Prix Ars Electronica Pictures 2004

Roland, January 18th, 2005

Last year, Creative Commons was awarded the Golden Nica by the organizers of the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria.

Some great pictures conveying a sense of the award ceremony’s atmosphere have been put online and can be found here.

There are also some webcasts of CC contributions to the Austrian launch conference (by Joi Ito, the Austrian team and myself).

Last Saturday, we had occasion to recall the event when Cornelia Sollfrank, an artist, film-maker and former Ars Electronica jury member, visited the Creative Commons office in Berlin to do an interview with Christiane for her new documentary on CC. Thanks are due to Cornelia, for all her interest and support for our cause.

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Creative Commons at Australia Launch

Neeru Paharia, January 15th, 2005

I’ll be at the Creative Commons Australia launch next week at the Queensland University of Technology, as well as making brief visits to Melbourne and Sydney. I’d love to visit with any organizations or groups interested in Creative Commons while I’m there. Drop me a line if you’re around and would like to discuss Creative Commons in Australia.

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London Commons

Mike Linksvayer, January 13th, 2005

Own It is a new service which offers free intellectual property advice for London’s creative people. They’ve published an excellent six page Creative Commons factsheet, which is itself licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license and provides a working demonstration of giving reused work attribution (see footnote, page 2).

They’re also offering a free seminar for film, video and TV professionals on January 25: Creative Commons, copyright, contracts.. and you!

Hosted by Channel 4’s IDEASFACTORY, this free Own It talk for film, video and TV professionals covers copyright and design law for film, video and TV businesses, including a special overview of the new Creative Commons licences and how they can be applied to the film, TV and new media industry.

As of this writing, 73 of 84 seats are already taken. Better hurry if you’re in London.

Links via Rob Myers, who effuses:

The CC weblog is an amazing
resource. Well worth a place in your RSS
reader:

http://creativecommons.org/weblog

And if you can spare any
money at all, do help support CC. They are doing an excellent job, and their
t-shirts are cool :-)

http://creativecommons.org/support/

Thanks Rob!

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Al Gore & Science Commons

Glenn Otis Brown, January 13th, 2005

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A surprise visitor, one Al Gore, dropped in on our landlord and friend Mitch Kapor today, and we commoners took the opportunity to tell the former Vice President about Creative Commons and Science Commons. When Mark Resch presented Mr. Gore with a new Science Commons t-shirt and explained the concept, Gore said that it reminded him of something called the Public Library of Science. When we told him that PLoS is, indeed, under a Creative Commons license, he said, “Well, now, good for you.”

Nice guy, that Al Gore, and impressively in-the-know.

Above, Neeru Paharia with Al Gore. Below, our new CEO Mark Resch and me with the former VP and Senator.

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Patently Open Science

Mike Linksvayer, January 12th, 2005

MIT Technology Review just published an article that nicely ties together three related news items: IBM’s release of 500 patents for use in open source developments, Bill Gates’s “communist” screed, and Science Commons.

The article misleads on one point:

The Creative Commons licenses allow writers, artists and musicians to put their work into the public domain while still retaining some rights to how it is used and redistributed.

Creators retain their copyright with a Creative Commons license. Dedication to the public domain is a separate option. Here’s what our choose a license app says:

With a Creative Commons license, you keep your copyright but allow people to copy and distribute your work provided they give you credit — and only on the conditions you specify here. If you want to offer your work with no conditions, choose the public domain.

Despite this quibble, the article is a good read, particularly if you (or a friend) haven’t followed these recent events. Read it now. We live in interesting times!

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Invitation: CC Germany and CC Austria Licence Uptake Network Event

Roland, January 12th, 2005

The CC project leads of Austria and Germany cordially invite all active CC supporters – as well as those who would like to get involved in the future – to attend a workshop on how to promote CC licence uptake in the German-speaking countries. The workshop will take place on 20th January 2005 in Berlin.

The preliminary agenda of the meeting can be found on the German CC mailing-list. You can subscribe to the list here.

Organisatorisches:

Ort: Creative Commons International Office,
Gipsstr. 12, 10119 Berlin, Tel. 030 – 27874087

Anmeldung und weitere Informationen über:

Ellen Euler, Mitarbeiterin am Institut für Informationsrecht, Prof. Dr. Thomas Dreier, Uni Karlsruhe, Project Lead Deutschland, Tel. 0721-2042709, E-mail: euler@ira.uka.de

Anmeldeschluss: 19.01.2005

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download-culture.org

Roland, January 12th, 2005

Yesterday evening iCommons was invited to give a lecture about CC at download-culture.org, a student-run initiative of the University of Luneburg, Germany.

Chiming in with current discussion in other countries, I was subjected to an interesting exchange about the role collecting societies should play in affording authors and musicians greater individual choice with regard to the precise terms under which they license their works.

The talk’s webcast will be archived on download-culture.org. Many thanks to the enthusiastic organizers of the event.

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WordPress CC

Mike Linksvayer, January 11th, 2005


Firas has created a Creative Commons plugin for WordPress, perhaps the most popular open source blog software.

Now you can add a CC license to your WordPress blog with just a few clicks.

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Free Culture Festival Zagreb

Mike Linksvayer, January 10th, 2005

Tomislav Medak writes in:

To promote free/open content production and to mark the official launch
of Croatian Creative Commons licenses (Jan 14, 19.00 CET), the
Multimedia Institute is organizing a free culture festival that will
include: 1) an exhibition presenting public domain resources and
featuring free content producing audio and video artists, 2) a number of
lectures and project presentations reflecting on and publishing free
culture, 3) and a two-day concert event bringing together the burgeoning
local free content producing scene and British artists from Loca
Records
.

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New York Times and Mash-Ups: You Left Out Something

Glenn Otis Brown, January 9th, 2005

The New York Times continues to write about mash-ups as if they just discovered them. Today a sidebar outlining the history of sampling and mash-ups appears in the Week in Review. Conspicuously missing: The WIRED CD and the current “Fine Art of Sampling” contest. (Negativland gets a mention, though.)

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