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Sunday, November 26th, 2006
12:02 pm
ccSalon - creative commons australia event


creative commons australia (CCau) invites you to its first ccSalon, a showcase of the creative commons in australia.

the ccSalon is a public exhibition/performance/expo of how artists are using creative commons licences and material worldwide. the ccau event features creative commons licensed material by a range of australian artists, including a live audio/visual mash up including music by collapsicon and hybrid arts music ensemble collusion with music and visuals by andrew garton of toysatellite.

garton will be drawing on cc content by other australia creators including animation duo blackbrow, photographer frollop, the community convergent newsroom, a new leaf media and footage from engage media and a swag of australian flickr photographers.

The ccSalon will also and include a share your wares, a hands on space for people to experience the diversity of CC licensed content. If you're interested in including anything in that hands-on event, please get in contact with us.

The CCau ccSalon will be held from 6pm on 29 November 2006 at the Block, QUT Creative Industries Precinct, corner of Musk Ave and Kelvin Grove Rd, Kelvin Grove, Brisbane. Free entry, all welcome.

ccSalon is a public event. For further information, please contact Elliott Bledsoe or Jessica Coates or you can phone us on (07) 3138 9597.

You can also access the full program for the Salon by clicking on the attachment below.


creative block by luke roberts, licensed under a creative commons attribution-noncommercial-sharealike licence v2.0
if you too want to reuse our ad, you can find the source file at http://creativecommons.org.au/ccsalonfiles
Thursday, August 4th, 2005
4:01 pm
vibewire.net now using creative commons licences
vibewire.net, an independent youth-run media portal that allows young people, Australia-wide, to publish articles on politics, media, arts, society and personal issue, officially launched creative commons licences as an option to their contributors.

the site, which uses a self-uploading page now gives contributors the option to use a drop down menu of cc licences or to use the cc licence generator when licensing their work.

Tom Dawkins, National Coordinator of VibeWire Youth Services who operate Vibewire.net said, "Vibewire strongly believes in creating more accessible ways for young Australians to both publish and access creative content. Incorporating CC licensing into the site fits very well with this philosophy."

"By clearing indicating on the site the legal rights the author wishes to reserve and those they are happy to relinquish we are promoting the dissemination of their content and ideas, which ultimately is what we exist to do," he said.

for the iCommons.au media release, please click here
Monday, June 27th, 2005
11:57 pm
Saturday, May 28th, 2005
12:08 pm
mini-rants on IP law
1) Patents are property and there is a database at the USPTO where you can check to see who's the assignee of record, just like if you were buying a house you get the chain of title checked before you buy.

2) If you own a patent
a) check to make sure you're the assignee of record
b) check to make sure that the patent hasn't expired
particularly before you go trying to sell your patents to a third party.

3)I am so incredibly glad I am a patent lawyer and not a copyright lawyer the train wreck of orphan works, but if I had the power to change the copyright laws, I'd say let's scrap the Berne Convention, go back to a requirement for registration before copyright could be enforced, and change the copyright term to life + 28 years.

4)Of course, I'd also go back to patents having a 17-year life span.

5) I'd also support a different type of IP protection for ephemeral works, with a 10-year maximum lifespan. Sort of like the British Design Right or some of the German protections that aren't a full patent (software, patterns, etc.)

(cross-posted to my personal journal)

Current Mood: busy
Tuesday, December 21st, 2004
11:16 am
OCL :: creative commons in australia
hey. thought some ppl from here might be interested in this:

Queensland University of Technology's Faculty of Law in association with Creative Industries Faculty proudly presents a conference on

Open Content Licensing (OCL):
Cultivating the Creative Commons

Early in 2004, the Creative Commons (CC) project was launched in Australia. Creative Commons aims to make copyright content more "active" by ensuring that content can be reutilised with a minimum of transactional effort.

With Special Guest Speaker
Professor Lawrence Lessig (Stanford University)

Stanford University Law Professor Lawrence Lessig is very much a superstar of the American legal academy, he has gained notoriety over the last five years as a person willing to challenge the boundaries of thinking on copyright and the Internet.

His two keynote presentations will appeal to academics from across many disciplines including Law, Creative Industries, Arts, Business, Information Technology, Social Behaviour and Ethics.

We believe that this is a tremendous opportunity for students and academics from all over the country to gather together and listen to one of the very great speakers of our times.

