Version 3.0 Austria now goes live!

Patricia Escalera, August 15th, 2008

We are very pleased to announce that Creative Commons Austria has successfully completed the versioning of the ported Creative Commons licensing suite in Austria. Following the versioning of Creative Commons Germany in late July 2008, Version 3.0 of the six standard Creative Commons licenses is now legally and linguistically adapted to Austrian law. A special Thank You to the Legal Project Lead for CC Austria, Dr. Florian Philapitsch, LL.M., who has led the process!

For a more detailed explanation, please see the summary of all significant changes (in German).

Congratulations, CC Austria!

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Mozilla Concept Series

Cameron Parkins, August 14th, 2008

The Mozilla Concept Series is a recently announced initiative from Mozilla to garner greater participation in creating their newest browser, Aurora. While there are some intriguing inaugural designs, the most engaging part of the project is that Mozilla is pooling the greater web community for submissions in the form of ideas, mockups (textual/visual examples), and prototypes (interactive illustrations). Of note to the CC community is that Mozilla is requiring that all ideas and mockups are submitted under a CC license, making them easily “redistributable and remixable” (prototypes require an accompanying Mozilla Public License). From Mozilla:

We only ask that all concepts and related source materials be freely redistributable and remixable under either a Creative Commons license (for Ideas and Mockups) or the Mozilla Public License (for Prototypes) so that we can all effectively collaborate on the exploration. Again, the intent is not for these concepts to evolve directly into new products but rather to provoke thought, facilitate discussion and provide inspiration.

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THE “IP” Court Supports Enforceability of CC Licenses

Brian Rowe, August 13th, 2008

The United States Court of Appeals held that “Open Source” or public license licensors are entitled to copyright infringement relief.

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC), the leading IP court in the United States, has upheld a free copyright license, while explicitly pointing to the work of Creative Commons and others. The Court held that free licenses such as the CC licenses set conditions (rather than covenants) on the use of copyrighted work.  As a result, licensors using public licenses are able to seek injunctive relief for alleged copyright infringement, rather than being limited to traditional contract remedies.

Creative Commons founder Lawrence Lessig explained the theory of all free software, open source, and Creative Commons licenses upheld by the court: “When you violate the condition, the license disappears, meaning you’re simply a copyright infringer. This is the theory of the GPL and all CC licenses. Put precisely, whether or not they are also contracts, they are copyright licenses which expire if you fail to abide by the terms of the license.” Lessig said the ruling provided “important clarity and certainty by a critically important US Court.”

Today’s ruling vacated the district court’s decision and affirmed the availability of remedies based on copyright law for violations of open licenses.  The federal court noted that ignoring attribution requirements contained in the license caused reputation and economic harm to the original licensor. This opinion demonstrates a strong understanding of a basic economic principles of the internet; attribution is a valuable economic right in the information economy.  Read the full opinion.(PDF)

Creative Commons filed a friends of the court brief in this case. Thanks to all the cosponsors Linux Foundation, The Open Source Initiative, Software Freedom Law Center, the Perl Foundation and Wikimedia Foundation.  Significant pro bono work on this brief was provided by Anthony T. Falzone and Christopher K. Ridder of Stanford’s Center for Internet & Society. Read the full brief.

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CC Salon LA (9/3/08): Xeni Jardin and GOOD Magazine

Cameron Parkins, August 13th, 2008

For those who will be missing out on tonight’s amazing CC Salon SF, we have some good news (if you are based in LA) – we are ecstatic to announce that the CC Salon LA continues next month (9/3/08) with an amazing duo of presenters – joining us will be Xeni Jardin, Tech Culture Journalist and co-editor at Boing Boing, and Casey Caplowe, Creative Director of GOOD Magazine.

Both will discuss how CC, and ‘openness’ in general, has been employed in their respective undertakings, touching on the the successes they have had as well as obstacles they have had to overcome, specifically in regards to traditional and non-traditional journalism. Both will be available for Q&A after their presentations.

The Salon will be taking place at the always wonderful FOUND LA (Google map) between 7:30PM – 9:30PM. Follow the event on Upcoming, mark attending on Facebook, and make sure to come down and hear from two exemplary members of the CC community on their experiences with open licensing. As always, there will be free (as in beer) drinks for the entire night.

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San Francisco Salon is Tonight

Greg Grossmeier, August 13th, 2008

Don’t forget to come out to the CC Salon in San Francisco tonight!

The lineup features a screening of a CC-licensed film from Arts Engine, Inc. along with our own Eric Steuer who will discuss the soon to be launched Film Maker’s Toolkit. Rob Sloan from Current TV will be wrapping up the evening.

