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Esther Wojcicki Becomes Creative Commons Board Chair

Mike Linksvayer, April 1st, 2009

San Francisco, CA, USA — 04/01/2009

Noted educator, education innovator, and journalist today became Chair of the Creative Commons (CC) Board of Directors, taking over from founding board member James Boyle. Wojcicki first joined the board of Creative Commons last July. Creative Commons is a world wide non-profit organization that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works.

“I am thrilled to take on this new role,” said Wojcicki. “I strongly believe that the Creative Commons approach to sharing, reuse, and innovation has the power to totally reshape the worlds of education, science, technology, and culture at large. My main goal as chair is to make average Internet users worldwide aware of Creative Commons and to continue building the organization’s governance and financial resources. I am also very eager to help CC’s education push at high school and college journalism programs worldwide.”

Wojcicki is a journalism and English teacher at Palo Alto High School, where she leads one of the largest high school journalism programs in the nation. She leads a variety of award-winning journalism projects, including a newspaper, a magazine, a website, a television program, and a sports publication. Over the past 20 years, these projects have won Gold and Silver Crowns from Columbia Scholastic Press Association, the PaceMaker Award and Hall of Fame Award from National Scholastic Press, and best in nation from Time Magazine in 2003. In February 2009, she was awarded the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Key Award in a special ceremony at Columbia University for “outstanding devotion to the cause of the school press … and service above and beyond the call of delegated duty.” She is the president of the Friends of the Lurdes Mutola Foundation to support girls’ education in Mozambique and is a consultant for the Silicon Valley Education Foundation and Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

The outgoing chair, James Boyle, expressed delight that Wojcicki has accepted the position. “Esther is a wonderful choice for Chair of Creative Commons. She brings so much to the table. She is an award winning teacher, a journalist, and someone who has spent her professional life exploring the connections between education and technology. She will keep us focused on making Creative Commons licenses simple and clear and on solving actual problems people have. What’s more, she will make sure we do a good job explaining what Creative Commons and Science Commons can actually do for the world. I am incredibly happy that we persuaded her to take the position.”

Boyle was on the original board of Creative Commons, serving from 2002 to 2009, the past year as chair, and was co-founder of Science Commons and ccLearn. He has stepped down from the board upon vacating the Chair. Boyle is a founder of the modern movement to recognize, protect, and grow the intellectual commons, William Neal Reynolds Professor of Law at Duke University, and author of the recent book The Public Domain: The Enclosing of the Commons of the Mind.

“I have been a Creative Commons board member from the beginning. Apart from raising my kids, my work with Creative Commons and Science Commons is one of my proudest accomplishments,” continued Boyle. “Though I will be stepping down from the board to focus on other projects, I will continue to be an ardent supporter of CC, both financially and professionally. I am excited about the organization’s future and I can’t think of a better person to lead us forward than Esther.”

Creative Commons CEO Joi Ito added that the appointment of Wojcicki to board chair marks an important step in the maturation of Creative Commons. “Esther’s ascension to chair demonstrates that we have successfully completed the leadership transition from visionary founders to a team that is operationally scaling that vision to become the global infrastructure for sharing in culture, education, and science,” Ito said.

About Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2001, that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works, whether owned or in the public domain. Through its free copyright licenses, Creative Commons offers authors, artists, scientists, and educators the choice of a flexible range of protections and freedoms that build upon the “all rights reserved” concept of traditional copyright to enable a voluntary “some rights reserved” approach. Creative Commons was built with and is sustained by the generous support of organizations including the Center for the Public Domain, Omidyar Network, The Rockefeller Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, as well as members of the public. For more information about Creative Commons, visit http://creativecommons.org.

Contact

Mike Linksvayer
Vice President, Creative Commons
[email protected]
1-415-369-8480

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Barriers to Sharing Lowered by Creative Commons Licenses in Thailand

Michelle Thorne, March 31st, 2009

Bangkok, Thailand and Berlin, Germany

Creative Commons Thailand has adapted the Creative Commons licenses to Thai law. The localized licenses, launching April 2, enable Thai creators to easily share creative works by lowering legal barriers and prohibitive transaction costs.

The Thai team, led by Mr. Phichai Phuechmongkol of Dharmniti Law Office (DLO), conducted the porting and public discussion of the Thai licenses with local and international legal experts. These efforts draw upon partners working pro-bono on the project from DLO, Change Fusion Institute, Thammasat University, and Prince of Songkla University, with generous support from the Thai Health Promotion Foundation’s ICT Plan for Online Health and Partner Support.

The localized licenses, the fifty-first completed worldwide, are the result of  close collaboration with Creative Commons International, the coordinator of Creative Commons’ global projects.

In a statement on the launch’s importance, CC Thailand explains, “Adoption of the six core Thai licenses will lead to a cordial climate for sharing knowledge and creative works. This climate is especially desirable in a developing nation such as Thailand, whose citizens are dedicated to a culturally sustainable society that is also open to integration and cooperation. The Creative Commons licenses will help Thai society achieve these goals by enabling practical and reasonable copyright protection, while facilitating  the  sharing, distribution,  use, and adaption of creative works both existing and newly-created.”

The launch will be held at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre on April 2 from 1:00-4:00pm. It will feature a seminar on Free Culture and Open Models of Digital Distribution and a CC showcase. Project Leads Phichai Phuechmongkol and Sunit Shrestha will conduct opening remarks, followed by speeches from key supporters: Wanchat Padungrat (Pantip.com), Supap Rimthepathip (Creative New Media Network), and award-winning author Prabda Yoon.

CC Thailand also announces its outreach campaign. “This launch does not mark the end of our efforts. Rather, it is the beginning of an ambitious campaign to promote the licenses for Thai creators. Our network will reach out to diverse content providers and present them with the concept of free and open culture. We hope to eventually persuade them to revisit their licensing policies and consider more flexible, reasonable solutions like Creative Commons.”

About Dharmniti Law Office

Founded in 1947 by Pradit Premyothin and with the guidance of Buth Khandhawit in 1978, the Dharmniti Law Office Co., Ltd. (DLO) has become one of the most well-respected law offices in Thailand, providing quality legal services for both local and international clients. DLO offers a full range of legal services with a staff of over 100 persons including over 50 talented lawyers.

For more information about Dharmniti Law Office, visit http://www.thailandlawoffice.com/ (English) & http://www.dlo.co.th/ (Thai).

About Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2001, that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works, whether owned or in the public domain. Through its free copyright licenses, Creative Commons offers authors, artists, scientists, and educators the choice of a flexible range of protections and freedoms that build upon the “all rights reserved” concept of traditional copyright to enable a voluntary “some rights reserved” approach. Creative Commons was built with and is sustained by the generous support of organizations including the Center for the Public Domain, Omidyar Network, The Rockefeller Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, as well as members of the public.

For more information about Creative Commons, visit
http://creativecommons.org.

Contact

Dr. Catharina Maracke
Director
Creative Commons International
+49 302 191 582 66

Press Kit

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http://creativecommons.org/international/th

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ลดอุปสรรคในการแบ่งปันงานสร้างสรรค์ในประเทศไทย ด้วยสัญญาอนุญาตครีเอทีฟคอมมอนส์

2 เมษายน 2552 – กรุงเทพ, ประเทศไทย และกรุงเบอร์ลิน, ประเทศเยอรมัน

เครือข่ายครีเอทีฟคอมมอนส์ประเทศไทย ได้ปรับแก้สัญญาอนุญาตฉบับทั่วไปของครีเอทีฟคอมมอนส์ ให้สอดคล้องกับกฎหมายไทยเสร็จเรียบร้อยแล้ว สัญญาอนุญาตสำหรับประเทศไทย ซึ่งจะเปิดตัว ในวันที่ 2 เมษายน ศกนี้ ทำให้ผู้สร้างสรรค์ชาวไทย สามารถแบ่งปันงานสร้างสรรค์ ได้ง่ายขึ้น โดยการลดค่าใช้จ่ายและอุปสรรคทางกฎหมายในการเผยแพร่งานสร้างสรรค์

คณะทำงานชาวไทย นำโดยคุณพิชัย พืชมงคล จากสำนักกฎหมายธรรมนิติ (Dharmniti Law Office : DLO) ได้ปรึกษาหารือกับผู้เชี่ยวชาญกฎหมายชาวไทยและต่างประเทศ อย่างเปิดเผยผ่านเวทีสาธารณะ และดำเนินการปรับแก้สัญญาอนุญาต แบบไม่มีค่าตอบแทน โดยได้รับความร่วมมือจากบุคคลและหน่วยงานจำนวนมาก เช่น สำนักกฎหมายธรรมนิติ, สถาบัน Change Fusion, มหาวิทยาลัยธรรมศาสตร์, และมหาวิทยาลัยสงขลานครินทร์ และได้รับการสนับสนุนจากแผนงาน ICT เพื่อสุขภาวะออนไลน์และภาคีเครือข่าย สำนักงานกองทุนสนับสนุนการสร้างเสริมสุขภาพ (สสส.)

สัญญาอนุญาตสำหรับประเทศไทย ซึ่งได้ปรับแก้ให้สอดคล้องกับกฎหมายท้องถิ่น เป็นลำดับที่ 51 ของโลก เป็นผลงานที่เกิดจากความร่วมมืออย่างใกล้ชิดระหว่างสำนักกฎหมายธรรมนิติ กับ Creative Commons International ซึ่งเป็นองค์กรประสานงานทางสากลของครีเอทีฟคอมมอนส์

เครือข่ายครีเอทีฟคอมมอนส์ประเทศไทย อธิบายถึงความสำคัญของการเปิดตัวสัญญาอนุญาตสำหรับประเทศไทยว่า ” สัญญาอนุญาตหลักหกฉบับสำหรับประเทศไทยนี้ จะส่งเสริมบรรยากาศในการแบ่งปันความรู้และงานสร้างสรรค์ ให้เสรีและเปิดกว้างมากยิ่งขึ้นในสังคมไทย บรรยากาศเช่นนี้ เป็นผลดีอย่างยิ่ง โดยเฉพาะต่อประเทศกำลังพัฒนาเช่นประเทศไทย ที่ซึ่งชาวไทย มุ่งหมายในการรักษาวัฒนธรรมของสังคมไทยให้ยั่งยืน แต่ก็เปิดกว้างในการร่วมมือและแลกเปลี่ยนกับสังคมอื่น ๆ  สัญญาอนุญาตของครีเอทีฟคอมมอนส์ จะช่วยให้สังคมไทยบรรลุถึงเป้าหมายทั้งสองด้าน  คือการปกป้องคุ้มครองลิขสิทธิ์ในงานสร้างสรรค์ที่เหมาะสมและมีเหตุผล ในขณะเดียวกัน ก็อำนวยความสะดวกในการแบ่งปัน  เผยแพร่ ใช้และพัฒนางานสร้างสรรค์ ทั้งที่มีอยู่เดิมและที่จะสร้างขึ้นใหม่ ”

งานเปิดตัว จัดขึ้นในวันที่  2 เมษายน เวลา 13:00 – 16:00 น. ที่หอศิลปวัฒนธรรมแห่งกรุงเทพมหานคร  ในงานมีการเสวนาเรื่อง “วัฒนธรรมเสรีกับการเผยแพร่เงานสร้างสรรค์ดิจิทัลแบบเปิดกว้าง ” และตัวอย่างการใช้สัญญาอนุญาตครีเอทีฟคอมมอนส์ คุณพิชัย พืชมงคล ผู้นำโครงการฯ และคุณสุนิตย์ เชรษฐา เป็นผู้กล่าวเปิดงาน ตามด้วยการอภิปรายของผู้สนับสนุน รายหลัก ๆ ได้แก่ คุณวันฉัตร ผดุงรัตน์ จากเว็บพันทิพดอทคอม (Pantip.com), คุณสุภาพ หริมเทพาธิป จากเครือข่ายสื่อใหม่สร้างสรรค์ และคุณปราบดา หยุ่น นักเขียนผู้ชนะรางวัล

เครือข่ายครีเอทีฟคอมมอนส์ประเทศไทย ประกาศโครงการรณรงค์ส่งเสริมการใช้สัญญาอนุญาตครีเอทีฟคอมมอนส์โดยกล่าวว่า  “การเปิดตัวสัญญาอนุญาตครีเอทีฟคอมมอนส์  ไม่ได้หมายความว่า งานของเราเสร็จแล้ว หากแต่เป็นการเริ่มต้นของโครงการรณรงค์ที่ใหญ่กว่าเดิม ในการสนับสนุนผู้สร้างสรรค์ชาวไทย ให้นำสัญญาอนุญาตครีเอทีฟคอมมอนส์ไปใช้กับงานสร้างสรรค์ของตน เครือข่ายฯ จะเข้าไปปรึกษาหารือกับผู้สร้างสรรค์งานประเภทต่างๆ  เพื่อนำเสนอแนวคิดวัฒนธรรมเสรีและเปิดกว้าง เราหวังว่า ในที่สุด จะสามารถชักชวนผู้สร้างสรรค์งานเหล่านั้น ให้ทบทวนแนวทางการอนุญาต และพิจารณาแนวทางที่ยืดหยุ่นและมีเหตุผล ด้วยการใช้สัญญาอนุญาตของครีเอทีฟคอมมอนส์ ”