Conference Chair: Professor Brian Fitzgerald, Head QUT Law School

Speakers include:

Professor Lawrence Lessig, Stanford University

The Hon Justice Ronald Sackville, Federal Court of Australia (TBC)

Richard Neville, Futurist, Author and Social Commentator (TBC)

Christiane Asschenfeldt, Creative Commons, Germany

Tom Cochrane, QUT DVC (Technology, Information & Learning Support)

Professor Stuart Cunningham, Director of CIRAC, Creative Industries, QUT

Professor Brian Fitzgerald, Head, QUT School of Law

Dr Terry Cutler, Company Director of Cutler and Company Pty Ltd

Ian Oi, Special Counsel, Blake Dawson Waldron Lawyers

When: Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 January 2005

Cost: $380 (inc. GST)
(incl. conference dinner and optional "Law and Computer Games" session)

$80 for undergraduate students - 30 places only (excl. dinner)
$120 for postgraduate students - 30 places only (excl. dinner)

Venue: QUT Gardens Point (City) campus, Brisbane, D Block, Room 101

For more information on the conference and to obtain a registration form
please visit the conference webpage

Registration to Sian Haigh on +61 (07) 3864 2712 or email s.haigh@qut.edu.au

QUT CRICOS Code: 00213J

this is an exciting concept, and i encourage anyone interested to check it out.
Friday, November 19th, 2004
10:38 pm
copyright virtual think-tank

for anyone who is interested straight out of brisbane festival 04 and vibewire.net are hosting a virtual think-tank of the future of copyright in australia and the affect of creative commons licensing. get onto the vibewire forums to get involved.

:: Copywrite/Copywrong ::
Culture is a dynamic, evolving organism that should be freely interpreted and reconfigured. How do exclusive rights on creativity effect the development of art and science? Has copyright become an instrument for censorship? This session will look at how ancient knowledge & new ideas get fenced-off, injected with growth hormones, & sold to the highest bidder. Our 'speakers' will introduce the latest tactics for rescuing the warm & fluffy creatures of intellectual capital. The big question: can you keep your intellectual property rights & share them too

chaired by Mark Fallu
speakers/thinkers Tim Parish, James Arvanitakis, Sarah-Jane Woulahan and Elliott Bledsoe

the virtual think-tank is also hosting two other tanks:

::"You can't govern a nation by Google" The future of ideas online ::
How will new technologies affect the way we produce and distribute ideas? In the 90s the rise of email & open publishing paved the way for campaigns without consensus (like the anti-globalisation movement), and conferences without conclusions (like the world social forum). What will new web applications, P2P programs, & the rise of peer-edited websites bring? How might universities, NGOs, activists and think-tanks react?

chaired by Daniel Mackinlay
speakers/thinkers Tim Parish, John Sutton, Sam da Silva, Alex Burns, Damien Lewis

:: What's on the cards? Long term agendas for change ::
With a royal flush of Liberals in both houses, Australian laws will be changing faster than you can say "fold". Who has plans to change Australia over the next three years and beyond? How are they going to make it happen? How do political parties and lobby groups plan for the future? How can we look over the shoulders of the men who are holding all the cards - or even start dealing a few decks of our own? Is it time for the rest of us to start coming up with our own twenty-year plans?

chaired by Miriam Lyons
speakers/thinkers Graham Young, Mark Davis, Hamish Alcorn, and James Arvanitakis

this is an exciting concept, and i encourage anyone interested to head on over to the vibewire.net forums and get thinking. head to the SOOB ideas page on vibewire for more info
Wednesday, September 15th, 2004
11:22 am
IP in the third world: a new member's first post
on 13 September creative commons launched a developing nations licence. given than knowledge is the cornerstone of our lovely little information culture, and we all know that information these days means power, i think this is a brilliant and bold move. emerging markets and undeveloped countries prioritise things such as infrastructure and services (well hopefully anyway) and underestimate the value of knowledge, particularly when you consider that intellectual property is fast becoming a major commodity.

this licence is a way for individual copyright holders to make thier works available to developing nations but still maintain restrictions on developed nations.

"The Developing Nations license allows, for the first time, any copyright holder in the world to participate first-hand in reforming global information policy. The fact is that most of the world's population is simply priced out of developed nations' publishing output. To authors, that means an untapped readership. To economists, it means "deadweight loss." To human rights advocates and educators, it is a tragedy. The Developing Nations license is designed to address all three concerns."
taken from www.creativecommons.org


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