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                                                                   October 2008
               CC Newsletter - Issue No. 9

Dear All,                                                         see the word fundraising and
                                                                  immediately your eyes glaze over
The past couple of months have not been easy — living in          — but please, keep reading! If
uncertainty never is. What is certain, though, is that we need    you care about what we’re doing,
to increase creative problem solving and innovation on a          if you think it’s important, then you
global scale. As I sit here thinking about innovation and         will want to know what’s going on
how it happens, I’ve come to realize that we’ve been able to      with the part of the organization
highlight only a very small percentage of the progress made       responsible for making sure the
possible thanks to the tools CC develops and provides for free    (CC) things you care about are
that enable people to harness the power of the Commons            actualized.                             A l ex R o b e r t s . “M e lis s a
and the open Web — and that gives me hope. It gives me                                                    Reeder.” CC BY 3.0
hope because it means that there are millions of projects,        Our annual fundraising
initiatives, thinkers, and doers out there making advances in     campaign is CC’s most important fundraising initiative. It
every realm of thought, and that have the potential to help       raises vital unrestricted funds for CC’s core operations, and
solve some of the world’s biggest problems — and just think       it encourages our community members to rally around CC,
about the innovation possible if all that information was free    proving to us, to others, and to the U.S. government that we
and accessible!                                                   are a publicly supported organization — that we’re important
                                                                  and necessary. This newsletter will walk you through the
The past three newsletters have highlighted various               concept and components of the recently-launched campaign,
CC projects: Creative Commons International, Science              so that you can get a better sense of what CC is doing, where
Commons, and Culture Commons, and their impressive                our priorities lie, where we want to go, and how we need
accomplishments over the past year. While this newsletter         you — the community — to help us get there.
adheres to the previous format of highlighting some significant
CC accomplishments over the past two months, its main focus       All the best,
is to update you on a part of CC that is vital to each of our
programs and projects, and yet rarely gets acknowledged           Melissa Reeder
— the development department. Not development as                  Development Manager
in software, but development as in community building,            Creative Commons
outreach, and the ever important — fundraising. You may

The Inside Scoop
3    Build the Commons                                            10     dublab and Creative Commons launch Into Infinity,
                                                                         a CC-licensed art and music project themed around
CC News                                                                  the infinite possibilities of creative reuse.
4   Flickr Co-founder Caterina Fake Joins the Creative
      Commons Board.                                              ccLearn
5     American presidential candidates show support for           11     Latam Commons 2008: ccLearn to host a three-day
      “open debates.”                                                    conference in Santiago, Chile on “open licensing,
                                                                         open technologies, and the future of education in
CC International                                                         Latin America.”
5    Former CC General Counsel to lead Australian                 14     Bill Enabling Community Colleges to Establish OER
      government digital economy push.                                   Pilot Program is signed into law
6     Launched! Creative Commons Romania reports on a
      successful event.
7     CC Jordan: First Arabic Version 3.0 License draft in
      public discussion.
8     Australian National Innovation Review recommends
      Creative Commons.

Culture Commons
9    Featured Commoner: Brad Sucks, a CC license-using
      pop/rock musician and one of the most remixed artists
      at cc Mixter.
The Inside Scoop
Help Build the Commons

