2006 December

CC Changes

Lawrence Lessig, December 18th, 2006

Last week, culminating Friday night, in parties around the world, Creative Commons celebrated its fourth birthday. Hundreds of people helped mark this event. My 3 year old son, Willem, and I cut the first cake at the party in Portugal.

Five hours later, in the Creative Commons party in the virtual world of Second Life, I made for me an announcement. As I removed the CC torch from my bag of objects, I told those in world, and in San Francisco, that Joi Ito, a venture capitalist from Japan and a key driver in the “sharing economy,” would be replacing me as Chairman of Creative Commons. I will remain on the board, and as CEO. But from the moment I handed him the torch, he is CC’s new Chairman.

This is a very happy moment for CC. I’m not going anywhere — CC will continue to get everything I can give. But we are a movement, not a cult. And it is important that movements have leaders. I have had enormous respect for Joi since first meeting him in Japan in early 2000. It was a real coup when I was able to convince him to join our Board. Joi’s whole ethic has been to build the sharing economy. That ethic of building is precisely where CC is going right now.

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Mike Linksvayer, December 16th, 2006

Time magazine’s person of the year is You. The article doesn’t mention Creative Commons but it’s all about what Creative Commons is all about:

But look at 2006 through a different lens and you’ll see another story, one that isn’t about conflict or great men. It’s a story about community and collaboration on a scale never seen before.

America loves its solitary geniuses—its Einsteins, its Edisons, its Jobses—but those lonely dreamers may have to learn to play with others. Car companies are running open design contests. Reuters is carrying blog postings alongside its regular news feed. Microsoft is working overtime to fend off user-created Linux. We’re looking at an explosion of productivity and innovation, and it’s just getting started, as millions of minds that would otherwise have drowned in obscurity get backhauled into the global intellectual economy.

Who are these people? Seriously, who actually sits down after a long day at work and says, I’m not going to watch Lost tonight. I’m going to turn on my computer and make a movie starring my pet iguana? I’m going to mash up 50 Cent’s vocals with Queen’s instrumentals? I’m going to blog about my state of mind or the state of the nation or the steak-frites at the new bistro down the street? Who has that time and that energy and that passion?

The answer is, you do. And for seizing the reins of the global media, for founding and framing the new digital democracy, for working for nothing and beating the pros at their own game, TIME’s Person of the Year for 2006 is you.

If you’re reading this you’re probably among the yous that made You the person of the year. Congratulations.

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Celebrate CC’s 4th Birthday Today!

Melissa Reeder, December 15th, 2006

Tonight we’re celebrating the 4 phenomenal years of Creative Commons! Over the past 4 years our licenses have grown to number over 140,000,000 and have been ported to over 30 countries. We have experienced exponential growth because of our community’s support and for that we thank you.

In order to thank you and celebrate CC with you there are CC celebratory parties all over the world tonight, including the digital one in Second Life, as posted on BoingBoing today.

Tonight in San Francisco the good people at Songbird are hosting our CC Birthday Party from 8pm – 2am. There has been an overwhelming response so come check out the party, DJ Oonce Oonce and Rafa, and raise a glass to our work of helping enable a participatory culture and to all other commoners who have embraced and progressed this movement.

At the “same” time there will be parties hosted Warsaw, Beijing, Amsterdam, Turin, Copenhagen, Lisbon (they are launching their ported licenses today!), and New York City. We encourage everyone in these areas to attend as we want to celebrate CC with as many supporters as possible.

If you are not near any of these places, don’t fret because there is a CC Celebration in Second Life. Larry Lessig, Joi Ito, and Jimmy Wales will be there to announce some Creative Commons news and to mingle with the other in-world supporters. They will be presenting at 10pm PST.

If you cannot attend any of the parties, then gather with friends, family members, other supporters and let us know how you spent your CC Day.

We ask that everyone take photos and videos and upload them with the tag “ccbday” and their city tag (i.e. “berlin”) and any other appropriate tags so that we can experience everyone’s party.

Thank you again for supporting CC these past four years and we are looking forward to our future with you! Have fun, be safe and document your parties!

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Send Your Happy CC Birthday Images to iCommons

Jon Phillips, December 14th, 2006

Rebecca Kahn from iCommons.org is asking for people to send her images directly wishing a happy birthday to Creative Commons for its 4th birthday celebration tomorrow, December 15 – 16, depending on which timezone you are in. Along witht he photo, she wants people to send a nice message to CC. You could also save time and post them to your flickr.com account, pick a Creative Commons license for the image, and tag it with “creativecommons” and “bday” to speed up the process. Oh, and don’t forget to send her the URL if you go that route :)

UPDATE: The email link is fixed above.

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Another Spanish Decision Involving CC licenses

Mia Garlick, December 13th, 2006

As Andres from our CC Scotland team has already blogged, there has been another court case in Spain involving the use of CC licensed music. For those keeping track, there has already been a similar case decided earlier this year.

