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.
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.
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.
Dr. Catharina Maracke
Creative Commons International