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Creative Commons Launches CC0 and CC+ Programs

Eric Steuer, December 17th, 2007

San Francisco — December 17, 2007

Today, Creative Commons announced the launch of CC0 (aka CC Zero) and CC+ (aka CC Plus). These programs are major additions to CC’s array of free legal tools.

CC+

CC+ is a protocol to enable a simple way for users to get rights beyond the rights granted by a CC license. For example, a Creative Commons license might offer noncommercial rights. With CC+, the license can also provide a link to enter into transactions beyond access to noncommercial rights — most obviously commercial rights, but also services of use such as warranty and ability to use without attribution, or even access to physical media.

“Imagine you have all of your photos on Flickr, offered to the world under the CC Attribution-NonCommercial license,” said Lawrence Lessig, CEO of Creative Commons. “CC+ will enable you to continue offering your work to the public for noncommercial use, but will also give you an easy way to sell commercial licensing rights to those who want to use your work for profit.”

The CC+ architecture was pioneered by early adopter CC-enabled businesses such as Magnatune.com and is effectively implemented by numerous creators and intermediaries who enable a simple way to move between the sharing and commercial economies. CC+ provides a lightweight standard around these best practices and is available for implementation immediately.

Creative Commons will collaborate with commercial rights agencies and other companies to build upon CC’s metadata architecture and give the public simple “click-through” access to commercial rights and other opportunities beyond the scope of a public CC license. Companies and organizations announcing support for CC+ include Yahoo!, Blip.tv, Beatpick, Jamendo, RightsAgent, Youlicense, Strayform, Cloakx, and Copyright Clearance Center.

“The CC+ initiative adds an exciting new dimension that enables a commercial element to co-exist within the Creative Commons framework,” said Rudy Rouhana, co-founder of RightsAgent, Inc — provider of a new service that automates licensing to permit re-use and monetization of user-generated content. “RightsAgent is delighted to be one of the first companies to implement the CC+ standard. The working relationship between RightsAgent and Creative Commons now provides both a transactional and commercial layer that will help further the success of Creative Commons and the success of this initiative,” said Rouhana.

CC0

CC0 is a protocol that enables people to either (a) ASSERT that a work has no legal restrictions attached to it, or (b) WAIVE any rights associated with a work so it has no legal restrictions attached to it, and (c) SIGN the assertion or waiver.

“In some ways, CC0 is similar to what our public domain dedication does now,” said Lessig. “But with CC0, the waiver of rights will be more robust internationally, and both the waiver and assertion will be vouched for, so that there is a platform for reputation systems to develop. People will then be able to judge the reliability of content’s copyright status based on who has done the certifying.”

CC0 was previewed at Creative Commons’ 5th birthday event this past weekend in San Francisco. A beta version of the protocol will be released for public discussion on January 15, 2008. This will include the traditional components of the CC architecture — legal code, human-readable explanation, machine-readable metadata, and tools. The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School will collaborate with Creative Commons on drafting the legal code for CC0.

In conjunction with the CC0 announcement, Creative Commons’ project Science Commons launched the “Protocol for Implementing Open Access Data” — a method for ensuring that scientific databases can be legally integrated with one another. The protocol is built on the public domain status of data in many countries (including the United States) and provides legal certainty to both data deposit and data use. Science Commons has worked with data licensing thought leaders and is pleased to announce partnerships with Jordan Hatcher and Dr. Charlotte Waelde, the legal team behind the Open Database License; Talis, the company behind the Open Database License process; and the Open Knowledge Foundation, creators of the Open Knowledge Definition.

“The ‘freedom to integrate’ is one of the fundamental freedoms for data on the Web, and in one stroke, the Science Commons protocol integrates the primary legal options around data into a single Open Access regime,” said John Wilbanks, Vice President for Science Commons. Data in the sciences is most useful when it’s in the public domain, like the human genome and all the information at the US National Center for Biotechnology Information. This protocol, and its implementation by Talis and the Open Database License, creates a legal tool for data creators to put their data into the same legal zone as the genome and other key fundamental research resources.”