เกี่ยวกับสำนักกฎหมายธรรมนิติ

สำนักกฎหมายธรรมนิติ ก่อตั้งในปี 2490 โดยคุณประดิษฐ์ เปรมโยธิน จนเมื่อปี 2521 คุณบุศย์ ขันธวิทย์ ได้นำสำนักกฎหมายธรรมนิติ สู่การเป็นสำนักกฎหมายที่ได้รับความเชื่อถือมากที่สุดแห่งหนึ่งในประเทศไทย สำนักกฎหมายธรรมนิติ ให้บริการทางกฎหมายที่มีคุณภาพแก่ลูกค้าทั้งในประเทศและต่างประเทศ แบบครบวงจร ด้วยทีมงานมากกว่า 100 คน รวมถึงนักกฎหมายที่มีความสามารถมากกว่า 50 คน

สำหรับข้อมูลเพิ่มเติมเกี่ยวกับสำนักกฎหมายธรรมนิติ เข้าชมได้ที่ http://www.dlo.co.th/ (ภาษาไทย) และ http://www.thailandlawoffice.com/ (ภาษาอังกฤษ)

เกี่ยวกับครีเอทีฟคอมมอนส์

ครีเอทีฟคอมมอนส์ (Creative Commons) เป็นองค์กรประเภทไม่แสวงหาผลกำไร ก่อตั้งเมื่อปี 2544 เพื่อส่งเสริมการนำงานด้านศิลปะและวิชาการ ทั้งที่มีลิขสิทธิ์และที่เป็นสาธารณสมบัติ มาใช้งานซ้ำอย่างสร้างสรรค์ ครีเอทีฟคอมมอนส์  เสนอให้นักเขียน ศิลปิน นักวิทยาศาสตร์และนักการศึกษา เลือกใช้สัญญาอนุญาตแบบต่าง ๆ  ซึ่งมีลิขสิทธิ์และไม่มีค่าใช้จ่าย  โดยยืดหยุ่นตามระดับความคุ้มครองและเสรีภาพที่เหมาะสม บนพื้นฐานของแนวคิด  “สงวนสิทธิ์บางประการ”  แทนที่การใช้สัญญาอนุญาตตามกฎหมายลิขสิทธิ์แบบดั้งเดิม ที่อยู่บนพื้นฐานของแนวคิด  “สงวนลิขสิทธิ์ “  ครีเอทีฟคอมมอนส์ ก่อตั้งและได้รับการสนับสนุนอย่างมากจากหน่วยงานต่าง ๆ ได้แก่ ศูนย์เพื่อสาธารณะสมบัติ (Center for the Public Domain), เครือข่ายโอมิดยา (Omidya Network), มูลนิธิรอคกี้เฟลเลอร์ (Rockefeller Foundation), มูลนิธิจอห์น ดี. และคาเธอรีน ที. แมคอาร์เธอร์ (The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation), และมูลนิธิวิลเลียม และฟลอร่า ฮิวเล็ทท์ (The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation) รวมทั้งได้รับการสนับสนุนจากสาธารณะชนทั่วไป

สำหรับข้อมูลเพิ่มเติมเกี่ยวกับครีเอทีฟคอมมอนส์ เช้าชมได้ที่ http://creativecommons.org.

ติดต่อ

Dr. Catharina Maracke
Director
Creative Commons International
+49 302 191 582 66

ข้อมูลสำหรับสื่อ

http://creativecommons.org/presskit
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UNCENSORED INTERVIEW AND CREATIVE COMMONS TEAM UP TO GIVE FREE ACCESS TO ARTIST INTERVIEWS

Eric Steuer, March 9th, 2009

Thousands of Videos Featuring Musician Interviews Now Available Under CC’s Permissive Attribution License

New York, NY, USA and San Francisco, CA, USA — 03/09/2009

Today, Uncensored Interview, a video producer and licensor of musician interviews, announced a collaboration with Creative Commons, a nonprofit organization focused on building a body of openly shareable and reusable creative work, by releasing thousands of videos from its interview footage archive under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 (CC-BY) license. Previously, Uncensored Interview’s library consisted of premium content available for commercial licensing, but now includes videos available via download in Ogg Theora, a free and open video compression format. Under CC-BY, users of the content are only required to give attribution to Uncensored Interview as the content source.

“This is a visionary move on the part of Uncensored Interview,” said Eric Steuer, creative director of Creative Commons. “By offering this vast and amazing body of work to the public under our most permissive license, the people behind Uncensored Interview are making a clear statement that allowing the sharing and creative reuse of material – even for commercial purposes – can enhance the value of that material for its creators. In promoting a “some rights reserved” approach to distribution, Uncensored Interview is opening up a wide variety of possibilities, and we’re very excited to see the kinds of projects that result from this pioneering effort.”

By working with Creative Commons, Uncensored Interview opens a direct line for fans to download, share, remix and promote select interview videos of their favorite artists. Uncensored Interview’s videos will be clearly marked as available via the CC license, while simultaneously providing a mechanism via the CC+ protocol for partners to seek out licensing permissions beyond those already granted.

“Consumers are not just consumers any more. They are creators and collaborators in their own right. By licensing our premium content under Creative Commons in Ogg Theora, we immediately enable use of our content as source material for online users while simultaneously promoting the artists and their points of view,” said Sander van Zoest, Chief Technology Officer for Uncensored Interview.

Many of the artists interviewed by Uncensored Interview are supporters of Creative Commons.

Gregg Gillis of Girl Talk said, “I think many people are starting to see the artistic and financial benefits of allowing their art and music to be appropriated and recontextualized. Creative Commons are making that whole process much easier.”

“Creativity is so often restricted by bureaucracy and financial matters. I think, CC can be a healthy solution for creative collaborations. It can help bridge the gap between the artist and fan, which I think would be a positive change”, said UK singer-songwriter Findlay Brown.

