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cheyenne_h on 04/25/2017 at 06:58PM

State Of The Commons: 2017 Annual Report

Screenshot from the Report's website; CC BY, Creative Commons 2017.

The commons is the largest collection of free and open knowledge in the world, and the Free Music Archive is proud to be part of it! To get some idea of how vast this amoeba of media, tools, and knowledge is, you should take a look at a report that was just released: the State of the Commons Report!

The numbers are in, and according to Creative Commons, there are more than 1.2 BILLION works shared with CC licenses floating around the web now. 65% of these works are shared under "Free Culture" licenses, which are CC BY, CC BY-SA, and CC0 (as well as other Public Domain tools). All CC licenses grant anyone who encounters a work certain permissions; "Free Culture" licenses are the most permissive and open, allowing for remixing, use in audiovisual projects, and more. The other licenses, which still allow for various types of use and access that standard copyright does not, make up the remaining 35% of the commons.

All of the licenses (aside from public domain tools) are built with cooperation and citation in mind, so if you use CC material, please follow the licenses and be excellent to each other (by giving attribution, for starters - here's an easy example).

Some notable additions this year are the NY Metropolitan Museum of Art, which added 375,000 works to the public domain using CC0; The Global African Storybook Project, which crowdsources translations of children's stories in languages not often considered by publishers to broaden access and encourage literacy; The British Museum, which released 128 models to Sketchfab; and our very own Freeharmonic Orchestra got a shout-out in the highlights section!

Other sources for CC audio listed in the report include Jamendo and Wikimedia Commons, but there is also a wealth of CC-licensed music in the Internet Archive and lots of free, re-usable sounds over at freesound.org.

Do you have other favorite spots to look for audio in the Commons? Comment below! And don't forget to read, excerpt, share, and tweet the report at http://stateof.creativecommons.org with the hashtag #sotc.

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cheyenne_h on 12/10/2015 at 09:00AM

Radio Free Culture #65: The State of the Commons with Jane Park

Creative Commons released its second annual "State of the Commons" report! Check it out.

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to bring you a fresh episode of Radio Free Culture, a bi-weekly podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts.

In this episode, Cheyenne Hohman, RFC host and current Director of the FMA, spoke with Jane Park from Creative Commons. They released their 2015 State of the Commons report, which includes stats from the FMA this year! We are very proud to be part of the Commons community, and to help connect artists to new audiences and collaborators. This interview discusses some of the basics of the report, but you can (and should!) read the whole thing here: stateof.creativecommons.org or offer your feedback at the version hosted at Medium.com!

Check out the podcast at WFMU, PRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture on iTunes!

 

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cheyenne_h on 12/08/2015 at 01:00PM

State of the Commons Report 2015

Annual State of the Commons Report highlights global cultural and policy impact of free and open content

 

 

Creative Commons, the global nonprofit that makes it easier for creators to share their work under simple copyright terms, announced a major milestone in the release of its 2015 State of the Commons Report today: more than 1 billion works have been licensed using Creative Commons since the organization was founded.

 

This milestone was announced along with other significant data points in its State of the Commons report, which covers the growth of CC content on platforms, the globalization of CC tools, and cultural trends in the digitization of creative works. The State of the Commons report can be viewed at stateof.creativecommons.org/2015.

 


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