With the intention of expanding the spectrum of creative and free works serving as a basis for new artistic creations (“remakes” or “remixes”), the Creative Commons group, now based at Stanford Law School, has published one of the most relevant works among licenses that aim to guarantee the free use of cultural products.
During the Annual Software Livre conference in Porto Alegre, the organization spoke out a homage to Re:combo´s pioneering spirit by naming the new Creative Commons license for Remixes of Songs after the artist collective, “Creative Commons Recombo 1.0″(http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/4234).
In April 2001, Re:combo realized the need to publish the sources of its works (sounds, static or moving images, texts, installations and any other production of the collective) to make them acessible to third parties. Apparently, the creation of a license was necessary to assure that these contents remain free for subsequent steps of the remixed work.This is how LUCR, the Licença de Uso Completo Re:combo came up.
LUCR was published in effect in 2003 and was treated as carefully and conscientiously as the collective´s other software and art products. The license´s creation was a collaborative act, as much as was the production of previous works. The process of developing the license enabled us to add one more item to the list of art objects created by Re:combo. In that moment, the option of creating a License for Re:combo works represented the most logical step towards a regulation that allows and guarantees its free use for third parties without having to deal with those bureaurocratic officialisms inherent to today´s entertainment industry.
Keeping in mind the benefits of processes that allow us to apply the desired intellectual generosity, it is clear to see what the homage spoken out by Creative Commons means to us; a group that we respect and that constituted an important reference for the creation of our license. It is a great honour for the collective to give name to a license that opens up many possibilities to recombine, remake and remix, and that strengthens discourse and action against wrong and predacious use of copyright.
Once more we would like to thank for the received homage, and we believe that the same is being forwarded to groups that have been working with the concept of free cultural products: Sarai (www.sarai.net) from India, Detritus (www.detritus.net) from the USA, pingfm (http://pingfm.org) from Germany or Wu-Ming (www.wumingfoundation.com) from Italy, among all the others that inspire and push forward cultural progress for humanity.
abraços – thanks a lot
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