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Woody Guthrie free culture

Matt Haughey, April 5th, 2004

Joel Blain recently wrote in with an interesting observation:

“I’ve been reading a bio on Woody Guthrie. It’s pretty interesting. The book reprints one of the “Copyright Warnings” he included on his recordings in the ealry 40’s

“This song is Copyrighted in U.S., under Seal of Copyright # 154085, for a period of 28 years, and anybody caught singin it without our permission, will be mighty good friends of ourn, cause we don’t give a dern. Publish it. Write it. Sing it. Swing to it. Yodel it. We wrote it, that’s all we wanted to do.”

It just made me think of Creative Commons. I dunno if you’ve seen or heard it before, but I thought I’d pass it along.”

Nice find, thanks Joel!

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Nature Open Access Debate

Mike Linksvayer, April 2nd, 2004

Nature is hosting a debate on open access science publishing. At the center of the debate are Public Library of Science and BioMed Central, two open access journal publishers using the Creative Commons Attribution License. The PLoS evidence paper presents a good summary of what is wrong with the current scholarly publishing model, why open access is important, and an open access business model.

Even as the much needed debate on open access journals heats up, it is just one part of a bigger picture where science, creativity, law, and society collide. Perhaps with this in mind, note the recent post on this weblog concerning the launch of the Science Commons exloratory phase.

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Matt Haughey, April 1st, 2004

I recently stumbled across a nice photoblog from Australia, called VIBGYOR. It’s sporting a Creative Commons license that allows for commercial use, too.

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Public Domain Acquired

Glenn Otis Brown, April 1st, 2004

Breaking news: “In a move shocking to all, Duke University, of Durham, North Carolina, purchased the entirety of the public domain late last evening for a fee of 2.2 trillion dollars . . .” (Full story)

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Pointers to Public Domain sites

Matt Haughey, March 31st, 2004

This Google Answers post about public domain sites brought up a wealth of good answers, in all sorts of categories. [via kottke]

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Squarespace website service CC-enabled

Mike Linksvayer, March 31st, 2004

Squarespace, an easy to use website and blog creation and hosting service, recently made it easy for users to license their content via our remote licesning application.

CC-Squarespace screenshot

Here’s what Squarespace says within their site management application about Creative Commons:

We’ve integrated a utility that lets you generate Creative Commons licenses for your site. A Creative Commons License is an excellent alternative to default copyright, and lets you retain very specific rights over the works you place on your website. The process for generating a license is one step, and free. Takes about 30 seconds. We recommend giving them a look!

Well said! We recommend giving Squarespace and other CC-enabled applications a look.

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Autres Directions in Music

Matt Haughey, March 30th, 2004

My french isn’t too good, but I’m going to guess that Autres Directions in Music is a new internet music label based in France releasing their songs under Creative Commons licenses. So far their releases consist of these four albums: (1, 2, 3, 4) all ready for download as MP3s or you can drop them 5 euros to get a disc. [via Aeiou]

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CC Remix Music — Lisa Rein

Neeru Paharia, March 30th, 2004

Lisa Rein is one of the earliest adopters of Creative Commons. Wander is one of my favorite CC licensed songs and is licensed under an Attribution license — free to copy, remix, or even synch to a movie, as long as you give Lisa attribution.

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Holy Cow — a CC PSA!!!

Neeru Paharia, March 30th, 2004

Filmmaker Andy Pavis has made an eight-minute-long public service announcement about Creative Commons and our mission, entitled Some Rights Reserved. Andy cleverly frames the copyright debate between two extremes in the context of a talk show hosted by “Larry Commons.” The PSA then explores an example of Aaron, a musician who goes through the process of choosing a license to put his song into the commons. The PSA ends on an inspiring note when a filmmaker, a dancer, and a musician find Aaron’s song and build upon it. The PSA itself is licensed under an Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike license — so feel free to distribute noncommercially, or even remix as long as you give Andy credit.

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Translating Creative Commons animations

Matt Haughey, March 29th, 2004

Several of our iCommons partner groups have asked if they could translate our movies, Get Creative and Reticulum Rex into other languages. Thanks to the licenses we applied on each movie, those are definitely allowed and we’d like to encourage others to contribute to this effort. Towards that end, we’ve put up all the raw audio, script, and flash files for translation purposes.

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