Creative Commons



Next Steps: NonCommercial and NoDerivatives Discussion
Timothy VollmerTimothy Vollmer, Creative CommonsCreative Commons, 2012/12/17

Creative Commons has taken the 'next steps' in its discussion of the non-derivatives (ND) and non-commercial (NC) variations of its licenses. I have posted my objection to any changes, and especially changes that would brand the NC license as 'non-free'. As I point out, the majority of resources licensed under Creative Commons are NC resources. And as I have argued at length elsewhere, NC licenses are at least equally 'free', if not more free, because they preserve cost-free access for users.

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Disclaimer of warranties and related issues
Various AuthorsVarious authors, Creative CommonsCreative Commons, 2012/11/28

Cable Green writes, via email to a dozen or so mailing lists, "Creative Commons (CC) is in the final stages of preparing draft 3 of 4.0 for public comment.  I want to call your attention to an open proposal (not yet incorporated in the draft or in any way committed to by CC) that would benefit from your input at this time, as it would have the potential to impact the OER and OA communities if it advances. At issue is whether to require licensors to undertake an affirmative representation and warranty that they have secured all rights the work subject to the CC license." Personally, I'm opposed to the idea, because it just exposes people to the injustices of the legal system, while producing no particular benefit to creators or users.

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Ongoing discussions: NonCommercial and NoDerivatives
Timothy VollmerTimothy Vollmer, Creative CommonsCreative Commons, 2012/08/30

As Timothy Vollmer reports, "A few days ago the Students for Free Culture (SFC) published a provocative blog post called “Stop the inclusion of proprietary licenses in Creative Commons 4.0.” The article urged Creative Commons to deprecate (meaning 'retire' or similar), or otherwise change the way Creative Commons offers licenses containing the NonCommercial and NoDerivatives terms, because they 'do not actually contribute to a shared commons.'" This Creative Commons post responds to that demand, saying, essentially, that they'll think about it. As I have stated before, licenses that allow vendors to charge people for access to resources are not more free, they are (clearly and obviously) less free. And I think the constant push to eliminate or otherwise depreciate 'non-commercial' licensing is a longstanding lobby from the content publishing industry in an effort to depreciate Creative Commons itself. And again, if Create Commons listens to its users they will find people using the non-commercial twice as often, as they do at Flickr. And that's why the publishers are going after Creative Commons itself - because after years of trying, they can't convince people that selling their work is the best way of distributing it for free.

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Winners Announced! – Why Open Education Matters Video Competition
Various AuthorsVarious authors, Creative CommonsCreative Commons, 2012/07/18

I don't endorse the creation of competitions in open education - especially thinly veiled marketing for a commercial interest - but I know people will want to see the winning videos from the Why Open Education Matters video competition. So here they are; also, here are the other 'qualifying videos' (whatever that means).

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Help us build a School of Open
Jane ParkJane Park, Creative CommonsCreative Commons, 2012/06/28

Creative Commons is engaged in an exercise to build a 'School of Open' with P2P University. "Its aim is to provide easily digestible educational exercises, resources, and professional development courses that help individuals and institutions learn about and employ open tools, such as the CC licenses." The main point for Creative Commons, I think, is its stated desire "to provide better education around CC tools, and we would love community appropriation and adaptation/translation of these resources." All very well, but resources and PD courses do not constitute a "school" and it's not clear to me anyways that Creative Commons, even working with P2PU, is in the best position to be offering educational opportunities. Organizations like CC should be providing resources that are then incorporated into actual educational opportunities, and not propaganda eercises (no matter how well-meaning). Because a proper education about open content involves hearing about Creative Commons - and other things - and not merely hearing from Creative Commons.

