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Creative Commons and New World Notes Present Judge Richard A. Posner in Second Life

Jennifer Yip, December 6th, 2006

San Francisco, CA, USA — December 5, 2006
Creative Commons and New World Notes are pleased to sponsor a conversation with Judge Richard A. Posner in the virtual world of Second Life on December 7, 2006 at 6-8pm PST. Second Life is an online society in a 3D world, where users can explore, build, socialize, and participate in their own economy. Visit this SLurl to launch the Second Life application and link to Creative Commons’ virtual headquarters, where the event will take place.

Judge Richard A. Posner is a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School and a judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He will log into Second Life as an avatar crafted in his likeness to discuss his new book, Not a Suicide Pact: The Constitution in a Time of National Emergency. In his book, Judge Posner discusses the role of constitutional law and government conduct as it relates to enforcing national security and adjusting civil liberties in a time of heightened terrorist watch.

After a brief discussion between discussion moderator James Au (AKA “Hamlet Au” in Second Life) and Judge Posner, the audience will have a chance to ask questions. Judge Posner will also sign virtual copies of his book.

To attend the event, register for a free Second Life account and download the software at SecondLife.com. Please RSVP to Jennifer Yip (AKA “Genevieve Junot” in Second Life) via SL IM or email her directly at jennifer@creativecommons.org with your Second Life first and last name. Space is limited to the first 100 people who respond. For those who cannot attend, the conversation’s transcript will be made available on James Au’s blog, New World Notes.

About New World Notes

New World Notes is the blog run by James Au (AKA “Hamlet Au” in Second Life). In NWN, Au and his contributing writers document the controversial and innovative happenings of the virtual society in Second Life. Au also currently contracts for Creative Commons to help promote and coordinate in-world events that highlight CC-licensed work by SL creators.

About Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2001, that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works—whether owned or in the public domain. Creative Commons licences provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators that build upon the “all rights reserved” concept of traditional copyright to offer a voluntary “some rights reserved” approach. It is sustained by the generous support of various organizations including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Omidyar Network, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation as well as members of the public. For general information, visit creativecommons.org.

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Wagner James Au
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Office Manager, Creative Commons
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MAGNATUNE FOUNDER JOHN BUCKMAN JOINS CREATIVE COMMONS BOARD

Eric Steuer, November 15th, 2006

MAGNATUNE FOUNDER JOHN BUCKMAN JOINS CREATIVE COMMONS BOARD

San Francisco, CA, USA — November 16, 2006

Creative Commons today announced that Magnatune Records founder John Buckman has joined the organization’s board of directors.

Buckman’s appointment is a reflection of Creative Commons’ growing interest in commercial applications of CC’s licenses and principles. Buckman’s business — Magnatune Records — is an Internet-based record label that uses Creative Commons licensing to gain wider audiences for its music. Magnatune currently represents over 220 recording artists and released its 500th album in October 2006.

“I’m thrilled that Creative Commons has asked me to contribute at this level,” says Buckman. “Through Magnatune I’ve been trying to show how the commons can help businesses succeed in a commercial sense. I have a lot to say about how CC principles can be applied successfully to the for-profit world.”

“The next challenge for CC is to figure out how the sharing economy can complement a traditional commercial economy,” says Lawrence Lessig, Creative Commons’ CEO. “John’s expertise in this area will be hugely beneficial.”

Buckman also recently founded Bookmooch.com, an online community for exchanging used books. The site allows people to exchange their used books via post, and Buckman is currently working on ways to reward authors when their book is traded. If successful, Bookmooch will have the world’s first royalty system for used books.

Discussion of Buckman’s appointment to the Creative Commons board came on the heels of a recent visit to Tokyo for the New Context conference, where Buckman and Lessig met to discuss in depth how Creative Commons licensing models could be applied to commercial ventures.

