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Barcamp Hamburg: Creative Commons 101

November 22, 2008 | By |

I’ll be at Barcamp Hamburg 2 all day today, and try to liveblog one session or the other. Enjoy!

  • 2:19 PM time’s up. rock on!
  • 2:19 PM CC is young (a few years), but spreading fast.
  • 2:18 PM (obviously, i’m biased, totally pro open sharing.)
  • 2:17 PM … say you’re Amnesty International, you might be scared of other folks abusing your pictures. CC doesn’t provide protection here; however, as soon as it’s online, it’s open for abuse. So at least CC gives you a certain framework and enables sharing in positive ways.
  • 2:16 PM … the thesis is on the web (in german) on Nicole’s website.
  • 2:16 PM …can show that the NGO is open and likes to share…
  • 2:15 PM excerpt: collaboration and distribution as well as volunteer work and credibility are strong points.
  • 2:15 PM Nicole Ebber wrote her thesis about opportunities and risks of CC for NGOs.
  • 2:14 PM (Tagging is useful, too: It’s great for SEO. Go tag!)
  • 2:14 PM So a huge CC library would be great. Also, tagging is important.
  • 2:13 PM Meike Richter proposes: Make a DVD with freely licensed music and tag it properly. Anyone need a business model?
  • 2:10 PM opencritics.de
  • 2:09 PM Audience member is working on a project to make user content (reviews et al) be released per default under CC. Take the content back!
  • 2:09 PM Wanna know more about showcases and successful uses of CC? CC collects case studies.
  • 2:07 PM Rule of thumb: Ask first, publish later!
  • 2:07 PM Proposal in the room: Don’t publish mean photos, like folks in the middle of eating ;)
  • 2:07 PM Question: What do you think about photos at Barcamps? Release them under which license? Show faces? Do we all need to be ready to be documented thoroughly?
  • 2:06 PM Obama’s photos of the electin night are CC, too.
  • 2:05 PM Good point from the audience: CC isn’t just for amateurs, but there’s serious money to be made.
  • 2:04 PM You can follow Nicole Ebber on twitter
  • 2:04 PM Nicole Ebber is also the OpenMusicContest ambassador, she’s giving some away. If you wanna know more about it, talk to her!
  • 2:03 PM OpenMusicContest
  • 2:03 PM There’s a number of CC-released samplers. Nicole shows one that’s the result of a band contest: Bands would be on the CD if they released their track under CC. It’s a two-CD album. It’s also available online:
  • 2:01 PM you can also search on many platforms, but search often isn’t trivial.
  • 2:01 PM answer: clear yes, there’s a search feature.
  • 2:00 PM question of (i think) a journalist: can CC also help me FIND content?
  • 1:59 PM most of the cases mentioned above could happen with many licensing models; usually, it’s being said, CC makes sharing and using much easier. particularly with hobby and amateur content.
  • 1:59 PM can’t tell for sure, but this plugin seems related
  • 1:58 PM There’s a CC plugin that writes licensing data into the files metadata.
  • 1:57 PM question: how can you license different file-types? Answer: some formats allow for meta data, others don’t.
  • 1:57 PM going really into details, constructing tough caseS: what happens if i use Australian content, commercially, the authors changes license in hindsight, now what happens? that’s not exactly the most likely case, it seems to me ;)
  • 1:55 PM if you’re a journalist and would like to use CC photos commercially it can be difficult if you want to be on the safe side and get another round of written consent.
  • 1:53 PM (no major CC court cases in Germany, but in the states and other places. so it works.)
  • 1:53 PM tricky: if someone changes their licenses to more restrictive, it can be tough to prove in hindsight. so there’s a weakness in the system. however, CC has been tested successfully in court.
  • 1:51 PM if someone uses your content, they have to prove they were allowed to.
  • 1:50 PM default is “all rights reserved”, so it’s very restrictive. CC allows for more freedom.
  • 1:49 PM on your own blog, just link to CC or embed the icons
  • 1:49 PM with external services you can often just choose the license (flickr, mixxt etc.)
  • 1:49 PM audience is curious about the implementation: how do i get this on my site?
  • 1:48 PM so CC is all about standardized legal contracts that are easy to use. CC doesn’t provide legal help in court, but it provides the framework.
  • 1:47 PM 3 is “machine-readable”, that’s the code.
  • 1:47 PM 2 is “lawyer-readable”, that’s the legal text.
  • 1:47 PM 1 is “human-readable”, that’s the fun little icons
  • 1:47 PM so there’S actually three levels:
  • 1:46 PM Tech details are being discussed. Details aren’t clear, but John Weitzmann helps out: CC provides code that allows for machine-readable licensing text. Important for automatization, syndication etc?
  • 1:45 PM CC seems overwhelming in the beginning i was often told; to make it simpler, there’s two levels, one is a brief (icon-based) description that’s simple to understand; and the real legal text, which is the binding contract.
  • 1:44 PM there’s more than 20 folks in this small room. good sign there’s so much interest in CC
  • 1:44 PM the icon with the license can easily be embedded in your blog, website etc. it’s simple. really.
  • 1:43 PM you get a neat little icon, too
  • 1:43 PM CC license chooser
  • 1:43 PM now Michelle and Nicole are presenting the license chooser i linked to before:
  • 1:42 PM note: all the licenses are legal, and legally binding. if you release your content under Creative Commons (no matter if it’s online or offline) you still have legal control over it (to the degree you allowed in choosing your license)
  • 1:41 PM that process is called “license porting”. so there’s a general license (“unported”) and for many countries also a “ported” license. you recognize them by their name: “Creative Commons BY-NC-SA Germany” is what my blog’S under, for example.)
  • 1:40 PM licenses are based on international contracts; in about 50 countries there are specialized licenses that are adapted even more accurately to domestic laws.
  • 1:40 PM (i can’t tell if comments are working. if you run into problems, just d me on twitter. www.twitter.com/thewavingcat
  • 1:38 PM You can check out the licensing model with this neat little tool, it’s super simple:
  • 1:38 PM so combinations of these modules could be: by-nc-sa, or even more freely just BY (which would mean that you can do ANYTHING with that content as long as you point back to the author).
  • 1:37 PM SA means: share-alike. if you use content that’s released under by-nc-sa (attribution, non-commercial, share-alike) means that you have to re-share what you build based on that content under the same license.
  • 1:36 PM NC means: non-commercial. use freely, unless you’re planning on making any money. in that case get in touch with the author first.
  • 1:36 PM BY means: always give correct attribution. You can use the content, but do link back.
  • 1:35 PM Covering the basics, the different licensing models:
  • 1:34 PM The default in traditional copyright is “all rights reserved”. CC changes that default to “some rights reserved”
  • 1:34 PM So what is CC? A simpler way to give creators control over how their content is used.
  • 1:33 PM Basic of Creative Commons. Presenters areNicole Ebber (Zeitgeisty), John Weitzmann (Legal Lead of Creative Commons Germany) and Michelle Thorne (Creative Commons).

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