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Creative Commons expands to Croatia with Multimedia Institute (mi2)

Matt Haughey, February 26th, 2004

Multimedia Institute (mi2) will lead the license translation and work to expand global access to Croatia’s culture

Palo Alto, USA, and Zagreb, CROATIA – Creative Commons, a nonprofit dedicated to building a body of creative works free for copying and re-use, announced today that it would expand its International Commons (iCommons) project to Croatia. Multimedia Institute (mi2), in Zagreb, will lead the effort.

“Croatia has already demonstrated an extraordinary range of creative
use of new technology,” said Lawrence Lessig, Chairman of Creative Commons and professor of law at Stanford. “We’re eager to work with iCommons
Croatia to support that work.”

“It’s liberating for Croatia to participate in this global effort to create a common space for creativity, especially at a time when legislative regimes often overlook this public good,” said Diana Kovacevic, project lead.

First announced in March 2003, iCommons is Creative Commons’ project to make its machine-readable copyright licenses useful worldwide. As the lead institution, (mi2) will coordinate a public effort literally and legally to translate the Creative Commons licenses for use in Croatia. (mi2) will field comments on an archived email discussion at the Creative Commons website, http://www.creativecommons.org/discuss#croatia.

Croatia joins Brazil, China, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Taiwan and the United Kingdom in the iCommons effort.

More About Creative Commons

A nonprofit corporation, Creative Commons promotes the creative re-use of intellectual works, whether owned or in the public domain. It is sustained by the generous support of The Center for the Public Domain, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Hewlett Foundation. Creative Commons is based at Stanford Law School, where it shares staff, space, and inspiration with the school’s Center for Internet and Society.

For general information, visit http://creativecommons.org/.

For more information about iCommons, see http://creativecommons.org/projects/international/.

More About Multimedia Institute (mi2)

(mi2) sprang up in 1999 as a spin-off of the Internet program of Open Society Institute Croatia. Entering locally uncharted territory between social and cultural action and new technological developments, (mi2) brought together an emerging generation of civil activists, media practitioners, urban culture actors and social and media theorists who set out to pursue two principle tasks:

1) To promote and educate in media and technological practices relevant for the functioning and development of a social and cultural sector, and

2) To promote and develop socially inflected approaches to new technologies, especially as investments in the local emerging market gradually increased the penetration of new media and introduced the domination of commercial standards.

Over the past two years, (mi2) has become increasingly involved in cooperative activities at the local, regional and international levels to strengthen the cultural scene and advocate on behalf of the public domain. It is working towards initiating structural changes in a wide range of areas, including: non-institutional culture, informal education, technology, intellectual property rights, and access to public resources.

For more information about (mi2), visit http://www.mi2.hr/.

Contact

Christiane Asschenfeldt (Berlin)
iCommons Coordinator, Creative Commons
christiane@creativecommons.org

Diana Kovacevic, (Zagreb)
Co-Project Lead, iCommons Croatia
diana@mi2.hr

Tomislav Medak, (Zagreb)
Co-Project Lead iCommons Croatia
to-me@mi2.hr

Glenn Otis Brown
Executive Director (Palo Alto)
glenn@creativecommons.org

http://creativecommons.org

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Get creative and remix culture

Mike Linksvayer, February 26th, 2004

The source materials for both “Get Creative” and “Remix Culture” are now available. Download the .fla file for either and you can get creative and remix “Get Creative” or “Remix Culture” with ease.

Quicktime versions of both movies are also now available. Now it’s easier than ever to download, display and share “Get Creative” and “Remix Culture” (right-click on links to download and save).

Thanks to Ibiblio for hosting all of these files. The Quicktime movies are also available at the Internet Archive here and here. The Internet Archive will also host your Creative Commons-licensed movies and music free of charge. Get started.

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World66 travel site

Matt Haughey, February 25th, 2004

This week’s featured content is the entire World66 travel site. It features comprehensive guides built by vistors in a collaborative fashion and the site also features tools like the popular visited states and visited countries apps seen on weblogs like this. The photos, guides, and generated images are all licensed under commercial-friendly Creative Commons licenses, allowing people to share the places they’ve been and build upon the information shared on the site.