“We’ve recognized the importance of Open Access data at Talis for a number of years, and it was an obvious step for us to work with Jordan Hatcher and Dr. Charlotte Waelde to validate our earlier efforts and to place them in a sound legal framework from which others could also benefit,” said Dr. Paul Miller, Talis’ Technology Evangelist. “Looking at CC0 and the Creative Commons’ Science Commons project, the synergies with our own license development were immediately apparent. We shall now be working together with Creative Commons and the license’s new hosts at the Open Knowledge Foundation to see the pool of remixable data grow, for the benefit of all.”

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.

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Serbia announces ported licenses on Creative Commons’ fifth year

Michelle Thorne, December 15th, 2007

December 15, 2007 — San Francisco, CA, USA and Belgrade, Serbia

The much-anticipated global celebration of Creative Commons’ fifth year is amplified today with the announcement of the locally ported Creative Commons licensing suite in Serbia. In close collaboration with slobodnakultura.org, Wikimedia Serbia, and New Media center Kuda_org, the Creative Commons Team in Serbia, lead by Nevenka Antic, has successfully adapted the Creative Commons licenses both linguistically and legally to Serbian national law.

The ported the Serbian licenses, available soon online, will be celebrated today in Belgrade at Dom omladine at 5:00pm CET. Speakers at the event include Slobodan Markovic from ICANN, Ivan Jelic & Desiree Miloshevich of the Free Software Network and the Internet Society, and Marcell Mars from CC Croatia and MAMA.

The festivities will continue at the Cultural Center Magacin, where guests will join the CC Serbia Team in greeting the globally synchronized Creative Commons Birthday Parties via webcast. The international birthday parties are being coordinated by local chapters around the world to commemorate Creative Commons’ fifth year in a series of celebrations culminating in San Francisco on December 15th from 10pm-2am PST.

The party in Belgrade will then head to Club Andergraund at 10pm CET with live acts from artists MistakeMistake, Crobot, Wolfgang S, Ah, Ahilej, and Electric Divine.

CC Serbia’s Public Project Lead Vladimir Jeric thanks the Serbian community for their support, and he expresses the team’s appreciation for the public’s input during the discussion of the Serbian licenses, which he reports “assured us that we are on the right way regarding meeting the demands from the side of both ‘content producers’ and ‘users.'”

The CC Serbia Team hopes to present the first collection of locally-licensed CC works this spring.


About Slobodnakultura.org

Slobodnakultura.org is an non-formal network based in Belgrade. Acting as a kind of meta-organization coordinating different initiatives and actions by different individuals and organizations, it presents a collaborative platform for discussing and conducting various projects. All of it’s projects are formally being conducted trough one or several of it’s member organizations with the formal status. Creativecommons.org.yu is the part of slobodnakultura.org, and it helps in building the tools requested from within the society in order to introduce different social codes. Fundraising and management for the localization of the Creative Commons licenses is being carried out by Bureau for Culture and Communication Beograd (birobeograd.info), a member of slobodnakultura.org network.

For more information, please visit: slobodnakultura.org and creativecommons.org.yu

About Wikimedia Serbia

Wikimedia Serbia, formed in 2005, is a non-profit independent organization, based in Belgrade. It is included in the international network of non-profit and independent organizations sharing the goals of free knowledge issues as well as improving and participating in the global collection of educational content under free licenses or in the public domain. Wikimedia Serbia supports free knowledge Community and free knowledge projects building the Community in Serbia and providing the projects in Serbian language. The projects are coordinated by the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit parent organization of various multilingual free content projects, such as Wikipedia, the famous online encyclopedia, and Wikimedia Commons, the repository for free video, images, music and other media.

More information: rs.vikimedija.org.