On October 15th, CC launched its fourth annual fundraising
effort - the Build the Commons campaign. I would like to
take this opportunity to extend a hearty thanks to those of
you who have already joined in our efforts. We’re off to a
pretty good start, but but there is still much more we can do!
We’ve set some pretty ambitious goals for this campaign (we      CC Network
want to raise $500,000 by December 31!), but as long as          This is a brand new feature of Creative
each of us does our part to rally the community and show         Commons. While it was launched in
our support of CC, I am certain we can meet those goals. We      conjunction with the campaign, it is a
must keep up our momentum, throughout the campaign and           year long, permanent option for CC
beyond, to continue broadening CC’s reach and ensuring           community members. By joining the
a long-lived future for both CC and the Commons. We’ve           Network, you will become part of a
only got two months to make the 2008 campaign the most           worldwide communit y dedicated to
successful yet, and with so many ways to support CC, there’s     building the Commons and bringing
no reason we can’t exceed our own expectations!                  open content to all corners of the globe.
                                                                 When you donate $50 or above ($25 for
There are many skeptics who think this is a precarious time      students) to Creative Commons, you will
to launch a major fundraising initiative; we disagree. This      receive a profile page, where you can
is an opportunity. An opportunity to call our community          list all your CC licensed works; a button
members to action -- to help us make sure that the Commons       you can put on your works that shows the
continues to grow and be supported. The innovation I spoke       world you are part of the CC Network and
of before stems from collaboration and knowledge exchange,       helps authenticate your ownership; and
both of which are facilitated through access and sharing,        a Creative Commons OpenID.
and all of which are made possible by the Commons. An
incredible example of the kind of innovation the Commons         CC Videos Project
inspires is the beautifully-made short film about CC, A          Another way we are asking people to help Build the
Shared Culture, which was directed by Emmy-award winning         Commons is to submit a short 90 second video clip of you
filmmaker Jesse Dylan, and released in support of CC’s 2008      explaining why you support CC to our CC Videos Project.
fundraising campaign. You can watch the video at http://         CC and the Commons exist because of creative community                             members like you! As CC and the Commons continue to
                                                                 grow, it’s important to capture and share the stories of how
This campaign is not just about raising money, though as a       our worldwide community uses CC. We want to hear and see
non-profit organization, that is a very important component!     your stories of how CC has helped you make and disseminate
More than anything, our campaign is about building               your work. Tell us, and the world, why CC is important to
community and awareness around CC. As more information           you. For more information about this project, please visit
becomes digital and is born digital, it is imperative that the
Commons and its community grows apace. Otherwise, the
Commons runs the risk of stagnation and restriction — the        Commoner Letter Series
antithesis of innovation. CC is dedicated to making sure this    We are honored this year to have five
doesn’t happen, but in order to do that we need your help.       exceptional members of our community
We’re asking people to help Build the Commons by using           voicing their support of CC and the Build
CC licenses and CC licensed work, evangelizing CC and the        the Commons campaign through the
openness we stand for, educating others about CC (because        Commoner Letter email series, sent out
your reach is much further than ours), and joining the CC        between now and December. This year’s
Network. By doing any or all of these things, you are actively   “Commoners” are Eben Moglen, Renata
building the commons — the pool of content freely and legally    Avila, Richard Bookman, Jonathan Coulton,
accessible to EVERYONE to use, re-use, and re-purpose — a        and Jimmy Wales. The first letter, which was
vital public resource in this digital age. There are many ways   sent October 20th, was written by Eben
to participate in the Build the Commons campaign — below         Moglen, founder of Software Freedom Law
are just a few. For more ways to participate, please check out

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                                                                                    CC Newsletter - Issue No. 9
                 CC Newsletter - Issue No. 9

CC News
Flickr Co-founder C aterina Fake
Joins the Creative Commons Board

by Eric Steuer
25 August 2008

We are very excited to announce that Caterina Fake[1] has             “We’re thrilled that Caterina is joining the CC board,” said
joined the Creative Commons board. Fake cofounded the                 Joi Ito, Creative Commons’ CEO. “Her vast experience in
massively popular photo sharing site and community Flickr[2]          business and social media make her a perfect addition to
in early 2004. To date, Flickr’s community of photographers           our team. We’re all honored and excited to be able to take
have licensed over 75 million photos[3] to the public under           advantage of her expertise and abilities to advance Creative
Creative Commons copyright licenses, making the site one              Commons’ mission of increasing access and reducing
of the biggest sources of permissively licensed material on           barriers to collaboration.”
the Internet. Fake is also a writer and artist, and is currently
the Chief Product Officer for startup Hunch.[4]                       Fake has won many awards, including BusinessWeek’s Best
                                                                      Leaders of 2005, Forbes‘ 2005 E-Gang, Fast Company’s Fast
This is an excellent addition to the CC team.                         50, and Red Herring’s 20 Entrepreneurs Under 35. She was
                                                                      named to the Time 100, Time’s list of the world’s 100 most
San Francisco, CA, USA – August 25, 2008                              influential people. She sits on the boards of Etsy and Hunch,
                                                                      and advises a variety of startup companies.
Creative Commons announced today that Flickr cofounder
Caterina Fake has joined its board of directors.                      Fake joins a board of directors that includes cyberlaw and
                                                                      intellectual property experts James Boyle, Michael Carroll,
Fake cofounded the massively popular photo sharing site and           Lawrence Lessig, Eric Saltzman, and Molly Shaffer Van
community in early 2004. Flickr was one of the first media-           Houweling, as well as Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales,
sharing sites to embrace Creative Commons licensing as a              education innovator Esther Wojcicki, filmmaker Davis
way to encourage users to make their work available to the            Guggenheim, Public Knowledge founder Laurie Racine, and
public for free and legal use. Since the site’s inception, Flickr’s   MIT computer science professor Hal Abelson.
community of photographers have licensed over 75 million
photos to the public under Creative Commons copyright                 Endnotes
licenses, making it one of the biggest sources of permissively-       1
licensed material on the Internet. CC-licensed Flickr photos          2
are now used in a variety of projects and publications,               3
ranging from Wikipedia to The New York Times.                         4

