Copyright in Mercosur-EU trade agreement: A little better, but mostly worse

A recently-leaked draft of the Mercosur-EU free trade agreement shows minor improvements to the chapter on intellectual property. It appears that the unnecessary and unwarranted 20 year copyright term extension is now dropped from the agreement, and the parties have introduced some flexibility for users to get around technical protection measures in order to leverage … Read More “Copyright in Mercosur-EU trade agreement: A little better, but mostly worse”

Head of copyright committee wants to deny EU creators the right to share

Over the last few years the European Union has been working on revising its rules on copyright. But the latest proposal from the head of the copyright committee would deny creators the right to refuse remuneration — the right to share a work without getting paid — which could undermine the use of CC licenses … Read More “Head of copyright committee wants to deny EU creators the right to share”

CC Will Host 2018-19 Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellow

On Monday, Mozilla announced that Creative Commons is among 11 organizations selected to host the 2018-2019 Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellows. We’re thrilled to be chosen as one of the host organisations alongside the following excellent organizations: Consumer Reports, Tor, Witness, Code for Science & Society, Bits of Freedom, Derechos Digitales, Astraea Foundation, Wikimedia Foundation, Privacy … Read More “CC Will Host 2018-19 Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellow”

Tell the Canadian government to ignore Bell’s terrible idea to block websites

Earlier this month Bell and a group of Canadian telecommunications and media companies submitted a proposal that asks the Canadian government to identify websites engaged in content piracy and compel internet service providers to block access to those sites. Specifically, the proposal asks the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to set up an “Internet … Read More “Tell the Canadian government to ignore Bell’s terrible idea to block websites”

Secret negotiations, empty promises: Copyright policymaking needs sunlight for better outcomes

We’re taking part in Copyright Week, a series of actions and discussions supporting key principles that should guide copyright policy. Every day this week, various groups are taking on different elements of the law, and addressing what’s at stake, and what we need to do to make sure that copyright promotes creativity and innovation. Today’s … Read More “Secret negotiations, empty promises: Copyright policymaking needs sunlight for better outcomes”

5 Awesome Organisations Working to Protect and Expand the Public Domain

We’re taking part in Copyright Week, a series of actions and discussions supporting key principles that should guide copyright policy. Every day this week, various groups are taking on different elements of the law, and addressing what’s at stake, and what we need to do to make sure that copyright promotes creativity and innovation. Today’s … Read More “5 Awesome Organisations Working to Protect and Expand the Public Domain”

The battle for the net continues after FCC erases net neutrality rules

An open internet is crucial for all creators, thinkers, and makers on the web As expected, yesterday the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted along party lines to repeal the 2015 Open Internet Order that ensured net neutrality in the United States. Without net neutrality, broadband providers like Comcast and Verizon will have free reign to … Read More “The battle for the net continues after FCC erases net neutrality rules”