Uncensored Interview will release select interview videos under the Creative Commons license (CC-BY) on an ongoing basis. To download Uncensored Interview content, go to http://www.uncensoredinterview.com/topics/cc.

About Uncensored Interview

Uncensored Interview (http://www.uncensoredinterview.com), a subsidiary of ZenCat Productions, LLC, is a video production and licensing company focusing on the community of music artists and their fans. UI’s primary business is to produce interviews in a free-format style with musicians of all genres and license high-definition quality footage to partner companies. UI beta launched in November 2007 and has created distribution relationships with all areas of the music and digital industry, including broadcast networks, digital retail hubs, the music blogosphere, leading major and indie music labels and prominent music festivals and tours. Uncensored Interview has been recognized for many awards including the SXSW Interactive Web Awards and the Webby Awards. UI has interviewed hundreds of acclaimed acts including Stereolab, Hercules and Love Affair, The Kooks, Vivian Girls, The New Pornographers, Dizzee Rascal, Lykke Li and many more.

About Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2001, that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works, whether owned or in the public domain. Through its free copyright licenses, Creative Commons offers authors, artists, scientists, and educators the choice of a flexible range of protections and freedoms that build upon the “all rights reserved” concept of traditional copyright to enable a voluntary “some rights reserved” approach. Creative Commons was built with and is sustained by the generous support of organizations including the Center for the Public Domain, Omidyar Network, The Rockefeller Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, as well as members of the public. For more information about Creative Commons, visit http://creativecommons.org.

Contact

Melinda Lee
Chief Content Officer, Uncensored Interview
Email

Eric Steuer
Creative Director, Creative Commons
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Al Jazeera Announces Launch of Free Footage Under Creative Commons License

Eric Steuer, January 13th, 2009

Doha, Qatar – January 13, 2009

Al Jazeera Network today announced the world’s first repository of broadcast-quality video footage released under the Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution license. Select Al Jazeera video footage – at this time, footage of the War in Gaza – will be available for free to be downloaded, shared, remixed, subtitled and eventually rebroadcasted by users and TV stations across the world with acknowledgement to Al Jazeera.

Al Jazeera will release its exclusive Arabic and English coverage produced by the Network’s correspondents and crews in the Gaza Strip online at http://cc.aljazeera.net. The ongoing war and crisis in Gaza, together with the scarcity of news footage available, make the repository a key resource for anyone producing content about the current situation.

This is the first time that video footage produced by a news broadcaster is released under the Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution license, which allows for both commercial and non-commercial use.

Mohamed Nanabhay, who headed New Media at Al Jazeera and launched the project, stated: “As one of the only international broadcasters in Gaza, our coverage of the war has been unsurpassed. The launch of Al Jazeera’s Creative Commons Repository means that our Gaza footage will be made available under the most permissive Creative Commons license (CC-BY). With the flexibility of the license, we expect to introduce our outstanding coverage to an even wider audience across the world. This means that news outlets, filmmakers and bloggers will be able to easily share, remix, and reuse our footage.”

Lawrence Lessig – founder of the Creative Commons organization and Professor of Law at Stanford University – stated: “Al Jazeera is teaching an important lesson about how free speech gets built and supported. By providing a free resource for the world, the network is encouraging wider debate, and a richer understanding.”

Joichi Ito – CEO of Creative Commons and a world-renowned technology  entrepreneur – added: “Video news footage is an essential part of modern journalism. Providing material under a Creative Commons license to allow commercial and amateur use is an enormous contribution to the global dialogue around important events. Al Jazeera has set the example and the standard that we hope others will follow.”

As a pioneer in news and media, Al Jazeera is always looking for ways to make its unique content accessible to audiences across the world and the launch of Al Jazeera’s Creative Commons Repository is another concrete step in this direction.

For details on downloading and accessing content from Al Jazeera’s Creative Commons Repository please go to http://cc.aljazeera.net or contact [email protected].

About Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera started out over twelve years ago as the first independent Arabic news channel in the world dedicated to providing comprehensive television news and live debate for the Arab world. In 2006, Al Jazeera was ranked by brandchannel.com as the most impactful television broadcast news brand globally.  As a result of its expansion and the creation of new channels and services, Al Jazeera was formally named the Al Jazeera Network in March 2006, transforming its operation into an international media corporation. The Al Jazeera Network now consists of the flagship Al Jazeera Arabic channel, Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera Documentary, Al Jazeera Sport, Al Jazeera.net (the English and Arabic web sites), the Al Jazeera Media Training and Development Center, the Al Jazeera Center for Studies, Al Jazeera Mubasher (Live), and Al Jazeera Mobile.

About Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2001, that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works, whether owned or in the public domain. Through its free copyright licenses, Creative Commons offers authors, artists, scientists, and educators the choice of a flexible range of protections and freedoms that build upon the “all rights reserved” concept of traditional copyright to enable a voluntary “some rights reserved” approach. Creative Commons was built with and is sustained by the generous support of organizations including the Center for the Public Domain, the Omidyar Network, The Rockefeller Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, as well as members of the public. The Creative Commons licensing suite has been ported to 50 jurisdictions around the world. For more information about Creative Commons, visit http://creativecommons.org.

Contact

Lauren McCollough
Media Relations, Al Jazeera Network
[email protected]
+974 489 6046

Eric Steuer
Creative Director, Creative Commons
[email protected]

Donatella Della Ratta
Arab World Media and Development Manager, Creative Commons
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Creative Commons International and Wikimedia Germany in closer collaboration, shared office space

Michelle Thorne, December 9th, 2008

Berlin, Germany

Building on existing collaborations with local Wikimedia projects, Creative Commons International (CCi) will be moving its current office in Berlin-Mitte to Berlin-Schöneberg to share workspace with Wikimedia Germany. The move reflects the organizations’ growing efforts and long-standing mutual support.

Wikimedia Germany, the first independent national Wikimedia chapter, is known the world over for its high quality articles and exemplary member participation, leading the first international Wikimedia conference “Wikimania” in 2005 in Frankfurt am Main and establishing Wikipedia Academies in 2006.

“The free culture and free content communities in Germany are incredibly strong, and this collaboration will help build bridges across projects, people, and resources. It is my hope that these ties will extend to community members worldwide.” CCi Director Dr. Catharina Maracke remarks.

CCi works closely with other local Wikimedia chapters, including Wikimedia Serbia, one of the institutional hosts of the CC Serbia project, and Wikimedia Indonesia, which will shortly begin porting the CC licenses to Indonesian law. Nordic CC and Wikimedia communities are also strengthening ties, as demonstrated by the recent “free society” conference FSCONS, organized by CC Sweden, Wikimedia Sweden, and the Free Software Foundation Europe.

