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Big Buck Bunny loves Creative Commons


"This video was created in order to promote the use of Creative Commons on the volunteer computing based rendering service ( and in any other relevant context"

Julius Tuomisto writes: and Studio Lumikuu are extremely happy to announce that our latest production "Big Buck Bunny loves Creative Commons" was successfully finished and released under CC-BY on Tuesday 24th 2012. The video and related blog post on The Farm were almost immediately featured on the Creative Commons Facebook and Twitter streams and received a whopping 45 000 views in less than 24 hours since release. We hope that the Blender community also supports the idea and the effort we put in to bringing this one in to life. We promise you that absolutely no lawyers (with any kind of sense of humour) were hurt during the making of this movie.



  1. Lawrence D’Oliveiro on

    I think it’s time to start drawing a distinction between Free CC (CC-0, CC-BY, CC-SA, CC-BY-SA) and non-Free CC (any use of ND, NC). Encourage people to use the former, and avoid the latter.

  2. Agreed, but it's away from the point of the video which talks of the locking up of information and resources due to harsh penalties rather than respect and payment due to that respect. Llarge corporations are the major benefactors of such restrictive practises.
    Cheers Nolan

  3. Yeah those evil lawyers working for those evil corporations filled with those evil workers making money off our favorite characters... oh, wait a minute... something's not right here. I don't think I like this.

    • Yeah, calling them "evil" was quite strong...  In reality it is just stereotyping and that is a very dangerous thing to do.

      You are right something is not right here.

      • Come on, it's just a joke... And also I've met much more cool animators, riggers and 3D modelers than layers. Most of them are just "too serious" or unscrupulous... Unfortunately it's something that their profession requires for them to be successful... On the other hand most people from a 3D production team are nice and funny by nature, since that's totally acceptable in such profession...

  4. When will Sintel start speaking up herself along with BBB?
    All she did so far was a small interview of seeing herself on screen...

    • Ashleighxeltentat on

      you CAN keep YOUR work protected!! 
      Attribution-NonCommercial CC BY-NCThis license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms....or...Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-NDThis license is the most restrictive of our six main licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially.ONLY YOU can market YOUR WORK! If I read this correctly!

      • Lawrence D’Oliveiro on

        No work of art is created 100% original out of a vacuum; we always build on the work of others. Remember what Isaac Newton said: “if I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants”? That applies to art as well as science. Also, was it Pablo Picasso who said “good artists copy, great artists steal”?

        So using ND is, in a sense, hypocritical, because it means that you have been able to copy from others, but nobody is able to copy from you. So don’t use it.

        Also don’t use NC, because different people cannot agree on what is “commercial” and what is not. If you want to stop big companies from ripping you off, use SA instead: it means they have to allow free reuse of what they create from your work, on the same terms that you did. This way, everybody gets to benefit from what they have done, just as everybody gets to benefit from what you have done.

  5. Good and Bad !
    Let me explain. Creative commons is great and allows characters such as Big Buck Bunny to be used in shorts like this. Why shouldn't everything be like this!
    But on the other side of the coin. What if this has been a promo for some unethical political regime (just an example). Big Buck Bunny is undeniably linked to Blender, would Blender become linked to the the content of the video?

    Before you all start flaming, I'm in favour of CC.
    Just pointing out the heavily biased message in this short.

  6. LarryPhillips wrote:
    "Yeah those evil lawyers working for those evil corporations filled with those evil workers making money off our favorite characters... oh, wait a minute... something's not right here. "
    That's exactly what I think! Creative commons has not to fight with copyright, it's just another matter. The two can co-exist... Don't like the political side open source is taking.

  7. There are simply some things that cannot be done with an open or CC type licence.  Copyright laws were created for good reason.  I am a fan and supporter of open source, but I do not support forcing that message on others.  Like it or not, both licence types are needed!   

  8. great humor:)  take it easy, its just a funny promotion for CC lic.
    very nice work! just the shader of the book pages in the perpective shots looks strange.

    thanks for sharing;)

  9. Having talked to Julius and the Lumikuu guys a few times, I'm pretty sure they're not in the “copyright must die” camp at all. I think the main message here is “CC is awesome”, everything else is tongue-in-cheek.

  10. Thanks for all the comments guys. It's a touchy subject, but I thought we would be better off going for a few laughs than making a bland general explanation video for "What is Creative Commons".  I have no personal bias to either direction and just set out to write a script that would convey a certain message (the one Jan mentioned). I'm very happy with the end result and still think it's so far the best short we've made with Studio Lumikuu. :)

  11. What a weird message, it kind of makes a case against creative commons to some degree. I mean if I worked really hard to create a cartoon character just to have someone co-op it for a political/social message I might be hesitant to release it as creative commons. This just left a weird taste in my mouth... "Hello boys and girls, welcome to my hobbit hole. Sit down by the fire while I tell you of all the evil lawyers and corporations in the form of a psa..."

  12. The short is a promotion for CC not a bash on Copyright laws.  The whole lawyers thing was a joke.  Its a big, fat, talking bunny and if you have taken this seriously then you need to lighten up.

  13. PS makes a good point:  For example, in America, politicians are infamous for stealing popular songs to use for their anthems.  Often, these politicians are opposed by the writers and performers of the songs for perverting the true meaning.  What would a musician do in the case of a creative commons song?

    • The artist and really anybody is supposed to do nothing, that is what a democracy is the ability to be exposed to different ideas it doesn't matter if you like them or not, or if they annoy you or not.

      Blocking that is blocking free expression and free speech and those should be only blocked in extreme circumstances not at the whim of anybody.

  14. I love that people are celebrating free(as in freedom), this ownership culture has reached the point where it is becoming a problem to freedom.

    Nobody should own ideas or expressions, this is a common resource that we all depend upon it and if it is restricted it harms everybody.

    Would anybody like to pay royalties for the use of the house they live in and know that his rent or mortgage is costlier because of it? or have the manufacturer of the tools we need to do a job tell us in what we should work or not? I'm sure the guy who made a new musical instruments see it as his creation and it is attached emotionally to it but do we give him the power to dictate what one should use it for?

    Anybody here can imagine Blender not being used for politics or for people trying to build a mall in the middle in the middle of the rain forest or for planning surgery and medical visualization of some criminal? I think some believe it is a good thing, but that is ignoring the rest of its uses the vast majority of which are perfectly normal if it can't be used to visualize medical images for some class of people that we don't like, it is also easy to block others it harms not only what we don't like.

    Copyright is no protection, it is an exclusion tool designed to be used to restrict a market which is used only by the powerful with any degree of Sucrets, it creates a legal minefield that increases the cost of doing business which means that the little guys are out of that market, the big players can zero in on the startups and buy them or kill them and that is not good for anyone.

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