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CC Newsletter - Issue No. 2
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Dear All,

The second ccNewsletter is chock full of interesting information, use cases, and
stories that illustrate the need for Creative Commons within this growing digital world.
It also highlights what is happening internally here at CC and calls attention to the
work of others that we believe is important to the vitality of the free culture movement.

Melissa Reeder                                                                    This PDF version of the ccNewsletter was remixed
Development Coordinator                                                           by Creative Commons Philippines.
Creative Commons                                                                  The repackaged newsletter is licensed under

INSIDE CC                                                            C ONGRATULATIONS ,          SHOUTOUTS , USE CASES AND

                                                                                                                                             quatro.sinko. "Ring of Fire." CC BY 2.0
                                                                                                                                             Backgrounds: Guerrero, Berne. Monochrome adaptation of the image of
3     -CC at OSCON, Eric Steuer on Slideshare                                INTERESTING TID-BITS
      -Announcing ccLearn - the education division of                11      -DIY Now! (book)
      Creative Commons                                                       -Finding and Quantifying Australia's Online
4     -CC Salon SF on WED, Aug. 8th from 7-9PM:                              Commons
      Bittorrent and Intern Presentations!                                   -Rhizome Integrates Creative Commons licenses
      -CC Canada Podcasting Legal Guide                                      into ArtBase
5     -Creative Commons statistics at iSummit 2007                   12      -Wellcome Images Launches with CC Licenses
      -Lessig at iSummit on the next 10 years                                -RAND Europe survey on Evaluation of Internet Self
6     Spoon to Headline Creative Commons Benefit                             Regulation, including CC
      Concert to Kick Off WIRED NextFest in LA                       13      -Mozilla visits [CC-]Brazil
                                                                             -Superstars on ccMixter
CC IN SCIENCE: FROM THE SCIENCE COMMONS BLOG                         14      -FOSS + Creative Commons LiveContent for
6    Science Commons' John Wilbanks in Popular                               libraries
     Science                                                                 -Mainstreaming open music
7    Nature Publishing Group launches free pre-print                 15      -CC licensed Film Achieves Massive Popularity on
     service for the biological sciences                                     YouTube
CC IN BUSINESS                                                       16      -More media from CC Salon Seoul and upcoming
8    -Amarok developer hired by Magnatune                                    CC Salon info
     -Community content and money                                            -Download "Good Copy Bad Copy"
9    PodTech Pays Lan Bui for CC Licensed Photograph
10   -Jamendo attracts VC funding
     -Blast Magazine Chooses CC
                                    Cover: Guerrero, Berne
                                                        Berne. “C-Flame.” CC BY 3.0. Includes images (all CC BY 2.0) from quatro.sinko.
                                    "Ring of Fire."; "Medieval Fortifications."
                          ; "Getting the brainstorming juices flowing."
                          ; creativecommoner/Creative Commons
                                    - SF HQ
                                    "DSC03543"; "Lawrence Lessig, CEO,
                                    Creative Commons."; "Eva!" http://
                          ; "Fouad Bajwa, Creative Commons Pakistan" http:/
                                    /; "Karien Bezuidenhout, Shuttleworth Foundation"
                          ; "Grete Pasch"
                                    photos/creativecommons/559950765/; "Joanne Boulle, Free High School Science Texts" http://
                          ; "Michelle Thorne, CCi & Mount Holyoke Collge"
                          ; "Fumi Yamazaki, Technorati Japan" http:/
                                    /; "Mark Surman"
                                    creativecommons/559583334; "Neeru";
"Gustavo Rodriguez, Cultura Libre, Creative Commons Venezuela"; "Yueh
Hsin Chu, Pig Head Skin, Taiwan"; "Russel John, Creative Commons,
Bangladesh"; "Mavzuna Abdurakhmanova, OSI Tajikistan" http://; "Nathaniel Stern, Artist in Residence"
creativecommons/559602626/; "Tommy, a fabulous host"; "Joichi Ito, Chair
of Creative Commons Board"; and "Ronaldo Lemos, Fundacion Getulio
Vargas, Brazil"
Inside CC                                                    Inside CC
CC AT OSCON, ERIC STEUER ON                                  A NNOUNCING                  CC L EARN           -   THE
SLIDESHARE                                                   EDUCATION DIVISION OF                      CREATIVE

by Cameron Parkins                                           by Ahrash Bissell
30 July 2007                                                 25 July 2007       

