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U.S. Appellate Court Enforces CC’s Interpretation of NonCommercial

Update: On February 7, 2020, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied Great Minds’ petition for rehearing (opinion (PDF)). As a result, the decision (PDF) of the panel in favor of CC’s interpretation of the licenses remains final. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit reaffirmed Creative Commons’ interpretation of activities that are permissible under the … Read More “U.S. Appellate Court Enforces CC’s Interpretation of NonCommercial”

Colombian appellate court affirms: Diego Gómez not guilty for sharing research paper online

Yesterday we learned that the Tribunal de Bogotá—the Colombian appellate court—has affirmed the lower court’s acquittal of Diego Gómez. Gómez is a scientist from Colombia who has been criminally prosecuted for the last three years for sharing an academic paper online. When Diego was a student in conservation biology in Colombia, he had poor access … Read More “Colombian appellate court affirms: Diego Gómez not guilty for sharing research paper online”

Colombian Court Acquits Diego Gómez of Criminal Charges for Sharing a Research Paper Online

Diego Gómez, the Colombian student who for the last three years has been prosecuted for sharing an academic paper online, has been cleared of criminal charges. The decision was delivered today by a judge in the Bogotá Circuit Criminal Court. In 2014 Diego was a student in conservation and wildlife management, with poor access to … Read More “Colombian Court Acquits Diego Gómez of Criminal Charges for Sharing a Research Paper Online”

German appellate court upholds common-sense attribution

All six Creative Commons licenses require licensees to attribute the original creator. Although we provide guidelines for attributing a work, we also recognize that standards for how and where licensees should provide attribution vary a lot from medium to medium. That’s why CC licenses allow licensees to fulfill the attribution requirement “…In any reasonable manner … Read More “German appellate court upholds common-sense attribution”

Belgian and Israeli Courts Grant Remedies to CC Licensors

Litigation involving CC licenses is infrequent even though we’ve been around almost a decade and hundreds of millions of creative works are published under CC licenses. CC believes that this absence of litigation is evidence of widespread acceptance and understandability of our licenses. That said, we still appreciate occasional decisions by courts confirming that CC … Read More “Belgian and Israeli Courts Grant Remedies to CC Licensors”

SPANISH COURT RECOGNIZES FOR THE FIRST TIME THAT THERE IS MUSIC THAT IS NOT REPRESENTED BY COLLECTING SOCIETIES

Spanish bar owner does not have to pay license fees to Spain’s primary collecting society for CC-licensed music Barcelona, Spain & San Francisco, USA — March 23, 2006 Last month, the Lower Court number six of Badajoz, a city in Extremadura, Spain, ruled that a bar owner did not have to pay license fees to … Read More “SPANISH COURT RECOGNIZES FOR THE FIRST TIME THAT THERE IS MUSIC THAT IS NOT REPRESENTED BY COLLECTING SOCIETIES”