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World OER Congress Webcast
Jane ParkJane Park, Creative CommonsCreative Commons, 2012/06/20

The world OER congress is being webcast. If you are not one of the favoured people selected to attend, you can folow it as follows: "From 20-22 June, the congress will be livecast in two web streams: 1. The official congress featuring discussion on the Paris OER Declaration and governmental actions for OER (English stream, French stream) 2. A parallel stream featuring an Open Seminar & Exhibition of the world’s best OER practices, policies, and initiatives (English stream,French stream). For this stream, UNESCO will have present a digital moderator to whom you can pose questions via or Twitter using the #oercongress hashtag."

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Learning Resource Metadata Initiative
Phil BarkerPhil Barker, Creative CommonsCreative Commons, 2012/05/22

The LRMI was developed in the wake of an announcement from the major search engines that they would "publish a common format,, for marking-up web pages so that they may be efficiently and accurately indexed by their search engines." Hence "It is impossible to understand LRMI without first knowing something about" Basically the idea is that terms are placed inside HTML tags to indicate what type of data is contained, for example, 'author name'. LRMI is piggybacking on the initiative to define educational properties. "LRMI created a discussion forum for interested parties, and set up a high level advisory group and a technical working group comprising representatives from educational publishers, service providers, educators and other specification bodies." Nine tags were proposed, though at least two of them ('useRightsURL' and 'isBasedOnURL') are not really educational tags - it's like they just can't resist overstepping their domain. The rest will be familiar from IEEE-LOM, except 'educationalAlignment', which denotes "a topic in a common shared curriculum, syllabus or such like" (which is actually a good idea).

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Day Against DRM 2012
Jane ParkJane Park, Creative CommonsCreative Commons, 2012/05/04

In celebration of the 'Day Against DRM', today's OLdaily is DRM-free, and everything it links to is DRM free. Of course, here, every day is a Day Against DRM.

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Version 4.0 – License Draft Ready for Public Comment!
Diane PetersDiane Peters, Creative CommonsCreative Commons, 2012/04/02

My enthusiasm for a specification wanes as the version number rises, because each new version increases complexity beyond the problem the specification was originally intended to address. So now there's a Creative Commons version 4.0 chock full of improvements I really needed. Today: Total:69 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Re-launch of Creative Commons Canada
Jessica CoatesJessica Coates, Creative CommonsCreative Commons, 2012/03/23

I'd really be interested to know what went on behind the scenes to produce this: "Today we’re pleased to announce that Athabasca University, BCcampus, and the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic have joined together to re-establish a CC affiliate team in Canada. All three organizations will take part in the official relaunch at the Creative Commons Salon Ottawa: Open Data on Friday, March 30." The article explains, "this is not a new affiliate so much as a re-ignition of our existing Canadian community." So the old team of "of volunteers, interns and affiliate leads" has proven inadequate? I'm less sanguine than most about basing Canadian Creative Commons in institutions. I'd rather see an independent organization. And a democratic one. Today: Total:69 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Launch of the Why Open Education Matters Video Competition
Timothy VollmerTimothy Vollmer, Creative CommonsCreative Commons, 2012/03/21

Yesterday the U.S. Department of Ed, Creative Commons and the Open Society Institute launched the Why Open Education Matters Video Competition. Personally, I think it's a bad idea. The money poisons the cooperation that normally exists between open content advocates. And it gives a disproportionate voice to the funders, who have now introduced their own line-up of open education 'experts' who will be the judges: Davis Guggenheim, Nina Paley, Liz Dwyer, Anya Kamenetz, James Franco and Angela Lin. As Dave Cormier comments, "in this list we have 5 of 7 people who have made part/most/all of their careers working behind the copyright firewall." The proponents defend the contest - Rory McGreal writes, "I think funders can have altruistic motives and this is as far as I can see. And, this helps to promote OER recognition (so, yes it is partly advertising)." I don't agree, and I don't see how McGreal's comments here could be true. Money buys influence, people jump to do its bidding, and nothing demonstrates this more clearly than a contest. Today: Total:58 [Comment] [Direct Link]