We had a great time at OSCON[1] last week - Nathan           Creative Commons[1] is pleased to announce the launch
Yergler,[2] CTO, and Jon Phillips,[3] Business + Community   of a new division focused on education: ccLearn. [2]
Developer, gave two presentations on CC and the open
source community while Mozilla and CC held a party to        ccLearn is dedicated to realizing the full potential of the
the jams of the one and only Menomena.[4] Although           Internet to support open learning and open educational
somewhat delayed, here is a nice digital trail of our        resources (OER).[3] Our mission is to minimize barriers to
escapades:                                                   sharing and reuse of educational materials — legal
                                                             barriers, technical barriers, and social barriers.
*   Nathan Yergler - Integrating CC Licensing with
    Applications[5] (via [6]                 *   With legal barriers, we advocate for licensing of
*   Jon Phillips - Refining Copyright Oscon 2007 [7]             educational materials under interoperable terms, such
*   Mozilla/CC Party - Photos[8] (via flickr) [9]                as those provided by Creative Commons licenses,
                                                                 that allow unhampered modification, remixing, and
In other CC news, Eric Steuer, Creative Director, posted         redistribution. We also educate teachers, learners,
two of his most recent presentations on as        and policy makers about copyright and fair-use issues
well - check them out at       pertaining to education.
yahoo-creative-talk-pdf-format/ and http://                  *   With technical barriers, we promote interoperability -                     standards and tools to facilitate remixing and reuse.
publishing-course-pdf-format/.                               *   With social barriers, we encourage teachers and
                                                                 learners to re-use educational materials available on
Endnotes                                                         the Web, and to build on each other’s contributions.

1                ccLearn will be in transition over the remainder of the
2        summer, 2007, reaching full operation this Fall. ccLearn
                                                             is generously supported by The William and Flora Hewlett
    e_sess/14607                                             Foundation[4] and is working closely with members of the
4                                 Foundation’s Open Educational Resources Program.[5] This
5       is an international project, and we will be working with
    licensing-with-applications/                             open educational sites and resources from around the
6                               world.
    oscon-2007/                                              Endnotes
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                CC Newsletter - Issue No. 2

Inside CC                                                         Inside CC
CC SALON SF ON WED, AUG 8                                         CC CANADA PODCASTING LEGAL
FROM 7-9 PM: BITTORENT AND                                        GUIDE

by Cameron Parkins                                                by Cameron Parkins
25 July 2007                                                      27 June 2007            

On Wednesday, Aug 8th, from 7-9 PM, we will be                    Creative Commons Canada has just released their
returning to[1] (1337 Mission St. in San              version[1] of the Creative Commons Podcasting Legal
Francisco)[2] for another Creative Commons Salon![3] A            Guide,[2] ported specifically for Canadian laws and
quick turn-around (last months was to make up for our             practices. The guide was handed out this weekend in
absence in June while at iSummit)[4] with tons of wonderful       printed form at the Podcasters Across Borders conference
things in store. Apart from the presentations, it is a great      in Kingston, Ontario and is available in PDF format on
opportunity to meet-up with others interested in Creative         the CC Canada website.[3] The guide is released under a
Commons’ flexible licensing, technology and standards             CC Canada Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike[4]
and informally discuss how we can all work together.              licence.

Joining us will be Ashwin Navin,[5] President and Co-             When it was first created, the Podcasting Legal Guide
Founder of Bittorent, Inc., who will be discussing the            pertained specifically to the U.S., with the hope that other
overlaps between the CC community and Bittorent and               jurisdictions would translate and adapt the guide for their
what this means in the near future. Also, all of this             own jurisdiction in order to assist podcasters around the
summer’s interns (of which I am one) will be presenting           world. CC Canada has done just that, and you can read
on what we’ve been up to for the past two months. It is           what one of the original PLG authors has to say about it at
bound to be a joyous occasion and one that will surely  
bring tears to the eyes of the rest of the CC staff.              podcasting-legal-guide-for-canada/. We hope this is the
                                                                  first of many adaptations to come and that other jurisdictions
As always, music and drinks will top everything off. Here         will be able to follow in CC Canada’s footsteps.
is the link on Upcoming[6] - we’ll see you there!
1                                               06/26/podcasting-legal-guide-for-canada/
2   h t t p : / / m a p s . g o o g l e . c o m /                 2
    maps?q=1337+Mission+St.+San+Francisco                             Podcasting_Legal_Guide
    &ie=UTF8&z=16&iwloc=addr&om=1                                 3
3                         4

We rely on our supporters to continue our work enabling stories   Creative Commons is sustained by the generous support of
like those listed above. Check it out:                            various organizations including the John D. and Catherine
                                                                  T. MacArthur Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, and the
DONATE                                                            Rockefeller Foundation as well as members of the public.

