The iCommons Lab Report: April/May 2007

The iCommons Lab Report: April/May 2007

“Your window on the Commons”


iCommons Lab April


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Second Life at the Summit

News hot off the press: the Summit proceedings will be streamed through Second Life! Find out more and see pictures of the preparations!


Art Intercom: An Interview Series with the iCommons Artists in Residence. Featuring Art collective MTAA and Joy Garnett. Artists in Residence blogger, Paddy Johnson interviews two of the artists who will be part of the residency in Dubrovnik. Find out about their work, their plans for the Summit and how CC plays a role in their creative production. Joy Garnett: Riding Hobby Horses and Scratching Itches


Get Wikifying! 10 of the Best, Most Interesting Wiki Communities

Daniela Faris studies wiki communities that have collected useful resources, have used wiki software in an innovative way, or have been motivated to contribute information on niche topics and popular cultures. There’s something for everyone!


Why A Fair Use Exception is Probably Not Such a Good Idea

This month Tobias Schonwetter discusses the little-known facts about the fair use doctrine.






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CC Salon Luxembourg – 12th may

The first CC Luxembourg Salon will take place in Luxembourg-Hollerich at the LX5 homebase on May 12th from 18h to 19h30. A report on progress of porting will be made by the CC Lux team and Jamendo’s services for CC music will be presented. Fell free to join us in what should be a relaxed evening with cheap drinks, music and a musical performance later. Directions: 1, rue de l’Acierie, the building behind the Fondation pour l’architecture. Directions from LX5 site.

Flyer CC LX5 (pdf, 420k)

Progress of the luxembourg porting

Being the first to go from scratch to version 3.0 is quite a ride! We are expecting a final draft in late april/early may, which will be submitted to the legal team of Creative Commons International in Berlin. Unfortunately, our planned timing for a launch event on the 6th June is too risky: There is not enough time for a serious public discussion, very little time to resolve any open questions in the final draft and on top of that, key people may not be available due to preparation for the iSummit Dubrovnik in early June.

So, we decided to keep the licence porting process going, still expecting a Luxembourg 3.0 licence in July, but moved the launch event to the 2007 “rentrée” (sept/oct) in Luxembourg city. See you in Dubrovnik and in autumn in Luxembourg!

For updates, please feel free to join the cc-lux list.

Du Bon Usage De La Piraterie

DU BON USAGE DE LA PIRATERIE (Culture libre, sciences ouvertes) ressort aujourd’hui 29 mars 2007 en version poche à la Découverte.

Le site de l’ouvrage, avec la version intégrale sous licence Creative Commons by-nc-sa

De Mozart le pirate aux médicaments brevetés à prix stratosphériques.

Des logiciels libres à l’innovation lyonnaise dans les métiers à tisser au XVIIIème siècle.

De la chasse aux téléchargeurs de MP3 au lobbying des industries culturelles à l’OMC.

Le livre /Du bon usage de la piraterie/ décrypte les enjeux des violentes batailles autour de la propriété intellectuelle, met en lumière les mensonges des pourfendeurs de la « gratuité » et propose de nombreuses pistes pour établir un régime équilibré de l’immatériel.

Publié en octobre 2004 aux Editions Exils, /Du bon usage de la piraterie/ ressort aujourd’hui en version poche à la Découverte, avec une préface du professeur de droit américain promoteur des cultures libres Lawrence Lessig, et assorti d’une postface de l’auteur.

L’intégralité de l’ouvrage est aussi disponible sur le Web en accès libre, sous une licence Creative Commons by-nc-sa, qui permet au public de se réapproprier le texte et de le diffuser. Comme l’ont fait plusieurs lecteurs bénévoles coordonnés par le blogueur Incipitblog afin d’en proposer une version audio, à emporter sur son baladeur numérique et destinée aux aveugles et malvoyants.

Un livre à offrir, télécharger, écouter et, toujours, à faire circuler le plus largement possible.

Le site de l’ouvrage:

Les « remix » du livre, dont la version audio

Le communiqué, Le communiqué en PDF

(Via la mailing liste de cc-france)

Commission conference on Open Access: Presentations now available

Presentations from the European Commission’s February conference on Open Access are now online:

The conference – “Scientific Publishing in the European Research Area – Access, Dissemination, and Preservation in the Digital Age“ brought together members of the international community concerned with issues involving access and distribution of scientific publication and data. The two-day conference was held in Brussels.

Conference website:

Read more on the Science Commons blog.

Royalty flows, globally

If a picture tells a thousand words, this chart, which graphically demonstrates global royalty flows, instantly demonstrates why the development agenda deserves our support and why Canada – alongside virtually every other country – will continue to face enormous pressure from the U.S. on IP policy.

Note in particular the shrinking of Canada, South America, Africa, most of Asia, and Australia, all of which represents significant outflows of royalty fees.

Link to PDF chart with explanations, Luxembourg is top royalty earner (relative to population).

Link to Raw data.

Thanks to Michael Geist’s Blog:

Why the WIPO Development Agenda Matters

Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Canada

“PR-pitbull” hired to discredit Open Access

Nature – a for-profit publisher – has learned that a group of big scientific publishers has hired Eric Dezenhall – known as the “pit bull of public relations” – to take on the open-access movement. …

… Dezenhall, author of Nail ‘Em! Confronting High-Profile Celebrities and Businesses, is more widely known for his work protecting and un-tarnishing companies and celebrities’ reputations. As reported in Business Week, Dezenhall used money from ExxonMobile to fight the environmental group Greenpeace, as well as worked for former Enron chief Jeffrey Skilling, who is now serving a 24-year sentence for fraud. …

Link to full article at Nature.