About New Media Center_kuda.org

New Media Center_kuda.org is an independent organization which brings together artists, theoreticians, media activists, researchers and the wider public in the field of Information and Communication Technologies. In this respect, kuda.org is dedicated to the research of new cultural relations, contemporary artistic practice, and social issues. Kuda.org’s work focuses on questions concerning the influence of the electronic media on society, on the creative use of new communication technologies, and on contemporary cultural and social policy. Some of the main issues include interpretation and analysis of the history and significance of the information society, the potential of information itself, and the diffusion of its influence on political, economic and cultural relationships in contemporary society. New Media Center_kuda.org opens space for both cultural dialog and alternative methods of education and research.

More information: www.kuda.org.


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 is sustained by the generous support of organizations including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Omidyar Network, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, as well as members of the public.

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


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Director
Creative Commons International
catharina@creativecommons.org

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Philippines introduces locally ported Creative Commons licenses

Michelle Thorne, December 14th, 2007

December 15, 2007 — San Francisco, CA, USA and Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Today in Pasay City, the 42nd locally ported Creative Commons licensing suite will be launched for the Philippines. The Creative Commons licenses, now legally adapted to Philippine law, enable authors, artists, scientists, and educators the choice of a flexible range of protections and freedoms in efforts to promote a voluntary “some rights reserved” approach to copyright.

The Creative Commons team members in the Philippines, lead by Atty. Jaime N. Soriano, have worked under the auspices of the e-Law Center at the Arellano University School of Law and in collaboration with Creative Commons to port the licenses to their national jurisdiction.

In a prelude to a larger celebration planned in January 2008, CC Philippines will unveil the licenses today at 2pm PST at an event held in Arellano University’s School of Law. Atty. Michael Vernon M. Guerrero, jurisdiction deputy project lead of CC Philippines, will introduce the licenses, followed by the inauguration of the Philippine Commons, a collaboration fostering alternative licensing, free and open source software, open education, and free culture in the region.

Dr. Catharina Maracke, Director of Creative Commons International, thanks the CC Philippines Team for all their efforts, and she remarks, “The licensing project in the Philippines is a strong step towards strengthening and cultivating the global commons. The Philippines joins neighboring Malaysia, launched two years ago, in offering completed localized CC licenses. With upcoming jurisdictions in Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia, this region within Asia will continue to thrive and enjoy its vibrant remix-reuse community.”

The launch event in Pasay City will continue later in the evening as a birthday party for Creative Commons, as part of a series of synchronized celebrations worldwide to commemorate Creative Commons’ fifth year.

About AUSL

The Arellano University School of Law (AUSL), a non-stock non-profit institution, is named after the First Chief Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court, Cayetano S. Arellano, and established in 1938. Today it boasts more than six decades of providing quality legal education. The foremost objective of the school is to create global lawyers: practitioners who are deeply educated in the law, practice-ready, and devoted to service not only in the local but also the international community. Arellano Law prides itself for being one of the most populous law schools in the Philippines with faculty members who have distinguished themselves in law practice, the judiciary, government service, and the academe. The law school furthermore is one of the few schools in the Philippines that produces the most number of lawyers in the annual bar examinations administered by the Supreme Court.

For more information, please visit http://www.arellanolaw.edu/.

About the e-Law Center at Arellano University School of Law

The e-Law Center was founded in November 2002 under the auspices of the Arellano University School of Law, following the launching of the school’s LAWPHiL Project, which is considered one of the most popular on-line and electronic databases of Philippine law and jurisprudence that is accessible for free to the general public. The Center is pursuing projects in research, publication, policy initiatives and advocacy, capability building, academic support, and linkages in the field of information and communication technology as it affects the Philippine legal system.

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 is sustained by the generous support of organizations including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Omidyar Network, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Rockefeller 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@creativecommons.org

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Creative Commons Voluntarily Dismissed from Lawsuit

Mike Linksvayer, November 28th, 2007

San Francisco — November 28, 2007

We are happy to announce that the plaintiffs in the Chang litigation, previously reported at http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/7680, have voluntarily dismissed Creative Commons from that lawsuit. Although we are confident that any court would have agreed that there was no valid legal claim against us, this is a good result. It was highly gratifying to have so many of our legal friends offer to represent us pro bono.

