Public Campaign (a beltway non-profit focusing on campaign finance reform) has created a really interesting poster called "State of the Union". It is an expose into the buyout of America’s political system through large corporate campaign donations, and the data they present is quite compelling.
The other interesting part of this story is that they released the poster under a Creative Commons license, which is a first (I believe) for a large political policy group. Their intentions are to see the electronic version of the poster disseminated widely – emailed, printed and posted on office doors. The Creative Commons licensing was intentionally chosen to let people know that it is OK to copy and print out the poster so long as it is done for non-commercial purposes (they are selling a 2’x3′ version of the poster on glossy poster paper for $15) and also to promote the ideals of Creative Commons.
This is an experiment on their part, and I think it is something that should be supported. It (a) gets the Public Campaign message out on the net, and (b) gets policy wonks inside the beltway to sit up and take notice of the work that the great folks at Creative Commons have been doing. Maybe, just maybe, it’ll help another political organization to release their work under a similar license.
Avalanches start with a single flake of snow…
Full disclosure: My brother Micah works at Public Campaign (msifry at publicampaign.org), and he and I had long discussions about using the Creative Commons license. I also host one of Public Campaign’s sites and mailing lists on a server I own.