After Flickr was acquired by Yahoo in 2005, Fake helped
develop Yahoo’s social search products, ran its Technology
Development Group, and founded Brickhouse, a rapid
development environment for new products. She left Yahoo in
June 2008 and subsequently took on the role of Chief Product
Officer for startup Hunch. Fake is also a writer and artist, and
was’s art director prior to founding Flickr.

“Creativity flourishes when ideas are freed from legal
impediments, when people are able to create and give,”
Fake said. “In both my personal and professional work,
I’ve seen Creative Commons remove obstacles, allowing
the best of culture and ideas to be freely shared. I hope
to be able to contribute to Creative Commons’ already
significant success.”
CC News                                                           CC International
A meric a n                  p r e s i d e n ti a l               Former CC Gener al Counsel
candidates show support for                                       to lead Australian government
“open debates”                                                    digital economy push

by Eric Steuer                                                    by Mike Linksvayer
6 October 2008                                                    16 September 2008            

Two recent posts on Lessig’s blog show that both of the           Congratulations to former Creative Commons General
major party US presidential candidates support the idea of        Counsel Mia Garlick,[1] who has joined the Australian
debate footage being available to the public for free and         government to lead its digital economy initiatives:[2]
legal use.
                                                                      iTWire has learnt that Mia Garlick, an Australian lawyer
Last Thursday, Lessig posted a letter of reply[1] he’d received       who was most recently product counsel for YouTube, has
from Trevor Potter, the general counsel of the McCain-Palin           been appointed to head the Australian Government’s
campaign. The letter says that the campaign “supports                 drive for the digital economy future, as assistant secretary
[the] suggestion that those who may own rights in the                 in the Department of Broadband Communications and
debate video dedicate those rights to the public domain.”             the Digital Economy (BCDE)
Potter continues: “Barring that, copyright holders should at
the very least give utmost respect to principles of fair use          Her appointment is linked to communications minister
by allowing non-commercial use of debate excerpts, thus               Stephen Conroy’s announcement this week of plans
ensuring that spurious copyright claims do not chill vigorous         to prepare Australia for the future ‘digital economy’.
public discourse.”                                                    In preparation for this initiative the department
                                                                      advertised in May for “a talented and highly motivated
Then, on Saturday, Lessig blogged that Barack Obama                   senior manager to lead the Digital Economy Branch
had reaffirmed[2] his support for open debates, which he’d            within the Department…[to provide] leadership and
earlier established during the primaries via a letter to DNC          strategic direction to a branch with responsibility for the
Chairman Howard Dean. Obama’s letter asks that debate                 development of the digital economy in Australia.”
footage “be available freely after the debate, by either
placing the video in the public domain, or licensing it under     While at CC, Mia led development of the CC version 3.0
a Creative Commons (Attribution) license.”                        licenses[3] and nearly every other project we undertook during
                                                                  her tenure, in addition to undertaking regular speaking
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.                        engagements worldwide. Her intelligence, energy, and wit
                                                                  are certainly just what the Australian digital economy needs.
Endnotes                                                          Good luck!
   mccain_cam_1.html                                              It’s also worth noting that Creative Commons Australia[4]
2                   has long been a leading CC jurisdiction project, especially
   debates_1.html                                                 in the field of public sector information. Just in the last week
                                                                  the National Innovation Review recommended CC[5] and a
                                                                  minister immediately endorsed the recommendation.[6]


                                                                                     CC Newsletter - Issue No. 9
                CC Newsletter - Issue No. 9

CC International
L aunched! Creative Commons Romania reports
on a successful event

by Michelle Thorne
10 September 2008

Journalists, bloggers, and CC suppor ters gathered                            non-commercial videos to share online (example).
last week in Bucharest to celebrate the launch[1] of the                      [6]
                                                                                  Since the purpose of the song was to share the
localized Romanian Creative Commons licenses.[2] CC                           fun spirit of the HI-Q band, the artists decided that
Romania[3] Project Lead Bogdan Manolea reports on the                         such a request should be granted directly. With a
event’s success and how popular Romanian artists such as                      CC licence, the conditions for using a creative work
HI-Q [4] have embraced Creative Commons’ flexible and                         are very simple and easy to understand.
free licensing system.
                                                                              On this occasion, the HI-Q band announced that
    The public was interested in details about the                            the vocal tracks from the band’s next single will be
    practical implementation of CC licences starting                          released under the Romanian CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
    with the way attribution works and ending with the                        license.[7] Fans will be invited to create remixes of the
    practical advantages of choosing CC licences for                          tracks and upload them to music-sharing websites.
    an artist.                                                                The best covers may also be included in the band’s
                                                                                       next album.

