Last year, Cultural Commons Collecting Society (C3S) submitted an entry to SXSW’s Panel Picker. You may remember our call to arms to help vote for us in late August. Actually, and only with the help of our supporters, we made it.

The session “C3S: Putting the Revenue in Creative Commons” has been held last week on Wednesday. It’s an introduction to why it’s not reasonable but longtime overdue to launch a collecting society based on Creative Commons, new technology and a democratic foundation. In fact, it was the first ever presentation of C3S outside of Europe.

Unfortunately, the session seemed a bit ill-fated… Zoe Leela faced colliding dates in Germany, and Mike Masnick from Techdirt was sad to cancel his entire trip to Austin. More than that, I was stuck home due to unforeseeable circumstances – but I made it by Skype. Good ol’ tech. We changed the concept a bit, and it worked out great – thanks to all who have been there, and most of all thanks to Jason Sigal (WMFU / Free Music Archive) and Chris Zabriskie.

For those who could not join us, here’s about 50 slides I presented within some 10 minutes as an introduction to the idea of launching a collecting society in the disruptive age:


As you can see, it’s a mere teaser. In Europe, the discussion of C3S’s concept is in heavy progress and has developed a lot. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or the C3S team as a whole.

Based on the notes of our SXSW session I will add a second posting the next days to wrap up what is not included in the slides.

This text has been published under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0 Unported licence. If you would like to make use of the text or parts of it in a way that goes beyond the scope please get in touch with me.