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Growing Artfinder’s Content and User Engagement with Creative Commons

, July 19th, 2012

Artfinder is a UK start up, based in London which enables you to discover, experience and share art to build your own online art profile. Artfinder also enables users to submit their own images and essays about other artworks and license them with a Creative Commons licence.

This is a guest blog post from Jen Bayne, Artfinder’s Assoicate Marketing Manager about Artfinder and why Creative Commons is key to the organisation and their users. Read More…

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‘Copyright is Essential’ – Lawrence Lessig talking @ UNESCO

, June 29th, 2012

Lawrence @Lessig spoke recently at the UNESCO 2012 World Open Educational Resources Congress in Paris.

Lawrence Lessig.  Photo by Harry Metcaffe

Lawrence Lessig. Photo by Harry Metcaffe

The talk emphasised the importance of copyright. Some key quotes from the talk include:

Copyright is essential for its purpose.I am against abolitionism… I think copyright is essential.

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Khan Academy on @BBCClick

, June 26th, 2012

Khan Academy, the non-profit online educational video site has been featured by @BBCClick in this interesting short video about Khan and the ‘flipped classroom

Salman Khan with Bill Gates, photo by Steve Jurvetson

Salman Khan with Bill Gates, photo by Steve Jurvetson

A few memorable quotes from the video include: Read More…

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Innovation in Open Networks

, June 19th, 2012

This is a great talk by Director of @medialab and @creativecommons Chair @Joi Ito, given recently at the @NMCorg summer conference. Many subjects are covered in the talk including the decreasing cost of innovation, education and learning, harnessing networks, open data and open hardware. Read More…

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Creative Commons made it easy to start CCHits.net

, June 7th, 2012

This is a guest blog post by Jon Spriggs (@jontheniceguy) about CCHits.net and its promotion of Creative Commons licensed music, artists and podcasts. Jon recalls his personal journey, motivations and influences in developing the site.

It’s always hard to talk about a project you’ve started. The inspiration for projects can come from a hundred different places and none of those are the key to why the project happened. CCHits.net is no different, but this post is here to talk about why CCHits.net (henceforth referred to as “CCHits”) came about and why Creative Commons plays so much of a part in how it all got started. Read More…

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New CC Licence Chooser (beta)

, May 25th, 2012

Creative Commons(CC) has been working on a new Licence Chooser and would like to hear your views as detailed in the email (below) from Cable Green, @cgreen CC’s Director of Global Learning Read More…

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Dan Bull Reaches Charts Using CC0

, April 30th, 2012

Dan Bull has reached number 9 in the Indie charts with music to which he has waived copyright using CC0.

Dan Bull.  Photo by Tim Dobson

Dan Bull. Photo by Tim Dobson

Dan Bull (@itsdanbull), the British Geek rapper who found fame by using YouTube for distributing his rap videos such as SOPA Cabana, has achieved chart success by commercially releasing his new track ‘Sharing is Caring,’ whilst also making it available for free legal downloads. You can either buy it from ITunes, Amazon et al or legallydownload a copy for free. Read More…

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Adding Creative Commons to RSS Feeds

, April 24th, 2012

This is a guest post by @mhawksey. Martin Hawksey is a Learning Technology Advisor for the JISC funded Centre for Educational Technology and Interoperability Standards (JISC CETIS). The majority of his work is focused on supporting the UK’s Open Educational Resources Programme.

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OpenAttribute: Making Creative Commons Attribution Easier

, April 24th, 2012

This is a guest post by @patlockley, one of the team members of the Open Attribute project.

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Creative Commons licensed content is awesome, and everywhere—from Flickr, to Wikipedia, to your favourite library. Attributing it properly, and telling people how to attribute it properly can be difficult and  confusing. The first rule for re-using openly licensed content is that you have to properly attribute the creator. Read More…

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A Basic Guide to Open Educational Resources (OER)

, April 17th, 2012

This is a guest post by James Burke


A Basic Guide to Open Educational Resources (OER) from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Commonwealth of Learning (COL):

This Guide comprises three sections: Read More…

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