The Flipside of iTunes?

“[B]ecause of the discrete selling and buying of music, digital single by digital single, that iTunes and its kin will foster, we can expect a decline in music bundling, and thus in risk-taking and its shy companion, innovation.” A thought-provoking piece by Sahar Akhtar in Salon today. Akhtar predicts that iTunes-like services will lead to … Read More “The Flipside of iTunes?”

Harry Potter: Fan Fiction Friendly?

The Washington Post ran a piece today on Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling’s views on fan fiction. Quoted in the piece are our own Hal Abelson, a Creative Commons board member and chief technical advisor, and the EFF‘s Wendy Seltzer.

Avianto's photolog

This week’s featured content is Boy Avianto of Jakarta, Indonesia’s fantastic photolog. It features all sorts of shots from daily life in Jakarta, including interesting views of the area, macro photos of plants, and pets.

A Call for Translated Commons Deeds

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 … Read More “A Call for Translated Commons Deeds”

And . . . Japanese Comics

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

Finnish Comics

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?

iCommons Japan

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.

Creative Commons Welcomes Joi Ito to Board of Directors

San Francisco- and Tokyo-based venture capitalist, technologist, and policy expert joins leadership of the Silicon Valley nonprofit Palo Alto, USA — Creative Commons, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to expanding the world of reusable content online, announced today that Joichi Ito has joined its Board of Directors. Ito is a venture capitalist, technologist, and internationally popular … Read More “Creative Commons Welcomes Joi Ito to Board of Directors”

Paul Ford on the Public Domain

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.