People Like Us/Vicki Bennett

Matt Haughey, September 5th, 2003

Vicki Bennett recently sat down to talk to us about her thoughts on how and why she creates audio and visual collage, the upcoming sampling license, and the legal issues surrounding her creativity.

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10,000 Birds

Matt Haughey, September 4th, 2003

Fans of the recent documentary hit movie “Winged Migration” might be interested in following this week’s featured content at the 10,000 Birds Blog. Written by a small team of casual bird-watchers, their goal is to document as many sightings of the roughly 10,000 bird species found in the world. So far, they’re up to 210. After reading their site, I can’t help but hope they make their goal and continue publishing their Creative Commons licensed updates far into the future.

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The CSS challenge

Matt Haughey, September 3rd, 2003

Hot on the heels of a popular web design demonstration at CSS zen garden, No Sight At Night has launched their own redesign challenge, asking designers to create new looks for the site using cascading style sheets (CSS), with all submissions licensed under a Creative Commons license for others to share.

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The Textmapping Project

Matt Haughey, August 28th, 2003

The Textmapping Project is a site aiming to improve reading comprehension by providing tutorials for teachers, homeschoolers, and education researchers. The practice of textmapping involves creating large scrolls containing information. Information presented in this way allows students to get an idea of the “big picture” and helps them figure out ways of gleaning relevant information and themes in a larger work, among many other benefits.

The site itself has a comprehensive copyright section explaining how to use their content and how to give them proper attribution in accordance with the Creative Commons license, and they even include the HTML that users can copy and paste to their documents. They also have an explanation of why they chose the license and offer a list of other licenses that educational researchers may be interested in.

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As the Classics go Public

Matt Haughey, August 28th, 2003

Book Magazine recently published a list of the 50 best-selling classics in 2002, and blogger Eliot Landrum decided to improve upon it. He looked up the date that every book on the list is set to go into the public domain in the US (10 of the 50 already are), and republished the list here.

I can’t wait to see what kinds of great side-stories, reinterpretations, and movies get created after Tolkien’s, Steinbeck’s, and Hemingway’s work goes free.

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Care to Remix? Visit Common Content

Neeru Paharia, August 28th, 2003

There is a lot of great Creative Commons licensed work at Common Content — much of it — licensed to allow you, to remix and make derivative works.

If you are entering the Creative Commons Moving Image Contest, Common Content would be a good source of seed material to remix as part of your entry.

If you have Creative Commons licensed works, register at Common Content — that way people will be able to find your work to remix, or share.

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Creative Commons Moving Image Contest

Neeru Paharia, August 28th, 2003


Enter the Creative Commons Moving Image Contest.

Make a 2-minute moving image that describes Creative Commons’ mission.

Win a computer, a digital video camera, or an iPod.

An amazing panel of judges will select winners.

Please read the official rules.

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More on iCommons Finland

Glenn Otis Brown, August 28th, 2003

Our friends at HIIT in Finland have added an English explanation of their proposed changes for porting the Creative Commons licenses to Finland.

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MIT Everyware

Matt Haughey, August 26th, 2003

The September issue of Wired Magazine features an article called “MIT Everyware” about the OpenCourseWare project, which aims to offer material from every course at MIT, all under a Creative Commons license. As the article suggests, various educational organizations around the world have sprung up to help translate and disseminate the materials. Here’s a translation of the Creative Commons license used in Vietnam’s OpenCourseWare material, for students such as the one described in Ho Chi Minh City. Creative Commons co-founder and board member Hal Abelson is also quoted in the article.

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Matt Haughey, August 21st, 2003

This week’s featured content is a new site called WikiTravel that takes an innovative, community approach to sharing travel information. The site is based on a Wiki, which is a bit of web software that allows anyone to edit and create new pages, giving a community of interested users the power to expand the content of a site in any direction. Current hot topics include a great set of tips on flying and tips for driving in Australia.

To go along with the multi-author, community spirit of the site, the contents are licensed under a Creative Commons license, allowing anyone to reprint, modify, and even use the content commercially.

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