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CREATIVE COMMONS LICENSES LAUNCH IN MALAYSIA

Mia Garlick, March 3rd, 2006

San Francisco, CA, USA and Berlin, GERMANY — March 4, 2006 — Creative Commons, a nonprofit dedicated to building a body of creative work free to share and build upon, today unveils a localized version of its innovative licensing system in Malaysia.

Creative Commons copyright licenses are available free of charge from the group’s website. The licenses allow authors and artists to mark their works as free to copy or transform under certain conditions—to declare “some rights reserved,” in contrast to the traditional “all rights reserved”—thereby enabling others to access a growing pool of raw materials without legal friction.

Staff at Creative Commons’ offices in San Francisco and Berlin worked with Project Leads Alina Ng, Hasnul Hadi Samsudin, and Hasnul Nadzrin Shah to adapt the standardized licenses to Malaysian law. Creative Commons Malaysia is being supported by The Multimedia Development Corporation, Cyberjaya.

Today the Malaysian versions of the Creative Commons licenses will be launched in Kuala Lumpur, at a ceremony held in the Sultan’s Ballroom at the Le Meridien Hotel. At the event that is hosted by The Multimedia Development Corporation, Professor Lawrence Lessig (Chairman and CEO of Creative Commons) will give the keynote address.

As part of the launch event, the winning entries for the Creative Commons Malaysia Competition will be awarded. The winning entries consisting of works of music, motion picture and art will receive prizes, have their works showcased at the launch and be included in a CD/DVD to be distributed freely.

Mr. Badlisham Ghazali, Chief Executive Officer of the Multimedia Development Corporation says that “It is timely that Malaysia participates in the Creative Commons Project. At a point in time when Malaysia is becoming a rich and vibrant information society, the Creative Commons project allows Malaysians from all walks of life, whether they are students, academics, researchers or in the creative content industry, such as independent musicians and filmmakers or creative content companies to participate in content development and distribution around the globe.”

Says Alina Ng, “The purpose of the competition is to create awareness for the project and to encourage the creative use of materials available under Creative Commons’ licenses to produce new works. By participating in the competition, we hope that the Malaysian public will become familiar with the licensing tools of Creative Commons. The competition encourages the use of existing works to create new ones.“

About The Multimedia Development Corporation

The Multimedia Development Corporation (MDC) was established in 1996 to oversee the growth of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) project, a strategic project to develop the country’s economy to a developed nation status by the year 2020. MDC works in partnership with government agencies and the private sector to develop initiatives such as market access assistance, human resource development and training support, financial and non-financial incentives, research and development (R&D) grants, venture capital funding and business incubation centers. One of the initiatives of the MSC is to tap the potential of technology and creativity integration to meet local and global demand for content in education, entertainment and other applications. For this purposes, the MDC overlooks the Creative Multimedia Cluster that seeks to utilize multimedia and information communication technologies to cultivate creativity in schools, institutes of higher learning, universities as well as in the private sector. More information about the creative multimedia cluster is available here.

About Creative Commons

A nonprofit corporation founded in 2001 Creative Commons promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works—whether owned or in the public domain. Creative Commons licences provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators that build upon the “all rights reserved” concept of traditional copyright to offer a voluntary “some rights reserved” approach. It is sustained by the generous support of various foundations including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Omidyar Network Fund, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation as well as members of the public. For general information, visit their website.

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HUNGARIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS SUPPORTIVE OF A “FREE(R) CULTURE”

Mia Garlick, February 17th, 2006

Budapest, Hungary & San Francisco, USA — February 15, 2006

Creative Commons Hungary, a collaboration between Center for Media Research and Education, and the nonprofit organization Creative Commons, is pleased to highlight the recent release by acting Hungarian Prime Minister Mr. Ferenc Gyurcsany and his publisher Napvilag of Mr. Gyurcsany’s recent book “Utkozben” (In Transit) under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives license. This license clearly signals to members of the public that they are free to download and redistribute the book provided they do so noncommercially and with attribution.

“Utkozben” summarizes Mr. Gyurcsany’s political philosophy and outlines his new Hungarian social democratic program. The book is available from the publisher’s website.

