Just a little over two weeks until South by Southwest, the wonderful tech-film-music conference in Austin, Texas, USA (my beloved hometown). If you’re in town, come check out our two panels on music (Sample, Share, or Both?) and film (Can Copyright Bring the Audience to the Director?) the morning of March 15. That night we’ll have a free party at El Sol y La Luna, a great Mexican spot on South Congress, co-hosted by our friends at the EFF and Common Content. Let us know if you think you’ll make it by.Comments Off
Creative Commons has recently expanded the iCommons project further to include Croatian, Spanish, and Catalan drafts in progress. They join the other jurisdictions in the effort to port Creative Commons licenses to the framework of international law. Every country has an ongoing discussion so if you’re interested in helping bring the licenses to these places, feel free to join in. The associated press releases are also online.Comments Off
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.Comments Off
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.Comments Off
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.Comments Off
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.Comments Off
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.Comments Off
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!Comments Off
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.
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).Comments Off