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The story made a buzz and was covered by national newspaper Al Ahkbar .
The same newspaper announced, during the Beirut Salon -held at Obross last 16 April- to start releasing its web content under a Creative Commons license.
Mansour Aziz, the web and IT manager of Al Akhbar newspaper, who presented at the Salon, said they were hoping to switch to CC for their printed version in the next future.
The Salon also saw Al Jazeera releasing footage specifically on Lebanon for their Creative Commons Al Jazeera repository.
CC Beirut Salon featured Lebanese creativity at its best.
Filmmakers Cyril Aris and Mounia Akl presented their “Beirut I love you I love you not”
singer Tony Yammine and his rock band Meen rocked all over the place with their music
fBassel Safadi gave a very useful CC for filmmakers talk
photographer Lara Zankoul delighted the audience with her super stylish CC pics
and comics magazine Samandal remixed almost live other Lebanese artists` works under CC to create an interactive mash up
They made a great job in putting together the first showcase ever of CC Lebanese creativity and organized a live interactive contest with the audience to create the first CC purely Lebanese slogan. @dashkoun won the competition with his slogan“3tiya men albak”
(I won the second place with my “copyright 3la keifak” immediately remixed by the Lebanese for being too much Syrian!).
Hopefully the winner slogan will be printed on the next to be designed CC Lebanon Tshirt, something as cool as the first one that Maya and Naeema designed and co-remixed for this first Salon (and which I proudly wear!).
And also the official poster for the event was designed by the two Lebanese artists using the same technique of remixing each other`s work
A big thanks to everybody who joined, to @sdarine who was the nice host of the evening, to Beshr Kayali who filmed it (and also presented his podcast under CC), to Joulane from Obross who hosted the Salon, to the slogan competition jury, to the wonderful volunteers` team headed by Maya, Naeema, Mohamed and Habib who organised and to the vibrant Lebanese people who attended and showed their great talent and energy.
I`m proud to announce this first Creative Commons Beirut Salon to be held tomorrow 16th April starting at 7pm in Obross in Hamra, Beirut. With the fantastic energy and passion of people like @MayaZankoul, @Naeema , @HabibH, @MoNajem and many other musicians, illustrators, geeks, visual artists, etc, Creative Commons Lebanese community has been growing and growing during the very past few weeks with incredible results that will be highlighted tomorrow during the presentations.
Please have a look to the programme which is published on different websites
Wiki page: http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Beirut_Salon
Maya Zankoul`s blog: http://mayazankoul.com/2010/03/31/announcing-cc-salon-beirut/
and stay in touch through Twitter @CCBeirut
remix by Maya Zankoul and Naeema Zarif CC BY license
Tomorrow will be a day full of surprises, two great media organisations will make CC related announcements at the Salon and then artists will showcase their music, comics, visual works, films, etc.
We`ll run also a competition about the best and more “lebanese flavoured” CC Slogan (short message, like the 140 twitter characters!) that we`ll use in the future to promote Creative Commons activities in Lebanon. It has to be something cool, inspired by Lebanese street cultures, built up on remix words and expressions from different languages just as it is Lebanon in his everyday vibrant life.
And just as Naeema and Maya did for the beautiful poster of the Salon and image of the Tshirts remixing each other`s work.
(you can buy this cool Tshirt tomorrow to support CC Lebanon and also win it by submitting a cool slogan in pure Lebanese style)
Everybody is welcomed to join this slogan competition submitting proposals through Twitter or coming to the Salon and participating live from there.
Remember: slogan should be short, catchy, remix, street cultures, and purely Lebanese -whatever this means!-.
The list of names to be thanked is sooo long that would take ages . For the moment, I will thank again the beautiful “organising committee” that has showed that Lebanese people are not only creative and energetic but can do a perfect team work and build on sharing and cooperating.
Amazing message to the whole Arab world and the entire world.
Shukran kteer ya sabaya w shabab for this wonderful gift!
I’d like to share this link to the lecture Larry Lessig delivered on 11th march at Italian Parliament. It has been extremely ispiring for many people (and, hopefully, for our Parliament members and ministries, particularly for Paolo Romani who’s responsible for this shameful “Romani decree”) and we are looking forward to seeing how this will influence future developements in our country.
Lessig also followed up today on Italian daily news La Stampa by sending them a very interesting article that they titled “Internet.La trasparenza aiuta la fiducia” (Internet. Trasparency helps trust). This is not really what Lessig meant, I guess, particularly during his lecture -and on his famous pamphlet “Against transparency“- where he argued that actually transparency can also enhance mistrust in democracy.
Article is still not available online but you can find it on La Stampa newspaper today.
