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New Chilean Law Would Make it Harder for Authors to Freely Share Audiovisual Works

In May we learned that Chile’s Chamber of Deputies approved an amendment to a bill that would create a new, unwaivable right of remuneration for authors of audiovisual works. The law would apply to all audiovisual works, even those published under open licenses. This would mean that audio and video creators are supposed to be compensated … Read More “New Chilean Law Would Make it Harder for Authors to Freely Share Audiovisual Works”

Redefining Open: MOOCs and Online Courseware in the Age of Creative Commons and Wikipedia

The guest post below was written by Peter B. Kaufman of Intelligent Television. — When the Open Courseware movement first started – its Big Bang probably took place in mid-June 2001, when Mellon Foundation president William G. Bowen, Hewlett Foundation’s president Paul Brest, and MIT president Charles M. Vest announced the initiative at MIT – … Read More “Redefining Open: MOOCs and Online Courseware in the Age of Creative Commons and Wikipedia”

Tell the European Commission to #fixcopyright

This post was remixed from the blog of the Communia Association, whose content is dedicated to the public domain. Through the Communia Association, Creative Commons and several CC Europe affiliates have responded to the copyright reform consultations of the European Commission. Currently, the Commission is asking for feedback on the “role of publishers in the … Read More “Tell the European Commission to #fixcopyright”

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CC Australia Supports Commission Recommendations for User-friendly Copyright Reform

This post was contributed by Stuart Efstathis for Creative Commons Australia. Image by Sierra_Graphic, CC0 The Australian Productivity Commission has recommended important changes to Australian copyright law that support content creators and users in the digital age. On 29 April 2016, the Commission released a Draft Report on reforms to Australia’s intellectual property laws based … Read More “CC Australia Supports Commission Recommendations for User-friendly Copyright Reform”

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Uruguayan rights holders seek to roll back progressive copyright reform

Law, by Woody Hibbard, CC BY 2.0 Uruguay is in the process of updating its copyright law, and in April a bill was preliminarily approved in the Senate. The law introduces changes that would benefit students, librarians, researchers, and the general public by legalizing commonplace digital practices, adding orphan works exceptions, and removing criminal penalties … Read More “Uruguayan rights holders seek to roll back progressive copyright reform”

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Council of the European Union calls for full open access to scientific research by 2020

Science! by Alexandro Lacadena, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 A few weeks ago we wrote about how the European Union is pushing ahead its support for open access to EU-funded scientific research and data. Today at the meeting of the Competitiveness Council of the European Union, the Council reinforced the commitment to making all scientific articles and … Read More “Council of the European Union calls for full open access to scientific research by 2020”