How Do You Make Money From Free Software?

Free software—truly free software—is undoubtedly a good thing. But given the rest of the world still uses that pesky stuff called money, how on Earth do you make a living from spending your time giving away software for nothing? » 11/26/14 4:30am 11/26/14 4:30am

Why Not All Free Software Is Free

Meet Matt Lee, the Technical Lead at Creative Commons. He has a good beard, true, but he also believes very strongly in concept of Free Software. Not free as in a free lunch, but free as in free speech. Allow him to explain. » 11/13/14 5:15am 11/13/14 5:15am

Easily Publish All Your Instagram Photos to Creative Commons

Instagram is great, but it's also sequestered away in its own little pocket of the internet. A new site,, is giving you a way to make your Instagram photos free for everyone to use, for mostly anything they want. » 8/24/12 9:25am 8/24/12 9:25am

Remainders - The Good, Bad and Ugly Things We Didn't Post (and Why)

Today in the un-scratchable part of Gizmodo's back we call Remainders, we've got a Tron-inspired Android phone, the top YouTube videos of the year, some more videos of the Google Nexus One in action, and more (well, one more)! » 12/17/09 12:40am 12/17/09 12:40am

Catching Up: Gizmodo, Now With More Creative Commons

Hey, I'm happy to announce that we're being published under a Creative Commons license now. Although it's a non-commercial license, remixes and quotes are fine by blogs commercial or otherwise, with attribution/links. But splogs can—as always—go to hell. This has always been our policy, but it's nice to have the… » 3/19/09 2:31pm 3/19/09 2:31pm

Rifflet, Like Twitter For Music

I like to believe that all of us have rock star alter egos. For most of us, these inner rock beasts sleep latently, awaiting the proper heartbreak or drug cocktail to wake from slumber and cut a hit record. is a place that shares my theory—a social networking site in which users can share 1-minute clips of… » 5/17/08 4:00pm 5/17/08 4:00pm

Charles Manson Cuts Killer Creative Commons Digital Album From Prison

Convicted murderer and future American Idol contestant Charles Manson has used the liberal Creative Commons license to release a new 16-track album from prison. The album, called, ironically, One Mind, is free to download at LimeWire. As an added bonus, the CC license allows listeners to copy the tracks as much as… » 4/05/08 8:59pm 4/05/08 8:59pm