Inside CC

by Mike Linksvayer                                              While the presentation is based on a snapshot from early
28 June 2007                                                    this year, it includes some very interesting findings,                    including an experimental index based on license choices
                                                                in different jurisdictions (e.g., Sweden seems to be the
                                                                most liberal so far), while Spain is the standout in terms
It has been a long time since we’ve posted a proper update      of overall Creative Commons adoption.
on Creative Commons license adoption statistics,[1] so a
presentation on this topic was eagerly awaited at this year’s   I’m really eager to see the results of this research published
Creative Commons international meetings at the iSummit.         and for future research taking into account time series
                                                                data and additional sources. In the meantime Giorgos’
I led off with an overview presentation (PDF;[2] Scribd;[3]     presentation is the place to start if you’re interested in CC
Slideshare).[4] Here are the major points:                      license adoption statistics. If you’re a researcher with
                                                                interest in this topic see contact information in the
*   Metrics based on search engine queries are                  presentation. [9]
    conceptually straightforward but highly volatile and
    hard to verify, but the overall growth trend looks good.    Addendum: Giorgos summarizes the main findings on
                                                                his blog.
*   We’re also seeing strong growth at leading CC-
    enabled content repositories and strong growth of
    innovative CC-enabled repositories.                         Endnotes

*   Upcoming challenges including measuring reuse.              2
*   Big mistake: not encouraging rigorous outside analysis      3
    by people who know something about statistics long          4
    ago.                                                           metrics
With that last point in mind, I’ve been thrilled to be in       6
correspondence with Giorgos Cheliotis[5] of Singapore              Monitor_Findings_-_iSummit.pdf
Management University. Giorgos had been doing
independent research on open culture and digital media          8
ecosystem topics, including Creative Commons adoption.             isummit
He has academic papers on the subject in the works and          9
we were very lucky to have him give us a taste at the              Monitor_Findings_-_iSummit.pdf
iSummit. View his presentation: (PDF; [6] Scribd; [7]           10
Slideshare). [8]

Inside CC
                                                                Watch CC founder/CEO Lawrence Lessig’s keynote at
LESSIG@ISUMMIT ON THE NEXT 10                                   YouTube[1] or eyeVio[2] with required reading on the next
                                                                10 years[3] at his blog.

by Mike Linksvayer                                              1
19 June 2007                                                    2                    3

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               CC Newsletter - Issue No. 2

Inside CC                                                     CC in Science
S POON TO HEADLINE C REATIVE                                  S CIENCE C OMMONS ’ J OHN
by Cameron Parkins                                            by Kaitlin Thaney
22 June 2007                                                  19 July 2007        

We are very pleased to announce that Spoon,[1] the Austin,    This just in from … [1]
TX based rock-quartet, will headline a benefit concert for
Creative Commons on September 10, 2007, at the Henry              “Will John Wilbanks Launch the Next Scientific
Fonda Theater in Los Angeles!                                     Revolution?[2]

The concert will function not only as a fundraiser for CC,        Using innovative copyrights and a Web 2.0
but also as a kick off for WIRED NextFest,[2] “a unique           platform, John Wilbanks may just transform how
world’s-fair-style event showcasing future technologies           scientific discoveries are made
in design, entertainment, communication, healthcare,
transportation, sustainable living and more”. NextFest will       by Abby Seiff
be taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center
between September 13 and 16 - you can read WIRED’s                When Pasteur had his eureka moment, the
press release about the concert and NextFest at http://           processes leading up to it were barely different                    than Archimedes’s. The scientist hypothesized,
                                                                  created his tools, and executed his experiments
If that wasn’t enough, the concert will also serve as a           with little need for input from his colleagues. My,
reunion of sorts for Spoon and “Keepon the Robot”. If             how things have changed. As science has become
you have no clue who or what Keepon is, head over to              increasingly complex and interconnected, even
YouTube[3] and prepare to be mesmerized. Look at that             the smallest a-ha instance demands that
thing move!                                                       researchers spend the bulk of their time on grunt
                                                                  work - combing through relevant journal articles
This is incredible news - we’ve got our calendars marked          that are poorly annotated, begging colleagues
and are counting down the days. Tickets go on sale this           for necessary materials (a biologist may need
Saturday (June 23rd) at 10AM and are only $20! Get                specific cell lines, for instance), and tracking down
yours at                       data sets. As scientific goals grow more
09003ECCF63CC858?artistid=772074                                  multifaceted, the challenges for research and
&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=60 through                           developments lie not only in the experiments
Ticketmaster.                                                     themselves, but also in the transfer of information
                                                                  among peers.
                                                                  Enter John Wilbanks, executive director of the
1                                  Science Commons initiative, and the six-year-
2                                 old innovation of its parent organization, Creative
                                                                  Commons - an intelligent, understandable
                                                                  copyright that’s revolutionizing how everything
                                                                  from photos to publications are shared. Wilbanks
                                                                  and his team (which includes Nobel Prize winners
                                                                  Joshua Lederberg and John Sulston) are focused
                                                                  on three areas where roadblocks to scientific
                                                                  discovery are most common: in accessing