The Important Information:
1337 Mission St, San Francisco, CA
Google Map/Directions (21+)

If you want to put on your own CC Salon in your city the process is really simple. We have some resources and a simple step by step guide available online.

Also, take a look at the list of Salons to see if there is already interest in your area for a Salon and help them out!

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Report from Creative Commons’ June 2008 board meeting online

Eric Steuer, August 11th, 2008

We’ve posted a brief report that summarizes the details of Creative Commons’ most recent board meeting, which took place on June 19 and 20, 2008. Going forward, we intend to do this for all of our board meetings (and we’ll try to get the reports online more quickly in the future!).

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ZaidLearn Publishes “69 Learning Adventures in 6 Galaxies”

Jane Park, August 11th, 2008

One of my must-read blogs on technology and education, ZaidLearn has been rating various learning tools since July of last year. The blog was started by e-Learning Manager for INCEIF, Zaid Alsagoff, who has done research in the areas of “educational gaming, role-play simulation, virtual classrooms, learning (content) management systems, e-learning standards” and “instructional design and courseware development.”

Recently, alerted me to Zaid’s first e-book, “69 Learning Adventures in 6 Galaxies,” which compiles and examines the various “learning nuggets” that have been posted on ZaidLearn for the past year. The 267 page book contains a wealth of information regarding the internet and education, espousing some interesting theories like George Siemen’s Connectivism and lines of thought from famous persons like Albert Einstein and Henry Ford.

The book is available for download at ZaidLearn and Scribd, licensed under CC BY-NC.

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Openmoko opens up their schematics

Greg Grossmeier, August 9th, 2008

With the great success of releasing their CAD files under a Creative Commons license Openmoko, the Open Source mobile telephone company, announced that they will also release the schematics. CAD files are the design specification for how the phone looks (size, shape, etc) while the schematics are the designs of the electronics inside.

Included with the schematics are the designs for the GPS chip produced by u-Blox. “We fully support Openmoko’s decision to publish the schematics of the u-blox GPS receivers,” said the CEO of u-Blox, Thomas Seiler.

Openmoko developer Werner Almesberger expressed the reasoning behind the release, and the Openmoko project in general, “We now take our commitment to openness to the next level by releasing our schematics to the public,
allowing anyone to find out how the system works and how to improve it.”

Now that the entire documentation needed to explore and understand the Openmoko phones is available anyone can help improve it in any way they are able.

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Danny O’Brien on Copying and Attribution in a Digital Age

Cameron Parkins, August 8th, 2008

Cory Doctorow points us to a great post by EFF’s International Outreach Coordinator Danny O’Brien (NOTE: O’Brien didn’t write the article on behalf of EFF, rather on his own time on a personal blog) on the cultural difference between ‘attribution’ and ‘copying’ on the Internet. O’Brien makes the astute point that while copying is relatively uncontroversial to most web-users, lack of proper attribution is widely considered web-sacrilege. Doctorow accurately relates O’Brien’s argument to our original CC-licences, which had the ability for users to pass over the Attribution clause. We did away with that choice in version 2.0, as 97%-98% of users were choosing to use licenses that included our BY clause. From O’Brien’s piece “Copyright, Fraud and Window Taxes (No, not that Windows)“:

In a digital world, many people don’t see the act of copying as a particularly momentous or profitable event. Copying isn’t what we do as an act of purchasing; copying is a thing we do to our valuable artifacts. People are scandalised when its suggested that you should pay for a copy copied to backup drives, or iPods; they’re amazed when vested interests demand that cached copies or transitory files should count as extra purchases. Copying is no longer a good proxy for incoming revenue; which means it is no longer a good place to extract remuneration […] Nowadays, copying isn’t always the core part of remunerative creative business. But accurate accreditation very much is.

Of course we have our Public Domain Declaration for anyone who wishes to give a work directly to the commons without wanting attribution. This aside, O’Brien’s piece is a salient observation on the cultural language of the web – as the CC community has shown, many are ready to give their content away more freely but not without the cultural currency of proper accreditation. For more reading, head to the comments section at the BB post for a good discussion of how O’Brien’s argument functions in regards to proper attribution and ‘moral rights‘.

(UPDATED 8/11/08)

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Creative Commons @ SXSW

Fred Benenson, August 8th, 2008

SXSW, the popular music-interactive-film mega-conference in Austin Texas has launched their interactive panel picker. Eric and I proposed a number of panels that we think would make for good sessions. But we need your help to make them happen in 2009. Please visit the panel picker, read our panel descriptions, and create an account to vote for them!

Here are the direct links to our proposed panels for your clicking pleasure:

Either way, mark your calendars for March 13th-17th and we’ll see you there.


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