Mr. Gyurcsany’s book comes in the wake of comments by the Hungarian Culture Minister Mr. András Bozóki to the meeting of the Inclusive Europe Conference of European Ministers of Culture held in Budapest in November 2005 in which Mr. Bozóki acknowledged that “[a]ccess to culture is often faced with limitations posed by contemporary copyright regimes” and recommended that “we should begin a process of finding creative ways to rethinking our intellectual property system that we inherited from the last centuries.” Mr. Bozóki specifically identified Creative Commons as one of the initiatives that “widen[s] access to culture in the public domain, in the public interest, and contribute[s] to the competitiveness of European cultural products.” (For a copy of the speech see this page).

Balazs Bodo of the CC Hungary project team said “In the global market of cultural goods, Creative Commons and the free culture approach are essential tools to maintain the cultural heritage for such small and marginal cultures as the Hungarian. With it Hungarian cultural goods are not only technically available but legally accessible as well.”

About The Center for Media Research and Education (MOKK)

The Center for Media Research and Education (MOKK) was founded in 2002 as a joint effort of the Department of Sociology and Communication at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics and the leading Hungarian telecommunication company, Hungarian Telecom, with the aim of furthering multi-disciplinary research and education in the field of new media in Hungary. MOKK is built around the conviction that it is impossible to understand the sociocultural effects of new technologies without taking into account their technical foundations and attributes—and equally, that in order to develop successful new media applications one needs to understand the sociocultural context of their use. For more information about MOKK, visit their site.

About Creative Commons

A nonprofit corporation founded in 2001, Creative Commons promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works—whether owned or in the public domain—by empowering authors and audiences. It is sustained by the generous support of the Center for the Public Domain, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Omidyar Network Fund, and the Hewlett Foundation. For general information, visit their site.

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CC Hungary

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Creative Commons International

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COPYRIGHT CRIMINALS REMIX CONTEST EXTENDED UNTIL MARCH 14

Eric Steuer, February 15th, 2006

New Vocal Samples from Chuck D and George Clinton Made Available for Use


San Francisco, CA, USA – February 15, 2006


Creative Commons, along with filmmakers Kembrew McLeod and Ben Franzen, today announced that due to overwhelmingly positive response, the Copyright Criminals Remix Contest has been extended by two weeks, ending on March 14. Additionally, new vocal samples from influential rapper Chuck D (of Public Enemy) and pioneering funk musician George Clinton (of Parliament-Funkadelic) have been made available for use in the competition.


Winners will be chosen according to the same criteria as originally announced; no other contest details are changed.


The Copyright Criminals Remix Contest encourages producers, DJs, and remixers from around the world to use audio snippets from the upcoming documentary film Copyright Criminals in new, original songs. One winner will have his/her music featured prominently in the final edit of Copyright Criminals. The winning track, along with 11 runners-up, will be included on the film’s companion CD. The contest is going on now at ccMixter.org.


Drawing from more than fifty interviews with prominent musicians, artists, scholars, lawyers, and music industry representatives, Copyright Criminals looks at the development of sound collage (also known as sampling). The film explores the complicated impact that copyright law has had on the creative practice of sampling and studies the conflicting opinions artists and others have about appropriation.


Samples of dialogue by artists like De La Soul, DJ Qbert, Matmos, Coldcut, and members of Negativland – all taken from interviews conducted for Copyright Criminals – are available online at the popular remix community ccMixter.org for use as source material to be included in entrants’ songs. Entries will be judged by McLeod, Franzen, and author/producer Jeff Chang. Contest rules and details are available at ccMixter.org.


About the judges


Kembrew McLeod is a professor at the University of Iowa and an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker. McLeod has written music criticism for Rolling Stone, the Village Voice, and MOJO; and has authored two books, most recently Freedom of Expression®: Overzealous Copyright Bozos and Other Enemies of Creativity (Doubleday).


Ben Franzen is an Atlanta-based artist who owns an independent production company called Changing Images LLC, which specializes in video, photography, and multimedia. Franzen edits the animated TV program Squidbillies, which appears as part of the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim line-up.


Jeff Chang is the author of the American Book Award-winning Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation. In 1993, he co-founded and ran the influential indie hip-hop label, SoleSides (now called Quannum Projects), helping launch the careers of DJ Shadow, Blackalicious, Lyrics Born, and Lateef the Truth Speaker. He has helped produce over a dozen records.


