MozCC 2.3.9 available for testing

Nathan Yergler, January 22nd, 2007

If you’re a fan of embedded metadata (and really who isn’t?), you might want to check out the latest release candidate of MozCC, version 2.3.9. MozCC 2.3.9 isn’t available from yet; we’re just putting it out there for some testing. You can find the download link in the wiki. This version includes fixes for two problems recently reported:

  • performance slow-downs when visiting pages with lots of metadata and
  • problems with MozCC breaking other Firefox extensions (including Operator).

If you find bugs or have suggestions, you can report them by filing a bug or leaving a comment on this post. We hope to ship the final release (2.4.0) next week and make it available for automatic update for those of you who’ve installed from

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CC Music Blogs

Victor Stone, January 20th, 2007

It’s easy to predict that 2007 will be a good year for CC music when out of the gate three (that we know of) all-CC-all-the-time sites spring up:

First up from Belgium there’s NetLabelism who are on their way to Den Haag to talk to our good buddy and CC music champ Marco Raaphorst.

Next is the audio/video site generationWIRE. Check out the audio section which has been featuring a hand picked selection from ccMixter.

From Brazil there’s Bruno Vellutini’s very cool ccNeLas who says “Since I’ve been listening to excellent songs published under Creative Commons licenses, I decided to create this music blog and promote these artists.”

And while we’re at it, the venerable Black Sweater, White Cat has taken the baton from cc365 (Grant Robertson’s unique CC artist per day project for 2006) with the all new BSWC One-a-day. I’ll be doing a call-in to their live radio show tonight at 6 PM PST (9 EST) to ask why they aren’t playing more Professor Armchair on their show.

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First CC Business Mixer Update

Francesca Rodriquez, January 20th, 2007

Last month, we blogged about the first CC Business Mixer, an event that seeks to bring together entrepreneurs who have ideas for a Creative Commons related business and VCs. Last Thursday CC board member John Buckman hosted a number of entrepreneurs who presented their business ideas to CC supporters and VCs. This networking event was the first of its kind for Creative Commons, and we look forward to seeing how the Business Mixers develop throughout the year.
Check out Flickr photos of the event here.
And thanks to the entrepreneurs who presented:

  • Chris Allen, blogger, presenting a transparent media licensing scheme
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CC License info now available for your Flickr Moo Cards

Francesca Rodriquez, January 19th, 2007

moo-small.jpgMany of us share our images on Flickr, and some of us at Creative Commons were thrilled when Flickr introduced Moo Cards for purchase. Flickr describes Moo Cards as “tiny wonderful calling cards” for the real world. To make Moo Cards, log into your Flickr account and click on Moo in the “Do More With Your Photos!” box. You can choose a photo from your personal Flickr stream for the front of the Moo Card, and you can customize text for the back of the card. When you customize your text, Moo has introduced a CC License option that allows you to insert your CC license information and the CC logo on the back of the Moo Card.

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Online office suites: The clear winner includes CC

Mike Linksvayer, January 19th, 2007

It’s good to know that Computerworld’s “clear winner” among web-based word processing and spreadsheet office suites is also the first to include support for CC licensing (and the requisite Flickr API/CC implementation).

See last July’s post about ThinkFree and CC (screenshot below from that post).

thinkfree/cc screenshot

Via Slashdot.

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Mosaickr: another day, another Flickr API/CC mashup

Mike Linksvayer, January 19th, 2007

Mosaickr helps you build mosaics from Flickr photos published under an Attribution license (and your own photos). The process is simple: 1) choose a master image, which will serve as a template for the mosaic, 2) choose images that will be used to fill in the mosaic and 3) download your mosaic.

Any art form takes skill and patience. My first attempt using an image of (cc) stickers as the master and images tagged ‘cloud’ as fillers is not good enough to publish.

Yesterday’s mashup.

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netBloc vol. 1

Mike Linksvayer, January 19th, 2007

blocsonic cover artblocSonic is a new thing (blog or compilations label, you decide — a tastemaker in any case) that has just posted its first compliation of CC-licensed music. From the release’s 36 page CD booklet:

One problem… the sheer quantity of netlabel releases and no simple way of sifting through it all to find the gems. That’s where blocSonic and our netBloc releases come in. Admittedly not a solution to the problem, our netBloc releases are a but a tiny-step in the direction of a future solution that we intend to develop and launch. For the time-being let our monthly releases help you shine some light on deserving artists/netlabels and the terrific music that they have to offer. Help us usher in a new era by regularly downloading our releases and then checking out the featured artists’ and labels’ websites for more from them.

Via Digg.

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Linux Kernel in a Nutshell: The Secret Goal

Mike Linksvayer, January 18th, 2007

book cover Linux Kernel in a Nutshell (O’Reilly) by Greg Korah-Hartman is now available online under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license in PDF and DocBook (easily modifiable source files for the book) formats.

The author’s “Secret Goal (i.e. why I wrote this book and am giving it away for free online)”:

I want this book to help bring more people into the Linux kernel development fold. The act of building a customized kernel for your machine is one of the basic tasks needed to become a Linux kernel developer. The more people that try this out, and realize that there is not any real magic behind the whole Linux kernel process, the more people will be willing to jump in and help out in making the kernel the best that it can be.

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Another Flickr API/CC mashup

Mike Linksvayer, January 18th, 2007

FlickrCC uses the Flickr API to search for CC licensed images and for images with a license permitting derivative use provides basic image editing operations (e.g., cropping, adding text) online, without downloading the image and starting a paint program.

Last month we noted a tool that searches Flickr for CC licensed images based on color, hue, and saturation.

You can also browse and search CC photos at Flickr and via

Via Learn Online.

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Christopher Willits Remix Contest Winner Announced

Eric Steuer, January 17th, 2007

Congratulations to DJ/producer Electricwest, the winner of the Christopher Willits/Colors Shifting Remix contest. The contest, which was presented by XLR8R magazine, Ghostly International, and Creative Commons, gave remixers the chance to rework the CC-licensed audio stems of Willits’ track “Colors Shifting.” The track will be available on XLR8R‘s INCITE 49 CD, which will be packaged exclusively with copies of the magazine’s March 2007 issue. Additionally, you can hear the track at Willits’ website, and of course, you can download it for free from ccMixter.

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