Beginning December 10, 2008, the CCi office will be based in Eisenacher Straße 2, 10777 Berlin, Germany.


About Wikimedia Germany

The organization Wikimedia Germany (Wikimedia Deutschland – Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e.V.) was founded in June 2004 by active contributors to the free encyclopedia, Wikipedia. Its mission is to foster Free Knowledge through information and education in general and through the support of diverse projects led by volunteers who are making knowledge freely available to everyone. Wikimedia Germany focuses its efforts on Wikipedia and related projects driven by the Wikimedia Foundation. For more information, please visit http://wikimedia.de/.

About Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2001, that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works, whether owned or in the public domain. Through its free copyright licenses, Creative Commons offers authors, artists, scientists, and educators the choice of a flexible range of protections and freedoms that build upon the “all rights reserved” concept of traditional copyright to enable a voluntary “some rights reserved” approach. Creative Commons was built with and is sustained by the generous support of organizations including the Center for the Public Domain, the Omidyar Network, The Rockefeller Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, as well as members of the public. For more information about Creative Commons, visit http://creativecommons.org.

Contact

Dr. Catharina Maracke
Director
Creative Commons International

Press Kit

http://creativecommons.org/presskit
http://creativecommons.org/international

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DotAsia and Creative Commons Join Forces to Foster Creativity and Sharing in Asia

Melissa Reeder, October 24th, 2008

The creativity of Asia’s people will be supported and shared thanks to a new long-term strategic collaboration between the DotAsia Organisation and Creative Commons (CC).

DotAsia, the not-for-profit registry operator for the “.Asia” Internet top-level domain, plans to commit US$100,000 to Creative Commons in support of its cause, outreach and community efforts in Asia. In addition, DotAsia will contribute time and effort into assisting in the coordination of events, activities of CC’s regional chapters and various other socio-technical initiatives, such as a next generation copyright registry project.

The collaboration will be announced by the CEO of Creative Commons, Mr. Joi Ito, and Mr. Edmon Chung, the CEO of DotAsia, during the launch ceremony next Saturday afternoon (Oct 25) for Creative Commons Hong Kong (CCHK) at the HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity, Kowloon, Hong Kong. For more details about the launch event visit CCHK’s
website.

“We are thrilled to work with Joi and the brilliant team at Creative Commons”, said Edmon Chung, “this strategic alliance matches the core mission of DotAsia to promote Internet development and adoption in Asia. It also helps strengthen our connection to the worldwide IPR community. Stay tuned here for CC activities in Asia.”

“The contribution from DotAsia is very meaningful to the development of Creative Commons in Asia. Through collaboration with DotAsia,” Joi Ito added. “CC can look forward to building stronger rapport with the creative and cultural communities in Greater China and Asia.”

About DotAsia

DotAsia Organisation is a not-for-profit corporation with a mission to promote Internet development and adoption in Asia. The organization oversees the ‘.Asia’ top-level Internet domain name, and is formed as an open consortium of 20 official top-level-domain authorities around the region, including .CN (China), .JP (Japan), .KR (Korea), .IN (India), .NZ (New Zealand), .PH (Philippines), etc., and 5 regional Internet organizations including APNIC, APNG, APCERT, PAN and APTLD. In the past two decades Asia has developed into a global force in the commercial, political and cultural network. The .Asia domain aspires to embrace this dynamism in the Asia Century to become a nucleus, intersection and breeding ground for Internet activity and development in the region.

About Creative Commons Hong Kong

Creative Commons Hong Kong (CCHK) is hosted by the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong. CCHK works with Creative Commons to localize and promote the use of Creative Commons licenses in Hong Kong.

About Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2001, that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works, whether owned or in the public domain. Through its free copyright licenses, Creative Commons offers authors, artists, scientists, and educators the choice of a flexible range of protections and freedoms that build upon the “all rights reserved” concept of traditional copyright to enable a voluntary “some rights reserved” approach. Creative Commons was built with and is sustained by the generous support of organizations including the Center for the Public Domain, Omidyar Network, The Rockefeller Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, as well as members of the public.

Contact – Melissa Reeder, Development Manager, [email protected]

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Hong Kong Promotes Education, Creativity with Creative Commons’ 50th Launch Event

Michelle Thorne, October 23rd, 2008

[Text in English and Chinese]

Hong Kong and Berlin, Germany

The localized Hong Kong licenses, launching October 25, will enable Hong Kong creators to clearly and legally indicate the freedoms they wish their creative works to carry. The launch marks the fiftieth Creative Commons jurisdiction to celebrate the license porting.

When Creative Commons was founded in 2001, the core Creative Commons licenses were drafted according to United States Copyright Law. Following this initiative, global interest in the “some rights reserved” approach to copyright led to the development of national versions of the Creative Commons licenses. To achieve this aim, Creative Commons International (CCi) works in collaboration with a network of legal experts and professionals to build a free, multilingual licensing system that is legally enforceable in jurisdictions around the world. Through a standard license porting process, CCi and CC Project Leads have since ported the licensing suite to fifty jurisdictions. As of July 2008, there are an estimated 130 million CC-licensed works worldwide, and global license usage continues to grow.

On October 25, the Hong Kong launch will be held during an event co-sponsored by the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre and the Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity. Creative Commons founder Prof. Lawrence Lessig and CC CEO Joichi Ito will open the ceremony. Their keynotes will be followed by an open courseware presentation and a panel discussion about how Hong Kong can improve education and promote creativity through Creative Commons. The launch ceremony will be preceded by a performance by the Hong Kong band Snoblind, who have issued a number of their works under a Creative Commons license. After the launch, parallel sessions will showcase workshops and performances from different creative sectors, including the reading of a play, a bloggers’ workshop, a music workshop and two documentary workshops. For more information about the launch please visit http://hk.creativecommons.org.

Legal Leads of CCHK, Dr. Yahong Li and Ms. Alice Lee of the University of Hong Kong’s Faculty of Law, conducted the porting process and public discussion of the licenses with local and international legal experts and in collaboration with CCi. The CCHK project is hosted by the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong, with Rebecca MacKinnon serving as Public Lead. The work of CCHK is also supported by a Preparatory Executive Committee chaired by Internet entrepreneur Mr. Pindar Wong and comprised of members from different sectors in Hong Kong such as the IT sector, education, media, the arts, and politics. The CCHK launch would not be possible without the work of many enthusiastic community volunteers.