Lawrence Lessig, founder of Creative Commons, Director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics and Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, is going to lecture at the Italian Parliament in Rome on 11th March starting at 3pm (free entry with ID, but limited seats available, so the earlier the better. Pls email me so I can send the official invitation to print and bring with you).
Gianfranco Fini, President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, is going to introduce Lessig’s lecture in the framework of a debate entitled “Internet è libertà” (Internet is freedom) organised by Capitale Digitale, in cooperation with Creative Commons and Nexa Center for Internet and Society in Turin.
A panel debate will follow the lecture with, among the others, Paolo Romani, vice Minister of Communication in the Berlusconi’s government, who gave the name to the controversial Romani decree.
“The law, which bears the signature of Paolo Romani, vice minister of communications for the Berlusconi government, calls for measures that would allow government control of audiovisual content on the web”, as the European Journalism Centre reports.
“In particular, the decree would force anyone wanting to upload videos to the Internet – be they single users or professional publishers – to seek a licence from the Ministry of Communication. Individual users, private citizens, would when uploading videos be equated under the new law with a television station… with all the legal obligations implied”.
In such a difficult time for Italian democracy and with all the controversies raised in the past few days (not only on new Internet and audiovisual law projects but also on the regional elections), this debate is much more than needed and we’ll see where it will end up.
Lessig è uno dei pensatori contemporanei più innovativi sul versante di Internet e di come valori, pratiche e procedure delle società democratiche siano da esso profondamente.
Famoso è il suo ultimo provocatorio pamphlet “Against transparency”, da cui Lessig partirà per la sua lectio magistralis italiana.
Telecom, Wired Italia e gli altri partner del consorzio Capitale Digitale organizzano l’evento in collaborazione con Creative Commons e Nexa, l’unico centro d’eccellenza in Italia che si occupa del rapporto Internet-Società.
Il Presidente della Camera Fini ha voluto intitolare la giornata dell’11 marzo -dentro la quale Lessig terrà la sua lectio magistralis seguita da un panel di dibattito fra esperti e rappresentanti del governo- “Internet è libertà.Perchè dobbiamo difendere la Rete”.
Dopo i recenti, infuocati sviluppi del caso Google-Vivi Down in Italia, è proprio il caso di dire che questa giornata cade a pennello. Lessig è un noto libertario, il che non si può dire della nostra maggioranza di governo, almeno sul trattamento del dossier “Internet“. E sarà quantomeno interessante seguire un dibattito che vede, fra gli altri, protagonista il sottosegretario Romani, che ha dato paternità al contestato decreto Romani, al centro di polemiche per aver equiparato Rete e tradizionali editori broadcast nelle norme di pubblicazione di contenuti audiovisivi.
The team from “To Shoot an Elephant” , the award-winning CC-licensed documentary directed by Alberto Arce and Mohammad Rujeilah, organized a global screening of the documentary last January 18, 2010.
The campaign, called “Global Screening Global Screaming”, was coordinated through the documentary’s community website and has inspired 240 screenings worldwide, from Venezuela to Thailand from the US to India. More will be organised in the next months, in different countries and locations.
The response of the Arab world community to this event has been significant. I would just like to bring some examples about the incredible community participation and enthusiasm that this event has registered throughout the Arab Region.
Royal Film Commission in Amman, Jordan, has screened “To shoot an elephant” with around 100 people attending and hosting a phone live debate with Mohammad Rujeilah, a Gaza citizen and one of the two directors of the documentary.
With the kind cooperation of Hisham Morocco was able to screen the movie at the Ecole Hassania des Travaux Publics in Casablanca, as well as France which hosted two screenings, one in Poitiers and the other one in Paris.
Thanks to Hussein , Bahrain screened “To shoot an elephant” at the Bahraini Medical Society. Pictures of the event can be found here: http://community.toshootanelephant.com/ar/node/268?quicktabs_2=1
You can have a look at some beautiful SL pictures of the event here http://www.flickr.com/photos/samayasilberman/sets/72157623244931668/
It seems that the SL residents are asking for more screenings, the next one should be February 8, so watch out!
I`d like to thank all the people that have made all these worldwide events possible, and not only in the Arab world.
“To shoot an elephant” is available for free download under Creative Commons license at http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/5249337/To_shoot_an_elephant.
ps For those of you who are in Rome, tonite Forte Prenestino is screening the film at 21.30 local time info at http://www.forteprenestino.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=564&Itemid=1
Al Jazeera has started to add more footage to its Creative Commons Al Jazeera online repository. The footage is about daily life in Iraq and it seems more will be added, concerning other countries, very soon. The footage is availale under CC BY license, the most “lenient” CC license which allows people to download, share, remix, translate, even re-sell under the only condition of attributing the source.
Thanks to Movieoole and 2LifeCast the Creative Commons released documentary “To shoot an elephant” by Alberto Arce and Mohammad Rujeilah will be broadcasted today live on Second Life at 22 pm Central European Time at the Galleria Szczepanski cinema . Press release here below (Italian only).