                                                                                      Regarding other speakers at the launch:

                                                                                      The band Travka[8] was the first group in
                                                                                      Romania to release an entire album under
                                                                                      a CC licence. Band member Razvan Rusu
                                                                                      explained that they looked for “a kind of an
                                                                                      open source licence” that could be used for
                                                                                      their music, which is how they found and
                                                                                      agreed to use the CC licences.

                                                                                      Ioana Avadani, from the Center for
                                                                                      Independent Journalism,[9] emphasized
                                                                                      the fact that today, attribution might be
                                                                                      more important than all the other author’s
                                                                                      rights. She also pointed out that small TV
                                                                                      and radio stations are forced to close down
                                                                                      because of the demand to pay several
                                                                                      copyright royalties. Creative Commons
  “George Gadei @ Travka” (
  photostream/ ) by LevyNagy, ( available under
                                                                                      could offer a viable alternative.
  a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommerical-Share Alike license. (http:// Photo from a prior concert.            The national television station TVR Cultural featured
                                                                                     the launch of CC Romania,[10] as did a number of
                                                                                     online news portals Hotnews[11] (Romanian) and
                                                                                     Transindex[12] (Hungarian), and several blogs (e.g.
    Florin Grozea from the popular band HI-Q [5]                        Drept & Internet,[13] Nicu,[14] Hoinar pe web[15] and Webservator).
    pointed out that the licences are a valid solution                  [16]
                                                                             The event was organized by EDRi-member Association for
    for some of the problems that artists face, as the                  Technology and Internet[17] (APTI Romania) with help from the
    licences provide a set of rules more flexible than the              Center for Independent Journalism.[18]
    traditional copyright. He also presented a practical
    case with their older, very well-known song “Gasca
    mea (My Mob)”, for which they received a lot of
    requests from teenagers to use the song to make
                                                                               CC International
                                                                               CC Jordan: First A rabic Version
                                                                               3.0 L ic ense dr a ft i n pu bl ic

                                                                               by Michelle Thorne
                                                                               1 October 2008

1                                 Jordanian legal exper ts
2                                  are making major s trides
3                                  in the Creative Commons
4                                                        license porting process [1] by
5                                                        producing the first Version
6                          3.0 CC license draf t [2] in
   pe-youtube/                                                                 Arabic. Adapted to Jordanian law, the license draft is
7                         being discussed on CC Jordan’s mailing list,[3] along with
8                                                        the license’s English re-translation[4] and an explanation
9                                        of its substantial legal changes.[5]
11                          With the support of the reputable Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual
   cre ative - commons- acum-limba-romana-toate -                              Property (AGIP),[6] CC Jordan Project Leads Ziad Maraqa
   drepturile-rezervate-unele-drepturi-rezervate.htm                           and Rami Olwan have committed much time and expertise
12                                        in developing the Jordanian license draft. Hala Essalmawi
13                      (CC Egypt) and Anas Tawileh (initiator of Arab Commons)
   libertatii&more=1 &c=1&tb=1&pb=1                                            [7]
                                                                                   contribute to CC Jordan’s efforts as well as conduct local
14 h t t p : / / n i c u b u n u . b l o g s p o t . c o m / 2 0 0 8 / 0 9 /   outreach to further Creative Commons’ mission.[8] Individuals
   creativecommons-romanian-launch.html                                        and organizations interested in beginning a local Creative
15                         Commons project in their jurisdiction or in helping raise
   commons-pentru-romania.html                                                 awareness about Creative Commons in the Arab World,
16 http://w w                            please contact Creative Commons International[9] and CC
   romania/                                                                    Arab Media Consultant Donnatella della Ratta.
18                                       On behalf of CC Jordan, we warmly welcome you to join in
                                                                               the public discussion[10] of the license draft. Congratulations
                                                                               to CC Jordan and the Arab Commons team, and we are
                                                                               looking forward to your feedback!