About John Buckman and Magnatune

John Buckman is founder and owner of Magnatune.com, a online record label he launched May of 2003 with the motto “We are not evil.” Since that time, he has signed over 220 artists and sells their music directly from the Magnatune site through online downloads and print-on-demand CDs, as well as an innovative licensing tool that allows filmmakers and other creative professionals to license music for use in commercial projects directly from the Magnatune site. Known for his progressive take on label operations, Buckman emphasizes an anti-DRM stance and a musician-friendly approach that includes forming non-exclusive agreements with recording artists, sharing profits equally with them, and allowing them to retain full rights to their own music. Buckman is also a well-known figure in the open-source community and successfully applies both open source and Creative Commons-based principles to ensure the entire Magnatune catalog is heard by the widest possible audience. John divides his time between London and Berkeley, CA and is married to classical and electronic musician Jan Hanford Buckman.

About Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2001, that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works—whether owned or in the public domain. Creative Commons licences provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators that build upon the “all rights reserved” concept of traditional copyright to offer a voluntary “some rights reserved” approach. It is sustained by the generous support of various organizations including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Omidyar Network, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation as well as members of the public. For general information, visit http://creativecommons.org

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Shannon Coulter
Director of Artists & Repertoire, Magnatune
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CREATIVE COMMONS, XLR8R MAGAZINE, AND GHOSTLY INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCE THE CHRISTOPHER WILLITS REMIX CONTEST ON CCMIXTER.ORG

Eric Steuer, November 15th, 2006

CREATIVE COMMONS, XLR8R MAGAZINE, AND GHOSTLY INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCE THE CHRISTOPHER WILLITS / “COLORS SHIFTING” REMIX CONTEST ON CCMIXTER.ORG

Winning Remix to Be Featured on Upcoming Compilation CD Released by XLR8R Magazine

San Francisco, CA, USA — November 15, 2006

Creative Commons, XLR8R Magazine, and Ghostly International are pleased to announce that the Christopher Willits / “Colors Shifting” Remix Contest is now taking place now at ccMixter. Visit http://ccmixter.org/ghostly for contest information, rules, and audio sources.

Ghostly International artist Christopher Willits — a Bay Area-based musician and multimedia artist — is offering the audio source files from the song “Colors Shifting” online under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license, so that producers worldwide can use the sounds in remixes and new compositions. The general public is invited to download these tracks and create their own versions, appropriate elements in new compositions, and generally use the elements for any noncommercial creative expression.

Christopher Willits will select the best remix. The winning remix will be included on an XLR8R Incite CD compilation, which will be included in copies of a future issue of XLR8R Magazine.

To enter, download the separated audio elements of Christopher Willits’ “Colors Shifting” and upload a remix to ccMixter between November 29, 2006 and December 27, 2006. All entries must be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 license. Under this license, the public may legally make copies of, distribute, and create derivative works from the remixes – as long as the original authors are credited and the uses are not for commercial purposes.

Quotes about the Christopher Willits / “Colors Shifting” Remix Contest:

Christopher Willits:
“Creative Commons is helping artists forge new paths through the grey areas of digital ownership, allowing us to find appropriate boundaries of sharing our work that does not exclude creative interpretation and replication. I’m honored to be wortking with ccMixter and super excited to hear what everyone comes up with.”

Jeff Owens, label manager of Ghostly International:
“Ghostly is excited to be a part of the remix contest. Creative Commons brings fans even closer to the artist and the musical process.”

Ken Taylor, managing editor of XLR8R Magazine:
“XLR8R is totally stoked to be a part of ccMixter’s remix contest, as we share with Creative Commons the philosophy that artists – not companies – should maintain the greatest amount of control in how music is used and what it might become.”

About Christopher Willits

Christopher Willits is a musician and multimedia artist located in San Francisco, California. Striking a delicate balance between acoustic and electronic sounds and systems, Willits manages to defy genre distinctions while still defining a sound unto his own. His numerous solo releases cover a broad spectrum of musical styles, and include one main commonality: Willits’ unique use of the guitar with custom-made signal processing. This home-brewed software, along with Willits’ 6-string prowess, generates a unique real-time mixture of improvised melody and rhythm. On his breakthrough LP, Surf Boundaries, Willits merges the patterns of his signature guitar sound with treated strings, brass and five-part vocal harmonies for a sonic vision that draws upon elements of shoegaze, jazz, ambient and noise. The San Francisco Weekly named Willits “the center cell of a rather complex indie rock-avant-garde electronic art Venn diagram.”

About Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2001, that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works—whether owned or in the public domain. Creative Commons licences provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators that build upon the “all rights reserved” concept of traditional copyright to offer a voluntary “some rights reserved” approach. It is sustained by the generous support of various organizations including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Omidyar Network, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation as well as members of the public. For general information, visit http://creativecommons.org.

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Creative Commons Launches Photo Contest on Flickr

Melissa Reeder, November 8th, 2006

Creative Commons Launches Photo Contest on Flickr

Winners’ Photos to Be Featured on CC Postcards; Winners Can Also Choose a CC Board Member to Record a Personalized Outgoing Voicemail Message

San Francisco, CA — November 8, 2006

Today, Creative Commons announced the launch of the first CC Swag Photo Contest on Flickr. The contest is part of Creative Commons’ Annual Fundraising Campaign and runs through December 18, 2006. Contest information and rules can be found on Creative Commons support page.

The CC Swag photo contest challenges people to creatively photograph Creative Commons T-shirts, buttons, stickers, and other promotional items (all available at CC’s online store) and enter their photos by uploading them to the Flickr group CCSwagcontest06.

Two winners, as chosen by Creative Commons staff, will have their photos used on Creative Commons’ informational postcards, which will be distributed internationally to promote CC and the winning photographers. Winners will receive 100 copies of the postcard that features their photo. The winners will also be able to choose a Creative Commons board member to record a personalized outgoing voicemail announcement.

About Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2001, that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works—whether owned or in the public domain. Creative Commons licences provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators that build upon the “all rights reserved” concept of traditional copyright to offer a voluntary “some rights reserved” approach. It is sustained by the generous support of various organizations including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Omidyar Network, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation as well as members of the public. For general information, visit their website.

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Melissa Reeder
Development Coordinator, Creative Commons
melissa@creativecommons.org

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Creative Commons Taps Revver to Launch New Viral Video Fundraising Model

Melissa Reeder, November 1st, 2006

Creative Commons Taps Revver to Launch New
Viral Video Fundraising Model

Nonprofit Organization Uses Online Video Sharing to Raise Money

San Francisco, CA and Los Angeles, CA – 10/31/06 – Today, Creative Commons announced that it will be the first non-profit organization to raise money through online video sharing. Revver, the first marketplace for viral videos, will host, track and monetize Creative Commons’ videos as they are viewed across the Internet during the organization’s 2006 fundraising campaign, which began in October and lasts until December 31, 2006. In support of Creative Commons, Revver will donate its share of the advertising revenue generated to the organization.

Beginning today, Creative Commons will use Revver to monetize several of its popular online videos as part of its second annual fundraising campaign. Generally, once Revver matches a video with an ad, it tracks the video as it is viewed across the Internet and shares the advertising revenue generated with the creator and the syndicator who distributes the video. However, throughout Creative Commons’2006 fundraising campaign, Revver will donate its share of the revenue to the organization. Revver currently uses Creative Commons’ free licenses to allow its users to share videos across the Internet while retaining their rights as copyright holders.

“With Creative Commons’ licenses, we’ve created an unbeatable scenario for video creators. Revver allows them to use the Internet as a platform, not just for distribution but for remuneration too, all while ensuring they retain ownership of their work,” said Steven Starr, Founder and CEO of Revver, Inc. “Supporting Creative Commons is really a pleasure since we both care deeply about the same creative community.”

Last year, Creative Commons raised more than $250,000 during its first campaign. This year, the viral videos, which illustrate the organization’s history and mission and explain how to use its licenses, will complement existing fundraising efforts, including direct donations to Creative Commons, purchases at the organization’s online store, and posting of the “Support CC 2006″ button on third party websites.

“This is a cool hack of the advertising model: Our supporters can support us by getting others to watch our videos,” said Lawrence Lessig, CEO and Chairman of Creative Commons. “Using CC’s licenses and Revver’s platform, people can help us raise money by freely and legally sharing creative work. We’re proud to be the first organization to collaborate with Revver in this way.”