“At a time when Hong Kong is working to improve education and strengthen our creative industries, I see CCHK helping to provide a firm foundation on which to build Hong Kong’s creative capital,” says Pindar Wong, Chairman of CCHK’s Preparatory Executive Committee. “For example, in education, where e-books can be developed and shared over the net using our licenses.”


About the Journalism and Media Studies Centre

Founded in 1999, the Journalism and Media Studies Centre (JMSC) is a teaching and research unit at The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong’s oldest university. The JMSC offers an undergraduate and graduate degree, and professional programs for working journalists and executives. The JMSC is committed to the pursuit of excellence in journalism and supporting Asian voices in the international media. JMSC’s activities, such as the Media Law Project and the China Media Project, strive to promote civil society and an informed citizenry through a vibrant and professional news media. The JMSC works in partnership with Hong Kong University faculties and departments and a vast network of professional groups in Hong Kong, China and beyond.

The JMSC assumed the role of host organization for Creative Commons Hong Kong in August 2007. The project’s Public Lead is Rebecca MacKinnon, Assistant Professor at the JMSC, while the role of Legal Lead is shared by Dr. Yahong Li and Alice Lee of The University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law. Further updates about CC Hong Kong’s activities can be found at Creative Commons Hong Kong website: http://hk.creativecommons.org. For more information about JMSC, visit http://jmsc.hku.hk/.

About Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2001, that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works, whether owned or in the public domain. Through its free copyright licenses, Creative Commons offers authors, artists, scientists, and educators the choice of a flexible range of protections and freedoms that build upon the “all rights reserved” concept of traditional copyright to enable a voluntary “some rights reserved” approach. Creative Commons was built with and is sustained by the generous support of organizations including the Center for the Public Domain, the Omidyar Network, The Rockefeller Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, as well as members of the public. For more information about Creative Commons, visit http://creativecommons.org.

Contact

Dr. Catharina Maracke
Director, Creative Commons International
catharina [at] creativecommons [dot] org

Press Kit

http://creativecommons.org/presskit

http://creativecommons.org/international/hk
http://hk.creativecommons.org

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香港採用〈共享創意〉推動教育與創意
全球第五十個〈共享創意〉本地化組織誕生


2008年10月23日:中國香港和德國柏林

〈香港共享創意〉是〈共享創意〉組織第五十名成員,剛完成把「保留部份版權」條款因應本地法律的修訂,方便香港創作人在發佈作品時,以合法方式清晰標示如何保留部份版權。

〈共享創意〉在2001年成立時,核心條款是依據美國版權法草擬。此後,全球各地對「保留部份版權」制度積極回應,發展出各地本地化之〈共享創意〉條款。〈國際共享創意〉組織與法律界人士攜手建立一套靈活採用、多語言版本的條款系統,適用於各個國家地區。〈國際共享創意〉和各國各地的領導小組,依據劃一程序,因應當地法律修訂核心條款。迄今已有五十個司法管轄區完成修訂程序。至2008年7月,估計已有1億3千萬項作品在全球各地以〈共享創意〉條款發表。該數目仍在持續增加。

〈香港共享創意〉在10月25日舉行成立典禮,邀請〈共享創意〉創辦人Lawrence Lessig教授和總幹事伊藤穰一蒞臨主禮。當日的活動有開放式課程的簡報和嘉賓座談會,討論香港可如何利用〈共享創意〉改善教育資源和推動創意。其他文娛表演活動還有已經以〈共享創意〉條款發表唱片集的Snoblind二人組現場演奏、朗讀使用〈共享創意〉條款的新劇本、博客工作坊、作曲家講座、以及兩場錄像記錄片工作坊。是日成立典禮由香港大學新聞及傳媒研究中心和香港兆基創意書院聯合贊助。〈香港共享創意〉網址http://hk.creativecommons.org.

香港大學法律系李亞虹副教授及李雪菁副教授連同本地和國際法律專家,與〈國際共享創意〉合作,主持〈香港共享創意〉的法律修訂和公眾咨詢工作。〈香港共享創意〉是香港大學新聞及傳媒研究中心主持的項目,由麥康瑞助理教授出任項目主持人。〈香港共享創意〉籌備委員會由黃平達先生出任主席,得到來自資訊科技、教育、媒體、藝術和政界多個界別的人士以及眾多義工的全力支持。

籌備委員會主席黃平達先生說:「〈香港共享創意〉為香港的創意資本建立穩固的基礎。例如教育界可以創作電子書本,利用〈香港共享創意〉條款在互聯網發表」

香港大學新聞及傳媒研究中心
香港大學在1999年成立新聞及傳媒研究中心,兼備教學和研究專長。除了學士和研究生課程外,中心亦為現職記者和媒體人士提供專業課程。該中心致力提升新聞及傳媒的專業水平及支持亞洲傳媒在國際媒體中發揮更大影響。中心的其他活動,例如媒體法律項目、中國傳媒項目等,旨在通過有活力的專業傳媒推廣公民社會和公民的知情權。中心一直與香港大學各院系、以及香港、中國內地和其他地區的專業團體網絡緊密合作。

新聞及傳媒研究中心在2007年8月啟動〈香港共享創意〉項目,由麥康瑞助理教授主持;法律系李亞虹副教授及李雪菁副教授共同主持法律修訂工作。
〈新聞及傳媒研究中心〉網址http://jmsc.hku.hk/

〈共享創意〉
〈共享創意〉在2001年成立,是一個非營利組織,旨在推廣在公共領域或受版權保護的知識和藝術作品得以創意再用。〈共享創意〉以傳統的「保留全部版權」制度為基礎,倡議一套靈活的「保留部份版權」條款,讓作家、藝術家、科學家和教育家可以自選的方式和條件發表作品。〈共享創意〉組織得到多個美國公共領域團體和基金會以及公眾人士慷慨支持。
〈共享創意〉網址http://creativecommons.org

聯絡人:〈國際共享創意〉總裁Catharina Maracke博士
catharina [at] creativecommons [dot] org

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CC Guatemala: “Free to Choose, To Create, To Innovate, To Learn, To Imagine”

Michelle Thorne, October 22nd, 2008

[Text in English and Spanish]

Guatemala City, Guatemala and Berlin, Germany

On October 23 in Guatemala City, the University Francisco Marroquin will host an event to celebrate the localized Creative Commons licenses in Guatemala. Jimmy Wales, Creative Commons Board member, will hold the keynote address “Free to choose, to create, to innovate, to learn, to imagine” at a ceremony in the Auditorium Juan Bautista Gutierrez.

