Late at night an no time for reading, but this sounds like a good candidate for the next few days:
Producing Open Source Software by Karl Fogel of CVS and Subversion fame. The book is freely available (e.g. in HTML, PDF, or dead tree format) and licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 1.0 license. Thanks Karl!
(via Roland Tanglao)
Google now offers a license filter on their "advanced search" page which allows you to filter the search results according to a certain Creative Commons license. Even though Yahoo has been offering a similar facility for a quite while now, it's still great to see Google join the game, and it sure shows the importance of the Creative Commons.
There's tons of Creative Commons materials out the (images, music, podcasts, videos, ...) — search facilities are essential now.
(via Lawrence Lessig)
Yesterday, I launched my own podcast (I had threatened to do so earlier). In an unsurpassed effort of creativity I named it Uwe Hermann's Music Podcast ;) This is a pure music podcast (no talking / ranting by me), featuring freely available (mostly Creative Commons licensed) music from various artists and various genres, see my announcement for details.
On the technical side, I have integrated the podcast into my existing website and blog (which is powered by Drupal 4.6.3). The podcasting was possible almost out-of-the-box (as most things are, if you use Drupal). I only applied this small patch which creates an <enclosure> tag for every MP3 to which I link in the respective node. I use the standard "blog" node type to create the podcast entries, put them all in the category "Uwe Hermann's Music Podcast" which I have aliased to http://www.hermann-uwe.de/podcast. The RSS feed for the podcast is simply the standard Drupal feed for that category, which I aliased to http://www.hermann-uwe.de/podcast/rss.xml. Simple, eh?
Of course, as I based the podcast on Drupal, you can comment on any podcast "show", refer to them via trackback etc. etc.
I'm eager to hear your opinions, comments and suggestions. Oh, and please feel free to suggest free music which you like. If I like it too, I'll happily play it ;)