We thank them for supporting Creative Commons’ mission. But we prefer to devote our resources to doing the ongoing work of developing and distributing content licensing tools that are as clear and easy to use as possible.

Creative Commons CEO Lawrence Lessig makes this comment: “I applaud the decision of plaintiffs’ counsel to remove Creative Commons from this lawsuit. We work hard to make our work clear, but it is absolutely clear that there is no basis in law for the suit they filed against us.” For more, including a copy of the dismissal, see Larry’s blog entry at http://lessig.org/blog/2007/11/from_the_whyagcfromcravathisgr.html.

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 is sustained by the generous support of organizations including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Omidyar Network, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, as well as members of the public. For more information about Creative Commons, visit http://creativecommons.org.

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Eric Steuer
Creative Director
Creative Commons
eric@creativecommons.org

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Creative Commons Releases Add-in Support for OpenOffice.org

Nathan Yergler, November 14th, 2007

San Francisco, CA — November 14, 2007

Today Creative Commons released an Add-in for OpenOffice.org which allows users to select and embed a Creative Commons license in documents. Based on work completed as part of the Google Summer of Code by Cassio Melo, the add-in supports Writer (word processing documents), Calc (spreadsheets) and Impress (presentations).

Google Summer of Code provides students with funding to work on open source software between May and August. During summer 2007, Cassio worked on developing the basic OpenOffice.org add-in. Cassio was mentored by Nathan Yergler, Creative Commons CTO, and generously supported by Google’s Open Source programs. “Cassio provided a great foundation for us to build on and maintain. I’m thrilled to finally be able to offer support for OpenOffice.org,” said Yergler.

The Add-in is available without charge, and is licensed under the GNU General Public License. Download information and links to source code are available at http://wiki.creativecommons.org/OpenOfficeOrg_Addin.

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 is sustained by the generous support of organizations including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Omidyar Network, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, as well as members of the public. For more information about Creative Commons, visit http://creativecommons.org.

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Nathan Yergler
Chief Technology Officer
Creative Commons
nathan@creativecommons.org

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Creative Commons Launches Second Annual CC Swag Photo Contest

Melissa Reeder, November 13th, 2007

San Francisco, CA — November 13, 2007

Today, Creative Commons launched its second annual CC Swag Photo Contest. The contest is an important component of the third annual Creative Commons fundraising campaign, which was launched on October 1.

“It is not only vital that we meet our $500,000 goal for the fundraising campaign, it’s also important to use the campaign as away to disseminate CC’s mission,” said Melissa Reeder, Creative Commons’ development coordinator. “The CC Swag Photo Contest is a great way for people to show their support for Creative Commons.”

The CC Swag photo contest challenges people to creatively photograph Creative Commons T-shirts, buttons, stickers, and other promotional items (all available at CC’s online store). To enter, the photographs must be uploaded to the Flickr group CCSwagcontest07. Please go to the official contest webpage to read the other rules and regulations and to see the 2006 contest image archive.

The two winners, chosen by Creative Commons, will be awarded 100 postcards featuring their winning photo. These postcards will also serve as promotional material for Creative Commons and will be distributed internationally to promote CC.

Franz Patzig, one of the winners of the 2006 CC Swag Photo Contest, says that in addition to being a way to support Creative Commons, the contest helped raise his profile as a photographer.

“I have been publishing all my photos under Creative Commons licenses since CC’s beginning,” Patzig says. “I joined the contest for fun; I never expected my photo to be chosen as one of the winners. Since then, many people have used it to illustrate blog postings about the commons, which has brought a lot of attention to my Flickr pages. I’ve even sold some photographs. I love sharing my work.”

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 is sustained by the generous support of organizations including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Omidyar Network, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, as well as members of the public. For more information about Creative Commons, visit http://creativecommons.org.