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zug.com’s prank song

Matt Haughey, February 19th, 2004

This week’s featured content is a protest song at zug.com. Zug.com has been producing humorous articles for almost ten years online and this protest song is part of a larger set of RIAA pranks they pulled last summer. The song has been remixed as well and they actively encourage others to share the song online to get their message across, in a humorous way.

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The Grey Album

Matt Haughey, February 16th, 2004

A few months ago, hip-hop artist Jay Z released what is reportedly his last album, titled The Black Album. He also released a vocals-only version, specifically for DJs to incorporate into new mixes. One of those mixes was done by DJ Dangermouse, using only samples from The Beatles’ White Album. This new mix was dubbed The Grey Album and a limited pressing was made. After a mention in the New Yorker, copies quickly showed up online and spread like wildfire.

EMI, the rights holders to The Beatles’ recordings issued a cease and desist order to record stores and online merchants selling it last week, since the sampling was done without permission from either Jay Z or The Beatles. Executive Director of the Creative Commons, Glenn Otis Brown was quoted in a Wired News piece about the album and points out the problems of copyright being used to silence DJ Dangermouse and his popular mix.

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CC metadata in PDFs, images with XMP

Mike Linksvayer, February 13th, 2004

You can now add Creative Commons license metadata to PDFs and image files, enabled by XMP (eXtensible Metadata Platform). XMP is an open, RDF/XML-based format developed by Adobe for managing metadata embedded in files.

Please see information about Creative Commons metadata in XMP, instructions for marking files with Creative Commons metadata for users of Adobe’s Creative Suite, and a “custom panel” to enhance viewing of Creative Commons metadata within Adobe apps.

We’ve also posted a related technology challenge: add XMP and Creative Commons licensing support to open source apps, including Open Office.

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Down and Out relicensed today

Matt Haughey, February 12th, 2004

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, Cory Doctorow’s first novel released a little over a year ago, has just been relicensed under an Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike license. Previously the book did not allow derivative works and any “lost chapters” or comic versions were unauthorized. With this change in place, the door is wide open to people writing prequels, sequels, and side stories, you can make a movie, cartoon, or graphic novel, you can write songs for it, rewrite it in haiku, and/or turn it all into one giant flowchart, as long as your new Down and Out-inspired work isn’t released in a commercial context or sold.

Let the re-creativity begin!

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mozCC Gets Better and Gets Noticed

Mike Linksvayer, February 12th, 2004

mozCC, an extension for Mozilla-based browsers that exposes Creative Commons license metadata as you surf, got noticed by Slashdot last weekend. The resulting surge of new users brought new bug reports, fixes for which creator Nathan Yergler has already incorporated in mozCC 0.7.7 along with new features. The new version looks for license metadata in SMIL and SVG multimedia files in addition to HTML.

Install mozCC with the latest Mozilla Firefox browser for the best CC-enhanced browsing experience available.

mozCC was inspired by one of our technology challenges. The challenge remains open for non-Mozilla browsers (e.g., Safari, Opera, IE, hint, hint, hint).

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Creative Commons in Europe

Glenn Otis Brown, February 11th, 2004

Neeru Paharia, our assistant director, will be in Holland over the next few days to attend the Third Zwolle Conference, entitled “Optimal management of copyright: Making it happen,” on February 13 and 14. Neeru will also be checking in with friends of CC in Holland.

Meanwhile, iCommons coordinator Christiane Asschenfeldt will be visiting Switzerland over the next couple of days to speak about Creative Commons at the CERN Workshop Series on Innovation in Scholarly Communication.

If you’re at either event or nearby and would like to meet up with Neeru or Christiane, let us know.

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CC at SXSW

Neeru Paharia, February 11th, 2004

Keep an eye out for Creative Commons at the South By Southwest Music and Media Conference this March in Austin, Texas. We’ll be hosting two panels, announcing two projects that encourage collaboration and distribution of music and film. Details coming soon.

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