The Creative Commons videos are also available without any advertising. However, because Revver can track videos as they are shared across the Internet, the organization is encouraging its supporters to support its fundraising efforts by spreading the “Revverized” versions. Creative Commons will further encourage sharing by uploading the videos to multiple websites, including: the Creative Commons website, its myspace page and Revver.

About Revver

Revver is the first online service that truly leverages the viral power of the Internet to create a marketplace for online videos. Revver matches individual videos with advertising, encourages video sharing and then uses its proprietary technology to track videos as they are viewed across the Internet. By rewarding users with a percentage of the advertising revenue generated, Revver creates a virtual marketplace for online video. Revver’s contextual advertising capabilities also connect advertisers to specific demographics with a unique collaborative learning algorithm, which maximizes ad performance.

About Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2001, that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works—whether owned or in the public domain. Creative Commons licences provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators that build upon the “all rights reserved” concept of traditional copyright to offer a voluntary “some rights reserved” approach. It is sustained by the generous support of various organizations including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Omidyar Network, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation as well as members of the public. For general information, visit http://creativecommons.org

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Betsy Damus
Edelman for Revver
Betsy.damus@edelman.com
323-202-1068

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Creative Commons Launches 2nd Annual Fundraising Campaign

Melissa Reeder, October 18th, 2006

Creative Commons Launches 2nd Annual Fundraising Campaign

San Francisco, USA — October 17, 2006

Creative Commons has just launched its 2nd Annual Fundraising Campaign.

The second annual campaign features new support pages on the Creative Commons website which offer new swag including a new T-shirt design, new vinyl stickers and hipster CC buttons. In addition, bloggers and others with an online presence can incorporate “Support CC 2006” buttons into their site. More details about the campaign can be found here. CC has also launched a new Creative Commons store where you can purchase the “Commoner Shirt” and the new “Support Your Favorite Licenses” shirts, which showcase the different Creative Commons license icons, so that people can choose the shirt that corresponds with their favorite license.

Another feature of this campaign are the letters that Creative Commons CEO and Chairman – Lawrence Lessig – will be writing to anyone subscribed to this list. This series of 6 email letters will address what Creative Commons has achieved over the past 12 months and what the organization plans to achieve over the next 12 with the help of the funds raised during this campaign. Lessig will be featuring stories from the CC communities in different jurisdictions around the world in order to actualize what’s happening internationally. To date, Creative Commons licenses have been ported to over 30 jurisdictions around the world.

“With the number of Creative Commons licenses reaching 145 million this year, CC has demonstrated that many authors and artists around the world invite use and reuse of their creativity,” said CEO & Chairman Lawrence Lessig, “This fundraising campaign allows Creative Commons secure valuable support needed to allow us to continue to serve and enable the interests of these authors and artists and the general public who benefits from flexibly licensed content.”

Last year Creative Commons raised over US$250,000. This year it hopes to raise $300,000 to continue work on their ongoing projects and to initiate new and exciting endeavors.

About Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2001, that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works—whether owned or in the public domain. Creative Commons licences provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators that build upon the “all rights reserved” concept of traditional copyright to offer a voluntary “some rights reserved” approach. It is sustained by the generous support of various organizations including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Omidyar Network, theHewlett Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation as well as members of the public. For general information, please visit our website.

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Palast Productions Announces Armed Madhouse Remix Contest

Eric Steuer, September 28th, 2006

Palast Productions Announces Armed Madhouse Remix Contest: Excerpts From Audiobook of Greg Palast’s New York Times Bestseller Offered Under Creative Commons License

New York, USA — September 28, 2006

The Palast Investigative Fund, Palast Productions, Creative Commons, Alternative Tentacles Records, and Air America Radio are proud to present the Armed Madhouse Remix Contest, taking place now at gregpalast.com/remix.

The Palast Investigative Fund is offering tracks from the audiobook of Greg Palast’s New York Times bestselling book Armed Madhouse online under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license, so that remixes can easily be created for the contest.