LRMI Specification version 0.5 released
Greg GrossmeierGreg Grossmeier, Creative CommonsCreative Commons, 2011/11/23

From Greg Grossmeier: "The Learning Resources Metadata Initiative (LRMI) Technical Working Group just released the latest draft of their specification. This version is another step on the road to the final public release and submission to, the multiple search engine group that is maintaining a standard metadata specification for online content. LRMI intends to extend’s documentation to include metadata that is important to the educational community; everyone from commercial publishers and OER producers to learners of all varieties (and of course, educators). Please explore the 0.5 version of the specification and provide any feedback via the LRMI mailing list by December 9th." Today: Total:63 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Open Course Library Launches 1st 42 Courses
Cable GreenCable Green, Creative CommonsCreative Commons, 2011/11/03

This is fabulous. Cable Green writes, "On Monday, the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) released the first 42 of the state’s high-enrollment 81 Open Course Library courses." Of particular interest to me: Introduction to Logic. "The remaining 39 courses will be finished by 2013." The courses have been released in a variety of formats, including Common Cartridge exports, guest login to preview, or HTML downloads (PDF, ePub, XML). Textbooks, like this Pre-Calculus text, are able available as PDF or MS-Word Docs. This is the beginning of the end for expensive course content. Today: Total:68 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Sir John Daniel of the Commonwealth of Learning: Open Education and Policy
Timothy VollmerTimothy Vollmer, Creative CommonsCreative Commons, 2011/07/27

Creative Commons interviuew with Sire John Daniel, most recently of Commonwealth of Learning fame, and previously of Open University fame (and I suppose he still has some attachment to the gang in Milton Keynes). This interview not surprisingly focuses on the COL's choice of open licensing but also on the role of IGOs - intergovernmental organizations. "In general, the IGO process aims to get countries to work together to do things they cannot do separately. One example is a virtual university for small states within the Commonwealth. Since two-thirds of the 54 member states are nations with populations of 2 million or less, they have fewer resources to spend on content creation.... COL helped them start a ‘virtual university’, which is not a new institution but a collaborative network where countries and institutions can work together to produce course materials as OER that they can all adapt and use." Today: Total:66 [Comment] [Direct Link]

License or public domain for public sector information?
Mike LinksvayerMike Linksvayer, Creative CommonsCreative Commons, 2011/06/21

My first reaction to the Creative Commons article was to ant to repeat the mantra "open does not mean commercial, open does not mean commercial" over and over to them. Because this article comes off as yet another article touting certain licenses as the One True definition of open. As in this: "We strongly prefer governments use fully free/open CC tools " the CC0 Public Domain Dedication and CC Attribution (BY) and Attribution-ShareAlike (BY-SA) licenses." But this - as I have argued at length elsewhere - is just a license to allow some company to effectively lock down open government data and force it into channels where access is prevented with a paywall. But this article also points to the Open Definition by the Open Knowledge Project, which offers a much better definition of 'open' than any of the Creative Commons licenses.

Two clauses are specifically meritorious:
- The work shall be available as a whole and at no more than a reasonable reproduction cost, preferably downloading via the Internet without charge (I read this as meaning you can't lock it behind a paywall).
- The license must not restrict anyone from making use of the work in a specific field of endeavor. For example, it may not restrict the work from being used in a business, or from being used for genetic research.
This allows for commercial use, which I have always supported, as distinct from commercial sale. If the Creative Commons people can advance beyond mindlessly parroting the myth that CC-by is "fully free" then we may have some room to advance the cause of open access. Today: Total:87 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Paul Stacey from BCcampus: Open Education and Policy
Timothy VollmerTimothy Vollmer, Creative CommonsCreative Commons, 2011/03/29

