IHEARTCOMIX adds CC Licenses to Remix Contests

Cameron Parkins, November 29th, 2007

IHEARTCOMIX, a record label and events promotion group based out of LA, have recently added CC BY-NC licenses to their remix contests for both HEARTSREVOLUTION’s “C.Y.O.A” and Ocelot’s “Lo Sforzo”. Both songs are seriously cool and the winning remixes will land up sharing respective vinyl space with their source tracks.

It is great to see this type of license adoption from a label like IHEARTCOMIX, who exist in a musical environment where remixes can be as important (and sometimes more) in popularizing the original track. Unofficial remixes have become an essential part of the musical climate IHEARTCOMIX inhabits, and as bedroom producers and their remixes continue to rise in popularity and number, having the kind of fluidity allowed by CC licenses means these remixes are able to exist in a legally sound environment, without impacting commercial concerns. That IHEARTCOMIX is adding promotional opportunity (via shared space on vinyl) for this kind of reuse affirms its importance.

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Creative Commons Voluntarily Dismissed from Lawsuit

Mike Linksvayer, November 28th, 2007

We are happy to report that Creative Commons has been voluntarily dismissed by the plaintiffs from a lawsuit against Virgin Mobile.

Please see our press release and a blog entry with more information, including a copy of the dismissal, from our CEO, Lawrence Lessig.

We would like to especially thank our many legal friends for pro-bono counsel.

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Help Translate CC Software

Nathan Yergler, November 28th, 2007

As one of the staff members who helps answer general inquiries, I see quite a few messages that go something like, “Hey, I want to translate the license engine and deeds into my language! How do I do that?” Up until recently, we haven’t had a very good answer. Translations were handled by our international affiliates, who are already plenty busy porting the licenses to their respective jurisdictions. Unfortunately, the software we were using didn’t have a very strong community component — you were either a trusted translator or nothing at all.

Today we’re able to ask you to help the affiliates by suggesting translations. With some greatly appreciated assistance from the folks at translate.org.za we’ve moved our translation infrastructure to Pootle.

translate.creativecommons.org is now the home for all our internationalization efforts. See a language you can help with? See a missing translation or something not quite right? Create an account and suggest the correction. Pootle also provides a clear overview of the translation status for the site (hint: no language is 100% translated). So jump in, help CC communicate in your language!

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Roo’d on the iPhone

Cameron Parkins, November 27th, 2007

Roo’d, a CC BY-NC-SA licensed novel about “the future that’s closer than we think” recently got added to the iPhone eBook reader repository, iphoneebooks, making it the first modern novel therein.

By using a CC license, Joshua Klein, the author of Roo’d, opened the door for the free digital re-distribution of his novel, making it a legally sound choice for those who develop free and open applications that rely on creative content. As a result, Roo’d, Klein’s first novel, is experiencing a broad level of exposure that would be difficult to attain for a first-time novelist (including some Boing Boing love). For a relatively unknown author, this level of flexibility in exposure is huge – in talking about this unexpected publicity, Klein said this:

“If you’ve ever poured your heart and soul into writing a novel this is pretty much what your dream should be, and is a better endorsement for Creative Commons than anything I could have dreamed up.”

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CC on Air Mozilla Live

Cameron Parkins, November 27th, 2007

Tune in this Wednesday, November 28, from 14:00:00 – 15:30:00 PST (UTC -8.) to listen to the relaunch of Air Mozilla Live, the “Internet multimedia presence of Mozilla”. The broadcast will feature CC’s Development Coordinator Melissa Reeder, who will be talking about CC as an organization, what we do, and the significance of our upcoming 5th anniversary. Air Mozilla is a community call-in show, so prepare for questions and a lively discussion. Here is the info (from Mozilla):

Who: The Mozilla community, host Asa Dotzler, and guests Melissa Reeder, Mark Finkle, Dave Townsend, and Christian Sejersen.
When: Wednesday, November 28, from 14:00:00 – 15:30:00 PST (UTC -8.)
Where: View the webcast at air.mozilla.com and participate on IRC, IM, or email.

* IRC: join the discussion on irc.mozilla.org #airmozilla
* IM: instant message your questions to the AIM/YIM/GTalk screenname airmozilla.
* email: send in your questions before and during the show to airmozilla@mozilla.com.

Air Mozilla is now streaming 24/7 with a new live show every month (or as close to that as makes sense.) If you’ve got ideas for shows, please email us and let us know. Even better, if you’re a part of the Mozilla community and you’d like to be interviewed or present on our live broadcast, let us know.

For anyone looking to get a better picture of what we have been up to lately and what we are hoping to accomplish in the future, this is a must listen!

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Creative Commons is turning 5!

Melissa Reeder, November 26th, 2007

CC is turning 5 and to celebrate we’re throwing a community-wide party. If you’ll be in the San Francisco Bay Area on December 15, join us for a night of celebrating the commons at a party generously sponsored by Mozilla and Last.fm. The evening will feature announcements by Joi Ito and Lawrence Lessig, a live acoustic performance by Gilberto Gil, video remixing by Phi Phenomenon, and music provided by DJ Spooky. Space is limited so please RSVP to party@creativecommons.org as soon as possible to let us know if you will be joining us (seriously, please do this!). Details are listed on our birthday flyer.

If you’re not in the Bay Area, don’t worry. There will also be parties in Berlin and New York City. For more details about these events, or if you want to register a party in your own part of the world, check out our wiki page for more information. Air Mozilla will be streaming Gilberto Gil’s performance for those who won’t be able to attend any of the parties. And of course, please feel free to celebrate CC in Second Life as well.

No matter where you are in the world, we invite you to celebrate CC’s five years of helping to keep culture free and celebrate the future of participatory culture.

