Microsoft Office add-in released

Microsoft and Creative Commons have teamed up to release the Creative Commons add-in for Microsoft Office, a copyright licensing tool that enables the easy addition of Creative Commons licenses to works created in popular Microsoft Office applications. The wizard-type add-in allows you to select a CC license directly from the File menu, the licence terms are embedded electronically and visually in Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents.

The add-in is available free of charge from Microsoft Office Online.


Jamendo storms Amsterdam and San Francisco

This week CC music company Jamendo is presenting at a raft of conferences. CTO Sylvain Zimmer is in Amsterdam presenting at “Holland Open Conference” and the “Digital Pioneers Academy.” His slides make interesting reading if you’re interested in CC music and related business models.

CEO Laurent Kratz and CFO Pierre Gérard are in the San Francisco bay area presenting at Under the Radar, SuperNova and the Internet Venture Fair and stopped by last night’s excellent CC Salon San Francisco.

Watch for some great features coming from Jamendo, and lots more great music.

Via Creative Commons Blog

Economics of Open Content

mp3s available from Boston symposium.


On January 23-24, 2006, Intelligent Television hosted the Economics of Open Content symposium at MIT to bring together representatives from media industries, cultural and educational institutions, and legal and business minds to discuss how to make open content happen better and faster.

You can find the recordings of all the sessions here.

Partnership mania

The British Library just announced digitising with Microsoft, who help out OCA, who in turn use Creative Commons licensing, as an instrument to help preserve author sovereignty for rights questions. Yahoo, Adobe and HP are other major partner.

Google now offers a “Usage Rights” category in their advanced search, which finds works that may either “allow some form of re-use” or “can be freely modified, adapted or built upon”. But they don’t mention CC, and it’d be interesting to know whether the see Open Content more generically, including the GNU FDL. But alas, Google says nothing, as usual.

Meanwhile, Yahoo (who has offered CC search for 15 months!) announced 60 million backlinks, pointing to 60 million CC licences on the internet.

CC France Paris 17.11.2005

Dear all,

Just one year after the launch, CC France organizes a General Assembly + Live Music party on Thursday November 17th, just 2 days before the event in Italy.


  1. Achievements and perspectives by cc-fr team
  2. Discussion on CC licenses usages with CC users and free culture actors: sharing of experiences and propositions for the future
  • New business models around open access, creation of added-value, negotiation of side-contracts… – Legal questions : collective management incompatibilities, perspective of creation of an alternative system, moral rights, creative usages of NC and ND options… – Examples of CC tools uses by communities: education, research, arts, press, associations… – Organization of the Community: launch of a wiki in french translation of CC documents and CC licensed works collection of CC licensed works experiences and business models to support future negotiations
  1. Live music: danse, copy, and go home with it! in partnership with DJ Dakat aka Electron X

The set will be encoded in real-time and the audience will receive the performance recording tagged with CC metadata on their usb key right after the set. Technology: Jamcorder (or similar free software by Framasoft)

Location: CIUP – Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris Salon Honorat 17, boulevard Jourdan 75014 Paris VENIR between 6pm and 1 am thanks to the support of the European Conference on Complex Systems

We can unfortunately not propose any financial support for your travel and accomodation, but would be very happy to see you at this occasion. Please let me know if you plan to come.

Programme in French


Danièle, François & Melanie

CC Italy Turin 19.11.2005

On Saturday November 19th, 2005 (1)

CC Italia will hold in Turin the first

Italian National CC Meeting, CCIT2005.

Keynote address by Philippe Aigrain.

Three panels on:

-Multimedia (i.e., audiovisual);

-Book publishing;

-Music (including the president of the Italian Phonografic Industry Association).

-Wrap-up panel.

– Full program

– Poster

(if you’d like the OpenOffice source files, just let me know).

The meeting is co-organized with the Italian Documentarist Association.

The meeting will be webcast live (

In the evening, CC Party with CC live music, dj/vj, a documentation center on CC, etc.

After the event and before the party, we will hold a _mini-mini-CC-summit_ & dinner.