Paul Stacey is as much an authority as anyone on the subject of open educational resources, and in this interview by Creative Commons he offers a useful resource in the form of a chart cross-referencing OER projects and the licenses they select. Interestingly, "foundation-funded OER projects generally require a single Creative Commons license (usually CC BY or CC BY-NC-SA). But, for publicly-funded OER, there are usually more license options available. One recommendation Paul makes is for OER projects to offer a range of licensing options along the 'open' continuum." I agree with this recommendation, and have long wondered why it is that foundations insist on having everyone adopt a single model. It suggests, to me, that the foundation has an objective over and above mere provision of OERs. Today: Total:108 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Jeff Mao and Bob McIntire from the Maine Department of Education: Open Education and Policy
Timothy VollmerTimothy Vollmer, Creative CommonsCreative Commons, 2010/12/08

Since it started its one-to-one laptop program a number of years ago, the state of Maine has had an advantage in dealing with electronic texts over a period of time. This post documents some of the recommendations coming out of that process. Two items in particular: first, curate metadata rather than stockpiling resources; and second, help wean teachers off print-based texts by providing the tools, software, and other infrastructure to help teachers keep track of which resources have been reviewed, replaced, or modified." Today: Total:109 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Improving Access to the Public Domain: the Public Domain Mark
Diane PetersDiane Peters, Creative CommonsCreative Commons, 2010/10/12

Creative Commons has released a new 'public domain' mark, used to indicate that a work has been placed into the public domain and has no copyrights attached to it. That does not open up a free-for-all, however. As the associated deed notes, there may be patent or trademark rights associated with the work. That is the lesser concern. Of greater note is that, in some jurisdictions, there may be moral rights attached, which cannot be extinguished. "These rights may include the right to be identified as the author and the right to object to derogatory treatments." So even if you're using public domain works, take care to treat the work, and its author, with consideration and respect. Which should be a rule even in domains where moral rights do not apply. (Note that the use of the mark on this story is a representation only, and not an assignment of this story to the public domain.) Today: Total:79 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Free To Learn
Hal PlotkinHal Plotkin, Creative CommonsCreative Commons, 2010/10/07

This is a good guide to open educational resources (OERs) and readers interested in the subject should take the time top read it. But it should be noted that the guide is firmly rooted in what might be called the institutional model of OERs. This is evident, not only from the list of people selected as 'leaders' in the acknowledgments section, but also the depiction of OERs in the text: "There are currently two primary methods employed to ensure the quality of OER. The first replicates traditional academic practices by using a carefully vetted, top-down authoring system.... The second methodology relies on the same basic procedures used in the open source software community." That there is a third, distributed, form of production and quality control mechanism does not appear to occur to the author (non-institutional initiatives, like "Khan Academy", are labeled "unique", even though this form is probably the dominant form of OER production in the world today.) Today: Total:61 [Comment] [Direct Link]

WikiEducator's Wayne Mackintosh: Open Education and Policy
Timothy VollmerTimothy Vollmer, Creative CommonsCreative Commons,

Interview with WikiEducator's Wayne Mackintosh for Creative Commons. "Wayne is the Director of the International Centre for Open Education based at Otago Polytechnic in New Zealand, member of the Board of Directors of the OER Foundation, and founder of the WikiEducator project. In our interview with Wayne, we discussed Creative Commons and openness as a "competitive advantage" to closed systems, how OER "levels the playing field" through open licensing and file formats, and New Zealand's unique context andapproach to teacher empowerment and experimentation using OER." Today: Total:63 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Creative Commons licenses on Flickr: many more images, slightly more freedom
Mike LinksvayerMike Linksvayer, Creative CommonsCreative Commons,

Keeping you up to date: there are now 135 million Creative Commons licensed images in Flickr. Of these, the large majority (73 percent) have a Creative Commons 'non-commercial' license (CC-NC). Interestingly, there's a clear bias in this post for non-CC-NC licenses - a so-called "freedom score" increases the fgewer CC-NC licenses there are. I'll say it again: a resource is MORE FREE if it is NOT sold commercially, because the owners of these resources won't let you have them unless you pay them money. It is an Orwellian turn of phrase that allows you to portray as "more free" resources that you have to pay for. Today: Total:76 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Contribute to our open database of educational projects
Alex KozakAlex Kozak, Creative CommonsCreative Commons,