Armed Madhouse: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the Class War was written by the award-winning BBC investigative reporter Greg Palast. Guest readers on the audiobook include a wide range of celebrities including Ed Asner, Larry David, Janeane Garofalo, and Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys. Other readers include progressive political journalists, commentators, and activists like Jim Hightower, Amy Goodman, Medea Benjamin, and Randi Rhodes.

Major artists including Eminem and Moby have created songs and mixes inspired by Greg Palast’s investigations. Now the general public has a chance to use Palast’s words in their own remixes.

The winners, who will be chosen by the public and celebrity judges, will receive prizes which include exposure on Air America Radio, Simon and Schuster’s and Greg Palast’s websites, as well as featured placement on Palast Productions’ upcoming spoken word CD produced by Jello Biafra’s label, Alternative Tentacles.

Submissions will be accepted through October 30th, 2006. Winners will be announced on Friday, November 3rd 2006.

About Greg Palast

Greg Palast is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Armed Madhouse (Penguin 2006). When Palast, an investigator of corporate fraud and racketeering, turned his skills to journalism, he was quickly recognized as, “The most important investigative reporter of our time” [Tribune Magazine] in Britain, where his first reports appeared on BBC television and in the Guardian newspapers.

About Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2001, that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works—whether owned or in the public domain. Creative Commons licences provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators that build upon the “all rights reserved” concept of traditional copyright to offer a voluntary “some rights reserved” approach. It is sustained by the generous support of various organizations including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Omidyar Network, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation as well as members of the public. For general information, visit http://creativecommons.org

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Christy Speicher
Palast Productions
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Eric Steuer
Creative Director, Creative Commons
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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Launches Free Classical Music Podcast – “The Concert” – Under a Creative Commons License

Eric Steuer, September 14th, 2006

Museum offers unreleased live performances by notable musicians and emerging young artists for free download and file sharing

BOSTON, MA, USA — September 14, 2006

Starting today, everyone who visits the website of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will be able to download free classical music and share it with anyone, anywhere.

“The Concert,” the museum’s new classical music podcast, features unreleased live performances by master musicians and talented young artists recorded from the museum’s Sunday Concert Series, the nation’s longest-running museum music series. Today, the museum posts the first in a series of 45-minute podcasts, including music by Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, and Chopin for solo piano, orchestra, string quartet, and voice. A new podcast will be posted on the 1st and 15th of every month, and users will be able to subscribe to receive free, automatic updates delivered directly to their computers or mp3 players.

With this podcast, the Gardner Museum also breaks new ground, becoming the first art museum to encourage sharing and free distribution of its online programming by using a “some rights reserved” copyright license from Creative Commons. On the website, links to the Music Sharing license encourage users to freely share the music they download in “The Concert,” making the Gardner Museum one of the few early adopters of flexible copyright in licensing classical music.

“By sharing its renowned classical music performances with all the world under a Creative Commons license, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum embraces its public, expands its reach, and steps into the future,” said Eric Saltzman, a Creative Commons founder and board member. “Creative Commons got its start across the river in Cambridge, so we’re especially pleased that the museum looked to CC to make “The Concert” series freely available online.”

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School has worked with the museum to address legal issues relating to podcasting music and using Creative Commons licenses for podcasts.

“To be able to support the artists who perform here and, at the same time, to expand the reach of classical music is very exciting,” says Gardner Museum Music Director Scott Nickrenz. “By using podcasting technology, and with the full support of the artists, we’re going to be able, for the first time, to offer free recordings of great classical music to anyone who wants to listen, wherever they want to listen.”

The podcast is a modern continuation of the museum’s long history of supporting young artists. Artists heard in this first season of “The Concert” run the gamut from young chamber musicians to established solo pianists. The artists whose performances are featured in “The Concert” include: the Borromeo String Quartet, the Claremont Trio, violinist Corey Cerovsek, the Gardner Chamber Orchestra with conductor Douglas Boyd, harpsichordist John Gibbons, violist Kim Kashkashian, Musicians from Marlboro, flutist Paula Robison, baritone Randall Scarlata, and pianists Jeremy Denk, Paavali Jumppanen, Cecile Licad, and Seymour Lipkin. Artist and composer bios are available on the website.

