Our fall fundraising campaign is fully underway, and we'd like to start off this month's newsletter by encouraging all of you who use or support Creative Commons to donate today so we can continue to provide you with great tools for sharing and remixing on the web!
Join Jimmy Wales in supporting CC today & have your gift doubled!
Over on our blog, CC board member Jimmy Wales—also the founder of Wikipedia—is encouraging everyone to join him in donating money to Creative Commons: "Billions of people benefit in some way from the work of Creative Commons," he says, "but I fear that it is too often overlooked because the work is by nature free of charge, and because it is 'infrastructure.'"
Open access scholarly journal publisher Hindawi has also committed to a matching challenge of up to $3000. Donate now to have your gift automatically doubled, but only for a limited time!
We're delighted to have the support of Hindawi, a company that truly embodies the spirit and success of an open licensing business model. Here's why Hindawi supports CC: "As an open access journal publisher we believe that it is important for our readers to be comfortable reusing and redistributing our articles without fear of violating any copyright restrictions, and Creative Commons licenses make it clear to readers what they can do with our content."
So what are you waiting for? If you care about the values of sharing and openness, join Jimmy Wales, Hindawi, and our other amazing supporters in funding the current and future work of Creative Commons!
In other news:
CEO Joi Ito and other members of CC staff just got back from the Digitally Open conference in Doha, where leaders from countries including Qatar, New Zealand, and Portugal discussed how openness and CC will be part of the future of their information-sharing.
Elspeth Revere of the MacArthur Foundation dishes on what got her thinking about new digital intellectual property models (hint: a meeting with Larry Lessig) and why she encourages grantees to use open access journals. Read the full interview.
Open movie project advocate Ton Roosendaal of the Blender Institute explains why he released his new computer animated short film, Sintel, under a CC license. "We want our users to learn from [our projects], to dissect our tricks and technology, and use them for other works." If you haven't seen Sintel, it's a must: read the full interview with Roosendaal and watch Sintel here.
We also talked to Lulu CEO Bob Young about how CC licenses have helped his innovative open publishing platform grow. Lulu is an invested and long-term corporate sponsor of Creative Commons. You can be too! Read the full interview.