Category: Reviews

Open Movie Project: “Tears of Steel”

Official poster for Blender Foundation's "Tears of Steel" (CC-BY)

Official poster for Blender Foundation’s “Tears of Steel” (CC-BY)

The visual effects of “Tears of Steel” have nothing to envy big sci-fi film productions from major cinema companies that collapse theatres worldwide. However, this shortfilm was not produced in Hollywood but in the Netherlands, was developed through open software and has not follow an usual circuti of distribution for this kind of productions, instead, can be found entirely online and purchased on a DVD with extra content.

This 12-minutes shortfilm, online released on September 2012, is the fourth open movie production by Dutch studio for open 3D projects Blender Institute. An independent production financed by its online community through crowdfunding and the support of the Netherlands Film Fund, Ginegrid consortium corporate sponsors such as Google.

The project was an incentive to develop a free and open source pipeline for visual effects in film industry, which uses the creation software Blender 3D, developed by this institute. Following the philosophy of a true open movie, the final production and all the material developed on the filmmaking process is released under Creative Commons licences, so other filmmakers can study and reproduce the details of the creation process. Continue reading


#MP3Tribute: 100 CC-licensed albums

Words and projects remembering Aaron Swartz‘s legacy are all over the Internet. In his memory, the DJ, hacker and electronic musician Jairus Khan started the #MP3Tribute, where he wants to collect over a 100 CC-licensed music albums to release on Swartz’s memory, for his involvement in the first steps of Creative Commons licences.

List of songs currently available at the #MP3Tribute for you to listen &/or download

List of songs currently available at the #MP3Tribute for you to listen and/or download under BY-NC-ND licence.

The idea is simple: Khan is asking artists to contribute with their work, which should be “commercially available at some point” but NOT already released under Creative Commons or any other similar open licence.

By contributing, artists would make those albums, that previously were illegal to copy, available to audiences worldwide under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivates (BY-NC-ND) licence.

So far, Khan collected over 15 different styles albums: from the dark music from Crack Nation to the hip-hop of Jesse Dangerously or the folk by H.U.M.A.N.W.I.N.E., and many other sounds in between.

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Vincent Moon c’est Creative Commons!

Picture by Antje Taiga Jandrig (Wikimedia Commons)

Picture by Antje Taiga Jandrig (Wikimedia Commons)

Mathieu Saura, better known as Vincent Moon, is one of the greatest and more respected filmmakers you can find, nowadays, licensing his work under Creative Commons, allowing its use and remix for derivate works.

His work is available for free on Internet, he is a nomade artist building an audience in the social networks platforms and keeping his projects alive by donations, what is also known as crowdfunding.

Early on his career, not using Creative Commons yet, he became known adapting filmmaking style cinema verité to document bands playing one or few songs off the stage, on acoustic, in the streets, parks, flats…  anywhere.

This music video subgenre was named Concert à Emporter or Take Away Shows and started in La Blogothèque. The list of bands Moon’s lenses captured includes: Arcade Fire, Phoenix, REM, Sufjan Stevens, Andrew Bird, St. Vincent or Bon Iver.

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Girl Talk – “All Day” (Illegal Art, 2010)

The game is tough. Only literate music listeners from old and new music stuff will be able to complete the challenge. But you can give it a go. Maybe not by yourself, invite friends on a Friday night. This is probably the best time to play this game.

Girl Talk - All Day

Girl Talk’s “All Day” is available under Creative Commons license (BY-NC)

The term mashup refers, in the music vocabulary, to songs created by blending pre-recorded songs to make a new one. You can find that with no more than two songs – where usually the vocals of one song are combined with the instrumental of another – or you can find music creations done from samples of several songs.

One of the current masters in the mashup universe is the American Gregg Gillis, better known worldwide by the feminine nickname Girl Talk. He is not a DJ, not a rockstar, but something in between and he has travelled the globe making people dance with music creations built from samples of old and new music hits. This is what the game is about.

His latest work, “All Day” it’s being around since 2010, released by the sample-based music label Illegal Art,  but if your ears haven’t enjoyed yet, you should listen to this gem of 372 different samples played in 71 minutes.

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“Copyright, or the right to copy” (¡Copiad, malditos!)

Copyright, or the right to copy (¡Copiad, malditos!)

As a first approach to copyright, intelectual property and copyleft issues, to watch “Copyright, or the right to copy” or ¡Copiad, malditos! (original title), may be useful. This is a documentary co-produced by elegant mob films and Radio Televisión Española (RTVE), national Spanish broadcasting organisation, in April 2011.

For the first time in their history, RTVE was showing a production under Creative Commons license (Attribution-Non Commercial), first on their regular programming and later on their website.

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Welcome to CC-licensed!

This first post is to welcome and thank you for your visit. As the title shows, this blog is about Creative Commons and the multidisciplinary wide range of works (music, photography, books…) you can find in the Internet under those licenses.

For both, those already interested in this subject and those who never heard about Creative Com… (what?!) I’ll try my best to take a deep look on this world taking latest news and updates of what is going on in the ‘copyleft world’. Hopefully, you’ll also find elaborated posts about the topic I’m already working in.

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