The first project which I have been working on at Creative Commons is now launched. It is one of those projects which will help everyone in the Free Culture/Open Source movement in some way. Here it is:
Creative Commons, as a ‘movement’ (more correctly, as a part of the Open Society Movement), has many users, both content creators and content ‘enjoyers’. But, if you are interested in releasing some of your work under a CC license, where do you go for information? The Creative Commons website obviously. But, just reading over what the licenses say doesn’t give you all the information you need to make your decision. It would be like reading the GPL and than saying, unequivocally, that the GPL will in fact be the best option for your specific case. Sure, most of us believe that to be the case, but no small part of that reasoning is the fact that the GPL has served us all very well over the years.
What if you could read some interviews and opinions from people who have done what you are thinking? That would probably help you decide in a more informed manner, right?
Well, that is what we produced for you. Here is the blogpost announcement that tells you a bit about the project. But here is my quick description:
What is the field which you create in (photography, writing, movies, music, etc)? Do you want to read stories and interviews of people who produce similar content and release it under a CC license? We now have many such writeups on the Case Studies page. As you will see, that page and all of the case studies linked from it, are in a wiki. So if you see something wrong/misspelled/out of date, feel free to fix it and help us all.
One thing you might notice which is missing from that list of music case studies is a writeup for SeverdFifth. That isn’t because I didn’t want to do it; I just only had a limited amount of time to do the ones I could. Here is my plea for you:
Help me write the SeveredFifth case study on the Creative Commons website!
As the project progresses keep it updated with new happenings and discoveries. This would be a great way to make sure Jono’s musical adventure can help others interested in doing the same. I have some quotes from a short interview with Jono I can put up later, but I won’t be able to get to it for at least the next day or two. I set up a skeleton case study page for Severed Fifth here, but it really needs to be fleshed out. That is where you come in.
Just go to the Severed Fifth Case Study page, and scroll to the bottom and click on “edit with form” (not the normal edit, the form option makes life a whole lot easier). Help me fill in the missing information.
Lets show everyone how many cool Open projects there are out there, and how cool they all really are!