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Exploring a Books Data Commons for AI Training

Policy

What role do books play in training AI models, and how might digitized books be made widely accessible for the purposes of training AI? What dataset of books could be constructed and under what circumstances? A new paper investigates the concept of a responsibly designed, broadly accessible dataset of digitized books to be used in training AI models.

CC Supports a new Digital Knowledge Act for Europe

Copyright, Open Access, Open Data, Open Knowledge, Open Science, Policy
A medieval manuscript representing three richly-clad women in front of a green, hilly landscape with castles in the background. Anonymous, “Prudence, Wisdom and Knowledge”, National Library of the Netherlands, Public Domain Mark. Source: www.europeana.eu/item/9200122/BibliographicResource_1000056088368

Anonymous, “Prudence, Wisdom and Knowledge”, National Library of the Netherlands, Public Domain Mark.  In December last year, the Communia Association for the Public Domain — of which Creative Commons (CC) is a member —  asked the European Commission and European Parliament to consider the development of a Digital Knowledge Act. In this blog post, we…

An Invitation for Creators, Activists, and Stewards of the Open Movement

Licenses & Tools, Policy
AI Alignment Assembly” by Jakub Koźniewski for the Open Future Foundation is licensed under CC BY 4.0.

Dear Open Movement Creators, Activists, and Stewards,  A key question facing Creative Commons as an organization, and the open movement in general, is how we will respond to the challenge of shaping artificial intelligence (AI) towards the public interest, growing and sustaining a thriving commons of shared knowledge and culture. So much of generative AI…

What does the CC Community Think about Regulating Generative AI?

Policy
Official art work for the CC Global Summit in 2023 by Eréndira Derbez. Somos El Bien Común" by Eréndira Derbez for Creative Commons, here cropped, licensed via CC BY 4.0.

In the past year, Creative Commons, alongside other members of the Movement for a Better Internet, hosted workshops and sessions at community conferences like MozFest, RightsCon, and Wikimania, to hear from attendees regarding their views on artificial intelligence (AI). In these sessions, community members raised concerns about how AI is utilizing CC-licensed content, and discussions…

Dispatches from Wikimania: Values for Shaping AI Towards a Better Internet

Better Internet, Policy
Isolated Araneiform Topography Isolated Araneiform Topography, Public Domain Mark. https://flic.kr/p/2prGXV7

Isolated Araneiform Topography, from UAHiRISE Collection on Flickr. Public Domain Mark. AI is deeply connected to networked digital technologies — from the bazillions of works harvested from the internet to train AI to all the ways AI is shaping our online experience, from generative content to recommendation algorithms and simultaneous translation. Creative Commons engaged participants…

Celebrate Public Domain Day 2024 with us: Weird Tales from the Public Domain

Copyright
A clipped image with Original art by illustrator Freya C. Morgan”. Internet Archive.

Join Creative Commons, Internet Archive, and many other leaders from the open world to celebrate Public Domain Day 2024. The mouse that became Mickey will finally be free of his corporate captivity as the copyright term of the 1928 animated Disney film, Steamboat Willie, expires along with that of thousands of other cultural works on…

On Openness & Copyright, EU AI Act Final Version Appears to Include Promising Changes

Better Internet, Policy

The EU’s political institutions announced that they have reached a tentative final agreement. While details are still not finalized and many questions remain regarding treatment of certain high-risk systems, the agreement appears promising relative to the recent Parliament text and from the perspective of supporting open source, open science, as well as on copyright.

CC’s Key Insights from WIPO’s Meeting on Copyright

Copyright, Open Heritage
A screenshot of the SCCR webcasting with Brigitte Vézina delivering a statement on behalf of Creative Commons. “WIPO SSCR Screenshot” by Creative Commons is licensed via CC BY 4.0.

From 6 to 8 November 2023, Creative Commons participated remotely in the 44th session of the World Intellectual Property Organization Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights. In this blog post, we look back on the session’s highlights on broadcasting, exceptions and limitations, and generative AI, from CC’s perspective.