"The collaborative, web-based, massively multiplayer game Glitch began its initial private testing in 2009, opened to the public in 2010, and was shut down in 2012. It was played by more than 150,000 people and was widely hailed for its original and highly creative visual style.
The entire library of art assets from the game
, has been made freely available, dedicated to the public domain. Code from the game client is included to help developers work with the assets. All of it can be downloaded and used by anyone, for any purpose. (But: use it for good.)" [more inside]
posted by jenkinsEar
on Nov 18, 2013 -
Throughout human history and across the globe, whether as intimate artifacts of interpersonal relations or state-level monumental works, textiles have been imbued with political importance. Textiles can communicate and construct status, ethnicity, gender, power, taste, and wealth, and have functioned at the nexus of artistic, economic, and political achievement in human culture. As trade goods, creative medium, and social artifact, textiles have been instrumental in generating, supporting, and challenging political power.
The Textile Society of America
13th Biennial Symposium (2012) will explore the crossroads of Textiles & Politics.
posted by infini
on Jun 9, 2013 -
The Dutch National Archive (Nationaal Archief
) can trace its history back to 1802. It's main task is to maintain governmental archives of the Dutch rijksoverheid
and its predecessors, as well as similar archives from the province of Zuid-Holland. It also maintains several other collections from non-governmental institutions like the Dutch football association and the Spaarnestad photo collection. Through its work it has amassed a vast pictorial database, parts of which have now been opened up to the public through its own website
as well as their Flickr photostreams
. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse
on Apr 1, 2013 -
We last discussed music discovery site TheSixtyOne
back in 2009, but it's changed pretty radically since then. Out with pages of spare, Facebook-like charts
, in with gorgeous full-screen imagery peppered with photos and information about each track and the artists behind them. Anybody can submit music to the site, where community listens and ratings elevate the best to the top, and users can directly tip their favorite musicians with purchasable credits. Explore by mood
, by Creative Commons
tracks, indulge in some gamification with quests
(in the top bar), or follow development on the official blog areasixtyone
. Returning soon: user-created listening rooms for dedicated playlists or topics. And if you own an iPad, don't miss the free companion app Aweditorium
, which sprawls the site's entire collection into an endless grid of playable audiovisual fun
posted by Rhaomi
on Oct 28, 2012 -
(v. t.) 4. For an author or publisher to accept a one-time fixed amount of money, raised by the public, for the perpetual release of an ebook under a Creative Commons license. A crowd-funded project created by Eric Hellman
and friends at Gluejar
. [more inside]
posted by stbalbach
on May 28, 2012 -
Ektoplazm is now the world’s largest distributor of free (and legal) psytrance music specializing in high-quality Creative Commons-licensed content from netlabels and independent artists, all released in MP3 and lossless CD-quality FLAC and WAV formats.
posted by Trurl
on May 23, 2012 -
is an open database of life form silhouettes. All images are available for reuse under a Public Domain or Creative Commons license. [more inside]
posted by brundlefly
on Feb 4, 2012 -
is a wearable sonar system for the vision-impaired that communicates the distance of nearby objects using variable pressure on the wrist of the user. Part list, circuit diagram, and detailed instructions for building the ~$100 device included.
posted by BlackLeotardFront
on Aug 19, 2011 -
Cory Doctorow's new science fiction story collection, With A Little Help
, is available in text and audio
. The stories range from an order of datamining monks to Google gone terrible wrong, and the readers include Neil Gaiman, Mur Lafferty, Mary Robinette Kowal and Wil Wheaton. The introduction is written by Jonathan Coulton.
posted by NoraReed
on Apr 3, 2011 -
An attempt at a collaborative translation of Plato’s Protagoras
. Every day for a few months, Dhananjay Jagannathan will post roughly a page of the dialogue, side by side in Greek, in his own translation, and in Jowett’s classic 1871 translation. He's invited readers to comment and offer suggestions to improve the translation. Jagannathan's goal is to communicate Plato in English the way readers of his would have interpreted his Greek.