“This is a great opportunity, not just for the musicians involved, but for listeners, too,” says pianist Jeremy Denk, one of the musicians heard in “The Concert” and the author of the blog Think Denk. “For such a long time, the only way to get a recording out was to go through established channels of distribution, and even then, it’s rare that a classical record is widely available. The internet has really changed that. Projects like this support new voices in classical music, and create new opportunities for audiences to hear them.”

“I don’t think Isabella Gardner could have imagined all the incredible innovations of the past century, but at its heart this podcast is a continuation of her vision for the museum, and of her spirit of adventure and creativity in supporting artists,” says Anne Hawley, Norma Jean Calderwood Director of the Gardner Museum.

The title “The Concert” is in part an homage to the Gardner Museum’s treasured Vermeer painting “The Concert,” stolen in 1990.

“THE CONCERT”: WHAT’S INSIDE

“The Concert” strives to make classical music accessible to many different kinds of listeners. Rather than re-broadcasting complete concerts, each podcast features selections from the museum’s recording archives, paired in a way that draws interesting connections between pieces and offers variety. In a single podcast, a listener may hear a Schubert song and a string quartet, or a Mozart violin sonata and a concerto. Brief introductions place the music in context for listeners. Those interested in additional information about composers or artists featured in the podcast can find bios and links on the podcast website.

The podcast is also a first step towards building a free online classical music library on the museum’s website. Each musical work featured in “The Concert” will be archived to this virtual library, sorted by performer and composer. As it grows, the library will be a resource for free classical music that can be shared with listeners around the world.

BREAKING NEW GROUND WITH CREATIVE COMMONS

All podcasts in “The Concert” are offered under a Music Sharing license from Creative Commons, meaning that users are free “to download, copy, file-share, trade, distribute, and publicly perform (e.g. webcast)” the podcast for any noncommercial purpose. The Gardner Museum’s choice to allow free sharing is a first for an art museum.

“As soon as I heard that this was an option, I knew it was the right thing for us to do,” says Scott Nickrenz. “If we’re serious about getting this music out there, we need to allow people to spread the word. Whether that means using peer-to-peer file sharing or burning a CD and sending it to your grandparents, we want people to be able to share this music in a way that works for them, using the power of the internet to spread classical music.”

The Clinical Program in Cyberlaw at Harvard’s Berkman Center (http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/home/clinical) provided support and legal counsel for the project. “This has been an exciting collaboration for us,” explains John Palfrey, Executive Director of the Berkman Center and Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. “We’re big believers in combining the innovative use of technology with the freedoms offered by a Creative Commons license to help increase everyone’s access to information, knowledge and music, like these terrific Gardner concert recordings.”


MUSIC AT THE GARDNER MUSEUM

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is home to the oldest museum music program in the country. From September through May, the museum hosts weekly Sunday concerts. The Sunday Concert Series features renowned musicians, and the Young Artists Showcase presents outstanding emerging artists. Composer Portraits features adventurous young performers playing the music of 20th- and 21st-century composers. Live performances from the Gardner Museum are heard frequently on radio, locally on WGBH radio and nationally on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today.”

Isabella Stewart Gardner established a legacy of music with the creation of her museum. Boston Symphony Orchestra members performed on opening night, January 1st, 1903. Isabella Stewart Gardner also supported established and emerging young musicians, including Margaret Ruthven Lang, the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s first female member. The music program at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum was formally established 79 years ago.

About the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is a work of art itself. Housed in a Venetian-inspired palace, turned inside-out and surrounding an ever-changing courtyard garden, the museum’s collection spans more than 30 centuries and features artworks by Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, Degas and Sargent. Continuing the legacy of its founder, changing contemporary and historic exhibitions, the oldest museum music program in the country, seasonal courtyard garden displays, annual free days, visiting contemporary artists and innovative school and community partnerships enrich the permanent collection and provide ongoing inspiration for all.

About Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2001, that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works—whether owned or in the public domain. Creative Commons licences provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators that build upon the “all rights reserved” concept of traditional copyright to offer a voluntary “some rights reserved” approach. It is sustained by the generous support of various organizations including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Omidyar Network, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation as well as members of the public. For general information, visit http://creativecommons.org

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Charlotte Landrum
Podcast Project Manager & Marketing Associate, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Phone: 617.278.5106
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Creative Director, Creative Commons
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Creative Commons Sponsored Software ccHost Releases Version 3.0

Jon Phillips, September 8th, 2006

San Francisco, USA – September 8, 2006

Creative Commons, a nonprofit organization that provides flexible
copyright licenses for authors and artists along with the Creative
Commons Developer Community released the ccHost 3.0 today. ccHost is an
Open Source web-based media sharing software. This major feature release
comes on the heals of winning the Linux Journal Linux World Expo Award
for “Best Open Source Solution” and combines approximately five months of
development, usage, and testing into packages that anyone may download,
install, and use to empower on-line media sharing communities. This
release builds upon ccHost’s novel support of collaboration, sharing,
and storage of multi-media using the different Creative Commons licenses
and metadata.

These features most notably show up and are tested in Creative Commons’
project, ccMixter (www.ccmixter.org), a popular on-line social network
service that supports legal music sharing and remixing. ccHost is the
Open Source Software engine powering ccmixter.org and which anyone may
download, install, and use to freely build media sharing communities.

Ryan Lerch, a developer from the project Open Clip Art Library
(www.openclipart.org) says, “the new release of ccHost now includes
features that we have wanted for some time. It now integrates powerful
features that will enhance both the usability and efficiency of the Open
Clip Art Library and will help us immensely in our goal of creating
a comprehensive library of public domain clip art.” The Open Clip Art
Library is but one of several projects moving their projects to use the
solid infrastructure ccHost provides.

Major features in this release include native forums, infrastructure to
support multiple languages, and an e-mail notification system. ccHost
has replaced its dependency on phpbb2 with native fully-functioning
hierarchical forums. They are totally integrated with user profiles and
administrators may specifically control them.

ccHost now supports multiple languages. There is new integration of
the standard Open Source GNU gettext-based multi-language support
tools. This allows for initial support for Italian, German, Mainland
Chinese, Taiwanese Chinese, and Brazilian Portuguese in addition to
English. The project encourages others to get involved in order to
translate ccHost into more local languages.

A user-requested feature now implemented is e-mail notifications. It
allows registered users to get e-mail whey they have been reviewed,
rated, remixed, or when someone else has uploaded a file and they want
to be alerted.

Other important features include recent reviews for the sidebars, the
‘How I Did It’ browser sorting, and tons of statistics. Stats include
number of reviews for uploads, an overview of forum messages, and times
remixed, all to help a community know about itself. ccHost also supports
XSPF 1.0 playlists as feeds, basic support for the new getid3 SVG module,
and dumping of content from ccHost to a large feed file format (useful
for search engines and external parsing).

ccHost makes the lives of administrators much easier by adding an
FTP-less file manager, a Bayesian rating scheme, sub-navigation tabs,
spam flood protection, and setting of file-permissions. External to
the core ccHost application are also several command line scripts
which admins can use to powerfully help them in their maintenance
of an installation. Of particular note is the inclusion of code from
Brazil-based Bruno Dilly’s Google Summer of Code project into a tool
called “publishcchost” which allows one to publish a file to any ccHost
installation from the command line.

This release also focuses on addressing compatibility with modern ways
software is installed on the web. ccHost 3.0 fully supports PHP 5 and
has been tested thoroughly in shared hosting setups on Dreamhost and
Freedesktop.org. Also, one outstanding bug has been squashed in that
ccHost does not require getid3 for installation.

The ccHost development community encourages new developers to
contribute to the project. The future of ccHost is bright with upcoming
development focusing on user and admin requests for features like further
generalization of media support, better tools to support social networking
features, and further language support.

Chat with other developers on channel #cc on
irc.freenode.org, join the project mailing list
(https://lists.sourceforge.net/mailman/listinfo/cctools-cchost), and
edit the project wiki page to help shape this project’s future direction
(http://wiki.creativecommons.org/wiki/ccHost).