Creative Commons is generating an "Open Database of Educational Projects and Organizations." In this post Alex Kozak asks for contributions. "We'd like to continue supporting this database to help researchers, advocates, and learners find educational projects, analyze trends in online education, and become more effective advocates for open education." Today: Total:92 [Comment] [Direct Link]

CC & OER 2010
Mike LinksvayerMike Linksvayer, Creative CommonsCreative Commons,

More news from Creative Commons about their (now extinct) ccLearn program. The big news is that "the ccLearn brand and website are going away." We are being told that this is "a big win" for open educational resources (OERs) and that Creative Commons is increasing staff committment to OERs because it's now included in the responsibilities of "our CEO, Creative Director, CTO, GC, and VP." I was never enthusiastic about ccLearn so I guess I shouldn't be too critical of the changes at Creative Commons. I'm hoping they understand that they are a part of a wider OER movement that has a use for Creative Commons but is not defined by it. Today: Total:68 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Planning for sustainable and strategic impact: Creative Commons and open education
Mike LinksvayerMike Linksvayer, Creative CommonsCreative Commons,

Creative Commons, in a long and convoluted post, announces they're scaling back CC Learn. You really have to filter the, um, bafflegab in this thing to get to the heart of it. "Such changes mean that some of the activities and, sadly, personnel cannot be integrated successfully with the new structure... Ahrash Bissell, the Executive Director of CC Learn, has left the organization." Note to Creative Commons: write clearly. Don't equivocate. Don't claim to be a "leader" unless you're prepared to act like one (the good kind, I mean, not the kind that hides their actions behind lawyerly fake-speak). Today: Total:65 [Comment] [Direct Link]

A chat with Stephen Downes on OER
Jane ParkJane Park, Creative CommonsCreative Commons,

Jane Park from Creative Commons interviewed me about my work and open educational resources. "For me it's how does OER facilitate my mission. My mission is to make it so that every person around the world has full access to educational opportunities and equal opportunity to make the most of their lives. Open educational resources are an important part of that because, of course, access to open materials enables all of that. So what I do works hand in hand with open educational resources in the sense that a lot of what I'm up to is building and recommending networks and structures to facilitate the easy creation, easy reuse and redistribution of resources, and ideally, these are free in every sense of the word resources." Today: Total:71 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Defining Noncommercial report published
Netpop ResearchNetpop Research, Creative CommonsCreative Commons,

Since the subject of the meaning of the 'non-commercial' clause in Creative Commons licenses has come up fairly frequently in these pages, this study is a useful addition to the discussion. "Overall, our NC licenses appear to be working rather well - they are our most popular licenses and we are not aware of a large number of disputes between licensors and licensees over the meaning of the term." David Wiley comments on the report. Today: Total:95 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Back to School: Peer 2 Peer University and the Future of Education (an interview)
Jane ParkJane Park, Creative CommonsCreative Commons,

The publicity mill for Peer-to-Peer University (P2PU) continues apace, with this (sponsored?) spot in the Creative Commons Blog. Check this out for a softball question: "P2PU has been getting a ton of attention lately. Courses are set to start on the 9th! What are you hoping to gain from these first six weeks? What are you most excited about?"
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Yahoo Brings CC Filters to Image Search
Fred BenensonFred Benenson, Creative CommonsCreative Commons,

For those who (like me) had forgotten that Yahoo is even a search engine, much less an image search engine. Image search is a weak point for Google, which lags in its indexing of images by many months. Nor does it have a mechanism to search for CC licensed images. Yahoo, which owns Flickr, is taking advantage of this. Today: Total:54 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Jamendo reaches 20,000 albums
Mike LinksvayerMike Linksvayer, Creative CommonsCreative Commons,

