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Fray Audio Archive

Matt Haughey, September 17th, 2003

This week we’re highlighting Derek Powazek‘s online storytelling work at The Fray, specifically The Fray Audio Archive. The Fray is a site where people tell stories and others comment on those stories, and once a year there are worldwide gatherings to do open-mic storytelling live, dubbed Fray Day. The Fray Audio Archive contains recordings from the past 5 years of events, totalling over 18 hours of Creative Commons licensed audio. If you like what you hear, you might want to check out this year’s Fray Day, taking place between October 3rd and 5th in 14 cities across the globe.

Also worth noting is that all Fray audio is being generously hosted by the Internet Archive, free of charge. We’ve recently updated the licensing process to point out the Archive’s Open Source Audio and Open Source Movies areas. The Archive offers free hosting of audio and video works you have created and licensed under Creative Commons, so if storage and bandwidth are holding your creativity back, do yourself a favor and check out the Internet Archive.

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Can you remix? Want to be on our CD? Want a free T-shirt?

Neeru Paharia, September 16th, 2003

If you send us a remix of Superego Exchange by September 23rd, we will send you a free Creative Commons T-shirt — a $20 dollar value. The best entry will go on the Creative Commons promotional CD. Send us your remixes in now!

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The New York Times

Press Robot, September 15th, 2003

Whatever Will Be Will Be Free on the Internet,” by Steve Lohr.

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Creative Commons awarded prize for Best Social Innovation

Glenn Otis Brown, September 15th, 2003

We’ve just learned that the Institute for Social Inventions (UK) has named our licensing project the Best Social Innovation in 2003 in the Communications Category.

The Institute is an educational charity founded in 1985. Its patrons include Brian Eno, Anita Roddick, and Fay Weldon.

We’ll pass on details as we learn more.

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Creative Commons in NYT

Glenn Otis Brown, September 15th, 2003

A piece on digital music from the Sunday New York Times mentions Creative Commons and quotes our chairman.

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Matt Haughey, September 11th, 2003

September 11, 2001 was a day of shock, horror, sadness, and confusion for many of us. In the midst of all that, a few tried their best to gather as much information as they could about it, to help make sense of things.’s September 11 post was a hub for breaking news, photos, and personal perspectives from NYC.

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T-shirts on sale

Matt Haughey, September 11th, 2003

If you’ve caught up with Creative Commons at any conferences or events this year, you’ve probably seen us wearing Creative Commons t-shirts. If you’d like to order one for yourself and help support our non-profit organization, we’re now offering the same shirts for sale. They are $20 including shipping to the US and Canada, available in medium, large and extra large sizes. The shirts are a light green Hanes Beefy T with a screenprinted logo on the front, “Some Rights Reserved” and URL on the back, and we’re using Paypal to accept payments. Order soon, order often.


More Human-Readable Than Human-Readable

Glenn Otis Brown, September 9th, 2003

Have a look at our new, streamlined license selection process and Commons Deeds (an example).

Thanks to all of you who have written to us these first nine months with suggestions for improvements, and please let us know if you see anything in these new pages that could be improved.

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Glenn Otis Brown, September 9th, 2003

Our friends at OYEZ, the U.S. Supreme Court audio archivists dedicated to releasing their decades of recordings online with our licenses, have already posted the audio from yesterday’s arguments in the challenge to the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law. Check it out.

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Cory Doctorow’s new book and licensed chapters

Matt Haughey, September 8th, 2003

Cory Doctorow was previously profiled on this site for his first novel, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, which was released under a Creative Commons license. His new book, A Place So Foreign and Eight More, is a short story collection that can be purchased online, and you can also download six of the nine stories which are released under a Creative Commons license.

Congrats Cory!

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