Posts Tagged ‘Creative Commons’

What are the Commons?

March 15, 2009



The Bizarre Cathedral

November 3, 2008
Bizarre Cathedral comic strip

Bizarre Cathedral comic strip

Ryan Cartwright, creator of webcomic The Bizarre Cathedral, recently posted an insightful and thought-provoking piece on why he uses a CC BY-NC-SA license on all Bizarre Cathedral comics. From Cartwright.


Explaining Creative Commons

October 17, 2008

A new video about Creative Commons


amélie – be low

October 12, 2008

Today I present you another Creative Commons licensed music. It is a pop poprock indie britpop rythm spiritual indiepop slow talent powerpop album which can be found on jamendo.

album picture

You can listen for yourself of course.
Or you can visit the album page.
And of course, you can download the album too (with bittorrent or emule).
You can visit their homepage too.

Is it impossible playing a British-style pop music in Italy? Here is the challenge that Amelie want to take up.
At the beginning of 2006, the Trabant EP is the Amelie’s 1st auto-produced work. It gets good reviews from specialised websites and magazines. Meanwhile, the band plays several gigs and festivals, and opens some summer tour concerts of Baustelle.
In November 2006, Amelie record 5 songs which give birth to Be Low, the band’s 2nd EP. The artistic production of this very goodly reviewed work is led by Andrea Franchi, collaborator and drummer with well-known Italian songwriter Paolo Benvegnù.

YES it is legal to hear and download this music for free because it is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 Generic.

This means:

Publishing Open Content

September 25, 2008

Publishing Open Content is a short documentary by Frances Pinter and David Percy that looks at how Creative Commons licenses can be utilized in a commercial setting. The film features interviews with Tom Reynolds, blogger behind Random Acts of Reality and author of Blood, Sweat, and Tea, Timo Hannay, Publishing Director at, and John Buckman, founder of netlabel Magnatune.


Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future

September 22, 2008

CC evangelist and acclaimed author Cory Doctorow announced [today] the release of his new book, Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future. Content is exactly what it claims to be – 28 essays on “everything from copyright and DRM to the layout of phone-keypads, the fallacy of the semantic web, the nature of futurism, the necessity of privacy in a digital world, the reason to love Wikipedia, the miracle of fanfic, and many other subjects”. If that wasn’t inciting enough, Content also boasts an introduction from EFF co-founder John Perry Barlow and book design by acclaimed typographer John D Berry.

Like his other novels, Doctorow has chosen to release Content both as a print book for sale and as a free-to-download CC BY-NC-SA licensed PDF. In his essay, “Giving it Away” (originally published in Forbes, December 2006 – republished in Content).


“The Ant King: and Other Stories” Released Under CC License

September 12, 2008

Ben Rosenbaum, an American science fiction writer and computer programmer, recently released his latest collection of sci-fi shorts, The Ant King: and Other Stories, as both a print collection through Small Beer Press and a free download under a CC BY-NC-SA license.


Open source movie: The Last Drug

August 31, 2008

We will release The Last Drug under a Creative Commons BY License, making it the first free HD feature film. All footage, project files, sounds and special effects will be available for those of you that are eager to get hands on experience on the first Open Source feature film project ever or for those that are able to turn it into something different. We don’t ask for license fees and you are free to use it for commercial purposes. This Open Source approach worked for us with our first film, so we decided to stick to it.

Three backpackers cross South America searching for one of the world´s most powerful drugs. The self-experiment turns into a race against insanity, in a world, where the mind transcends the senses.

An Open Source feature film that takes you to and beyond the edge of the world. Genre: Mystery / Sci-Fi / Cyberpunk, approximate time: ca. 80 min.

More about the film…

An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube

August 12, 2008

Michael Wesch, creator of the strikingly insightful videos “A Vision of Students Today” and “The Machine is Us/ing Us”, gave a presentation at the Library of Congress back in May on the anthropology of YouTube. The presentation was the third in a series called “Digital Natives,” natives being basically my and probably your generation if you’re reading this. It’s about the net and the people who grew up with a computer humming by their bed stands. Wesch delves into this phenomenon that is us—how we think and how we perceive and connect with the world differently due to the internet and new media like YouTube.


then you win

July 23, 2008

“then you win” is an initiative aiming to release a series of documentaries that focus on international development issues under a spectrum of CC licenses. The documentaries are produced by Loin de l’Œil, a voluntary association in France, and will be released under Yooook, an open content platform project under development run by Camille Harang. You can read more about the project here.

Here you can find the documentaries.