Online petiton – Open Access to publicly funded research

La Euroscience workgroup on scientific publishing annonce une pétition en ligne, sponsorisée par la DFG, JISC, SPARC-Europe, SURF, et DEff.


Sujet: La Recommandation A1 de la Study on the Economic and Technical Evolution of the Scientific Publication Markets of Europe , étude exhaustive (>100 pages) publié en 2006, commissioné par la DG-Recherche, Commission Européenne.



Research funding agencies have a central role in determining researchers’ publishing practices. Following the lead of the NIH and other institutions, they should promote and support the archiving of publications in open repositories, after a (possibly domain-specific) time period to be discussed with publishers. This archiving could become a condition for funding.

The following actions could be taken at the European level:

(i) Establish a European policy mandating published articles arising from EC-funded research to be available after a given time period in open access archives, and

(ii) Explore with Member States and with European research and academic associations whether and how such policies and open repositories could be implemented.

Lien vers l’Etude complète.

Jamendo at MIDEM, announcing revenue sharing

The Jamendo team is going ahead full steam in 2007!

Laurent will be at this years MIDEM (Riviera Hall – Luxemburg Pavillon – Booth R31.35) at Cannes from 20th au 24th January.

Luxembourg, 15th January : Announcing revenue sharing with artists

Since the end of 2006, Jamendo allows users to download for free more than 2000 albums under Creative Commons licenses. Now Jamendo is bringing its concept up to the next level : half of the advertising revenue will be shared with the artists.

Every month, the artists who registered to this Revenue Sharing program will share 50% of the advertising revenue of Jamendo. Shares will be proportional to the number of visits on the artists’ pages on Jamendo. The artists registering now to the program will share the advertising revenue from the period beginning on the 1st January 2007. This program will be in beta stage for the first term and might be improved after on.

This new system is currently one of the most innovative ways to permit both the diffusion of music under Creative Commons licenses and a revenue for the artists. This new revenue stream will be a complement to the donation system that allows the listeners to give money to an artist via jamendo and PayPal.

For more information on this program :

Press release in French

Jamendo widgets

Now you can put your favourite Jamendo tracks right on your blog or homepage, using the new Jamendo widgets:

And don’t forget the other 2000 Creative Commons albums!

Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung: Dossier Open Source, Open Content

Open Source, das heißt offener Quellcode und meint gemeinhin Software, die jeder nach Belieben studieren, benutzen, verändern und kopieren darf. Vor rund 25 Jahren begann die “Freie Software” als eine kleine Gruppe von Programmierern, die sich gegen die Kommerzialisierung ihrer Arbeit sträubten. Heute treiben Open Source-Programme große Teile des Internets an und machen den Größen der Softwareindustrie ernste Konkurrenz.

Und mehr noch: Open Source ist zu einer weltweiten sozialen Bewegung geworden, die antritt, nach der Software nun auch Wissen und Kultur zu “befreien”. Von Open Access bis Creative Commons, von Wikipedia bis Edubuntu arbeiten zehntausende Menschen weltweit über das Internet an einem kollektiven Schatz freien Wissens, entdecken neue Formen der Kooperation und des Gemeinsinns, und stören dabei alle Regeln von Urheberrecht und Wirtschaft auf.

In Interviews und Texten beleuchtet das Dossier das Phänomen “Open Source” von vielen Seiten, lässt Protagonisten und Kritiker zu Wort kommen und hilft, seine technischen, wirtschaftlichen und rechtlichen Mechanismen zu verstehen.

Gratis zum Download und vieles mehr auf

Zum Beispiel:

Into the Great Wide Open

Rund 20 Jahre nach ihren Anfängen ist die freie Software anerkannter Alltag in der Computerwelt. Nun boomt das “Open Source”-Prinzip auch in Medien, Kultur und Bildung.


Von Allmende bis Wikipedia: Reise durch die Welt der Open Source in 60 Stichwörtern.

CC licence compatibility wizard

Jedi from CC Taiwan annonced a neat tool today:

There is a FAQ entry “I used part of a Creative Commons-licensed work, which Creative Commons license can I relicense my work under?” CC HQ provides a matrix to show the compatibility of each CC license:

However, we found it not so easy for everybody to understand this matrix in our country. So that we’ve worked out a interactive-style matrix to help people to get the whole idea. What we done is based on “(Open Source) Licenses Wizard v3.0” – a product from our sister project, Open Source Software Foundry. We call it “Creative Commons Licenses Compatibility Wizard:”

This wizard was first written in Traditional Chinese for our people. Later we made an English translation one for all of you:

You can play with it, download its source code, modify it if you like, and learn more about “(Open Source) Licenses Wizard v3.0” or “Open Source Software Foundry” project from links above.

Please note that this stuff is still quite rough — we know there are much to improve.

No-Copy – Evolution of Knowldege Sharing

NO COPY – The Movie is a short animated film depicting the history of digital piracy and the rise of Free Culture. Beginning with the first hackers and crackers leading to the development of “the Scene”, through to file sharing, the entertainment wars and mass downloads, the movie tells the story of how industry mistakes created the need for a free culture movement.

You can stream the movie via the site, download it for free in SWF-Format or as self playing files for Windows or Mac. The original voice-over is in German with an English subtitled version available.

Inspired by Epic 2015, a rather dystopian vision of the internet in 2015, basically: personalised trash

Many more Films with a Free Culture theme are on Dave’s Soundblog.