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                                                                                                  CC Newsletter - Issue No. 9
                CC Newsletter - Issue No. 9

CC International
Australian National Innovation Review
recommends Creative Commons

by Michelle Thorne
9 September 2008

CC Australia[1] writes[2] about an important
report that advises Australian governments
to follow open publishing standards and
recommends using a Creative Commons
license for government material released for
public information.

    Those interested in open access to public
    sector information will be excited to see
    the results of a recently released Australian
    Federal Government Review of the
    National Innovation System, http://www.

    The final report, titled Venturous
    Australia, was prepared for Senator
    Kim Carr, Minis ter for Innovation,
    Industr y, Science and Research, by
    consultants Culter and Co, headed
    up by industry consultant and strategy   Appropriately
    adviser Dr Terry Cutler. It places a strong       enough, a photo of Mia Garlick (far right) visiting Brian Fitzgerald, Stuart
    emphasis on open innovation, stating in           Cunningham, and Jessica Coates at CC Australia in 2006. Nic Suzor (http://
                                             / CC BY-SA (
    the introduction:

    “Today innovation is understood to
    involve much more than the transmission
    of knowledge down the pipeline of production
    from research to development to application. In
    the age of the internet, with the opportunities for
    collaboration which it opens up, open innovation
    is increasingly important.”

    Most importantly from an open access point of view,
    it was Recommendation 7.8 which is most exciting:

    “Australian governments should adopt international
    standards of open publishing as far as possible.
    Material released for public information by Australian
    governments should be released under a creative
    commons licence.”

The full report is available at

Culture Commons
Featured Commoner: Brad Sucks,                                          a   CC       license-using pop/rock
musician and one of the most remixed artists at cc M ixter

by Cameron Parkins
29 September 2008

Brad Sucks,[1] a CC license using pop/rock musician, recently       Well, I resisted officially CC licensing my stuff for a long
released his latest album Out Of It[2] for free online and          time, I thought it was unnecessary and a bunch of legal stuff
under a CC BY-SA license.[3] Brad is one of the most remixed        I didn’t think anyone wanted to care about. But now I think
artists[4] over at ccMixter,[5] runs an active blog,[6] interacts   the CC license is simply a shortcut to telling people “hey, go
with fans directly,[7] and was recently interviewed[8] by the       ahead”. While I had clearly said on my website “do whatever
Featured Commoners behind The Indie Band Survival                   you like”, people would constantly ask me for permission
Guide.[9] Needless to say we needed to catch up with Brad           anyway, which was strange to me.
and ask some questions of our own - read on to learn about
Brad’s influences, why he uses CC licenses, and how he              I think CC licenses, the entire open attitude is absolutely
                                           feels about his work     essential for artists that don’t have huge promotion budgets.
                                           being remixed and        W ithou t th e mon ey
                                           reused.                  to force adver tising
                                                                    and radio play down
                                           Can you give our         p e o p l e ’s t h r o a t s ,
                                           r e a d e r ’s a b i t   you have to rely on
                                           of background            the good will of your
                                           on you and your          fans spreading your
                                           music? How long          music for you. And if
                                           have you been            you handcuff them by
                                           creating music?          making it illegal, I think
                                           W ha t are your          you’re doing yourself a
                                           influences?              real disservice.

I started taking classical guitar lessons when I was 10 years       You are one of the
old. I hated practicing and was never very good and quit            most remixed artists
because it was boring. Then when I was 14 or so I got into          at ccMixter.[11] Why
MOD/S3M trackers (Scream Tracker and then later Impulse             do you think that
Tracker) and was really into industrial/electronic music. I got     i s? W h a t i s yo u r
an electric guitar a few years later and started trying to fit it   reaction to that title?
all together as digital recording matured.
                                                                    I’m not sure why it is, but I’m super happy about it. I think I got
My influences were mostly classic rock as a kid. Pink Floyd,        in early and have been very lucky that people have wanted to
Rolling Stones, etc, the stuff my dad listened to. As a teenager    mess with my songs, whatever their reasons are. I have some
I was into more aggressive stuff: Ministry, Skinny Puppy,           small theory that the simplicity of my songs maybe makes
Nine Inch Nails, etc. Besides being a lot harder, it had a real     them easier for people to work with, to imagine what can
DIY ethic to it. There usually wasn’t much of a “band”, just        be done with them, but I don’t know if that’s true. I haven’t
one or two guys working on recordings. That was a huge              compared my music with the other stuff that’s available on
inspiration because it seemed normal to me to think of doing        ccMixter. So I’m gonna go with luck.
everything myself. After that I mellowed out and de-gothed
a bit but I secretly wish I could take myself seriously enough        Brad Sucks > 12
to rock like Ministry.

