Last week, the Unicode Consortium released the latest version of the Unicode Standard—the universal character coding system used in computer processing (which includes the international emoji portfolio 😎). We’re thrilled to announce that Creative Commons (CC) license symbols were included in this new release. The latest Unicode Standard adds 5,930 characters, including 4 new scripts, … Read More “The Unicode Standard Now Includes CC License Symbols”
Eric produces creative projects and events with partners working to advance a culture free of restrictive copyright. He also directs CC's creative vision, editorial strategy, and communications planning.
He serves on the leadership team of the Open COVID Coalition (an international effort to remove obstacles to intellectual property during the COVID-19 pandemic), and manage CC's role in the Bassel Khartabil Fellowship (an initiative that provides financial support and guidance to outstanding individuals developing open source projects in their communities under adverse circumstances).
Before joining CC, Eric was an editor for WIRED, where he also wrote feature stories and led audience development. He was the longtime board chair of CASH Music, a nonprofit focused on developing free resources and software for artists and record labels.
He lives in the East Bay area of the great state of California, where he runs, writes, podcasts, hangs out with family, and makes music with friends.
Photo credit: Priscilla C. Scott, CC BY
Creative Commons is thrilled to announce that the second Public Domain Day celebration is happening on January 30, 2020 in Washington, D.C. We’re working with our friends at the Internet Archive, the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at American University Washington College of Law, Creative Commons USA, the Institute for Intellectual Property & … Read More “Save the Date: Public Domain Day 2020 Is Happening in January in Washington, D.C.”
A key principle of the open movement is that the power of information relies on its accessibility. As researcher and activist Bushra Ebadi expressed to us recently, “Access to information is intrinsically tied to the right to know and the right to exist.” We often receive stories from around the world illustrating how Creative Commons … Read More “How a News Outlet Used CC BY to Help Its Journalist”
At the 2017 Creative Commons Global Summit, we hosted a special session with filmmaker Robin McKenna that featured an early look at her then-in-progress documentary GIFT. McKenna’s film is now completed and opens today in select cities in the US. Inspired by The Gift, Lewis Hyde’s influential 1983 book about creativity and sharing (and an … Read More “Robin McKenna’s GIFT Documentary Opens Today”
Earlier this year, we met Patrick Böhler, a journalist and executive editor of SWI swissinfo.ch, the international news service of Switzerland’s public broadcaster. In our conversation, we discussed the ways that various media companies and journalistic projects have used Creative Commons licensing to increase public access to their stories. We were excited when Patrick circled … Read More “The Pangolin Reports: CC Journalism About the World’s Most Trafficked Mammal”
Good news for people and groups working on ways to empower creators: Today, Coil announced Grant for the Web, a new $100 million fund to benefit creators and promote innovation in web monetization. Grant for the Web is funded and led by Coil, in collaboration with Creative Commons and Mozilla. The fund hopes to address … Read More “Grant for the Web, a $100m Plan to Spur New Business Models for Online Creators”
We’ve added two new awesome staff members to the Creative Commons team. Whitney Valentine-Wafer joined us earlier this year as CC’s Director of Finance and Treasurer. And just this past week, Victoria Heath began her new role as CC’s Communications Manager. We’re very excited to be able to work with these two very fine folks. … Read More “Welcome to the Newest Members of the Creative Commons Team!”
Today the Fabricatorz Foundation announced an open call for applicants for the Bassel Khartabil Fellowship. The Fellowship supports outstanding individuals developing free culture projects in their communities under adverse circumstances, honoring the legacy of beloved artist, open source technology innovator, free culture advocate Bassel Khartabil. Bassel was Creative Commons’ Syrian project lead, the cofounder of … Read More “Announcing an Open Call for Proposals: The Bassel Khartabil Fellowship”
Well this is exciting—all of the keynote talks from CC’s 2019 Global Summit are now online! We wanted to make sure that the insights shared by the summit’s seven amazing keynote speakers are accessible to people who couldn’t make it to the event, so we’ve uploaded their talks to YouTube and made them available under … Read More “Now You Can Watch the Keynotes from CC’s 2019 Global Summit”
Today, SELF magazine released a collection of new CC-licensed photos created to increase awareness about vaccines and promote accurate information about immunizations. The project, developed in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics, includes several dozen high-quality images made by photographer Heather Hazzan. These photos are available to the public as a free alternative to … Read More “SELF Magazine and the AAP Promote Vaccine Awareness Through CC-Licensed Images”