My best Jamendo find thus far has been Allison Crowe, but I'm always checking back to find more new music. People whose tastes are a little more mainstream will find even more to like at Jamendo. All free Creative Commons licensed music. The sensible alternative to proprietary prison-ware music. Today: Total:51 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Wikipedia Community Votes 75% in Favor of CC BY-SA
Mike LinksvayerMike Linksvayer, Creative CommonsCreative Commons,

Contributors to Wikipedia have elected to employ a popular Creative Commons license in addition to the current GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL). The Wikimedia Foundation board must approve the change. Today: Total:50 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Analysis of 100M CC-Licensed Images On Flickr
Michelle ThorneMichelle Thorne, Creative CommonsCreative Commons,

There are 100 million free images in Flickr, made so with Creative Commons licenses. Three quarters of them are licensed using the 'non-commercial' clause (including 9,290 of my own). The remainder, about 24 million images, can be used more restrictively, in commercial contexts (I really dislike the annotation of "commercial use" as a "freedom" - it is not a freedom, it is rather a use that restricts the freedoms of others). Today: Total:72 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Flexbooks in Beta
Jane ParkJane Park, Creative CommonsCreative Commons,

Jane Park announces the launch of several Flexbooks, "aka as the cK12 Foundation's version of open source textbooks." From CK-12: "CK-12 allows one to customize and produce content by re-purposing to suit what needs to be taught, using different modules that may suit a learner's learning style, region, language, or level of skill, while adhering to the local education standards." Competition for David Wiley's Flat World Knowledge? Today: Total:79 [Comment] [Direct Link]

What Status for Open? A ccLearn Publication
UnattributedUnattributed, Creative CommonsCreative Commons,

According to this summary, while most agencies have adopted a standard license, such as a Creative Commons license, there remains a significant subset that has developed their own unique licenses. Additionally - and probably more significantly - the study finds that the terms of open licenses are "are difficult to find or to understand" and that "the usefulness of OERs as a group is limited by incompatible license conditions." In the full report you find their recommendations, including machine readability of license terms, license standardization and license compatibility (which is once again essentially the recommendation that licensors drop the 'non-commercial' clause (p. 16). This gets tiresome. Proponents can recommend this until they're blue in the face. They can disguise this ongoing campaign under the heading of 'research studies'. But the fact remains, especially outside purely capitalist economies, people have an aversion to commercial use - look at licenses on Flickr, where a significant majority of photos are restricted to noncommercial use. Today: Total:88 [Comment] [Direct Link]

CC Network and Interoperable Copyright Registry Exploration
Various AuthorsVarious authors, Creative CommonsCreative Commons,

The Creative Commons Network is "a premium for supporting Creative Commons and gives supporters a way to tell the world that they support CC and Free Culture... [and] a platform for exploring digital copyright registries." Launched October 15. Today: Total:81 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Microsoft Research Launches New Tools for Knowledge Sharing
Kaitlin ThaneyKaitlin Thaney, Creative CommonsCreative Commons,

I've been using Word 2007 this past week to write an article (my first time using it) and while I find the change in commands disconcerting, I really like the citation feature - it's the sort of thing I always thought an open source application would develop first and better. Now Microsoft has added a set of tools, described in detail here, to support use by the scientific community. The tools include an application to add a Creative Commons license to the document.

The suite of tools is impressive. It includes a virtual research environment (VRE) to allow research teams to share data, an authoring tool to capture metadata during the authoring process, a hosted e-journal service, a repository, and a math add-on. Today: Total:82 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Agrega, the New Educational Digital Object Platform
Jane ParkJane Park, Creative CommonsCreative Commons,