                                                               John Wilbanks > 15
CC in Science
N ATURE P UBLISHING G ROUP                                LAUNCHES FREE PRE - PRINT

by Kaitlin Thaney                                                     seeking new ways to achieve this,” said Annette
22 June 2007                                                          Thomas, [7] Managing Director of Nature                          Publishing Group. “Precedings is an important                    new step for us and, we hope, the research
18/nature-launches-nature-precedings/                                 community. We are particularly proud to have
                                                                      conceived and developed the service with the
From the Science Commons[1] blog[2] …                                 help of a group of such highly esteemed
                                                                      organizations; the British Library,[8] the European
“Today Nature Publishing Group[3] launches Nature                     Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), [9] Science
Precedings[4] – a free document sharing service for the               Commons,[10] and the Wellcome Trust. [11] “
sciences. The service further enables scientists to share
their preliminary findings and research in a free                Science Commons joins the list of partner organizations
environment, while allowing authors to retain copyright          in support of this initiative, and as a member of Precedings’
in their work. All accepted contributions are released under     Advisory Committee.
a Creative Commons Attribution license,[5] allowing for
the material to be reused and redistributed as long as it is          “Science progresses through the open exchance
attributed to the author under terms specified.                       and reuse of ideas and data, but within a system
                                                                      that provides proper credit for their originators,”
This is the biological equivalent of the physics arXiv,[6] but        said John Wilbanks,[12] Executive Director of
with a critical improvement. Placing pre-prints online                Science Commons.[13] “Creative Commons
solves the problem of an individual’s ability to access an            licenses can help to achieve just that, and we
article. But in the absence of an explicit copyright license,         are delighted they have found yet another scientific
it’s unclear what that individual can actually do with the            use in Nature Precedings.”
downloaded file. Nature’s choice to use CC-BY is a
validation of the need to grant rights in advance to users,      To access Precedings, visit
and of the CC-BY license in a truly Open Access service.
The launch of this Web service is a promising step towards
further facilitating the dissemination and open exchange         1
of information in the biological sciences. Precedings
features submissions from biomedicine, chemistry and             4
the earth sciences. The Web service fulfills the role of a       5
preprint server but accepts a wider array of document            6
types, including unpublished manuscripts, presentations,         7    h t t p : / / w w w. n a t u r e . c o m / n p g _ / c o m p a n y _ i n f o /
white papers and supplementary findings. Curators from                exec_committee.html
Nature Publishing Group review all submissions.                  8
Acceptance is determined by the document’s relevancy             9
to the field and legitimacy.                                     10
From Nature’s press release,                                     13

    ‘Helping scientists to communicate their ideas is
    central to Nature’s mission, and we are constantle

                                                                                      CC Newsletter - Issue No. 2
               CC Newsletter - Issue No. 2

CC in Business                                              CC in Business
A MAROK DEVELOPER                      HIRED BY             C OMMUNITY                   CONTENT                 AND
MAGNATUNE                                                   MONEY

by Mike Linksvayer                                          by Mike Linksvayer
31 July 2007                                                17 July 2007      

Magnatune,[1] a record label that uses a CC BY-NC-SA[2]     Evan Prodromou just published a great essay on paying
license for all releases (Magnatune founder John Buckman    wiki contributors.[1] He says don’t, offering solid reasons
is also on the CC board), has just hired[3] free software   and alternatives. One alternative that I won’t argue with
developer Nikolaj Hald Nielsen[4] to work on Amarok,[5] a   (but probably one of the least interesting–read the essay
free software media player.                                 for more):

While software and services companies for years have            Donate. Set aside a good part of the profits from
hired many free software developers to continue to work         the site (if there are any…) to donations to related
on their free software projects and employees of open           charities. Donations to Creative Commons,[2] the
content companies have contributed to free software             Free Software Foundation,[3] and Wikimedia
projects, this may be the first time an open content            Foundation[4] are probably all good candidates.
company has hired a free software developer to work on          There may also be domain-specific charities you
the developer’s free software project.                          can contribute to; if you have a site about pets,
                                                                say, you could contribute to the Animal Rescue
I suspect this will be the first of many such hires. Open       Network.[5]
content companies are growing and often are highly
dependent on free software for infrastructure and end       Relatedly, Evan’s talk at SXSW this spring on
user services.                                              Commercialization of Wikis[6] was the best session at SXSW
                                                            (says me) and a must read for anyone building a
Congratulations to Magnatune and Nikolaj! There’s a         community or user generated content site (Evan argues
placeholder article on the CC Wiki concerning Amarok/       that many such sites have “WikiNature” though they aren’t
CC integration. [6]                                         formally wikis).