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CC in Thailand: license draft in public discussion

Michelle Thorne, November 26th, 2007

We are pleased to announce that the CC project in Thailand has entered the public discussion for their localized license draft. At this time, we would like to invite members of the community to join the Thai team in discussing and reviewing their license draft, which includes a re-translation of the license into English and an English explanation of substantial legal changes.

For their progress thusfar, we would like to congratulate the CC Team in Thailand, lead by Phichai Phuechmongkol and Worasete Phueksakon of Dharmniti Law Office (DLO); Sunit Shrestha from TRN Institute; and Arthit Suriyawongkul, Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology, Thammasat University.

We look forward to a lively discussion!

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Commoner Letter #4 – Fred Benenson

Melissa Reeder, November 26th, 2007

Hi, my name is Fred Benenson. I’m a Free Culture activist, photographer, and a graduate student at NYU. I’ve been involved with CC (once as an intern, now as a fellow working for them in New York City) for a number of years, but let me start with the free culture student movement that I’m a part of. We’re now known as Students for Free Culture, and we’re a group of students loosely organized into chapters on university campuses around the world who are passionately interested in consequences of the intersection of media, copyright, the Internet and technology. While many of the actions we do are overtly political, we do not yet have a partisan affiliation. This makes our cause particularly viable on campuses as many people find that the issues and values we promote are intuitive but not tainted by partisan politics. We’ve done everything from street protests against DRM to conferences on Open Access to film remix contests. Part of our new goal is to establish free culture practices as priorities in the academic communities of campuses.

Everything we create from our blog, to the photos we take of the events we host, to the films we screen, is either licensed under Creative Commons or in the public domain. For example, in 2006 my group, Free Culture @ NYU, hosted a Creative Commons art show where all work was released under Creative Commons licenses. This enabled several other Free Culture chapters to re-use and remix the work to display in their own art shows. The work was also brought into Second Life so that another re-mixed art show could be hosted there.

I use Creative Commons licenses as examples to demonstrate that there are proactive, positive things people can do to help shift the rhetoric and criticism over copyright in the right direction. As a student who frequently discusses copyright issues, I’m often asked how I feel about file sharing and to be honest, it’s a difficult question to answer. I’m stuck between offering esoteric explanations regarding the nature of the Internet (that it itself is a file sharing application, so therefore I obviously endorse that kind of file sharing), to keeping my mouth shut so that an over-zealous reporter won’t pigeonhole us as anarchist students who just want their music for gratis. Creative Commons allows me to respond in a much more effective way: I can say that I support file sharing so long as the artists and musicians whose work is being shared license it under a Creative Commons or other equally permissive license. It is in this way that those interested in the future of free culture can then shift the debate from a question about purely hypothetical commercial loss to one about creators making positive decisions about how they want their work to be shared and reused.

As I write this I’m listening to Radiohead’s, “In Rainbows” and while I’m no music critic, I know this album is tremendously influential. Radiohead’s release makes it clear that artists can release work online, for free, while still requesting payment, and still support themselves. In a way, this action brings us one step closer towards realizing some of the goals of Creative Commons. By encouraging their fans to purchase and download their music in an unencumbered digital format for whatever price they choose, Radiohead has done something that many in the record industry have been too scared to do all along, something that Creative Commons is in the perfect position to promote. Soon, I hope, many more bands will be inspired by Radiohead’s actions and realize the benefits in offering their work online.

I support CC in a number of ways. First, I’m an activist and promote CC in the ways I’ve mentioned. Second, I volunteer for them whenever I get the chance. While starting Free Culture @ NYU, I volunteered to help CC during their first big benefit concert in New York. I’ve since organized Creative Commons Salons (and birthday parties) in New York and I routinely meet and speak to people working in culture and law in New York about CC. This work has really accelerated in the last year and it’s fantastic to see the amount of people who are seeking out more information about CC but also just “get” the concept right off the bat. This previous summer, I worked with Rhizome.org to help them integrate CC licenses into their ArtBase. This is an example of the kind of support I’m most interested in — offering the benefits of CC licenses to established cultural institutions who are beginning to understand the potential and opportunities of digital media distribution. And lastly, I also donate when I can and how I can. I love seeing the progress bar on CC’s support site grow at the end of every year knowing that the team will be supported for doing the fantastic work they do.

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CC Licensed Film is 5th Most Viewed Video on YouTube

Cameron Parkins, November 26th, 2007

Lo que tú Quieras Oír, the phenomenal Spanish short film we talked about earlier here, has recentlly broken into the “All Time Most Viewed” list on YouTube with upwards of 38,000,000 views! Lo que tú Quieras Oír is licensed under a CC BY-NC-SA license.

Some major kudos are in order for the everyone involved in creating Lo que tú Quieras Oír and making it the success it is today. We can only hope that part of the short’s online success has been enhanced by this decision to utilize CC licensing, which allows its viewers to not only freely distribute the film, but also remix it as long as they give credit, do so with non-commercial intent, and share their new works under the same license. If you haven’t already (and the numbers would indicate that you have), be sure to check it out on YouTube or the film’s website.

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BayFF With Jonathan Zittrain

Cameron Parkins, November 26th, 2007

Our friends over at EFF are hosting an event this week featuring noted cyberlaw theorist Jonathan Zittrain, who will be delivering a presentation titled “The Future of the Internet — And How to Stop It.” Zittrain “will cover the pitfalls and solutions he sees looking forward, as freedom in the Internet ecosystem becomes increasingly threatened by the spread of closed, “appliancized tools” and rash approaches to security challenges”.

It all happens this Wednesday, November 28 at 7:30 p.m at CNET Networks in San Francisco (235 2nd Street, SF CA, 94105). It is free and open to the public and if you are in the area, make sure you check it out – more info available here.

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