[cc-info] CREATIVE COMMONS NEWS, Nov. 2004

Glenn Otis Brown glenn at creativecommons.org
Thu Nov 18 14:39:48 EST 2004


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November 18, 2004
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(1) THE WIRED CD: Creative Commons = 21st Century copyright?

(2) MOZILLA'S FIREFOX 1.0: The web's best browser now ships with unique  
Creative Commons search technology.

(3) EXPANSION: We've brought on key leadership personnel as Science  
Commons opens and the International Commons maintains its explosive  

(4) INTERNATIONAL COMMONS: We now offer nine country-specific versions  
of our copyright licenses, with another dozen in draft -- and several  
dozen in the works.

(5) SITE REDESIGN: Adaptive Path and our beloved Matt Haughey have  
given CC a makeover.

(6) PRESS HITS: A slew of media mentions for Creative Commons.
See below for a recent list or <http://creativecommons.org/press/> for  
the full archive.

(7) MORE: Developments to watch



(a) We're on the cover of what the Chicago Tribune calls "the best  
magazine in America": WIRED Magazine. You've got about another week or  
two to grab the November issue from the newsstands. In case you've been  
living underground this month: The issue ships with a 16-song CD  
including tunes by the Beastie Boys, Gilberto Gil, David Byrne, Le  
Tigre, Matmos, and many others. All the songs are filesharing- and  
sampling-friendly under Creative Commons sampling licenses -- as WIRED  
says, "It's copyright for the 21st century."

The WIRED spread, by the way, is amazing: pieces by Thomas Goetz,  
Lawrence Lessig, Hilary Rosen (yes, that Hilary Rosen), and Julian  
Dibbell (on Brazil as "open-source nation").


(b) Press hits on the WIRED CD:

Too many to list here -- NY Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, and many  
more. See below (under (6) Press) for a full list of links, or see  

(c) NYC Benefit Concert

Read more about the bash -- featuring Gilberto Gil and David Byrne --  
that WIRED threw on CC's behalf to kick off the WIRED CD:


(d) More soon:

Watch our site for some very interesting follow-up projects on the  

<http://creativecommons.org/wired> .



(a) Mozilla's industry-leading browser Firefox 1.0 debuted recently.  
That's good news in and of itself, but here's the icing on the cake:  
Firefox 1.0 also ships with Creative Commons' unique search technology  
built into its toolbar (alongside the search services of Google, Yahoo,  
Amazon.com, Dictionary.com, and eBay).

(b) Get Firefox

Download the web's best browser now: <http://www.mozilla.org/>.

(c) Try out the CC Search

Our newly updated search engine, powered by Nutch.org, is  
one-of-a-kind. Full copyright applies to most stuff on the web, but our  
search engine can help you find photos, music, text, and other works  
whose authors want you to re-use it for some uses -- without having to  
pay royalties or ask permission first.

My favorite example: Try looking for Creative Commons-licensed images  
of the Eiffel Tower . . .  

(d) More about CC Search:



(a) We've brought on key leadership personnel as the new Science  
Commons opens and our International Commons maintains its explosive  
growth. The newest Commoner is Mark Resch  
<http://creativecommons.org/about/people#33>, the overall CEO of  
Creative Commons, a position we recently created to help coordinate our  
increasingly rapid international growth and the opening of our new  
Science Commons branch, to be led by new Science Commons Executive  
Director John Wilbanks <http://creativecommons.org/about/people#34>.  
Creative Commons’ long-time leadership team, led by Executive Director  
Glenn Otis Brown, Assistant Director Neeru Paharia, and international  
affairs directors Christiane Asschenfeldt and Roland Honekamp, will  
continue on in more specialized versions of their roles. CEO Resch will  
coordinate the activities of Creative Commons (Brown, Paharia), Science  
Commons (Wilbanks), and the International Commons (Asschenfeldt) while  
also driving development for the overall organization.

(b) Read the press release for the full explanation:

(c) More about Mark Resch:

(d) More about John Wilbanks:



(a) We now offer nine country-specific versions of the Creative Commons  
licenses: Austrian, Brazilian, Canadian (in French and English), Dutch,  
Finnish, German, Japanese, Spanish (in Castilian and Catalan), and  

(b) Coming soon: We will announce and celebrate the releases of our  
French licenses on November 19; our Belgian licenses on December 10;  
and our Italian licenses on December 16.

(c) Another dozen countries are in draft, and several dozen more are in  
the works. See <http://creativecommons.org/worldwide/>.



Certainly by now you've seen our slick new site design, courtesy of our  
own Matt Haughey and the good people at Adaptive Path,  
<http://adaptivepath.com>. It's not only lovely, it's many times easier  
to navigate and use to find what you want. Give it a shot,  
<http://creativecommons.org>, and read more about the site's many new  
features, <http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/4479>.



ABC Radio National (Australia):  

Los Angeles Times (U.S.) :  

San Jose Mercury News (U.S.):  

The Calcutta Telegraph (India):  

Reuters (UK):  

National Public Radio (U.S.):  

Newsweek/MSNBC: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6186259/site/newsweek/

Future Tense with John Gordon (radio) (U.S.):  

Associated Press (U.S.):  

MTV News (U.S.):  

Earplug (U.S.): http://www.earplug.cc/mailer/issue33/index.html

Wall Street Journal (U.S.): http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/4413

NY Times (U.S.):  

CNET (U.S.):  

Sydney Morning Herald:  


(7) MORE: Developments to watch

(a) The Creative Commons Publisher: Your desktop gateway to CC  
licensing -- and FREE hosting,  
<http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/4507>. New versions with new  
features due out soon.

(b) The Developing Nations License: "Some rights reserved" across  
geography, soon to spawn many interesting projects,  

(c) Creative Commons on the Radio: Benjamen Walker's "The Creative  
Remix," a lawyer-free discussion of recombinant art, will air on  
Chicago's WBEZ on December 19 at 5pm. See  


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Glenn Otis Brown
Executive Director
Creative Commons
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