Copyright Week: What happened to the Brazilian Copyright Reform?

A few years ago, a major copyright reform in Brazil seemed imminent. What happened? On the Creative Commons Brazil blog, Mariana Giorgetti Valente and Pedro Nicoletti Mizukami have an excellent post on the complicated history of copyright reform in Brazil: In December 2007, the Brazilian Ministry of Culture — then under Minister Gilberto Gil’s administration … Read More “Copyright Week: What happened to the Brazilian Copyright Reform?”

CC is now a Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Participating Organization

As of yesterday (January 15, 2014), the Group on Earth Observations approved Creative Commons as now a Participating Organization (PO) at its GEO-X Plenary in Geneva. GEO was launched in response to calls for action by the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development and by the G8 (Group of Eight) leading industrialized countries to exploit … Read More “CC is now a Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Participating Organization”

OER Summer Camp on Luxi Island

The following is a guest post by LIUPing and SUN Beibei, members of the CC China Mainland Affiliate team and the School of Open community. Below, they describe CC China Mainland’s experience with running a two-week open educational resources (OER) summer camp for the children of Luxi Island, a remote island off the coast of … Read More “OER Summer Camp on Luxi Island”

Letters for Bassel

#FreeBassel / David Kindler / CC BY We’ve written several times on this blog about Bassel Khartabil, the Syrian Creative Commons community leader who’s been imprisoned since March 2012 without having had any charges brought against him. European Parliament members Charles Tannock and Ana Gomes recently submitted an official question to the Parliament leadership concerning … Read More “Letters for Bassel”

Why we choose open

I promise to keep this short. I wanted to share a note we received from CC donor Dorothea Salo: When I was a librarian hired to run an institutional repository, CC licenses helped me cut through copyright thickets with worried-but-interested faculty. CC’s unwavering support for free culture, and promotion of its benefits, demonstrated every day … Read More “Why we choose open”