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Monthly Archives: August 2008
Federation Square by edwin.11
As part of the Melbourne Writers’ Festival, from 3:30-4:30pm on Saturday (30 September) the Big Screen in Federation Square will be dedicated to the live multimedia remix of RML stories. Tales by authors such as Cate Kennedy, James Phelan, Kim Wilkins and Danielle Wood will be stretched, tweaked, mashed and generally brought to life in a set by A/V artist M.
Australia’s iconic public broadcaster, the ABC, has just launched a new CC-friendly social media space, Pool, designed to provide a “place for creative content makers to upload their work, publish and collaborate.”
Pool lets creators working in all mediums – from animation, to music, to video, to text – share and broadcast their work to others. Like most participatory media sites, users can create profiles, upload and download material, and search tags for related material. But unlike other popular sites, the focus at Pool is very clearly on quality and experimentation.
Most exciting from our end, Pool has been designed to be a completely open project. The site (which has been developed using the open source content management tool, Drupal) offers the full suite of the Creative Commons core licences (as well as All Rights Reserved), and actively encourages those uploading material to use the licences to “declare a relationship between your content and other content”.
CCau’s sister project, Remix My Lit, has declared August to be remix month. They have 9 new short stories up, all written by prominent Australian authors – from ABC Fiction Award winner Damian MacDonald to best seller Kim Wilkins. And all licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial ShareAlike licence – just waiting for you to rework, remix and reinvent.
The CC licences are, of course, perpetual – you’re free to use the stories anytime. But if you send your remixes to email@example.com before 31 August you’ll get your story posted on the website, and have a chance for it to be published in the hard copy anthology alongside your favourite author.
Those who have been following the CC Case Studies wiki will be familiar with Ancient Free Gardeners, a Melbourne-based indie band who use CC licences to distribute their music. We’re very pleased to announce that AFG have released their new single, Innards Out, under a CC BY-NC-SA licence, which allows it to be freely distributed and even remixed. And they’re getting quite a bit of attention from it.
Since their launch a couple of weeks ago they’ve been getting airplay on community radio, been promoted on a number of prominent music blogs, and have even been interviewed about their decision. Most importantly, the single has been downloaded several thousand times from their website – they even had to upgrade their servers to cope with the demand. And they attribute a good part of this attention to the CC licensing.
In August 2008, as part of the CC Case Study Wiki project, CC Australia published Building an Australasian Commons: Creative Commons Case Studies Volume 1.
Edited by staffer Rachel Cobcroft, Case Studies Volume 1 includes 60 stories of how people are using Creative Commons in Australia and internationally. It highlights the excellent work being done by commoners the world over, as well as providing examples, models and guidance for those wanting to explore their copyright options in the digital environment.