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Creative Commons + Independent Journalism
Here you can find the powerpoint presentation and referenced material from the presentation by Elliott Bledsoe at Ourmedia 2007. We have also included additional material that related to the presentation.
below you will find the original presentation by Elliott Bledsoe and other related materials:
* powerpoint presentation – cc-ourmedia.ppt [available soon]
* Creative Commons (international site) section on text [external link]
CCau is the Australian arm of the international Creative Commons project. Creative Commons is a non-profit organisation that aims to promote flexible copyright options for creators. At the core of the Creative Commons project is a suite of standardised licences that are made freely available to authors and artists and which provide a range of protections and freedoms for their material. Creative Commons builds upon the “all rights reserved” of traditional copyright to create a voluntary “some rights reserved” system.
There are four CC licence protocols:
* Attribution – A compulsory element, which applies to all Creative Commons licences. This means that whenever a work is copied or redistributed under a Creative Commons licence, credit must always be given to the creator.
* Non-Commercial – this lets others copy, distribute, display, and perform the work — and derivative works based upon it — but for non-commercial purposes only.
Interested in innovative film making online?
The Melbourne-based screen resources organisation, [OPEN CHANNEL](http://www.openchannel.org.au), is [calling for expressions of interest](http://openchannel.org.au/artslaw/) from film, sound and video artists wanting to take part in its upcoming Video Slam.
The Video Slam will take place over 48 hours, from 10am Sunday May 13 to 8pm Monday May 14, and will provide an opportunity for individuals and teams to collaborate to create a 10 minute digital short from original content and content found on the Web. Most excitingly for us – the entire thing will be licensed under a Creative Commons licence.
The whole event is being run as an Arts Law Week workshop exploring the use of Creative Commons licences for the creation of original digital content. The idea is to explore the possibilities for innovation and collaboration in this new medium, looking at different ways a group of people can work towards a single whole – for example, a different editor may be used for each scene, or five composers scoring two minutes a-piece, or three actors performing the same part directed by four directors.
The event will be run out of [Horse Bazaar](http://www.horsebazaar.com.au/), with the final product being screened on Monday May 14 in Melbourne’s community and arts hub, [Federation Square](http://www.fedsquare.com.au/), and made available on the Open Channel and [EngageMedia](http://www.engagemedia.org) websites.
If you have any kind of skill or interest in a relevant area (eg directors, technicians, performers, writers composers, production assistants) Open Channel wants you to get involved. Continue reading
[Vibewire](http://www.vibewire.net), the Australian-based youth media non-profit, launched its 2007 [e-Festival of Ideas](http://www.vibewire.net/efestival) today.
The e-Festival has been running for a few years now, in conjunction with National Youth Week. It’s a great initiative, which provides the opportunity for members of the public to come together with experts to discuss important issues of the day. And best of all, it all occurs online, so there are no registration fees or airfares. All you need is an internet connection and an opinion to get involved.
This year’s festival includes panels on climate change, multiculturalism and how to get arts funding – and [one devoted entirely to Creative Commons](http://www.vibewire.net/efestival/2007/panels/creativecommons). Elliott and I will be on the panel to answer questions, as well as a whole pile of industry experts such as [DJ Spooky](http://www.djspooky.com), Allison Fine from [Demos](http://www.demos.org) and the team from [EngageMedia](http://www.engagemedia.org).
So if you have something you’ve always wanted to say about Creative Commons, copyright or innovation in the digital era, get aboard and say it. Or even if you’ve just got questions – we still want to hear from you. Go on – have an opinion! Continue reading
Creative Commons Australia’s parent organisation, the Queensland University of Technology, recently hosted a visit by Terry Fisher, Hale Dorr Professor of Intellectual Property from Harvard Law School and Director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. As part of this visit Terry presented a lecture at the Queensland State Library on the Future of Entertainment.
This Podcast is now available for download as a podcast (under a Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike licence, of course) [here](http://creativecommons.org.au/materials/Terry%20Fisher%20-edited-64k.MP3). It runs for about an hour, but is an interesting discussion of the effect of the internet on the entertainment industry from one of the world’s leading experts on the subject, and so is well worth checking out. Continue reading