Endnotes                                                    To wrap up the self-serving nature of this post, Evan
                                                            recommends CC licensing for commercial wikis. But that
1                                   should be obvious.
CC in Business

by Cameron Parkins                                                   cash. This was, for the most part, about setting a
18 July 2007                                                         precedent so companies (and individals) think                         about what they are doing and the repercussions
                                                                     that can ensue when they use others’ work outside
                                                                     of the copyright or Creative Commons license
Lan Bui, photographer[1] and vlogger,[2] recently found              that is provided.
himself in a difficult situation in relation to a photo he
published on flickr [3] under a Creative Commons                     I believe in using Creative Commons, it allows
Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 license.[4] While at this              my work to be used without someone going
years SXSW conference, Lan noticed to his surprise that              through the hassle of contacting me and waiting
the photo[5] had been reproduced on a promotional poster             for me to grant them permission. I am ok with
for PodTech,[6] a technology and entertainment video                 this as long as they follow the rules of the license,
network. There was no attribution to be found and the                but just like if I had an all rights reserved copyright
use was commercial, violating the terms Lan had chosen.              on a photograph, contact me before you use it
                                                                     outside of what Creative Commons grants. This
What followed was a lengthly back and forth between                  goes for anyone using Creative Commons, you
Lan and PodTech. After going through the proper channels             should expect others and companies to respect
to solve the issue, but with no results, Lan posted about            your copyright. You still own the copyright on
the incident[7] on his blog. Many responded, commented,              your work if you release it under Creative
and weighed in on the matter - some in support of Lan                Commons; you are just granting certain use of
and others in disagreement. For the most part, there was             your work through a Creative Commons license.
an overarching feeling that Lan, under his specified terms,
deserved compensation from PodTech.                                  It is unfortunate that PodTech did not take into
                                                                     account the terms of Lan’s CC licence, as it would
After a long wait, this compensation eventually came,                from the get-go prevented the entire issue.
albeit in an amount much less than Lan had asked for.                Perhaps PodTech misunderstood his licence to
PodTech sent him a check for less than a third of his original       begin with, but this should not have stopped them
invoice and less than half of his renegotiated claim, a              from working with Lan to find a mutually
frustrating response to say the least. From Lan: [8]                 beneficial solution. Thankfully Lan was monetarily
                                                                     compensated for his work to an extent -
    I didn’t want lower my offer because I didn’t want               unfortunately it was not on the terms he had
    to set a precedent that others can steal work and                chosen.
    then negotiate after the fact as though nothing
    was done wrong in the first place. What incentive                There has always been a commitment to
    is there for companies to pay creators up front                  commercial viability with the licenses CC provides
    for their work if they can just steal it then only               - allowing or disallowing commercial use as a
    pay up if they get caught, with no penalty, the                  creator sees fit. As CC gains momentum,
    same amount they would have paid up front?                       knowledge of this will become more pervasive,
    Negotiations are for normal business                             from both a content creator and content
    transactions, which happen before work is used…                  consumer standpoint. CC licenses and
    this was a different story. Although that was my                 commercial use fit together nicely and have the
    position, I also didn’t want to drag the entire thing            ability to marriage the benefits of a “sharing
    on for a long time, so I decided to lower my                     economy” with that of “permission culture”.
    invoice to $2500. They didn’t accept my offer.
                                                                 Lan has decided to end pursuing the matter and instead
    From the beginning of this I’ve told everyone                has chosen to donate the money he received from PodTech
    that I was not looking for some quick easy free               PodTech > 15

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                  CC Newsletter - Issue No. 2

CC in Business                                                                 CC in Business
JAMENDO ATTRACTS VC FUNDING                                                    BLAST MAGAZINE CHOOSES CC

by Mike Linksvayer                                                             by Cameron Parkins
17 July 2007                                                                   10 July 2007                         

Congratulations yet again[1] to Jamendo, though this time                      Blast Magazine,[1] an online publication that focuses on
not for adding CC licensed music and features, but for                         “lifestyle issues, trends, fashion, sexuality, romance,
raising money to do even more:[2]                                              movies, music, literature, arts, poker, technology, video
                                                                               games, computers and gadgets in the 18-35
    Jamendo[3] allows users to listen and download                             demographic”, has recently adopted a CC Attribution-
    for free more than 40.000 DRM-less music tracks                            Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License[2] for all their
    under Creative Commons license. So far, 3                                  content. You can read their press release at http://
    million albums have been legally downloaded                      
    from the Jamendo platform, which currently                                 editor-blast-the-open-online-magazine/.
    counts 500.000 unique visitors per month. Since
    January 2007, Jamendo offers to its artists a                              This is fantastic news - as of late, we have seen more[4]
    Revenue Share program: half of the advertising                             and more[5] publishers adopting CC-licenses for their
    revenue are shared with the registered artists.                            content, an inspiring trend to say the least. By choosing to
                                                                               use CC-licenses, publications like Blast are able to distribute
    Laurent Kratz Founder and CEO of Jamendo                                   their content in terms that account for the dynamic
    commented: “We are very proud to welcome                                   relationship between reader and author new technologies
    Mangrove as a new shareholder in our company.                              have helped foster. This flexibility is essential to the way
    We share the same vision of the future of music.                           we access and consume content, be it written or otherwise.
    With this funding, we plan to become the
    undisputed global player of free music. More                               Endnotes
    than a music sharing platform we are
    economically supporting and promoting the long                             1
    tail of music. We have a proven business model                             2
    where music is not only proposed for free to end
    consumers but we are also closing an increasing                            5
    number of partnership agreements and licensing                                 2006/12/15/newspaper_chain.html

Exciting stuff. But if you’re more interested in the music,
Jamendo is nearly at 4000 albums.[4] One I’ve been
enjoying recently is Devon Miles[5] - Nine Hundred,
supposedly “noisy emo math rock”, licensed under
Attribution-ShareAlike.[6] The track “Crash Into June” is
particularly catchy.


