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CC News: Why Creative Commons must succeed

Elliot Harmon, May 29th, 2014

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Ryan Merkley / Rannie Turingan / CC0

Why Creative Commons must succeed

Why am I joining CC? Because its success is so vital, and I want to ensure we succeed. Creativity, knowledge, and innovation need a public commons – a collection of works that are free to use, re-use, and build upon – the shared resources of our society. The restrictions we place on copyright, like fair use and the public domain, are an acknowledgement that all creativity and knowledge owe something to what came before.”

CC is proud to welcome its incoming CEO, Ryan Merkley.

Open Policy Network
The Massachusetts State House
Tony Fisher / CC BY
(cropped, color adjusted, OPN logo added)

We’re excited to announce the launch of the Open Policy Network, a coalition of organizations committed to advancing policies that require open licenses for publicly funded materials. Find out how to get involved.

Lawrence Lessig, Webby Award
Lawrence Lessig
Joi Ito / CC BY
(cropped, Webby logo added)

Last week, Lawrence Lessig won a lifetime achievement Webby Award for his work as co-founder of Creative Commons. Have you heard his five-word acceptance speech?

Les licences Creative Commons
Les licences Creative Commons (still)
Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication
CC BY-SA

The French Ministry of Culture and Communications to embrace Creative Commons licenses. Watch the beautiful new video it made with CC France to explain CC licenses.

Authors Alliance logo
 
 
 

Who is speaking up for authors who want to see their works disseminated more freely? Enter the Authors Alliance.

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The global CC community: building a more open world

Elliot Harmon, March 14th, 2014

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Alaska’s Pavlof Volcano: NASA’s View from Space (cropped)
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center / CC BY

The global CC community: building a more open world

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been featuring some of the amazing activities of our global affiliate network. Learn about a Finnish team building a CC plugin for WordPress, an open data symposium in Japan, a series of School of Open workshops in Kenya, a booksprint in Morocco, and much more. Take a tour of the CC communities in the Arab world, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Europe.

School of Open
 
 

Open educational resources aren’t just a good idea; they’re the center of a global movement that’s transforming how education works worldwide. Browse the resources from Open Education Week to learn more.

Bassel
Bassel
Joi Ito / CC BY

Longtime CC community leader Bassel Khartabil has been in prison in Syria since 2012. Join the worldwide open community to honor Bassel this Saturday, March 15. If you’re in the Bay Area, join us at the Wikimedia offices in San Francisco.

Don't Look At The Sign!
Don’t Look At The Sign!
smlp.co.uk / CC BY

Learn how a proposed US law would weaken public access to federally funded research.

Photo by Kristina Alexanderson
Kristina Alexanderson
CC BY-NC-SA

Is Getty Images’ new photo embed service a step in the right direction?

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CC News: The School of Open Is Back!

Elliot Harmon, July 24th, 2013

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School of Open

Round 2 of the School of Open starts August 5! Sign up for courses on copyright for educators, open science, and much more.

The Future of Creative Commons

The first decade of CC is over; what’s next? In our new publication The Future of Creative Commons, we lay out the top priorities in all the areas where we work.

Free! Music! Contest

Hey, CC musicians! You have only one more week to enter the Free! Music! Contest!

Autodesk logo

Autodesk announced that its support and learning content for its 2014 product line is now available under Creative Commons licenses.

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CC News: Enroll in the School of Open

Elliot Harmon, March 14th, 2013

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School of Open
School of Open logo


The wait is over. The School of Open is now in session. Enroll now in a facilitated course or learn at your own pace.

California Seal of the Assembly
California Seal of the Assembly
Edward Headington / CC BY

Big news from California: a new bill in the legislature would allow university students to take CC-licensed, online classes for credit.

Bassel
Bassel
Joi Ito / CC BY

As of this Friday, CC Syria lead Bassel Khartabil has been imprisoned for one year. Join us in urging that Bassel be freed.

Open Education Week logo
Open Education Week logo


It’s Open Education Week! Join us all week for webinars, events, and resources to celebrate the future of education.

 

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CC News: White House Supports Open Access

Elliot Harmon, February 28th, 2013

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Law Books
Law Books
Kolinio Niumataiwalu / CC BY-NC-SA

We’re nearing the finish line for version 4.0 of the CC license suite. Find out what’s new in Draft 3 and what issues are stil being discussed.

School of Open
School of Open logo

Join the School of Open! Our first classes are officially launching on March 11, as a part of the Open Education Week celebration.

Seal of the United States Office of Science and Technology Policy
US Office of Science and Technology Policy
Public Domain

The White House has issued a groundbreaking directive supporting public access to publicly funded research.

Open Science Brainstorming
Open Science Brainstorming
Billy Meinke / CC BY

Creative Commons, PLOS, and OKFN hosted a course sprint last weekend to develop a new open science curriculum.

 

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CC News: Celebrate Ten Years of Creative Commons

Elliot Harmon, January 24th, 2013

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#cc10 Costa Rica
#cc10 Costa Rica
Adrián Coto / CC BY

Celebrate ten years of Creative Commons, and consider making an investment in the next ten.

Aaron Swartz
Aaron Swartz
Jacob Appelbaum / CC BY-SA

As a teenager, Aaron Swartz helped start Creative Commons. Join us in remembering a friend, ally, and inspiration.

Bassel
Bassel
Joi Ito / CC BY

Longtime CC volunteer Bassel Khartabil has been detained in Syria since March. Thanks to an international community of supporters, he now has family visitation rights. Join the campaign to free Bassel.

