- The Open COVID Pledge calls on organizations around the world to make their patents and copyrights freely available in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pledge was originally developed by an international group of researchers, scientists, academics and lawyers seeking to accelerate the rapid development and deployment of diagnostics, vaccines, therapeutics, medical equipment, and software solutions in this urgent public health crisis. The project is now led and stewarded by Creative Commons. If you would like to make the pledge—or if you do not hold any intellectual property but still want to support the pledge—please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our work in promoting and facilitating Open Access
- Creative Commons has partnered with UNESCO’s OER Dynamic Coalition and Global Education Coalition to help national governments the implement the UNESCO OER Recommendation. With 90% of the world’s students out of school and (some) learning online, open education is urgently needed to ensure everyone has access to quality, effective learning opportunities.
- Recognizing the urgent need for scientific research and data on COVID-19, we’re continuing to work with publicly funded organizations to adopt open access policies that require publicly funded research to be made available under an open license or dedicated to the public domain. (See our related blog posts: Now is the Time for Open Access Policies—Here’s Why and Education in Times of Crisis and Beyond: Maximizing Copyright Flexibilities.
- Through our work in the Bassel Khartabil Fellowship, we’re supporting Tarek Loubani in his efforts to use open manufacturing to make urgently needed medical supplies and gear more easily and inexpensively available.