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Congratulations, shoutouts, use cases, and interesting tidbits

DIY NOW! (BOOK)                                                                RHIZOME INTEGRATES CREATIVE
                                                                               COMMONS LICENSES INTO ARTBASE

by Mike Linksvayer                                                             by Cameron Parkins
19 September 2007                                                              27 July 2007                         

Michael W. Dean and Chris Caulder have made their                              Rhizome,[1] “an online platform for the global new media
“guide to making a living making music out of your                             art community”, announced yesterday that it will integrate
backpack, from anywhere, and everywhere” available                             Creative Commons licenses into its online art archive,
as an ebook download[1] licensed under CC Attribution-                         the Artbase.[2] From here onwards, artists who contribute
ShareAlike. [2]                                                                to ArtBase will have the option to license their work under
                                                                               a Creative Commons License of their choosing, greatly
Even better, they’ve put up all the book’s source files up                     adding to ArtBase’s flexibility. From Rhizome: [3]
for download and remixing.
                                                                                   “By implementing Creative Commons, Rhizome
Via Boing Boing. [3]                                                               aligns itself with sites like, Flickr and Digg,
                                                                                   who nurture not only a community of free
Endnotes                                                                           creativity, but of free culture,” says [Fred]
                                                                                   Benenson. Lauren Cornell, Executive Director of
1                                                         Rhizome, adds that “It’s in the spirit of Rhizome
2                                 to foster collaboration amongst artists. I’m happy
3   h t t p : / / w w w. b o i n g b o i n g . n e t / 2 0 0 7 / 0 7 / 1 9 /
                                                                                   that Rhizome is able to make these licenses
                                                                                   available, and to support the practice of sharing
                                                                                   cultural material within the arts.”
                                                                               It is fantastic that a leading institution in new media art
AUSTRALIA'S ONLINE COMMONS                                                     such as Rhizome has added the ability for CC-licensing in
                                                                               its online publishing interface. As more online repositories,
                                                                               be they artistic or otherwise, add CC-licensing options,
                                                                               the stronger the commons grows. As such, license-
by Mike Linksvayer                                                             adoption from online communities is an essential part of
30 August 2007                                                                 CC’s overall goal, enabling content-creators and content-                                   consumers easy tools to license and remix larger and
                                                                               larger bodies of work.

Finding and Quantifying Australia’s Online Commons[1]                          You can read more about Rhizome at
is an in-depth look at open license use in Australia, in                       info/.
particular analysis of Creative Commons license adoption.
Thanks to both Jessica Coates of CC Australia[2] and Jordan
Hatcher[3] for pointing this excellent resource out following
last month’s presentations on CC statistics. [4]                               3


                                                                                               CC Newsletter - Issue No. 2
               CC Newsletter - Issue No. 2

Congratulations, shoutouts, use cases, and interesting tidbits

W ELLCOME I MAGES L AUNCHES                                     RAND E UROPE SURVEY ON
WITH CC LICENSES                                                E VALUATION OF I NTERNET S ELF
                                                                REGULATION, INCLUDING CC

by Cameron Parkins                                              by Mike Linksvayer
10 July 2007                                                    10 July 2007          

Wellcome Images,[1] an online image repository “depicting       A note from Chris Marsden of RAND Europe:
2,000 years of mankind and medicine”, recently
launched their enormous collection online under a               I am working on a report for the European Commission
Creative Commons Attribution, Non-commercial Licence            on the efficacy of self- and co-regulation in various online
2.0.[2] From their press release: [3]                           sectors, looking at organisations such as Creative
                                                                Commons, the W3C, and others.
    Launched on 15 June 2007, ‘Wellcome Images’
    is the world’s leading source of images on the              We’d be most grateful if CC members had time to
    history of medicine, modern biomedical science              participate in one part of the project, a survey:
    and clinical medicine. All content has been made
    available under a Creative Commons License,       
    which allows users to copy, distribute and display          TakeSurvey.asp?SurveyID=3JK663L0368KG
    the image, provided the source is fully attributed
    and it is used for non-commercial purposes.                 Note that you do not need to fill in all the questions - you
                                                                can simply press ‘Next’ to skip pages where you need to.
    Wellcome Images is constantly updated with new              It would help us if you could be very specific in answering
    clinical, and biomedical and historical images              question 5.
    from the Wellcome Library, Europe’s leading
    resource for the study of history of medicine               Our assessment will cover self-regulatory organisations’
    which recently re-launched as part of the new               efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability in order to
    and forthcoming Wellcome Collection.                        identify conditions under which such institutional
                                                                arrangements can best stimulate innovation without
This is absolutely amazing news. Projects like Wellcome         compromising safety, security and fundamental rights. The
Images are phenomenal resources for those in the                ultimate aim is to support EC efforts to further these
academic world, allowing students and teachers alike open       objectives by initiating and/or mediating self- and co-
access to a wealth of information. By utilizing CC-licensing,   regulation.
Wellcome Images is more able to fully realize the true
spirit of academia - an unblocked and open pursuit of           The evaluation will be based on documentary, quantitative,
knowledge and understanding.                                    elite interview and electronic survey evidence, analyzed
                                                                within a logical framework reflecting existing knowledge
Endnotes                                                        of the evolution of self-/co- regulation. The findings and
                                                                recommendations will be validated by means of a key
1                stakeholder workshop and reported in a form suitable for
    Home.html?s=YfQYbi59MkW                                     wide dissemination and discussion.
                                                                Thanks to Veni Markovski[1] of CC Bulgaria[2] for bringing
                                                                the survey to our attention.


