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Heading in to Tokyo from Joichi Ito on Vimeo.

Today, I left my home in the countryside to attend meetings in Yokohama and Tokyo, ending up at the Century Hyatt Hotel in Shinjuku. I grabbed movies here and there and picked up a tripod in Yurakucho after getting tired of hand-held shots.

Still have a lot to learn... I need to remember to leave enough room before and after my shots for the transitions, among other things. Also, video takes a LOT longer than post-processing my photos... *eep*

Shooting moving things is a lot harder than taking movies of leaves waving in the wind. ;-)

Most of the scenes were taken with my 85mm at f/1.2 on my Canon 5D Mark II.

Make sure you watch this in HD if possible.

Creative Commons Blog

Change.gov, the website of US president-elect Barack Obama's transition team, has undergone some important and exciting changes over the past few days. Among them is the site's new copyright notice, which expresses that the bulk of change.gov is published under the most permissive of Creative Commons copyright licenses - CC BY.

Change.gov

Except where otherwise noted, content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Content includes all materials posted by the Obama-Biden Transition project. Visitors to this website agree to grant a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free license to the rest of the world for their submissions to Change.gov under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

I know the transition team is super-busy right now with very important things and I'm very thankful that they had the time and the will to pay attention to this kind of important detail. Thanks a lot Barack Obama and the transition team!

Jamie Boyle, Duke Law School Professor, the Chairman of the Board of Creative Commons, good friend and one of most interesting and articulate scholars on copyright, free culture and the public domain has just released a new book called The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind.

You can download the whole book for free as well as buy it if you like. ;-)

I'm still only part of the way through, but it is classic Boyle and a joy to read and full of great thoughts.

Our music, our culture, our science, and our economic welfare all depend on a delicate balance between those ideas that are controlled and those that are free, between intellectual property and the public domain. In The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind James Boyle introduces readers to the idea of the public domain and describes how it is being tragically eroded by our current copyright, patent, and trademark laws. In a series of fascinating case studies, Boyle explains why gene sequences, basic business ideas and pairs of musical notes are now owned, why jazz might be illegal if it were invented today, why most of 20th century culture is legally unavailable to us, and why today's policies would probably have smothered the World Wide Web at its inception. Appropriately given its theme, the book will be sold commercially but also made available online for free under a Creative Commons license.


Scenes from Inbamura HD - Shot with Canon 5D Mark II from Joichi Ito on Vimeo.

I just got home from Italy and my Canon 5D Mark II was waiting for me at home. I put my 24-105mm f/4 lens on it and took it outside. There isn't really much "action" in my yard in the winter so I tried to take some images scenes that sort of capture the mood of a chilly Sunday in Inbamura.

Shooting video through a camera is a very different experience than shooting photographs or shooting with a consumer quality video camera. I'm going to have to get used to it, although I find it fascinating. I have a feeling I should start story boarding. Normally, I hate using the zoom lenses, but for video, it seems much more important.

Be sure to click the "HD" button on the video to see it in full quality. I'll try to shoot something slightly more exciting soon. ;-)

If you go to the actual Vimeo site and click the "HD" icon "on" in the frame, you can see it in much better quality.

As most people already know, Queen Ranai of Jordan won the YouTube Visionary Award for her channel on YouTube. Here's her awesome acceptance speech a la Letterman style. It's really funny.

I love how many members of the royal family of Jordan have such a great sense of humor. I remember a talk by Prince Abdullah at a conference I once attended and he opened with the line, "We find ourselves between Iraq and a hard place." ;-)

Jordan is quickly becoming one of my favorite countries and I can't wait to go back. My visit with Princess Rym when I was there was really inspiring and her work in promoting journalism and film are important and inspiring. I think the openness and the skill with which the leaders communicate with the rest of the world goes a long way in dispelling some of the unreasonable stereotypes that the West has about the Arab world.

Congratulations Queen Rania and Jordan!