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CC Singapore launch is nigh!

In Community, Conference, News on July 24, 2008 at 11:28 pm

More great news this week. Creative Commons Singapore will finally launch localized versions of the CC licenses, and the official launch event will take place this Sunday, July 27, at the School of Art, Design and Media of NTU (map), at 1:30pm. Make no mistake, this is not just about the licenses and not just for lawyers. This is the first opportunity to promote a wider dialogue on the value of intellectual property and how digital distribution and Creative Commons are changing the game, giving more power and options to both established, ‘old-school’ creators of new media content as well as the millions of amateurs and pro-ams who post music, video, text and photos on the Social Web. So, do make the long trip to NTU and join us in our effort to get Singapore on the CC bandwagon. 

The event will take place under the auspices of ISEA 2008, a huge digital arts event and conference taking place in Singapore this year, and although the conference is for registered participants only, the CC launch (and the ensuing panel on copyright) will be open to the public. Just come to the ADM School at NTU and you will be guided from there, to find the exact venue. I do not know for sure which room the event will take place in and what the capacity will be, so if you want to get a seat it might be wise to come a bit early. 

More specifically, the launch of the Singapore CC licensing suite will take place at 1.30 to 1.45 pm, and will be graced by the presence of Creative Commons father (and for all who know him, an awesome speaker), Lawrence Lessig. The launch will be followed by a panel on Copyright and the Creative Commons, organized by CAPTEL and the CC Singapore team (which includes yours truly). The panel will end at 3:15 pm, at which point we will have to leave the premises probably as the rest of ISEA is, as I already mentioned, not open to the public (unless you have a ticket). Lessig will give a keynote later in the day for the ISEA conference, but to attend that you would need to have a ticket for the day for ISEA – you may be able to get one from their website if you want to get more Lessig (and I’m told the entire ISEA conference will be extremely interesting, so it’s probably worth it anyhow. 

See you there!!!

iSummit & Commons Research

In Conference, Research on April 17, 2008 at 2:00 am

And now for some really good news: the website for the new iSummit (i.e. the largest and most exciting annual event around the Creative Commons and related communities) is up and looking pretty sweet. Also, this year for the first time I am co-organizing a Research Workshop at the iSummit, together with Jonathan Zittrain and Tyng-Ruey Chuang. The deadline for submissions to the workshop is April 26 and in fact we only ask for extended abstracts and not full papers, so if you’re working on any of the themes of the workshop do send your work and help us build a multidisciplinary research agenda for issues that are relevant to the promotion and sustainability of a global digital commons.

First Interdisciplinary Research Workshop on Free Culture
Hosted at the fourth annual iSummit, 29 Jul -1 Aug, 2008, Sapporo, Japan
With submission deadline: 26 April, 2008

The First Interdisciplinary Research Workshop on Free Culture presents a unique opportunity for scholars with various backgrounds, whose work contributes to the promotion or study of an emerging Free Culture, to present their research work to a multidisciplinary audience of academic peers and practitioners. It will be held in conjunction with the fourth iSummit, one of the largest annual events for the Free Culture and related movements. Our aim is to provide a platform for scholars to communicate their findings to an audience that extends beyond individual disciplines because we believe that the wider participation in the creative process (and consequently in the formation and dissemination of our modern culture) enabled by new Internet technologies, innovative legal solutions and new business models, are far-reaching and therefore deserve to be examined through the lens of multidisciplinary inquiry.

The focus of the workshop will be on the presentation and critique of work in progress, and with the inclusion of both academic researchers and practitioners, so as to produce a holistic perspective on the future of a more participative, open and free information society. Workshop participants will have the chance to present their work at an event which attracts some of the world’s foremost thinkers on the future of the Internet, as well as practitioners, technologists, activists and artists who help shape that future.

Click here to read more on the isummit website.

Visualizations of remix culture

In Research on January 19, 2008 at 4:37 pm

I’m very excited about having finally managed to sort through the data and produce what I believe are some of the first visualizations of our contemporary remix culture. The data is from the ccMixter online community which is focused on music production and remixing. We have managed to plot all the links between source and derivative works in this community and have conducted a preliminary analysis at the Participatory Media Lab, with the aim to understand the structure and the dynamics of participative action, especially as relating to the collaborative production of digital media content.

One of the visualizations, consisting of all uploaded audio tracks that have been remixed and all remixes thereof, is shown below. I was very surprised by the structure, density and connectedness of the resulting network. I was expecting to see a more weakly connected set of “islands of common interest”, as defined by genre, friendships or location. Instead, before we even go into deeper analysis, the figure suggests that the creative reuse of cultural content (such as enabled by licenses like Creative Commons) leads to a very high degree of cross-pollination across authors and across works, forming a dense network of greatly enhanced collaboration and creativity through open sharing and reuse. We have posted a working paper and more cool hi-res visuals on the Participatory Media Lab wiki.

CC needs your money

In Community on October 16, 2007 at 5:25 pm

CC has embarked on a new fund raising campaign, one in which many good people are investing a lot of their time to promote a good cause and ensure the financial sustainability of Creative Commons.

What are you waiting for? They got t-shirts and stickers too!

CC stats

In Research on July 2, 2007 at 10:58 pm

My iSummit presentation on Creative Commons license adoption and related statistics can be found along with Mike Linksvayer’s slides on the Creative Commons blog, but you can also access it here: iSummit presentation.Main findings:

  • There are at least 40-60 million CC-licensed items online
  • About 2/3 of the content are licensed under NC
  • SA and ND are also popular attributes, although ND is popular only in combination with NC
  • BY-ND is by far the least popular license
  • 80% of the content is licensed under the generic-unported CC license
  • The use of ported licenses exhibits significant variations between jurisdictions
  • The Spanish license is the most popular, probably because of high awareness of the licenses in Spain as well as the fact that the licenses are used by many South American users
  • The Swedish, Bulgarian, and Israeli licenses appear to be used in the most liberal way (i.e., users in these jurisdictions tend to share more liberally)

More to come on CC stats in the near future…


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