Posts Tagged ‘cc’

Blackstar album art available under Creative Commons licence

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

The start artwork for David Bowie’s towering album ‘Blackstar’ is now available under a Creative Commons licence for personal and non-commercial purposes. Designer Jonathan Barnbrook:

So in the spirit of openness and in remembrance of David we are releasing the artwork elements of his last album ? (Blackstar) to download here free under a Creative Commons NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence. That means you can make t-shirts for yourself, use them for tattoos, put them up in your house to remember David by and adapt them too, but we would ask that you do not in any way create or sell commercial products with them or based on them.

Bowie leaves (inspires?) another gift to the world… I’m happily stunned.  Pitchfork has more.

Some festive music? Here’s this year’s Christmas Rocktacular!

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

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Every year I look out some great Christmas music online, avoiding the big name artists and million sellers you can hear on the radio and TV. They all feature in the ‘Christmas Rocktacular’ podcast which you can stream online, or download for free. Here’s this year’s festive collection.

Under Your Christmas Tree, by Jericko Rose (Jericko Rose on Reverb Nation).
O Come All Ye Faithfull, by Geoff Smith (
Christmas In A Cup, by Erica Sunshine Lee (
Broke The Bank This Christmas, by Mitch Benn (
St. Benedicts Christmas Fayre, by Lisa Redford (
Space Christmas, by Shonen Knife (
Lonely Night (Silent Knight), by Rachel Bloom (
Some Christmas Huggin’ and a Kissin’, by Geoff Smith (

Bill Thompson looks at the fluid state of "Open"

Monday, July 25th, 2011

I believe that if we want an open society based around principles of equality of opportunity, social justice and free expression, we need to build it on technologies which are themselves ‘open’, and that this is the only way to encourage a diverse online culture that allows all voices to be heard.

But even if you agree with me, deciding what we mean by ‘open’ is far from straightforward:

Apparently I am a Freesoul…

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Last year I was contacted by Joi Ito, asking for permission to use one of his pictures of myself in a photo gallery book he was putting together. The book was Freesouls and the aim was:

…to put together a photography book which is about all of the inspirational moments and inspirational people from the last year. I have been lucky to be able to capture many of those moments in my photography and I am hoping that a book will be a good way to provide context for and share those moments with a wider audience of people.

Here’s one of the pictures in the collection of someone that you just might recognise…

Ewan Spence, by Joi ItoThe picture was taken at Le Web 2007, and it’s one of the better ones of me from that period (there’s a reason I like audio podcasts). The goal is to prove that even though all the images in the book are licensed via Creative Commons, the artist (here it’s Ito, but it could easily be anyone else) can still make a living.

An admirable goal, and the CC crowd wait to read about the results, presumably to be posted on Joi’s blog first.

Some Thoughts on Creative Commons

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Over on the Creative Choices Blog, I’ve posted some thoughts on the use of the creative commons licence. It’s very much a primer article, nothing in depth or controversial, but your thoughts would be much appreciated on it…

Looking around the web, you’ll see a lot of sites branded as CC. Now this isn’t some insidious marketing for the Creative Choices site, but rather Creative Commons, a form of licence that many people use on their work. At its most basic form, it allows people to share what they create, and let others work with it without them having to explicitly ask permission – because it has already been given.

You will probably be familiar with the phrase “All rights reserved” used in conjunction with created works. This means the creator has decided to use the full weight of copyright law on their work, and you may not copy, transfer, publish, disseminate, etc without asking for permission first. The creative commons licence could be thought of as “some rights reserved.”

The full post can be found here.