior editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden said the value of free online publishing has already been demonstrated.

As test balloons go, we could do much worse than Down and Out. And anyone who reads it will be equally confident of its trajectory.

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Come Together

Glenn Otis Brown, January 10th, 2003

Richard Koman has a nice first-hand account of our license release party on the O’Reilly Network. (This slipped past our radar last week.) Koman describes the event as an Eldred v. Ashcroft “reunion night,” which is somewhat accurate, though we’ll take the opportunity to remind folks that Creative Commons has no official ties to the Supreme Court case.

Oh, and — another fine distinction — this time Jack Valenti is on the same side as Lessig. Read Koman for the details.

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edventure

Press Robot, January 10th, 2003

Who Controls Information?,” ” By Kevin Werbach.

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Cátedra Procesamiento de Datos

Press Robot, January 10th, 2003

Creative Commons” in Spanish.

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Neural.it

Press Robot, January 10th, 2003

Creative Commons, licenze per distribuire gratuitamente e tutelare il proprio lavoro.

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Echoes-Online.de

Press Robot, January 10th, 2003

Neue Rechte für neue Zeiten,” by Julian Finn.

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En.Red.Ando

Press Robot, January 10th, 2003

Creative Commons y la profundidad del copyright,” in Spanish.

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Doctorow’s Down and Out Released Today

Glenn Otis Brown, January 9th, 2003

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, the first novel by blogger, cultural critic, and Electronic Frontier Foundation wonk Cory Doctorow, entered the world today. Wired‘s Mark Frauenfelder calls Down and Out “the most entertaining and exciting science fiction story I’ve read in the last few years,” and Bruce Sterling declares, “Science fiction needs Cory Doctorow!”

Doctorow has published Down and Out under a Creative Commons license.

Read our interview with the author — our latest Featured Commoner.

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The Many Faces of the Music Biz

Glenn Otis Brown, January 8th, 2003

“People are always looking for what side to be on, and there isn’t just one side. . . . I think we’re looking for a kinder, gentler, more equitable model where more people can make a living off of this stuff.”

The wise words of Jenny Toomey, musician, policy wonk, and Executive Director of the Future of Music Coalition. A nice piece in Wired News sums up FMC’s brilliant, third-annual summit in Washington this week.

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“And now you’re gonna have to get . . . used to it.”

Glenn Otis Brown, January 8th, 2003

One more from today’s cosmic copyright coincidence file:

Some of These Bootleggers, They Make Pretty Good Stuff” — a Salon piece on Bob Dylan and “the hidden industry he (unwittingly) helped create.” Thought-provoking.

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