Grazie al supporto di Movieoole e 2Lifecast il documentario rilasciato sotto licenza Creative Commons “To shoot an elephant” di Alberto Arce e Mohammad Rujeilah verrà proiettato in diretta alle 22 ora italiana presso il cinema virtuale di Seconf Life Galleria Szczepanski. Ecco di seguito il comunicato stampa.
Buona visione, e grazie a @sennet & team per aver reso possibile la proiezione SL!
18 gennaio 2010: proiezione globale
del film-documentario su Gaza
“To shoot an elephant”
2lifecast e Moovioole partecipano alla distribuzione
… dopo, naturalmente, ci furono discussioni infinite circa l’uccisione dell’elefante. Il proprietario era furioso, ma era solo un indiano e non poteva fare niente. Inoltre, sul piano giuridico avevo fatto la cosa giusta, perché un elefante pazzo deve essere ucciso, come un cane pazzo, se il proprietario non riesce a controllarlo.
(George Orwell, Uccidendo un elefante)
“To shoot an elephant” è un resoconto realizzato da testimoni oculari presenti nella Striscia di Gaza durante i bombardamenti effettuati dall’esercito israeliano lo scorso dicembre, nel corso dell’Operazione “Piombo fuso”: 21 giorni a sparare sull’elefante, documentati da Alberto Arce e Mohammad Rujeilah.
Incalzante, sporco, da far perdere il sonno, immagini che fanno rabbrividire raccolte dagli unici stranieri che hanno deciso di rimanere -e ci sono riusciti- all’interno delle ambulanze nella striscia di Gaza, con i civili palestinesi.
Il film-premiato lo scorso novembre al Festival dei Popoli di Firenze- sta organizzando il 18 gennaio 2010 un “global screening day” in tutto il mondo, in occasione dell’anniversario dei bombardamenti israeliani a Gaza. Arce- consapevole del problema “distributivo” di cui le immagini su Gaza hanno sofferto e tuttora soffrono- ha deciso di rilasciare il suo film sotto licenza Creative Commons “attribuzione condividi allo stesso modo” CC BY SA per permettere a chi interessato, nel mondo intero, di scaricare legalmente il film, copiarlo, proiettarlo in pubblico, distribuirlo, tradurlo, alla sola condizione di citarne la fonte originaria e rilasciare il prodotto finale sotto lo stesso tipo di licenza.
2lifecast e Moovioole hanno deciso di supportare la diffusione del film, organizzando una proiezione congiunta
- in Second Life, Cinema della Galleria Szczepanski, ore 22.30 (http://slurl.com/secondlife/Galleria/84/96/22)
- sul web, Cineteca Moovioole, ore 21 e ore 23 (http://www.moovioole.it/eventi/).
2lifecast e Moovioole costituiscono insieme un circuito distributivo e di comunicazione integrato e crossmedia, composto da siti web (il sito di Moovioole e una serie di blog), una sala a Milano (http://www.creaticitygate.org) e una sede virtuale in SecondLife (http://slurl.com/secondlife/Galleria/84/96/22), ed è aperto a tutti gli autori che producono fiction, animazione, live e desiderano condividere i propri contenuti in licenza Creative Commons. Condividiamo pertanto la scelta distributiva operata da Arce e Rujeilah, volta a superare logiche distributive che rischiano di oscurare o mettere a tacere contenuti importanti, e offriamo loro il nostro contributo nelle modalità che ci sono proprie.
Maggiori informazioni sul film sono disponibili nei siti:
The producers of the award winning documentary film “To shoot an elephant” are calling for a global screening of the film shot during the December 2008 Israeli attack on Gaza. The global screenings are self organised and grassroot. All you have to do is going to their community website , read the rules and do it yourself.
The documentary can be legally downloaded, shared, translated, screened, copied under the only condition of attributing the source and releasing the derivative product under the same license. Alberto Arce and Mohammad Rujeilah, the two directors, have decided to release the film under the Creative Commons Attibution Share alike license in order to have the images circulating and being seen by as many people as possible.
The Gaza situation has not been improving since the Israeli bombings “ended”: on the contrary, the population is still suffering and there are many other problems as pointed out by the (failed) Gaza Freedom March where Egypt played the most important role in the failure of the demonstration.
Since it is so difficult to go to Gaza and enter it, since it is so hard to get access to images shot there and talk to people over there, this film is even more important.
As many screenings as possible should be encouraged, particularly in the Arab world, which is still so close and so far to Gaza and its people. Arabs are still Arabs’ worst enemies as the last, extremely sad Egypt-Gaza episode showed to the entire world.
Global screenings are to be held worldwide on 18th January and are listed here.