In the earlier case, the main Spanish collecting society — Sociedad General de Autores y Editores (“SGAE”) — sued Ricardo Andrés Utrera Fernández, the owner of Metropol, a disco bar located in Badajoz alleging that he had failed to pay SGAE’s license fee for the public performance of music managed by the collecting society. On February 17th, 2006, the Lower Court number six of Badajoz, a city in Extremadura, Spain, rejected the collecting society’s claims because the owner of the bar questioned the validity of the assertion by the SGAE that it represented the music played in his bar. The decision (in Spanish) is available here. An English translation of this earlier decision is available here.
In this latest case, a similar argument by a different bar owner was not successful. The case was brought in Poentevedra, Galicia. The judge ruled that the SGAE proved that music from its repertoire was performed in the bar. A copy of the decision (in Spanish) is available here. For those whose Spanish is not up to the task, we will post an English translation shortly.
One comment by the judge in this latest case is intriguing and warrants further investigation; the judge said (loosely translated) of the defendant’s attempt to prove he was playing CC-licensed music:

“…it is worth noting that the document alleged by the defendant-appellant in concept of free-music end user license represent only an informative piece of paper without any kind of signature, thus not representing any legally valuable act.”

We are working to determine what kind of documentation the defendant introduced, whether it was just a Commons Deed or the actual Legal Code, in order to properly assess the implications of this decision.


Drive-time CC Music

Victor Stone, December 12th, 2006

You know that CC licensing is reaching far into the music scene when you have a genre-specific region based podcast like the NY-NE Regional EDM Showcase. In yet another example of what is enabled by CC licenses this show features “original EDM tracks from independent musicians within upstate New York And Western New England” all CC licensed.” (mission statement). The show itself is licensed under a Attribution NonCommercial NoDerivs and each song in each song in the “Commute-Size” mixes are under various CC licenses.

The latest is Commute – Size Mixes Vol. IV – Breakbeat with previous volumes specializing in Trance, Progressive and DnB.

If you live in the right part of the world, make the right kind of music and of course, license your music under CC, you can even submit files directly (terms and instructions here).

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CC announces CC swag photo contest winner #5

Melissa Reeder, December 11th, 2006

This weeks’ winner of the Creative Commons first ever CC Swag Photo Contest is “andyket”. The fifth winning photograph titled “The CC Glow” shows an innovative use of our informational disk flyers.

We are again amazed by the entries and participation and thank all of you very much. There is one week left so we ask that you keep up the good work and keep shooting and supporting CC. Next weeks’ winner will be the last before we decide on the 2 overall winners. So if you want your image and name to be used as CC promotional material for the next year have your image uploaded to CC’s Flickr group CCswagcontest by Monday Dec. 18th. Good Luck!

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Write a business book with Wharton, MIT Sloan, and Pearson

Mike Linksvayer, December 11th, 2006

The Wall Street Journal on a new ‘Wiki’ book project:

In a move that could shake up the book industry, publishing giant Pearson PLC is joining with two top business schools to create a business book authored and edited by a “wiki” — an online community dedicated to writing

The wiki book, produced by a community of business experts and managers, will be called “We Are Smarter Than Me.” It will explore how businesses can use online communities, consumer-generated media such as blogs, and other Web content to help in their marketing, pricing, research and service.

Barry Libert, a former McKinsey & Co. consultant who is CEO of Shared Insights Inc., a Woburn, Mass., company, persuaded London-based Pearson, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School to help develop the new book, which will be published under Pearson’s Wharton School Publishing imprint.

The book is being created at wearesmarter.org under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.

Via Hal Finney.

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Code v2 Launches Today

Melissa Reeder, December 11th, 2006

Lawrence Lessig’s book Code v2 officially launched today. Code v2 is the revision of his 1999 Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace. Code v2 is not so much a new book as it is a translation of a very old (in Internet time) one.

Code v2 was written collaboratively with the world. Part of the update was written through a wiki, which is still accessible here. That text was then edited and added to Lessig’s overall revision. The wiki text was licensed under a CC Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 License as is the derivative Code v2. In order to recognize and honor the contributions of the community to Code v2, all royalties have been dedicated to Creative Commons.

Code v2 is offered for free as a PDF download here but if you are adding it to your holiday reading list please consider buying the book here (as it is cheaper than printing it on you own) and supporting the CC’s annual campaign as it is rapidly approaching its end.

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ccSalon Amsterdam

Melissa Reeder, December 10th, 2006

We started CC Salon in San Francisco less than a year ago and have watched excitedly as the idea has spread internationally. Salons are now being held in Warsaw, Seoul, Beijing, Johannesburg, Brisbane, Berlin (called “Creative Commons Usergroup”), NYC, London, Taipei, and now Amsterdam!

“The first Dutch ccSalon will kick off on Wed. Dec. 13th at 20:30 in ‘De Melkweg’ Amsterdam and will be focused on music and sounds.”

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