The Creative Commons Guatemala team is lead by Renata Avila, who coordinated the porting process and public consultation with local and international legal experts. At the launch, CC Guatemala’s institutional host, the University Francisco Marroquin and its New Media Center, will release a vast amount of material and education resources under the Guatemalan licenses. The Lienzo de Quauhquechollan: A Chronicle of Conquest will be available under a localized CC license as well. Plaza de la Libertad will host an exhibition Xelajú Lights at the launch venue.

Furthermore, the region’s first orphan works rescue program will be initiated by the Ludwig von Mises Library of the University Francisco Marroquín. The program will scan twentieth-century Central American works in cooperation with the Internet Archive.

The porting of the Guatemalan licenses is an important stride towards strengthening and building the global commons. The launch precedes the Latam Commons 2008 conference in Santiago, Chile, on November 19-21. The conference, focusing on the public domain and “open licensing, open technologies, and the future of education in Latin America” will be hosted by ccLearn and Derechos Digitales, and attended by CC Project Leads, ccLearn staff, and interested stakeholders from Latin America.

About University Francisco Marroquin and the New Media Centre

The University Francisco Marroquín`s mission is to teach and disseminate ethical, legal, and economic principles of a society for free and responsible persons. With the CC licenses, it will help creators and users liberate their creativity and share their knowledge and imagination without the burden of unnecessary legal obstacles.

Its New Media department, founded in 2001, was created to assist faculty members, researchers, and students in the use, creation, and management of digital resources that complement their academic work. It actively assist departments and professors who wish to incorporate digital media into their courses by teaching various short courses in video and multimedia production. These developments permit greater faculty and student participation in the creation and use of teaching resources and mean that digital video is becoming an important tool in the provision of course material at UFM. For more information, please visit http://newmedia.ufm.edu/.

About Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2001, that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works, whether owned or in the public domain. Through its free copyright licenses, Creative Commons offers authors, artists, scientists, and educators the choice of a flexible range of protections and freedoms that build upon the “all rights reserved” concept of traditional copyright to enable a voluntary “some rights reserved” approach. Creative Commons was built with and is sustained by the generous support of organizations including the Center for the Public Domain, the Omidyar Network, The Rockefeller Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, as well as members of the public. For more information about Creative Commons, visit http://creativecommons.org.

Contact

Dr. Catharina Maracke
Director
Creative Commons International, Creative Commons
catharina -at- creativecommons -dot- org

Press Kit

http://creativecommons.org/presskit
http://creativecommons.org/international/gt

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CREATIVE COMMONS EN GUATEMALA: “LIBERTAD DE ELEGIR, CREAR, INNOVAR, APRENDER, IMAGINAR”

Guatemala, Guatemala y Berlín, Alemania

EL 23 de Octubre en la ciudad de Guatemala, la Universidad Francisco Marroquín será el anfitrión del lanzamiento de las licencias de Creative Commons en Guatemala. Jimmy Wales, miembro de la mesa directiva de Creative Commons, dará el discurso de apertura del la conferencia bajo el tema “Libertad de Elegir, Crear, Innovar, Aprender, Imaginar” en el Auditorio Juan Bautista Gutiérrez.

El equipo de Creative Commons Guatemala es dirigido por Renata Ávila, quien coordinó el proceso de adaptación y discusión pública con las entidades locales y expertos en derecho internacional. En el evento del lanzamiento de las licencias, la institución anfitriona de CC Guatemala, la Universidad Francisco Marroquín y el departamento New Media, dará a conocer una gran cantidad de material y recursos educativos bajo las licencias de Guatemala. El Lienzo de Quauhquechollan: Crónica de la conquista estará disponible también bajo una licencia de CC. La Plaza de la Libertad será la sede de la exposición de Luces de Xelajú en el evento del lanzamiento.

Además, el primer programa de rescate de obras huérfanas de la región será iniciado por la Biblioteca de la Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Ludwig von Mises. El programa digitalizará trabajos del siglo XX de América Latina en cooperación con el archivo de Internet .

El proceso de adaptación de las licencias Guatemaltecas es un importante paso hacia el fortalecimiento y fomento de “Global Commons.” Del 19 al 21 de Noviembre, después del evento del lanzamiento, se llevará a cabo la conferencia de Latam Commons 2008 en Santiago de Chile. La conferencia enfocada en el dominio público y “open licensing, open technologies, y el futuro de la educación en América Latina” será organizada por CCLearn y Derechos Digitales, a la que asistirán líderes del proyecto de CC en Latino América, miembros de CCLearn y otros representantes de América Latina.

Acerca de la Universidad Francisco Marroquín y el departamento New Media

A misión de la Universidad Francisco Marroquín es la enseñanza y difusión de los principios éticos, jurídicos y económicos de una sociedad de personas libres y responsables.

El departamento New Media, fundado en el 2001, fue creado con el objeto de apoyar a los miembros de las facultades, investigadores y estudiantes en el uso, creación y manejo de los recursos digitales que complementan y sirven para documentar su trabajo académico. Asiste activamente a los departamentos y profesores que deseen incorporar medios digitales en sus cursos mediante la enseñanza de diversos cursos de corta duración en vídeo y producción de multimedia. Estos recursos permiten una mayor participación a los catedráticos y estudiantes en la creación y uso de otros recursos relacionados con la enseñanza, y el video digital se está convirtiendo en una herramienta importante en la provisión de material docente en la UFM. http://newmedia.ufm.edu/

Sobre Creative Commons

Creative Commons es una organización sin ánimo de lucro. Fundada en 2001, promueve la reutilización creativa de obras intelectuales y artísticas, ya sean propias o de dominio público. A través de sus licencias exentas de costo, Creative Commons ofrece a autores, artistas, científicos, y educadores una flexible variedad de protecciones y libertades bajo el concepto tradicional de “Todos los derechos reservados” para permitir voluntariamente “Algunos derechos reservados”. Creative Commons nace y recibe un generoso apoyo de organizaciones, entre ellas el Centro para el Dominio Público, el Omidyar Network, The Rockefeller Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, y The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, además del público general. Para obtener más información sobre Creative Commons, puede visitar http://creativecommons.org.

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Jesse Dylan’s “A Shared Culture” Video Released to Celebrate Creative Commons 2008 Fundraising Campaign

Eric Steuer, October 15th, 2008

Creative Commons, a nonprofit organization focused on building a body of openly shareable and reusable creative work, today announced the launch of its 2008 fundraising campaign. Information about how to support Creative Commons is available at http://support.creativecommons.org/.

