The following pages are needed for the C3 website:
- front page similar to cc.org, with our projects listed down the middle where they have news, three big pretty buttons on the right that link to each of the steps, a link to the general introduction on the left
- introductory page that explains why C3 is important
- a page explaining the Create step in-depth
- a page explaining the Communicate step in-depth
- a page explaining the Collaborate step in-depth
Creation is the first step in the campaign, and the most crucial. CREATE: create as much copylefted material as possible. Create a sizeable body of work under Creative Commons licensing, either by making new works, or relicensing old ones. Create your own CC work and persuade your friends to create CC work, too. Everyone has written something: a poem, a story, a term paper. Almost everyone take pictures, for art or for fun. Some of us are serious about creation: drawing, painting, music, literature, film. The C3 campaign focuses on understanding and utilizing the richness of this student talent and creativity. By creating, you are giving a gift both to the future and the present, to your children and to your peers. By understanding the value of a vibrant and lively commons, you are making a valuable choice about the way art, innovation, and creativity will function today and tomorrow. Creative Commons makes it easy to license your creative work according to your preference, picking and choosing what freedoms you want to give others to distribute, share, and build on your work. You can learn more about copyleft licensing at www.creativecommons.org.
Communication is the second step in the campaign. COMMUNICATE: share as much copylefted material as possible. Download Peer-to-Peer programs like Limewire and eMule and enable uploading. Place all of your copylefted creations and others' copylefted creations in your shared folders. Make websites that link to and desribe your materials. Submit listings to directories like the one at CreativeCommons.org. Advertise your materials and the materials of others and highlight the copyleft licenses. Tell your friends to do the same. Promote copylefted materials, websites, and open source software such as the Project Gutenberg texts, CreativeCommons.org, and Firefox. By sharing your creations and communicating the benefits of a free culture to your friends, you get to enjoy free materials at the same time that you're taking a stand for a free culture, not a controlled one. Communicate culture offline, and do it online so your contributions can extend further. Democratic technologies that run over the Internet, such as peer-to-peer file-sharing, web servers, and other programs, are what makes the Internet a great communications tool for a free society. Television and radio--the original methods of "mass communication"--are not the communications tools of a free culture. There's no free communication on TV or radio, only control. The Internet, on the other hand, allows everyone to communicate, and no group can control it, no matter how rich or powerful. That's the way the Internet was designed--allow any device to connect to any device; any person to any other person--and allow them to communicate directly--PEER TO PEER--without any central authority to control their communication. Corporations and governments are trying to stop this new tool. They are trying to stop file-sharing and Peer-to-Peer. They are afraid of this technology that allows the PEOPLE to freely communicate--are they afraid of the PEOPLE? By communicating, you can tell them two things: that there's no reason to fear these new technologies(unless you're a big monopoly that depends on CONTROLLED communication to survive) and that you won't stand for a return to the status quo. Use peer-to-peer filesharing, use blogs, use web servers, use open source instant messenging, use Tivo, use Creative Commons and Copyleft licenses with what you publish.
COLLABORATE: In order to thrive, our culture of ideas depends on open collaboration and the ability to share the creation and distribution of information with other members of the public.
Consider, for example, the open-source community, which depends on the contributions of thousands of global volunteers working together to develop projects that benefit not just developers but anyone who can use a computer. Or look at the <a href="http://dmoz.org/about.html">Open Directory Project (ODP)</a>, which serves as one of the most largest repositories of human-edited content on the Internet. The open collaborative method used by <a href="http://www.pgdp.net/c/default.php">Project Gutenberg Distributed Proofreaders</a> has been dubbed by Wired Magazine not only to "be as broadly effective - and, yes, as revolutionary - a means of production as the assembly line was a century ago" but also to carry "the spirit of democratic solutions to daunting problems."
The C3 campaign is a good way of taking this spirit of collaboration and applying it to a project or effort that interests you. How about a drama written and produced by all of your friends, and then released into the public under a Creative Commons license? Or what about an intiative to create and release a movie feature made by students at your school? Perhaps even an art project to make montages out of images provided by world-wide contributors.
Whatever the project idea, the C3 campaign aims to encourage the notion of collaborative development, which draws its power from groups of people working towards a common goal. For more information, please visit