Creative Commons

The importance of being Creative Commons

A few years ago, I made a drawing called King of Midlands: Disturbed. I published it on deviantArt with this description, under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License.

Creation: I was in my second year in college when I made this drawing. It took me approximately two nights, just before going to sleep. I used a pencil. That's it.

Time: ~2 nights.

Commentary: The drawing depicts the King of Midlands, he is disturbed (hence, the title) by the fact that Grifis violated his daughter, the princess. Since the King personality is quite disturbed himself (he was the one who wanted to violate his daughter) I thought the title was quite appropriate.

Inspiration: this work was inspired by Kentarô Miura (三浦 建太郎 )'s work Berserk.

Little did I know that what was an unfinished work from high school would become material for the Developing Rigorous Education in the Arts to Motivate Students (DREAMS): Improving Academic Literacy in the Arts in California. In the 2010 final report published by the Institute my drawing appears along with two questions.

1. Describe how Pistono used the elements or principles of visual art design (such as unity or contrast) to organize the composition of this drawing.

2. If you were an art critic, what are the features or criteria you might consider when judging the aesthetic value of a work of art? In terms of these criteria, what makes Pistono’s drawing effective?

To be honest, I don't consider this drawing to be any good, I was still in my early years, I never had any teaching nor any academic background, nor did I ever receive any instructions or suggestions on how to draw. I just drew. I liked it, and did it very spontaneously. I think you can tell by the inaccuracy of the pencil, the lack of perspective and the overall flatness of the image.

Still, it's fascinating that my work was taken, used by a school literally on the other side of the planet. I'm kind of curious to read the students' answers at this point, though I don't hope read any positive comments.

Either way, it was possible because I published it on the Internet, and I did it using a Creative Commons licence.

Some things are truly priceless.


Reznor's model works - NIN’s CC-Licensed Best-Selling MP3 Album

nin_ghosts_logo_jan09.pngIn March 2008, Trent Reznor's Nine Inch Nails released the first part of Ghosts I-IV via BitTorrent, and released all four albums under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license. Even though fans could easily get free versions of the album, Ghosts actually went on to become the best-selling album of 2008 on Amazon's MP3 store.

NIN’s Creative Commons licensed Ghosts I-IV has been making lots of headlines these days.

Money and CC music coexist

As Fred Benenson eloquently put on the Creative Commons' blog:


NIN Ghosts I-IV - Trent Reznor goes Creative Commons

Nine Inch Nails - Ghosts I-IV

A while ago I covered the story of Radiohead, who wanted to free themselves from the evil clutches of record labels and the abominable empire of the music industry by releasing their album In Rainbows for free, leaving the choice to the people: pay as much as you want. The result of that experiments was apparently quite satisfactory, although
some people paid, many others did not.

Web communities

I live half of my life on the internet. As a result, I find myself in tons of communities, this is an uncomprehensive list of the most significant ones, mostly Web 2.0 driven.


Video: Lawrence Lessig - On Free, and the Differences between Culture and Code

This presentation is very impressive. I have waited a long time for such a consistent and effective presentation about intellectual property and freedom in a modern view. There is no doubt that in the World as it exists today current laws for intellectual property and copyrights simply do not work.

The reality is that we are living a true revolution, new forms of expressions emerge from the old World. Re-editing, mixing, re-mixing of trailers, music, photographs, original works, textbooks, wikis, poems, films. Today anyone who has a computer or a Mac can democratically create art and distribute it without having to pass through the traditional media system.

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