I am leaving for Spain on Sunday, which makes this announcement relevant (and it will probably be a topic of discussion at the Madrid conference). "Agrega, a new educational initiative promoting internet in the classroom, is a collaborative effort on the part of the Spanish Ministry of Education, Social Politics and Sports,, the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce, and the Autonomous Communities and Autonomous Cities of Spain (CC.AA). Agrega is Spain's new educational digital object platform, 'which consists of a central repository and other autonomous repositories which have educational content for non-university level centres.'" Today: Total:84 [Comment] [Direct Link]

ccLearn Monthly Update - 21 May 2008
Ahrash BissellAhrash Bissell, Creative CommonsCreative Commons,

The Creative Commons Learning initiative, ccLearn, still exists. Ahrash Bissell writes to let us know that they are about to enter the testing phase of their universal education search project (finding Creative Common stuff is easy enough, but limiting that to 'educational' materials is tricky, and potentially controversial). Thet are also writinga report on licensing policy diversity among open educational projects and websites (I wonder whether this website would be considered among them). They also have a largish but institutionally-biased set of open education resources on the site. Today: Total:59 [Comment] [Direct Link]

LearnHub Integrates CC Licensing
Jane ParkJane Park, Creative CommonsCreative Commons,

LearnHub is a "new online social learning network" that decided "to go Creative Commons" this week. That's one way to advertise - embrace Creative Commons and then convince someone with the Creative Commons initiative to blog about it. "LearnHub is a network of communities, each one built around a specific subject (ex. Algebra, History, Software Development). Search to find a community that fits your interest." Not sure what the commitment to Creative Commons is - "LearnHub is free to use. However, teachers may charge a fee for certain courses and for tutoring." Anyhow, it's an interesting effort, with some community features worth noting, such as the 'authorities' section. Today: Total:99 [Comment] [Direct Link]

I Wouldn't Steal
Mike LinksvayerMike Linksvayer, Creative CommonsCreative Commons,

Video. Parody of the "I wouldn't steal" videos being shown at cinemas. I like the message: bring back sharing. Related: Michael Geist gives a talk to my old stomping grounds, the Canadian University Press, on the nature of the copyright reforms. Today: Total:69 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Behold: High-Quality Flickr Image Search
Cameron ParkinsCameron Parkins, Creative CommonsCreative Commons,

Good idea. Behold "attempts to catalogue CC images with quality comparable to that of professional image archives such as Getty Images or Corbis, by using the social structure of Flickr and image content analysis." I will note that when I tested it this afternoon it was returning zero results on all searches. Today: Total:106 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Various AuthorsVarious authors, Creative CommonsCreative Commons,

Creative Commons has created 'CC Learn' and staffed it with Board members (all Americans, of course), including Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales. I am supportive of open educational resources, as most people know, and I am supportive of Creative Commons - but I am apprehensive about this new organization, which has been formed without any (apparent) consultation or process. Long-time readers will recall some of Creative Commons's previous forays into education, including the proposal for special 'education' licenses. This to me looks more like the commercial publishers trying to redefine 'free' in such a way as to allow them to take free resources and sell them commercially. That's usually what language like this means: "Worse, much of the OER currently being created is incompatible - legally, technically, and socially - with other OER." I'd like to see some sort of open decision-making process, to keep the (paid) lobbyists at bay - but while I've always been supportive of Creative Commons, I've never really seen that democracy was one of its strong suits. Today: Total:132 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Canadian Public Domain Registry Announced
Mia GarlickMia Garlick, Creative CommonsCreative Commons,

I am home from Alaska and taking some time on a quiet day to catch up some things I've missed over the last little while. So I hope you enjoy this unusual Sunday edition (no magazine) of OLDaily. For this first link, news of a new public domain registry in Canada "making Canadian works in the public domain more widely accessible both here and abroad." Today: Total:83 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Google Advanced Search Enables CC-Customized Searching
AnnouncementAnnouncement, Creative CommonsCreative Commons,

Good news on the search front as Google now supports Creative Commons searching. This will help people use the search engine to find content they can reuse without the fuss and bother of clearing copyright with publishers or, worse, unknown authors. Google joins Yahoo, which launched a similar service several months ago. Today: Total:85 [Comment] [Direct Link]