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MOZILLA VISITS [CC-]BRAZIL                                   SUPERSTARS ON CCMIXTER

by Mike Linksvayer                                           by Victor Stone
1 July 2007                                                  6 July 2007       

Representatives of two of our favorite organizations         Salman Ahmad[1] is the founder of one of the world’s
recently got together — Mozilla[1] and CC Brazil affiliate   most popular bands Junoon.[2] A household name in South
Centro de Tecnologia e Sociedade da Escola de Direito        Asia, the band has sold over 25 million albums, played at
da Fundação Getulio Vargas no Rio de Janeiro.[2] JT Batson   the United Nations by special invitation and Salman and
from the Mozilla marketing team wrote about the              the band have been the subject of several BBC
meeting.[3] Excerpt:                                         documentaries. Salman has now decided that his solo
                                                             catalog should be released under Creative Commons and
    At Mozilla, we often struggle to relate our core         has signed a contract with Magnatune. [3]
    goal (promoting a innovation and choice on the
    web) to something meaningful for daily users.            In celebration Magnatune and Creative Commons are
    This challenge isn’t unique to Mozilla. One of           sponsoring a remix contest[4] featuring Salman’s song
    the main goals of CTS is to ensure that their            “Natchoongi.”[4] Submissions are currently being accepted
    research and work, which if focused on                   through the end of July.
    development, innovation and democracy, is
    accessible to the average person. In addition to         Meanwhile BBE Records has announced the winners of
    their many blogs aimed at general consumers,             the DJ Vadim remix contest[5] and will be releasing these
    they also developed a real world approach to             winning entries in a variety of media throughout the the
    explaining the impact of copyright owners pushing        year. Congratulations to grand prize winner Jr Eakee[6]
    for “permanent” copyright to materials by having         and all the other winners. Read more and listen to the
    20 different musicians record different tracks           winners at This
    from a high profile Brazilian classical musician         contest went so well that BBE and ccMixter have agreed
    whose family is fighting to extend the copyright         to work together to release a lot more material into the
    on his work indefinitely. If the copyright expires       Commons so keep an eye out for that.
    on January 1, for example, the 20 new tracks
    will be released on the 2nd and then on the 3rd,         Endnotes
    the CTS team will promote a contest to see who
    can do the best remix of the tracks, which could         1
    never have been done before in mass because
    of the copyright. Rather that just issuing a press       4
    release bemoaning the problem, their work to             5
    make copyright expiration palatable to a broader         6
    audience is down right impressive (forgive my
    butchering of the example).

That is from the first of several interesting posts about
Mozilla’s trip to Brazil.


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                                                                            CC Newsletter - Issue No. 2
              CC Newsletter - Issue No. 2

Congratulations, shoutouts, use cases, and interesting tidbits

FOSS + C REATIVE C OMMONS                                   MAINSTREAMING                OPEN MUSIC

by Timothy Vollmer                                          by Mike Linksvayer
20 June 2007                                                24 June 2007      

Creative Commons is developing LiveContent,[1] a project    Michael Gregoire, curator of the beautiful netBloc
to connect and expand Creative Commons and open             compilation series[1] (previously mentioned at http://
source communities. The first output of LiveContent will and at http://
be ccLiveCD[2] for libraries, which will package free and; #6 now
open source software (FOSS) with CC-licensed content.       available)[2] has published an essay on some of the things
ccLiveCD aims to demonstrate an example of an easy-         needed to make open music a part of mainstream
to-use, viable alternative to proprietary software and      culture:[3]
further explore possibilities of the FOSS and Creative
Commons movements within libraries.                             Once a listener realizes that net audio is as good
                                                                or better than mainstream music, they’re in.
ccLiveCD will come loaded with lots of great content,           They’re part of the movement. They begin to
including a live-boot Linux OS, a combination of free           explore the net audio world. The more you
and open source productivity and creativity applications        explore and listen to net audio, the less you’re
(such as OpenOffice, Inkscape, Gimp and VLC), open              influenced by the mainstream music-industry.
document templates, and a variety of Creative Commons-          Wouldn’t it be great if it were easier for these
licensed multimedia and educational content.                    new listeners to find GREAT new net audio? What
                                                                can be done to make it easier to dig through the[3] is providing the support for the              immense numbers of net audio releases?
development of this project and the distribution of the
CD. Watch for ccLiveCD updates, and help further the        Music to my ears. I’ve been harping on the criticality of
LiveContent vision by contributing ideas, connections to    discovery services and tastemakers (and praising[4] ones
other projects, and best-of-CC content on the wiki. [4]     that exist) for a few years.[5] There’s now a lot more[6]
                                                            great CC licensed music available than when I started.
                                                            Speaking of tastemaking, check out the music of Lee
1             Maddeford. [7]
3                              Endnotes
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CC LICENSED F ILM A CHIEVES                                        GPLV3