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Melissa Reeder
Development Coordinator
Creative Commons
melissa@creativecommons.org

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Creative Commons releases viral fundraising widget and social networking campaign

Melissa Reeder, November 1st, 2007

Last year Creative Commons utilized an innovative fundraising model by using the video sharing platform Revver to disseminate the Creative Commons mission and to help raise funds for the Creative Commons’ second annual fundraising campaign. That experience demonstrated the strength of CC’s community and that viral fundraising is key to sustaining Creative Commons.

This year Creative Commons has added a Web 2.0 “widget” and a Facebook initiative to its viral fundraising arsenal. The widget embeds directly in blogs, websites and MySpace. The text is customizable so people can encourage others to give in their own words. This easy to use tool enables people to more directly participate in raising awareness and funds for Creative Commons.

Beth Kanter, professional blogger and consultant on the use of social media tools in the nonprofit sector for social change says… “I can’t wait to remix the Creative Commons widget and use it to help fundraise on my blog and social networking profiles. This is perfect way to celebrate what Creative Commons stands for and help raise funds for the annual fund campaign!”

Creative Commons has also launched fundraising in Facebook using the “Causes” Facebook app. All of Creative Commons’ viral fundraising tools, including the widget, Facebook, videos, and other forms of social media sharing, are available on their website.

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 is sustained by the generous support of organizations including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Omidyar Network, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, as well as members of the public. For more information about Creative Commons, visit http://creativecommons.org.

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Melissa Reeder
Creative Commons
Development Coordinator
melissa@creativecommons.org

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Luxembourg 40th Jurisdiction to Offer Ported Creative Commons Licenses

Michelle Thorne, October 14th, 2007

October 15, 2007 — San Francisco, CA, USA and Luxembourg, Luxembourg

The launch of the Creative Commons licensing suite today in Luxembourg marks the 40th jurisdiction worldwide to offer Creative Commons licenses adapted to national law. Creative Commons worked in collaboration with Luxcommons ASBL, a local non-profit for researching and developing Open Content headed by Patrick Peiffer, to linguistically and legally port the licenses to Luxembourgish law.

An event to commemorate the launch will be held today at the Public Research Center Henri Tudor (CRP) in Luxembourg, featuring speeches by John Buckman, founder and CEO of Magnatune.com and Board Member of Creative Commons, and Paul Keller, Project Lead for Creative Commons Netherlands.

The ceremony will also include a presentation by Laurent Kratz, founder Luxembourg’s Jamendo, one of the largest music portals offering Creative Commons-licensed works, and Lionel Maurel, scientific coordinator from the National Library of France.

The Creative Commons licenses were “the first instrument of choice” in Luxcommons’ efforts to lead innovation in intellectual property and promote Open Content in their region and around the world. The licenses, available free of charge at http://creativecommons.org, allow authors and artists to mark their works as free to copy or transform under certain conditions, and thereby enable others to access a growing pool of raw materials without legal friction.

About Luxcommons

The non-profit Luxcommons was founded in 2005 with the goals of promoting, researching, and developing of Open Content. Thanks to funding from “2007, Luxembourg and Greater Region, Cultural Capital of Europe,” the National Cultural Fund and with the Support of the Technoport Incubator (an initiative of the Henri Tudor Research Center), Luxcommons was able to start transposing the CC 3.0 License to the Luxembourg jurisdiction. For the future, a stronger linking of similar initiatives in the Greater Region and stronger tie-ins with institutional partners is sought to keep the Luxembourgish CC project on stable footing. For more information about Luxcommons, please visit their website http://www.luxcommons.lu/.

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 is sustained by the generous support of organizations including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Omidyar Network, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, as well as members of the public. For more information about Creative Commons, visit http://creativecommons.org.

Contact

Dr. Catharina Maracke
International Coordinator
Creative Commons International, Creative Commons
catharina AT creativecommons DOT org

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Creative Commons Licenses Launch in Greece

Michelle Thorne, October 12th, 2007

October 13, 2007 — San Francisco, CA, USA and Berlin, Germany

Creative Commons, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a body of creative work that is free and legal to share and build upon, unveiled today a localized version of its innovative licensing system in Greece.