The CC Leads of France, Switzerland, Slovenia and Croatia will be present, together Paula and others. We will take this chance to discuss common issues and to plan for the future.

If you want to take this chance to visit Turin, please let me know.

We cannot offer any financial support, but I’ll be glad to help you to arrange your visit.


Juan Carlos

Juan Carlos De Martin

Lead Creative Commons Italia

Politecnico di Torino

(1) The last day of the Turin Film Festival.

Concert CC – Jamendo le 16.9. à Paris

Trois groupes représentés sur le site Jamendo se produiront à la Maroquinerie (Paris XXème, 23 rue Boyer, métro Ménilmontant) le vendredi 16 septembre 2005, de 19h à 23h. C’est un évènement unique à ne manquer sous aucun prétexte, le premier concert Creative Commons avec distribution du live sur clés USB ou lecteurs MP3 jamais organisé à Paris !

Le tarif est fixé à 15 € sur place et à 10 € en prévente.

Prévente tickets et plus d’infos.

Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) opening office in Luxembourg

The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), a global consortium dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux®, today announced the appointment of Claude Beullens as director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Beullens brings nearly 30 years of experience in enterprise computing, sales and marketing to lead OSDL’s efforts and initiatives throughout the region.

Government interest, economic opportunity and the location of leading open source projects makes Europe a strategic priority for OSDL and its members. OSDL will work locally in Europe to support community and industry development of Linux, to accelerate deployments of Linux for business and government and to increase confidence in the use of Linux and open source software. Beullens will be centrally based in Luxembourg.

”There is a philosophical foundation in place throughout Europe that drives the adoption of Linux and open source technologies to achieve social and economic advancement,” said Stuart Cohen, CEO, Open Source Development Labs. ”OSDL can contribute to this environment by providing resources that will accelerate Linux deployments for local governments, local and international businesses and with European entrepreneurs. Claude’s extensive experience and leadership in the European software industry will significantly enhance this contribution.”

”OSDL’s new presence in Europe is the latest demonstration that Linux and open source technologies are vibrant and maturing around the world,” said Claude Beullens, director, EMEA, Open Source Development Labs. ”I look forward to collaborating with the development community, business and government to support Linux and advance innovation and economic growth around Linux and open source software.”

Beullens comes to OSDL after serving in product, engineering and sales and marketing management positions at AMC, Apollo Computer, Hewlett Packard and MC2. He is fluent in English, French, German, Dutch, and Luxembourgish.

Full OSDL Press Release

BBC Creative Archive en ligne

La BBC a pris la tête d’un groupe s’appellant “Creative Archive Licence Group”, qui vient de débuter la première phase du projet de mise en ligne des archives publiques avec le partenariat de la BBC, du British Film Institute, de l’Open University et de Channel 4: creative archive. La licence Creative Archive est quasi identique à la licence Creative Commons, sauf qu’elle ne permet la redistribution des contenus que dans le Royaume Uni.

Catalogue de bibliothèque sous CC

Le réseau de bibliothèques publiques du “Östereichisches Bibliothekswerk” vient de mettre son catalogue sous la licence Creative Commons.

Toute bibliothèque peut donc maintenant utiliser ce catalogue en entier ou en partie pour ses propores collections. Avec la pratique du “Copy-cataloguing” qui devient de plus en plus courante, cette initiative est un élément pragmatique pour faciliter la réutilisation de ces données. La licence choisie est indiquée par la petite boîte grise intitulée “CC Some Rights Reserved”.

Cologne Open Access Publishing Summit

Held in Cologne in decembre 2004, all papers and presentations are now online.

“Online publishing is revolutionizing the scholarly communication process. Researchers, publishers, and libraries – all actors in the scholarly communications system are being affected. The open access movement is playing an important role in shaping the future system of scholarly publishing. This is especially true for periodicals. The Directory of Open Access Journals lists 1.300 journals until now. The Cologne Summit will act as a cutting-edge forum describing the state of the art. It also stands for fair but controversial discussions and debate surrounding the issues of open access publishing to all actors in the field.” Ulrich Korwitz – Deutsche Zentralbibliothek fuer Medizin