You release your music under a CC BY-SA license.
   Why did you choose to go that route? What has

your experience been like? What would you say to
an artist who is considering using CC licenses on
their project?

                                                                                        CC Newsletter - Issue No. 9
                 CC Newsletter - Issue No. 9

Culture Commons
dublab and Creative Commons launch Into Infinity, a CC-licensed
art and music project themed around the infinite possibilities of
creative reuse

by Eric Steuer
26 August 2008

I’m happy to announce that dublab[1] and Creative Commons            Into Infinity comprises a collection of ready-to-remix 12-inch
have launched Into Infinity,[2] a CC-licensed art and music          circular artworks and 8-second music loops created by a
project themed around the infinite possibilities of creative         vast array of artists from around the world. Contributors
reuse. The online exhibition is available now; physical              include world-renowned graffiti artist Kofie, 2008 Whitney
installations are being planned for Winter 2008 and                  Biennial alumni Lucky Dragons, Anticon collective member
throughout 2009.                                                     Odd Nosdam, and electronic musicians Flying Lotus and
                                                                     DNTEL (AKA Jimmy Tamborello of The Postal Service). New
Earlier this year, we distributed 12? circular canvases to a         submissions will be added to the exhibit regularly.
collection of visual artists. We also commissioned an array
of musicians to create eight-second audio loops. We went
through all of the submissions and posted the best online,
including pieces by world-renowned graffiti artist Kofie,[3]
2008 Whitney Biennial alumni Lucky Dragons,[4] Anticon
collective member Odd Nosdam,[5] and electronic musicians
Flying Lotus[6] and Dntel[7] (AKA Jimmy Tamborello of The
Postal Service).

Each time you refresh the site’s exhibition[8] page, you’ll
get a new art and loop combination. All of the images
and sounds are published under a Creative Commons
Attribution-Noncommercial[9] license and (as you may have
guessed) we strongly endorse the sharing and remixing of
this project. You can download the pieces individually via
the links on the exhibition page; you can also download the
entire project (including the site’s source code) all at once
via the downloads[10] page.

Stay tuned for updates, because we’re talking to new artists
and musicians all the time and we’ll be adding new pieces            All of Into Infinity’s works are available for download under
to the exhibition regularly. Soon, we’ll also issue a formal         a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial copyright
call for remixes of Into Infinity’s works, many of which we’ll       license. This license gives the public the legal right to
include in future versions of the show.                              share, remix, and reuse all of the pieces of Into Infinity for
                                                                     noncommercial purposes. For the full terms of this Creative
Ready-to-Remix Art and Music Exhibit Online Now;                     Commons license, visit
Physical Installations to Follow                                     by-nc/3.0/.

San Francisco, CA, USA and Los Angeles, CA, USA                      Into Infinity’s producers invite people to download the
— August 26, 2008                                                    exhibit’s works and use them as source material for their
                                                                     own creations.
Today, dublab and Creative Commons announced the launch
of Into Infinity, an art and music exhibit jointly produced by the   “Into Infinity is all about embracing the infinite possibilities
two nonprofit organizations. The online version of the exhibit       of art and music,” says Mark McNeill, dublab’s founder. “
is online now at; physical installations     These works are available to everyone in the world to reshape,
are being planned for Winter 2008 and throughout 2009.               remix, and redesign as many times over as possible. We can’t

                                                                       DubLab > 12
L atam Commons 2008: ccLearn to host a three-day conference
in Santiago, Chile on “open licensing, open technologies, and the
future of education in L atin A merica”