With the Creative Commons’ project in Greece joining the effort, Creative Commons licenses are now being offered in localized versions in a total of 39 countries around the world.

Staff at Creative Commons’ offices in San Francisco and Berlin worked with project leads Marinos Papadopoulos, Theodoros Karounos, and Prodromos Tsiavos to adapt the standardized copyright licenses to Greek law.

Today the Greek version of Creative Commons will be launched in Athens, at an event in the Ceremonies Hall at the University of Athens. Lawrence Lessig, founder and CEO of Creative Commons, will give the keynote address at the ceremony, which will be hosted by Greek Research and Technology Network (GRNET).

“The real value of the Creative Commons licenses,” says Marinos Papadopoulos, “comes in clarifying what is useful to both creators and users of intellectual property, while also providing them with the tools to share creations in a mutually acceptable legal environment. By helping both creators and users determine the value of intellectual property sharing, Creative Commons in Greece is helping an explosive growth in creativity.”

About GRNET

The Greek Research and Technology Network (GRNET) supports the research and development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) within Greece and internationally, through the provision of its high-capacity networking and grid computing infrastructure, the strengthening of e-Learning & e-Business practices, as well as the participation in international research and education efforts. GRNET operates under the auspices of the Ministry of Development and is supervised by the General Secretariat for Research and Development.

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 is sustained by the generous support of organizations including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Omidyar Network, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, as well as members of the public. For more information about Creative Commons, visit http://creativecommons.org.

Contact

Dr. Catharina Maracke
International Coordinator
Creative Commons International, Creative Commons
catharina@creativecommons.org

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Creative Commons Launches Third Annual Fundraising Campaign

Melissa Reeder, October 1st, 2007

Creative Commons Launches Third Annual Fundraising Campaign

San Francisco, CA USA — October 1, 2007

Today, Creative Commons officially launched its third annual fundraising campaign. The past two fundraising campaigns generated vital financial support for Creative Commons. This year, the organization is asking its community for help in raising funds before January 1, 2008.

“Our annual campaign measures our success in building a movement and community,” said Lawrence Lessig, CEO of Creative Commons. “It is critical that we meet our goal, and I am confident that we will.”

The goals of the 2007 campaign are to raise at least $500,000 and to highlight the CC community — the people dedicated to expanding the depth, breadth, and impact of free digital culture. “Building and supporting the Creative Commons community is equally as important as fundraising, when it comes to ensuring CC’s future,” said Melissa Reeder, CC’s development coordinator.

To celebrate the launch of the campaign, CC will unveil a redesigned website, which will include a dynamic global map that shows precisely where in the world CC’s support is coming from. Creative Commons will also offer a limited edition t-shirt as a premium for all donations above $75.

Other features of the campaign include the second annual CC Swag Photo Contest, the “Commoner” letter series, and the Corporate Commoner Giving Program. More information about each of these projects is below.

CC Swag Photo Contest:
Last year, Creative Commons instituted the CC Swag Photo Contest, to offer people another way to promote and support Creative Commons during the campaign. For more information on the 2006 contest and to see the entries, please visit http://support.creativecommons.org/contest/.

“Commoner Letters” Series:
Creative Commons will launch its “Commoner Letters” Series. This new series will consist of letters from five prominent CC community members about why they support Creative Commons. The series will be bookended with letters from Creative Commons CEO Lawrence Lessig. If you would like to receive these letters, please subscribe here: http://support.creativecommons.org/letters.

Corporate Commoner Giving Program:
Creative Commons has now launched a giving program specifically for companies. For more information, visit http://support.creativecommons.org/donate/corporate.

As a way to kick off the campaign, Six Apart will deliver a presentation at the CC SF Salon on Oct. 10th. The company will also give a large donation to Creative Commons, which was raised entirely by the LiveJournal community.

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 is sustained by the generous support of organizations including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Omidyar Network, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, as well as members of the public. For more information about Creative Commons, visit http://creativecommons.org.

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Melissa Reeder
Development Coordinator, Creative Commons
melissa@creativecommons.org

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