What’s Next for CC Licenses

In this 20th anniversary year of the CC license suite, we are pleased to be renewing our commitment to license stewardship. Creative Commons has always taken its stewardship responsibilities seriously, engaging in multi-year consultation processes for versioning the tools, publishing official translations of the licenses into dozens of languages, and working to educate people about … Read More “What’s Next for CC Licenses”

Do not feed the trolls

Recently, there has been an increase in threatened and actual lawsuits involving CC licensed works, and in some cases, license enforcement has even become a business model. We have now learned that even long-time friend and contributor to Creative Commons, Cory Doctorow, has been targeted. Put simply, “license-enforcement-as-business model” is a perversion of the founding … Read More “Do not feed the trolls”

Principles for License Enforcement published

The principles for license enforcement are now published. The consultation period has ended, and we’re grateful to everyone who contributed their many thoughtful comments! These principles will be useful for: Platforms that host CC-licensed materials and want to incorporate them into site policy to guide user expectations Creators who want to enforce rights under a … Read More “Principles for License Enforcement published”

CC BY in Romanian

CC License Suite 4.0 and CC0 Are Now Available in Romanian!

Creative Commons is excited to announce the publication of the Romanian language translations of version 4.0 of the CC License Suite and of the CC0 public domain dedication. These translations will enable approximately 30 million people to understand our licenses in their first or second language!  We could not be more pleased to see this … Read More “CC License Suite 4.0 and CC0 Are Now Available in Romanian!”

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The Increasingly Open World of Photography: A Conversation With Exposure’s Luke Beard

Over 300 million images are uploaded to Facebook a day. Yes, just Facebook. Once other social media and photo-sharing platforms like Flickr, Unsplash, Instagram, etc. are taken into account, that number quickly grows into the billions.  A lot has changed since the dawn of photography in the 19th century—when Nicéphore Niépce (a.k.a. the “Father of … Read More “The Increasingly Open World of Photography: A Conversation With Exposure’s Luke Beard”

CC BY License in Slovenian

The CC License Suite 4.0 and CC0 Are Now Available in Slovenian!

We are very excited to announce the publication of the official translations of the CC License Suite 4.0 and CC0 into Slovenian. These legal code translations are the products of years of painstaking work by a team of volunteers at the Intellectual Property Institute in Slovenia, led by Dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič. The first drafts … Read More “The CC License Suite 4.0 and CC0 Are Now Available in Slovenian!”

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque

Using CC Licenses and Tools to Share and Preserve Cultural Heritage in the Face of Climate Change

On the occasion of both Earth Day and World Intellectual Property Day, which this year centers on the theme of Innovation for a Green Future, we’d like to underline the importance of cultural heritage preservation as a response to the threats posed by climate change. In this post, we’ll also share some insights on how … Read More “Using CC Licenses and Tools to Share and Preserve Cultural Heritage in the Face of Climate Change”