Creative Commons

Digital world forces copyright rethink

This vnunet.com article by Robert Jaques, at Les Blogs conference in Paris, includes:

Ito, who is also on the board of Creative Commons and Icann, said: "It is very important to understand that the notion of intellectual property was created to protect traditional content. The idea now is that creativity can happen outside of corporations."

CreativeCommons.org interview with Neil Leyton: musician and a founder/director of Fading Ways

This CreativeCommons.org interview by Neeru Paharia includes:

We recently spoke to Neil Leyton, a musician and a founder/director of Fading Ways, about the label's background and its experience of applying Creative Commons' licenses to its music.

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Ideally no artist should EVER sign their copyright (the ownership of their work including moral rights) over to a company that will then profit unfairly from that artists' work.

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I think CC can help bring about a fairer music industry — to the public, to the artists, and to those labels that recognize the present problems and are willing to work fairly with both.

Yahoo adds search for 'flexible' copyright content

This article by Matt Hines,
Staff Writer, CNET News.com, includes:

Yahoo has added a feature that lets people search content that's been licensed through Creative Commons, a nonprofit group that specializes in copyrighting material so that it's available for some reuse.

WIKI to update 'Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace'

The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that Lawrence Lessig is revising his book 'Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace' using a wiki-based, public discussion. The proceeds from the sale of the book are being donated. . All royalties are going to Creative Commons, plus the advance.

This book is used as a textbook for a number of technology law courses, so this is a very interesting development.

Johnny Charmer on Made in Canada Sunday March 6 at 9 p.m EST

Made In Canada Sunday March 6 at 9 p.m. EST

Johnny Charmer of Red Orkestra calls in to talk about the album After The Wars. Johnny was at one time a member of Red Autumn Fall and later Charmer. Some members of Charmers eventually ended up in Hush Hush and Boy. The Red Orkestra album is the first release ever protected under the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share License.

Chat with Johnny on Fading Ways Forum

Am I a communist? Bill Gates thinks so...

There has been much said about Bill Gates and his comment that those who have different ideas on the expansion of Patents and Copyright are somehow communist. Wired Magazine published an article that included:

Glenn Otis Brown, executive director of Creative Commons, wondered whom Gates was referring to when he made the remarks. Certainly not Creative Commons, which is a "voluntary, market-based approach to copyright," Brown wrote in an e-mail.

See also: Mitch Kapor's BLOG, Dan Gillmor's BLOG, BoingBoing, ATTABOY, The Register, TechDirt

What is the most important feature of the Internet? Dis-intermediation!

What is the most important feature of the Internet? Dis-intermediation!

When asked what I believe is the most important feature of the Internet, I boil it down to one thing: dis-intermediation.

Letter to NDP critics: Keep eye on the future during Bush visit

I wrote a letter to key NDP issue critics discussing the importance of policy around patents and copyright.

Canada is at a crossroads: It could join the "coalition
of the billing" which are those countries that bow to US pressure to
outsource their cultural and economic policy to foreign special economic
interest groups. Alternatively, Canada can adopt a modern way of looking
at development in the knowledge economy and become a world leader.

Also posted on: Rabble Babble

THIS magazine BLOG: how to free the culture

Some interesting notes in the BLOG for This Magazine on copyright.

It shows some of the different perspectives than what we have seen in this community.

Mindjack - Cities Without Borders: Digital Culture and Decentralization

This feature article by Paul Hartzog includes:

What Howard Rheingold has termed "tools for thought" provides a whole new market in cultural goods, a market that is extraordinarily crucial to digital culture. The development of Linux and the evolution of the pro-sharing norms of the open-source community are quite possibly the pre-eminent cultural explosion of our day.

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