by Cameron Parkins                                                 by Mike Linksvayer
19 June 2007                                                       29 June 2007             

The Spanish short film, Lo que tú Quieras Oír[1]–released          Congratulations to the Free Software Foundation on the
under a CC Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike                    release of the GNU General Public License, Version 3.[1]
license[2]–has achieved a huge amount of popularity on             The GPL is critical underpinning for free software, but it
YouTube, totaling close to 10,000,000 views!                       is hard to overstate its importance for all computing, or
                                                                   indeed society at large.
While the film itself is quite brilliant, the CC license enables
its viewers to not only freely distribute the film, but also       The FSF took this responsibility extremely seriously, putting
remix it as long as they give credit, do so with non-              GPLv3 through by far the most rigorous versioning process
commercial intent, and share their new works under the             of any public license to date. Creative Commons has some
same license. We can only hope that part of the short’s            experience[2] in this respect, but we are mere newbies by
online success has been enhanced by this decision to utilize       comparison.
CC licensing.
                                                                   Note that Creative Commons has always recommended[3]
Don’t forget to check out the film’s website (Spanish;             the GPL and other free software licenses for software.
English translation via Google)[4] as well!                        We look forward to transitioning software we create to
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     translate?               FAQ#Can_I_use_a_Creative_Commons_license_for_software.3F
    9 < PodTech                                                        6 < John Wilbanks

directly to CC to help further our mission. Lan’s belief in             literature, obtaining materials and sharing data.
the ethos of CC is truly inspiring - CC licenses were created           […]”
as a means to avoid these content misuses on all levels,
and Lan sees his donation as a means to further this goal.              You can read the rest of this article, which includes
He is truly an exemplary member of the CC community.                    an interview with Wilbanks, [3] at http://
                                                                        w w w. p o p s c i . c o m / p o p s c i / t e c h n o l o g y /
Endnotes                                                                f8a1780809ed3110vgnvcm1000004eecbccdrcrd.html.

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                                                                                        CC Newsletter - Issue No. 2
               CC Newsletter - Issue No. 2

Congratulations, shoutouts, use cases, and interesting tidbits

M ORE MEDIA FROM CC S ALON                                     D OWNLOAD “G OOD C OPY B AD
SEOUL AND UPCOMING CC SALON                                    COPY”

by Cameron Parkins                                             by Eric Steuer
8 June 2007                                                    4 June 2007         

Following up on our previous post (“CC Salon London
and Post-CC Salon Seoul”) [1] comes even more media
from the most recent, and wonderfully amazing, ccSalon
in Seoul.[2] The theme, “Code Can be an Art”, was
engaged through a media-jam encouraging those in
attendance to create art from code, presentations by local
artists and DJs, as well as a panel discussion focusing on
the question “Could code be widely regarded as an
artform?”. Follow the link to see video as well as an
amazing interactive piece created from media generated
at the Salon.

The success of CC Salon Seoul only further illuminates         Good Copy Bad Copy[1] is a terrific new documentary
the notion that anyone can start a CC Salon wherever           about copyright and culture, directed by Andreas Johnsen,
they’d like,[3] helping CC spread. In the near future, there   Ralf Christensen, and Henrik Moltke. It features interviews
is the upcoming London CC Salon[4] as well as both the         with Danger Mouse, Girl Talk, Siva Vaidhyanathan,
July[5] and August[6] CC Salons in San Francisco.              Lawrence Lessig, and many others with various
                                                               perspectives on copyright.
Involving CC in local communities is essential to CC’s
growth as a movement, but we need your help! If you            Check out the film’s trailer below (via[2] and
want to set up a CC Salon in your area, let us know[7] and     download the torrent for the XviD version of the whole
we can send some schwag your way.                              movie at [3]

Endnotes                                                       Endnotes

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About Creative Commons
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and artistic works—whether owned or in the public domain. Creative Commons licences provide a flexible range of
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traditional copyright to offer a voluntary “some rights reserved” approach. It is sustained by the generous support of
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