Open as in Books?
Open as in Books?
Alan Levine / CC BY-SA

This month, U.S. News and World Report ran an excellent article about the rise of open educational resources.

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CC News: British Columbia Embraces Open Textbooks

Elliot Harmon, October 23rd, 2012

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John Yap Announcement (cropped)
John Yap #opened12 Announcement (cropped)
Giulia Forsythe / CC BY-NC-SA

British Columbia has just announced a groundbreaking open textbook policy, providing for open textbooks for 40 popular college courses.

Open Access Week logo
Open Access Week logo
 

It’s open access week! Join Creative Commons and dozens of other organizations as we celebrate the OA movement.

School of Open logo
School of Open logo
 

On October 5, Creative Commons and P2PU convened community advocates and policy leaders to lay the curriculum framework for the School of Open.

Ada Lovelace
Ada Lovelace
Kaldari / CC0

On Ada Lovelace Day, CC CEO Cathy Casserly reflects on the importance of women in science and technology.

 

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CC News: #cc10 Is Coming

Elliot Harmon, September 25th, 2012

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#cc10 December 7-16
#cc10, December 7-16
 

#cc10 is coming! Get ready for a ten-day celebration of the history and future of Creative Commons.

Laptop
Laptop
Paul Cutler / CC BY-SA

Creative Commons is looking for an experienced, innovative, and technically inclined individual to drive product development at CC.

CC Iftar Iraq
CC Iftar Iraq
CC Iraq Community / CC BY

Since 2010, Arab world–based Creative Commons communities have celebrated Ramadan by organizing Creative Commons Iftars across the region.


Europeana logo
 

Europeana — Europe’e digital library — has released 20 million records into the public domain using the CC0 Public Domain Dedication. This release is the largest one-time dedication of cultural data to the public domain using CC0.

 

In other news:

  • We end on a sad note by remembering Lee Dirks, a strategist at Microsoft Research Connections and friend of the open access movement.

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CC News: Video Contest Winners Announced

Elliot Harmon, August 7th, 2012

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Why Open Education Matters
Why Open Education Matters
Blink Tower / CC BY

Watch the winning entries in our Why Open Education Matters video contest.

iSummit08: Jimmy Soriano
iSummit08: Jimmy Soriano
Tomislav Medak / CC BY

Jimmy Soriano of CC Philippines passed away last week and will be greatly missed by the CC community. Please join us in remembering Jimmy's passion and contributions to open culture.

Catherine Ngugi
Catherine Ngugi
Ibtihel Zaatouri / CC BY

In June, Creative Commons hosted a historic event — the first meetup of the African Creative Commons community.


Creative Commons instructions
(YouTube)

Creative Commons just reached an exciting milestone. As of July 25, there are four million Creative Commons–licensed videos on YouTube.

 

In other news:

  • We've just posted Draft 2 of Version 4.0 of the CC license suite. Learn what's new in 4.0 and what issues are still being discussed.
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CC News: Help Us Build a School of Open

Elliot Harmon, July 5th, 2012

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Help Us Build a School of Open

The School of Open is a collaboration between Creative Commons and P2PU (Peer 2 Peer University). Its aim is to provide easily digestible educational exercises, resources, and professional development courses that help individuals and institutions learn about and employ open tools, such as the CC licenses.

Why build a School of Open? Universal access to and participation in research, education, and culture is made possible by openness, but not enough people know what it means or how to take advantage of it. We imagine artists, educators, learners, scientists, archivists, and other creators improving their fields via the use of open tools and materials.

Participate in our upcoming events and find out how you can get involved with the School of Open.

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Elinor Ostrom

Elinor Ostrom
Holger Motzkau 2010 / Wikipedia/Wikimedia Commons
CC BY-SA

Honoring Elinor Ostrom

A collective sigh of sadness went around the Creative Commons community last month when we heard that Elinor Ostrom passed away. Elinor is greatly admired for her pioneering studies on the governance of common-pool resources (the Commons) and collective action across the fields of economics, social science, politics and policy.

Her seminal book, Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action, was published in 1990; however, Elinor’s work on common property began in the 1960s. Her studies showed that “ordinary people are capable of creating rules and institutions that allow for the sustainable and equitable management of shared resources,” and resources held in the commons may reduce potential over-use or under-investment, and so enable sustainability. At the time of publication it debunked the conventional thinking that ‘common-pool’ finite resources required ‘top down’ regulation or private ownership to maximize their utility and prevent depletion.

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Please Help Us Free Bassel, Open Source Developer and CC Volunteer

On March 15, 2012, Bassel Khartabil was detained in a wave of arrests in the Mazzeh district of Damascus. Since then, his family has received no official explanation for his detention or information regarding his whereabouts. However, his family has recently learned from previous detainees at the security branch of Kafer Sousa, Damascus, that Bassel is being held at this location.

Bassel Khartabil, a Palestinian-born Syrian, 31, is a respected computer engineer specializing in open source software development, the type of contributions the Internet is built upon. He launched his career ten years ago in Syria, working as a technical director for a number of local companies on cultural projects like restoring Palmyra and Forward Syria Magazine.

Bassel Khartabil has been unjustly detained for nearly four months without trial or any legal charges being brought against him.

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In other news:

  • Attention musicians: it’s time for the fourth annual Free! Music! Contest. Enter your CC-licensed works and celebrate free music.
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