CC Licensing for WordPress: Now with AJAX
Nathan YerglerNathan Yergler, Creative CommonsCreative Commons,

Now why can't learning objects be associated with ODRL rights expressions in the same way as WordPress now associates Creative Commons licdenses with blog posts? Of course they could - but try convincing people of that. Today: Total:44 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Flickr's Creative Commons Area Back
Matt HaugheyMatt Haughey, Creative CommonsCreative Commons,

Despite all the flack it has taken this week, Creative Commons can still dish out some good news. And it's this: "Flickr has reopened the area of their site devoted to Creative Commons licensed images.... (it) has gone way beyond our expectations to nearly 1.5 million photos licensed for reuse." Well, cool. Today: Total:45 [Comment] [Direct Link]

View Source Added to Flash
Matt HaugheyMatt Haughey, Creative CommonsCreative Commons,

Nice innovation that opens the doors on Flash ever so slightly as developers may now, at their discretion, provide viewers a means of viewing the source of the Flash animation. Today: Total:49 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Searching for Creative Commons on Yahoo!
Neeru PahariaNeeru Paharia, Creative CommonsCreative Commons,

This is something we've needed for some time - a way to search and find only that content we can use. Google, meanwhile, doesn't reliably let searchers know whether the link they're following is free, registration or even pay. Bad Google, bad. Today: Total:45 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Some Clarifications About the Commonwealth List
Glenn O. BrownGlenn O. Brown, Creative CommonsCreative Commons,

Glenn O. Brown responds to the criticisms of the Creative Commonwealth proposal highlighted in this space (and echoed by a number of commentators) last Wednesday. His first point is that "It is never a foregone conclusion that a project in discussion will be adopted by Creative Commons." This gives me some hope. Moreover, he argues, commercialization in Creative Commons will "never extend beyond facilitating what, say, the folks at Magnatune are doing: helping authors declare 'some rights reserved,' then to charge, if they want to, for uses of those reserved rights." But herein lies the problem: it allows the producers of commercial work to represent them as non-commercial. Is this something the Creative Commons community wants? I sincerely doubt it. And so the debate begins. Today: Total:50 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Announcing the Commonwealth
Matt HaugheyMatt Haughey, Creative CommonsCreative Commons,

In various fora I have warned of the danger that Creative Commons will commercialize. It would be too great a temptation, I argued, to create special 'business' Creative Commons licenses for commercial content, possibly charging a fee for managing the license. When the Creation Commons 'Education' licenses were proposed a few months ago, I warned that this was first step in the process (here, here, here, and here). That day has now come. The commercialization of Creative Commons has taken a large step forward with the development of what is being called the 'Commonwealth'.

From one of the web sites: "The goal of this discussion list is to develop a new form of hybrid commercial / non-commercial license for various kinds of intellectual property with particular emphasis on software. We hope to combine the best of open source and proprietary models. In so doing, we'll explore questions like: Can we create the greatest social welfare and the greatest innovation? Can we simultaneously benefit businesses, developers, and end users over the long run? Can we build models of the process of software growth and diffusion?"CRLF

Now on the one hand I have long argued that there should be a common marketplace for commercial and non-commercial content - that is, indeed, at the heart of my digital rights management proposal. But Creative Commons was built upon a different premise: that it is the home for free online content - it is for that reason that it enjoyed such widespread support. That is why I opposed CC Education. I always wondered why Creative Commons never had anything like a voting process, why its decisions were made centrally, why it was run more like a business than a part of the open source community. With the arrival of Creative Commons Inc. (aka the Commonwealth) I think we know.

CRLFSometimes, I get tired of saying "I told you so..." Today: Total:47 [Comment] [Direct Link]

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Various AuthorsVarious authors, Creative CommonsCreative Commons,

Creative Commons has started a wiki looking at the idea of how to provide access to Creative Commons materials. Today: Total:84 [Comment] [Direct Link]


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