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Statement on the Introduction of the EU Media Freedom Act

Creative Commons CEO Catherine Stihler welcomed the EU’s publication today of its Media Freedom Act. Catherine said: “An independent, plural media is central to a healthy, functioning democratic system which in turn is the bedrock for citizens’ trust and confidence in politics and values. Creative Commons applauds the EU in its efforts to protect journalists … Read More “Statement on the Introduction of the EU Media Freedom Act”

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A Big Win for Open Access: United States Mandates All Publicly Funded Research Be Freely Available with No Embargo

Today the United States White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued dramatic guidance to all US federal agencies: update all policies to require that all federally funded research and data is available for the public to freely access and re-use “in agency-designated repositories without any embargo or delay after publication.” Creative Commons … Read More “A Big Win for Open Access: United States Mandates All Publicly Funded Research Be Freely Available with No Embargo”

CC still opposes mandatory filtering and so should you

As part of Creative Commons’ key strategic goal of Better Sharing, we have taken a firm stance against mandatory content filtering on the internet. In new proposed legislation, the U.S. Congress is now raising mandatory content filtering again as a tool to eliminate infringement of copyrighted works. For those who are new to the discussion, … Read More “CC still opposes mandatory filtering and so should you”

CC Supports Internet Archive’s Efforts to Ensure Public Access to Books

Yesterday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a motion for summary judgment calling to reject the lawsuit against the Internet Archive (IA) brought by four big publishers that threatens IA’s controlled digital lending (CDL) program. Creative Commons fully supports this motion. Here’s why.  The Internet Archive is an American non-profit library preserving and giving access … Read More “CC Supports Internet Archive’s Efforts to Ensure Public Access to Books”

CC Expresses Views on Italian National Cultural Heritage Digitization Plan

A few weeks ago, the Italian Ministry of Culture issued its National Cultural Heritage Digitization Plan 2022-2023 – Guidelines for the acquisition, sharing and reuse of digital cultural heritage reproductions.  While the Plan is welcome as an important step towards the digital transformation of cultural heritage institutions (CHIs), it risks nonetheless restricting, rather than increasing, … Read More “CC Expresses Views on Italian National Cultural Heritage Digitization Plan”

Virtual Workshop Recap: Towards Better Sharing of Cultural Heritage

Background to the workshop At the start of April 2022, Creative Commons released a policy paper called “Towards Better Sharing of Cultural Heritage — An Agenda for Copyright Reform” developed by members of the Creative Commons (CC) Copyright Platform and CC friends from around the world, which addresses the key high-level policy issues affecting access … Read More “Virtual Workshop Recap: Towards Better Sharing of Cultural Heritage”

CC at SCCR 42 — A Look Back at the WIPO Copyright Meeting

From 9 to 13 May 2022, Creative Commons (CC) participated in the 42nd session of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) in Geneva, Switzerland. In this blog post, we look back on the highlights of the SCCR/42 week. Super happy to represent ⁦@creativecommons⁩ at ⁦@WIPO⁩ #SCCR42 #copyright … Read More “CC at SCCR 42 — A Look Back at the WIPO Copyright Meeting”

Creative Commons condemns rejection of Wikimedia chapters as observers at WIPO SCCR

Yesterday, China blocked the ad-hoc accreditation of the Wikimedia chapters of France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Sweden, and Switzerland as official observers to the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Previously, China rejected the Wikimedia Foundation’s application for observer status to this UN agency. The WIPO SCCR … Read More “Creative Commons condemns rejection of Wikimedia chapters as observers at WIPO SCCR”

US, partner countries launch declaration for the internet

The Declaration for the Future of the Internet envisions advancing the free flow of information and protecting human rights. Creative Commons is committed to better sharing for a brighter future. This includes an open, global, interoperable, reliable, and secure internet.  Today, at a hybrid ministerial meeting organized by the White House’s National Security Council, over … Read More “US, partner countries launch declaration for the internet”

European court renders judgment in Polish challenge to Art 17

Today, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) delivered its long-awaited and highly anticipated judgment in Case C-401/19. The case addresses the Polish challenge regarding compliance of Article 17 of the 2019 Directive on copyright and related rights in the Digital Single Market 2019/790 (CDSM) with fundamental rights. In short, the court ruled … Read More “European court renders judgment in Polish challenge to Art 17”