by Jane Park
6 October 2008

Santiago, Chile: ccLearn is hosting a three day conference         the meeting wiki (
on “open licensing, open technologies, and the future of           Commons_Learn) for additional information about travel,
education in Latin America” from November 19th to the              lodging, and the meeting agenda.
21st. The conference is split up into three meetings over the
three days.                                                        This meeting is intended to catalyze conversations and
                                                                   projects that will continue after the meeting is over, and
Nov 19 is for Creative Commons International, where CC             to build relationships among people and organizations so
affiliates will meet to discuss the latest developments in         that we can bring our collective energies and resources to
licensing and other CC-related issues. Though this day of          bear on common challenges for open education. Future
the conference is only CC, the latter two days are open to         meetings are already planned, and we look forward to seeing
all. From the Latam Commons 2008 invitation:                       the progress on this global effort that grows out of Latam
                                                                   Commons 2008.
    “We are writing to invite you to join us in Santiago,
    Chile, on Nov 20-21, for a ground-breaking                     Please direct any questions or concerns to Ahrash Bissell,
    meeting about open licensing, open technologies,               Grace Armstrong, or Claudio Ruiz. We hope to see you
    and the future of education in Latin America. The              in Santiago.”
    meeting on Nov 20 is called Latam Commons
    2008: Creative Commons, Open Education, and                    Endnote
    the Public Domain. It is being co-hosted by ccLearn,           1
    the education division of Creative Commons, and
    Derechos Digitales.”

You can register for the Nov 20 meeting on Open Education
at Registration is
free and open to anyone until we reach our capacity of
60. So register now to reserve your spot.

“Derechos Digitales [1] is also hosting a seminar on the public
domain on Nov 21, to which everyone is welcome.” There is
no attendance limit on this day.

“Latam Commons 2008 is expected to include representatives
of different organizations and projects in open education from
throughout the Latin American region. The meeting will be a
participatory gathering in which all attendees will be able to
discuss a range of issues relevant to open education in Latin
America, with the goal of developing a broad understanding
of major education issues in the region and a focused vision
of how open education and widely available educational
resources can address these needs. As the workshop will
be dynamic and discussion-based, we are inviting anyone
interested in these issues to attend and contribute.

Please visit the registration page at: http://accesoalacultura.
cl/registros-cclearn/ You can sign up for one or both of the
meeting days at this site. Registration is free, and some
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  9 < Brad Sucks                                                     10 < DubLab

Outside of musical remixes, have there been                        wait to see all of the creative ways people use them.”
any other interesting cases of reuse that you can
speak of?                                                          “Sampling, remixing, and repurposing other people’s
                                                                   work has resulted in some of the greatest art of our times,”
My music’s wound up in lots of videos, school projects, VH1,       says Eric Steuer, Creative Commons’ creative director.
recently a condom ad, before that it was in the stock MP3          “With this project, we want to make the statement that
player in a French car. Just lots of weird, awesome stuff          this sort of creativity should not only be legal, but also
I never could have planned or had the foresight to make            explicitly encouraged.”
happen. And I think it’s excellent, I just love to see the songs
out there doing their own thing, having lives of their own. It     Into Infinity’s producers add that new works made from assets
feels like having kids: “Oh, so that’s what you’ve been up         offered online will be eligible for submission to the exhibit.
to! You crazy song, you!”
                                                                   “As the show regenerates and expands, we’ll incorporate
Is there anything else you’d like our readers to                   the best remixes into the show for display online and in our
know? What do you have in store for the future?                    real-world exhibitions,” says McNeill.

I may do a bit of touring in the new year, I’m trying to decide    About dublab
if I can do it without going into huge debt.. If you want to
see me in your area, sign up on          dublab is a nonprofit creative collective devoted to the
live/ and put yourself on the map. That’s what I’ll be using       growth of positive music, arts, and culture. At the core of
to determine where I go.                                           the organization’s operations is a web radio station that
                                                                   broadcasts several streams of dublab’s signature “future
In the meantime I’m trying to recharge a bit creatively.           roots” music. dublab has been broadcasting online since
Experimenting with sounds, working on some stories, a few          1999 and now reaches more than 300,000 international
web projects, tinkering with songs I’ve got banked up. Staying     listeners monthly. dublab’s creative actions include art
on track to finish the album took a level of discipline I’m not    exhibits, film projects, event production, and record releases.
used to so it’ll be nice to play around a bit again and see        Into Infinity follows along the vibrant conceptual curve of
what shakes out.                                                   dublab’s previous art projects: Up Our Sleeve, The Dream
                                                                   Scene, and Patchwork. Information about all of these projects
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Bill Enabling Community Colleges
to Establish OER Pilot Program is signed into law

