Monthly Archives: September 2006

I’m coming to NYC for this concert

Wired is sponsoring another Creative Commons Benefit Concert at at Irving Plaza, on September 29. This is the second time Wired’s done this. The first time, the artists (Gilberto Gil and David Byrne) were inspiration to many in the movement. This time the artists are practitioners of remix culture: Mike Patton‘s experimental pop supergroup Peeping Tom, DJ/producer Diplo, and mash-up/remix artist Girl Talk.

All (as in 100% with no deduction at all) of the proceeds go to Creative Commons. Tickets are $25 each (plus service charge) and are available online at Ticketmaster.

The event is a part of Next Music, which kicks off WIRED NextFest, a four-day festival featuring more than 130 interactive exhibits from scientists and researchers from around the world.

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if I could vote on the Wikipedia board

Like just about everybody, I’m a big Wikipedia fan. (Indeed, Code v2 is dedicated to the project.) And so I was extremely happy to read that Aaron Swartz is running for the board. Aaron was one of the early architects of CC. But his talent is much more than technical. He is a brilliantly independent and clear thinker; takes bullshit from no one; and has a deep and reflective view about all things Net. I’m sure this is true of more than one person, but he would make an outstanding addition to the board. Continue reading

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The tempest in a Zune box

So there was a flurry of concern last week because of the announcement that Microsoft’s new Zune would wrap all content in DRM. Turns out that was a mistake. All content is not wrapped by default. The wrapping applies to DRMed content only. Thus, the device would not appear to interfere with the CC anti-DRM clause. Continue reading

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A very cool NYPL+Wired Event

These guys are doing amazingly good stuff, and using a CC DevNat license to spread it freely within the developing world.

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Update on AutoWeek

I am told by Allen that a very respectful AutoWeek executive called to apologize. The mistake was an intern’s. They have reached an amicable settlement. Continue reading

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News from CC

From Eric at CC:

Visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum‘s website to download “The Concert,” a new classical music podcast offered under the Creative Commons Music Sharing license. The podcast features unreleased live performances by master musicians and talented young artists recorded from the museum’s Sunday Concert Series. “The Concert” includes music by Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, and Chopin for solo piano, orchestra, string quartet, and voice. A new podcast will be posted on the 1st and 15th of every month; users can subscribe to receive free, automatic updates delivered directly to their computers or mp3 players. With “The Concert,” the Gardner Museum becomes the first art museum to encourage sharing and free distribution of its online programming by using a Creative Commons license.

You can read more about this exciting news in CC’s press release.

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Oprah running for President?: Important clues… (or, oh come on, II)

So one of the weirder things I’ve heard people say is that they believe/want Oprah to run for President. Nutty friends, here’s a clue: Her production company is threatening to sue a website trying to promote her candidacy. Continue reading

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How to Hack an Election

You might have seen the article by RFK Jr. in Rolling Stone asking, Was the 2004 Election Stolen? It is a terrifying but powerful piece that makes it hard to believe what we all want to believe about the 2004 election.

Now come three researchers from Princeton to demonstrate how one could hack a Diebold machine and undetectably alter the election results. This is a video of their results:

You can read the full report here.

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AutoWeek: Oh come on

Allen Sandquist is a photographer. He has a Flickr account. His photos are posted on the Flickr account under a CC Attribution-NonCommercial license. More than 8 months ago, he posted this very cool photo on his site:


The image generated a bunch of great comments.

Two weeks ago, Allen posted a comment about this picture:


That was published in AutoWeek on July 24, 2006. As you’ll notice, the second is a derivative of the first.

Allen wrote AutoWeek the following:

Hello Mr. Ross,

I’m a freelance photographer in Henderson, Nevada. A couple of nights ago, I was searching the web and found that a photograph that I had taken, was used by AutoWeek in the July 24, 2006 issue (“This Week’s Sign The Automotive Apocalypse Is Nigh”, see attached pictures). I was never contacted for permission to publish this picture and was not given credit as the photographer. I usually charge $250-$500 for commercially used images. I believe $250.00 would be sufficient for this example.

I am a fan of AutoWeek as my barber subscribes to the magazine. The articles are informative and the pictures are great.

AutoWeek’s Mir. Ross responded:

Mr. Sandquist, this image was obtained through the uncredited and in public domain. Our customary payment for this type of shot is $50.

A friend of Allen then tried to intervene by writing to AutoWeek. Mr. Ross again replied to Allen:

At this point I am advised that I must see a Copy Right Registration for the photo in question before any payment can be considered.

Ok, so where’s Jack Valenti when you need him?

First, as the author of “” confirmed to Allen in an email, “they didn’t get your pic off our site!”

Second, there is an almost zero chance this photo is “in the public domain.” The only possible photos of the “76 ball” that could be in the public domain (at least without a public domain dedication) are those taken before 1978. I take it few 76 stations were selling gas at $2.19/gallion before 1977.

Finally, as a photo editor at AutoWeek certainly knows, Allen’s copyright in this image does not depend upon his registering the work with the copyright office. His copyright is automatic. So the idea that AutoWeek would say in effect “we’ll pay you $50 for a photo after you spend $45 to register it” is to add insult to injury.

Mr. Ross needs some educating at least about decency, and perhaps about copyright law (though I suspect he knows well enough that what he did here was wrong). The license Allen published his photo under says (1) don’t use this for commercial purposes without asking me, and (2) give me credit. AutoWeek did neither. Perhaps others would like to help Mr. Ross understand why that’s just wrong. He’s at kross at crain dot com. Continue reading

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