To celebrate the campaign, Creative Commons today released “A Shared Culture,” a short video by renowned filmmaker Jesse Dylan. Known for helming a variety of films, music videos, and the Emmy Award-winning “Yes We Can” Barack Obama campaign video collaboration with rapper will.i.am, Dylan created “A Shared Culture” to help spread the word about the Creative Commons mission. The video is available online to watch and download at http://creativecommons.org/asharedculture.

In the video, some of the leading thinkers behind Creative Commons describe how the organization is helping “save the world from failed sharing” through free tools that enable creators to easily make their work available to the public for legal sharing and remix. Dylan puts the Creative Commons system into action by punctuating the interview footage with dozens of photos that have been offered to the public for use under CC licenses. Similarly, he used two CC-licensed instrumental pieces by Nine Inch Nails as the video’s soundtrack music. These tracks, “17 Ghosts II” and “21 Ghosts III,” come from the Nine Inch Nails album Ghosts I-IV, which was released earlier this year under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.

“I wanted to give people a clear understanding of how Creative Commons works and why it’s an important system,” says Dylan. “I think the best way to do that is by actually putting to use some of the great stuff that’s been made available to the world under CC licenses. The images and music in the video were made by people all around the world who chose to publish their work in a way that says ‘Hey, see this thing I made? You can take it and use it to make something else. I’m giving you the legal right to use it, because I don’t think that copyright should be something that stands in the way of creativity.’ Without the amazing work of Nine Inch Nails and all of the photographers whose images I used, this kind of video simply wouldn’t have been possible to make.”

“A Shared Culture” is released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license, meaning that anyone in the world can legally share, use, and remix it, as long as they abide by the license’s conditions. (The terms of the BY-NC-SA license are available at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us/). On its website and via LegalTorrents, Creative Commons has offered the video in several formats (ranging from Quicktime to Ogg Theora) and has provided photographer attribution through ImageStamper.

As part of the fundraising campaign, Creative Commons is calling on members of the public to use “A Shared Culture” as the basis for other videos that describe how CC licenses have enabled legal access, collaboration, and participation around the world.

“We hope that Jesse Dylan’s amazing video is just the first in a vast collection of videos and projects that address the idea of ‘A Shared Culture,’” says Joi Ito, Creative Commons’ CEO. “Take what Jesse has done and use it to make your own video. There are millions of CC-licensed songs, images, and video clips out there that you can use. Shoot some of your own interview footage that features your friends and people in your local communities talking about these issues. Take everything that you have at hand and use it to create, customize, remix, and share. Show the world that copyright should be a tool for fostering innovation, and not a barrier to creative progress.”

“We’re thrilled that Jesse made this amazing video to show the strength and importance of Creative Commons,” says Melissa Reeder, Creative Commons’ development manager. “We hope it inspires the public to create their own work, to use CC-licenses, and support Creative Commons financially during our fundraising drive and beyond.”

About Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2001, that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works, whether owned or in the public domain. Through its free copyright licenses, Creative Commons offers authors, artists, scientists, and educators the choice of a flexible range of protections and freedoms that build upon the “all rights reserved” concept of traditional copyright to enable a voluntary “some rights reserved” approach. Creative Commons was built with and is sustained by the generous support of organizations including the Center for the Public Domain, Omidyar Network, The Rockefeller Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, as well as members of the public. For more information about Creative Commons, visit http://creativecommons.org.

Contact

Eric Steuer
Creative Director, Creative Commons
eric at creativecommons dot org

Melissa Reeder
Development Manager, Creative Commons
melissa at creativecommons dot org

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Creative Commons Launches “CC Network” with Annual Campaign

Melissa Reeder, October 15th, 2008

Today Creative Commons launched the Creative Commons Network, as part of their annual fundraising campaign.

The CC Network offers users a profile and web badge, providing a means to express support of Creative Commons. The site also acts as a testbed for digital copyright registry technology. CC Network users may list their Creative Commons licensed works on their CC Network profile. The profile and web badge include metadata corresponding to the license used, allowing applications to consume information about the provenance of licensed works and licensors. Creative Commons’ own website is one such application and now displays provenance information on license web pages if available.

Creative Commons CTO Nathan Yergler said “The CC Network is where the semantic rubber meets the web road”, referring to the high expectations and underwhelming adoption of Semantic Web technologies. Yergler continued “With the CC Network we’re leveraging everything we’ve learned over the past five years about metadata on the web, including the new RDFa standard, along with the work of many other groups, including FOAF, POWDER, and SIOC.”

CC Network accounts also come with an OpenID login, allowing users to login to sites that support OpenID via a trusted provider. The CC Network aims to raise the bar for OpenID providers by taking all steps necessary to protect users’ privacy. “An OpenID provider knows every site a user logs into via OpenID, so it is important for a user to be able to trust their OpenID provider. We hope users think Creative Commons is trustworthy, but we’re also taking steps to bake user protections into the CC Network’s OpenID provider implementation, from the technology to terms of service to explanation of the risks and benefits to users” said security expert Ben Adida, a technology advisor to Creative Commons.

All of the standards the CC Network builds on are open, and the code that runs the site is free software. “The CC Network launch is a step toward a system of interoperable digital copyright registries as open as the web itself. Open registries allow users to discover more information about who’s licensing content, and as such are a necessary complement to our open copyright licenses” explained Creative Commons CEO Joi Ito.

CC Network accounts are offered as a benefit for annual CC supporters at a level of $50 or above ($25 for students). Creative Commons’ annual fundraising campaign, themed “Build the Commons”, has a goal of raising $500,000 as well as encouraging CC supporters to lead by example, educate others about the value of the CC approach to openness and access, and to help launch the CC Network.

Please visit the Build the Commons campaign webpage, for more information.

About Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2001, that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works, whether owned or in the public domain. Through its free copyright licenses, Creative Commons offers authors, artists, scientists, and educators the choice of a flexible range of protections and freedoms that build upon the “all rights reserved” concept of traditional copyright to enable a voluntary “some rights reserved” approach. Creative Commons was built with and is sustained by the generous support of organizations including the Center for the Public Domain, Omidyar Network, The Rockefeller Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, as well as members of the public. For more information about Creative Commons, please visit the Creative Commons’ website.

Contact

Melissa Reeder, Development Manager, Creative Commons,
[email protected]

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