Project Website

http://wiki.creativecommons.org/wiki/ccHost

ccHost Download

http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?
group_id=80503&package_id=156675

Feature Requests

https://sourceforge.net/tracker/?group_id=80503&atid=559969

Bug Reports

https://sourceforge.net/tracker/?atid=559966&group_id=80503&func=browse

Roadmap (Project Timeline)

http://wiki.creativecommons.org/CcHost_Roadmap

About ccHost

The goal of this project is to spread media content that is licensed
under Creative Commons throughout the web in much the same way that
weblogs spread CC licensed text. ccHost is web-based infrastructure that
may be used to host and allow for commenting, remixing, and distribution
globally. The more installations of ccHost and its variations, the more
content there will be available for enjoyment and artistic re-use in a
sane and legal setting. ccHost is what is used for the infamous Creative
Commons ccMixter project, which supports legal media sharing and remixing.

About Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that promotes the creative
re-use of intellectual and artistic works – whether owned or in the
public domain. Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of
protections and freedoms that build upon the “all rights reserved” concept
of traditional copyright to offer a voluntary “some rights reserved”
approach. Creative Commons is sustained by the generous support of various
foundations including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation,
the Omidyar Network Fund, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Rockefeller
Foundation, as well as members of the public.

For general information, visit http://creativecommons.org/.

Contact

Jon Phillips Developer, ccHost jon@creativecommons.org

Press Kit

http://creativecommons.org/presskit

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DROPPING KNOWLEDGE USES CREATIVE COMMONS IN ITS KNOWLEDGE-SHARING INITIATIVE

Mia Garlick, September 8th, 2006

San Francisco, USA, Berlin, Germany, September 8, 2006

Creative Commons is pleased to announce that dropping knowledge, the not-for-profit initiative that offers a global knowledge portal and dialogue forum on its website will use Creative Commons’ licenses for its innovative online resource.

On September 9, 2006, 112 creative thinkers, ranging from artists, writers and scientists to philosophers, politicians and activists, will gather in Berlin, Germany, around the world’s biggest round-table — “The Table of Free Voices” — to simultaneously answer 100 of the most pressing questions that have been raised by people from around the world. Their digitally recorded answers will provide the foundation of a new web platform designed to promote dialogue and social change.

In order to make the resulting audiovisual footage in its online resource free to share for everyone, dropping knowledge decided to publish the 11,200 answers under Creative Commons licenses. Users of the dropping knowledge web platform will be able to freely access, share and remix the recorded answers from participants as diverse as filmmaker Wim Wenders, Chinese human rights activist Harry Wu and the Greek evolutionary biologist Elisabet Sahtouris as well as many more inspiring thinkers.

Creative Commons’ licenses offer a way to legally share and remix content and, consequently, are a logical solution for and enabler of dropping knowledge’s philosophy that sharing knowledge is key to a global dialogue.

dropping knowledge’s freely accessible web-platform invites the global public to ask and answer questions, exchange viewpoints and ideas and join in conversation of global social topics. It aims to become a knowledge-resource for individuals, schools, universities, NGOs and the media, as well as socially minded businesses, foundations and organizations the world over.

About dropping knowledge

A non-profit initative with offices in Berlin and San Francisco, dropping knowledge operates as an international non-governmental organization with 100% stakeholder perspective. A public resource, it cannot be owned and is freely accessible to all for all time. dropping knowledge’s Founding Partner is the Allianz Group. Its Founding Supporters are the Mark & Sharon Bloome Fund and the Wallace Global Fund.

For general information, visit the dropping knowledge website.

About Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2001, that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works—whether owned or in the public domain. Creative Commons licences provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators that build upon the “all rights reserved” concept of traditional copyright to offer a voluntary “some rights reserved” approach. It is sustained by the generous support of various organizations including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Omidyar Network, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation as well as members of the public.

For general information, visit the group’s website.

Contact

Christiane Henckel von Donnersmarck

Executive Director, Creative Commons International, Creative Commons

Email

Press Kit

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