posted by unliteral
on Jun 30, 2010 -
collects lectures on a wide variety of subjects
from UC Berkely
that the universities have released under Creative Commons
. The site is still in beta
so it doesn't quite have the thousands of lectures its frontpage promises. It has many full courses, for example Benjamin Polak teaching game theory
, Amy Hungerford on the American novel since 1945
, Charles Bailyn's introduction to astrophysics
, John Merriman on the history of France since 1871
, Shelly Kagan on death
and Oussama Khatib's introduction to robotics
posted by Kattullus
on Feb 4, 2009 -
before him Benjamin Rosenbaum
is making his debut short story collection, The Ant King And Other Stories
, available from his publishers, Small Beer
, as a free download
. More than this though, he is holding a competition
to find the best derivative work inspired by it. These include "translations, plays, movies, radio plays, audiobooks, flashmob happenings, horticultural installations, visual artworks, slash fanfic epics, robot operas, sequels, webcomics, ASCII art, text adventure games, roleplaying campaigns, knitting projects, handmade shoes, or anything else you feel like." [more inside]
posted by ninebelow
on Sep 19, 2008 -
What could be less important to the blue than a news item involving model railroading and Java? Yet in an important decision
, a U.S. Appeals court has ruled
that that the terms of the Artistic License are enforceable copyright conditions. "For non-lawgeeks, this won't seem important but this is huge," said Stanford Law Professor Larry Lessig. [more inside]
posted by Artful Codger
on Aug 15, 2008 -
Abuse of creative commons.
So Virgin has followed in the footsteps of Viacom
by stealing a photo
from a Creative Commons directory, and using it without proper attribution. Unfortunately the victim is suing Creative Commons instead of Virgin, claiming the license was deceptive.
posted by gandledorf
on Sep 27, 2007 -
"The [textbook] industry charges outrageous prices for new textbooks while simultaneously doing everything it can to make older versions unusable or obsolete. There is simply no reason that a new calulus textbook should cost $157. The study of calculus, at least the type of calculus that most of us need to study in high school or undergraduate programs, has not changed significantly in decades." - Textbook Revolution.
posted by Blazecock Pileon
on Jul 24, 2007 -
Lawrence Lessig moves on
Lessig has spent the last 10 years fighting for IP reform and open culture, He's decided to focus on fighting what he calls "corruption" (with quotes)... the pernicious effect that moneyed interests have in crafting and controlling public policy.
Finally, I am not (as one friend wrote) "leaving the movement." "The movement" has my loyalty as much today as ever. But I have come to believe that until a more fundamental problem is fixed, "the movement" can't succeed either. Compare: Imagine someone devoted to free culture coming to believe that until free software supports free culture, free culture can't succeed. So he devotes himself to building software. I am someone who believes that a free society -- free of the "corruption" that defines our current society -- is necessary for free culture, and much more. For that reason, I turn my energy elsewhere for now.
posted by delmoi
on Jun 22, 2007 -
Use your music to find new (Creative Commons licensed) music. OWL analyzes MP3s you feed it, from the specific part of the song you want to match, and will give you similar music to listen to. Requires a painless registration.
posted by livii
on Nov 17, 2006 -
Brian Eno and David Byrne released My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
in 1981. It's a great album--and now it's available with a Creative Commons License. "This
is the first time complete and total access to original tracks with remix and sampling possibilities have been officially offered on line."
posted by dobbs
on Mar 30, 2006 -
The Oyez Project
has placed online mp3s for all of the arguments from the 2004 term
of the United States Supreme Court. The 2004 terms spans all cases argued between October 4, 2004, and April 27, 2005, including United States v. Booker and United States v. FanFan
, Roper v. Simmons
, Raich v. Gonzales
, Kelo v. City of New London
, McCreary County v. ACLU
, and Van Orden v. Perry
. [slightly more inside]
posted by monju_bosatsu
on Feb 7, 2006 -
science fiction for download, some you might have seen, some new, all are worth the time. If you have only a few minutes, Michael Swanick's Science Fiction Table of the Elements
features 108 short short stories. If you have a little more time, Kelly Link, called by Neil Gaiman "the best short story writer currently out there" has released her much-praised collection Stranger Things Happen
. For longer reads, Charlie Stross has made available his cyberpunk novel Accelerando
and his Lovecraftish Colder War
. The creepier Peter Watts
has posted the New York Times Notable Book Starfish
, and its sequels as well [previously]
. If you haven't had enough, you should check out the Baen Free Library
, with books by everyone from Andre Norton to Larry Niven, as well as a large amount of right-of-center combat-oriented stuff by David Weber and friends. Also, the Science Fiction Channel has made available many well-known classic short stories
as well as a lot of contemporary
Hugo and World Fantasy Award winners [previously]
. Finally, you probably already know
that Cory Doctorow has four novels
available under creative commons. Happy reading!
posted by blahblahblah
on Sep 19, 2005 -
...but free as in "Open Source Beer", mind you. Students from Copenhagen's IT-University
have produced and released a powerful beer recipe under a Creative Commons license. Microbrewers, start your machines...
posted by betobeto
on Jul 12, 2005 -