by Jane Park
30 September 2008

Although we’ve already had a weekend plus a Monday to             leveraging the value of OER, so her presentation served
digest COSL’s Open Ed ‘08,[1] the events from the conference      as a useful lesson regarding such issues from a different
and general good feeling inspired by speakers and individual      domain. Many of the key tools and technologies developed
conversations still drives us forward into the week and the       by Creative Commons, such as the CC Plus protocol,[6] are
beginning of next month. This year’s conference featured          core elements of the Magnatune site. What possibilties lie
several notable speakers; the keynotes themselves were given      ahead for OER?
by WikiEducator’s[2] Wayne Mackintosh, Magnatune’s[3] Teresa
Malango, and MITE’s (Monterey Institute for Technology and        MITE on How to Build a Financially Self-
Education)[4] Gary Lopez . Personally, I attended all three       sustaining OER: Practical Considerations: Gary launched
keynotes plus a few other sessions from which I extracted         an interesting study of how OER could financially sustain
some thought-provoking facts and ideas.                           itself, based on MITE’s own policy regarding individuals and
                                                                  institutions. Basically, the premise is that individuals shouldn’t
WikiEducator, Commonwealth of Learning:                           have to pay, but someone’s got to?that leaves institutions who
Wayne broke the news that WikiEducator will be moving to          are usually more than happy to pay for a service that would
the awe-inspiring Dunedin, New Zealand, home to not only          be free for their members. The value I took away from this
breathtaking landscapes but also Otago Polytechnic, the           was this off-shoot idea; that in the age of the internet, we are
first ever university to have a default CC BY licensing policy.   now living in a service-economy where content is free (either
See my interview with Leigh Blackall[5] in April. He also shed    legally or illegally on the internet), but the services required
light on why many educators use WikiEducator. Surprisingly        to aggregate, make cohesive, and analyze that content is
(or not, depending on your presumptions), the number one          still needed. In the words of David Wiley, “If my students can
reason people go to the site is “to explore new ideas and         Google it, I don’t need to teach it.” Open education is not
trends”. I found this encouraging; educators are seeking to       just about freeing up content; it’s about making that content
innovate, to learn in order to innovate. Case in point: the       accessible in ways that are smart, novel, and interesting.
second reason was “to learn wiki skills”. Now we’ve just
got to help them do it. Wayne also mentioned catering to          Financial sustainability is still an issue, but if we go back to
different knowledge levels when it came to open source and        Wayne’s presentation: what about commercial activities that
sharing. He described what he called “capability phases”. The     would support OER? There are distribution channels; for
phases go something like this: personal teaching resources        example, we’ve already got sites like,[7] and Flat
? WikiEducator featured resource ? WikiEducator featured          World Knowledge[8] is another big open textbook initiative set
collaboration ? peer-reviewed resource. Teachers begin by         to launch next year. We’ve also got to think about incentive
sharing their personal educational resources developed            systems to get educators, researchers, and commercially
primarily for their own classroom; then they realize they         employed persons to contribute beyond their full-time jobs.
can create resources on WikiEducator; furthermore, in             And finally, the most important statement that, I think,
collaboration with other educators!; finally, they ensure         reiterates David’s sentiment: in the development of OER,
quality by reviewing each other’s work and constantly making      quality is more about the process than it is about the product.
changes to better place the work in context.                      Quality is a very different thing in one country’s context than
                                                                  it is in the next. But the process of producing OER, of gaining
Magnatune — a history: Teresa’s presentation                      those critical thinking and analytic skills (remember why some
provided an outside viewpoint regarding possible business         of us went to college?) yields a quality process that can be
and sustainability models for openly licensed resources.          integrated universally.
She described how Magnatune was founded with a few
core principles around which the business models had to           Demos: I was busy demo-ing ODEPO[9] while Nathan was
be developed. The principles included respect and fair            just as busy demo-ing the Universal Education Search,[10]
compensation for the artists, engagement with the consumers,      but I did get to check out one other tool?the University of
and transparency in all that they do. Much of the conference      Michigan’s dScribe.[11] This technology was definitely built
focused on issues of sustainability and mechanisms for            around the idea of sustainability. The basic question as I saw

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it: How do you make the materials (slides, handouts, images,
video, etc.) that an educator uses in the classroom legal so
that it can be shared online as OER? Further, how do you do
so without draining the school of huge amounts of dollars
and other resources? Answer: You build a tool that trains and
allows students to gauge and evaluate the course materials
for copyright information, and then to search for creative
replacements (licensed under a CC or other open license)
for those materials that are fully restricted. Ingenious! Props
to the U of Michigan; we look forward to seeing progress
on this initiative.

Various other sessions I attended were equally inspiring, but
the basic sentiment I gathered from everyone was that this
year’s conference marked great progress in all the projects
initiated the year previous. ccLearn is excited about its own
projects and looking forward to more dizzying collaboration
within the Open Ed community.


 3 < Build the Commons

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