About Creative Commons


Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works by empowering authors and audiences. It is sustained by the generous support of the Center for the Public Domain, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Omidyar Network, and the Hewlett Foundation. For more information, visit CC’s Web site.


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FIRST EVER HUNGARIAN CREATIVE COMMONS REMIX CONTEST ANNOUNCED

Mia Garlick, February 15th, 2006

Budapest, Hungary — February 15, 2006

Creative Commons Hungary, a collaboration between Center for Media Research and Education and the nonprofit organization Creative Commons, today announced, together with the band Nomada and Tilos Radio, the first Creative Commons remix competition in Hungary.

The five-member group Nomada was founded by Roma singer-guitarist Balogh Gusztáv in 2003. Nomada’s music is derived from the Hungarian Gypsy tradition in addition to drawing from other musical styles such as Spanish, Arabic and Serbian folk elements.

Nomada have released their song Aven le Roma! – Here come the Roma!, and its component elements, under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license which authorizes members of the public to remix it. To be considered as part of the content, remixes must be uploaded to this site by March 31, 2006. Six of the best remixes will be selected by panel of Hungarian and international musicians including DJ Vadim, Szakcsi Lakatos Béla, Mitsou and Dj Palotai.

Balazs Bodo of the CC Hungary project team said “Nomada has its roots in the Roma music tradition where music is ‘free’ as the common heritage of Roma people. The band has created something unique out of this, and by releasing their remix of this tradition under a CC license, they are giving it back to those to whom it belongs: a community where it is kept alive. The only difference is that we have stepped out from the analogue, manual music tradition into the realm of electronic music and digital remixes. Use it, fuse it, diffuse it!”

About The Center for Media Research and Education (MOKK)

The Center for Media Research and Education (MOKK) was founded in 2002 as a joint effort of the Department of Sociology and Communication at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics and the leading Hungarian telecommunication company, Hungarian Telecom, with the aim of furthering multi-disciplinary research and education in the field of new media in Hungary. MOKK is built around the conviction that it is impossible to understand the sociocultural effects of new technologies without taking into account their technical foundations and attributes—and equally, that in order to develop successful new media applications one needs to understand the sociocultural context of their use. For more information about MOKK, visit their site.

About Tilos Radio

Tilos Radio is a community, a non-profit radio station in Budapest, Hungary, that was established in 1991, to draw the public’s attention to the fact that there was at that time no legal framework for independent and community broadcasters. During the first years of its broadcasting, Tilos (which means “forbidden” in Hungarian) enjoyed wide public interest and played a key role in the liberalisation of the airwaves in Hungary, which happened in 1995. In 1995, Tilos Radio secured a frequency license and has since transitioned to become a key player in the cultural and lifestyle scene of Budapest.

The services of Tilos are mainly financed by listeners’ donations and the income from fund-raising events, and partly by support from EU programmes, international NGO’s and charity institutions. For more information about Tilos visit their site.

About Creative Commons

A nonprofit corporation founded in 2001, Creative Commons promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works—whether owned or in the public domain—by empowering authors and audiences. It is sustained by the generous support of the Center for the Public Domain, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Omidyar Network Fund, and the Hewlett Foundation. For general information, visit their site.

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Creative Commons International

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CREATIVE COMMONS TO PORT LICENSES TO MAINLAND CHINA

Mia Garlick, December 23rd, 2005

San Francisco, CA, USA and Berlin, GERMANY — December 20, 2005 — Creative Commons, a nonprofit dedicated to building a body of creative work free to share and build upon, introduces today a revamped draft version of its localized licenses in The People’s Republic of China.

Creative Commons copyright licenses are available free of charge from the group’s website (http://creativecommons.org). The licenses allow authors and artists to mark their works as free to copy or transform under certain conditions—to declare “some rights reserved,” in contrast to the traditional “all rights reserved”—thereby enabling others to access a growing pool of raw materials without legal friction.

Led by Project Lead Chunyan Wang and the Law School of Renmin University of China, and helped by Professors Li Chen and Guo He, Ms. Gao Si from NCAC, and Mr.Zheng Yi and Miss Chen Jie, Creative Commons Mainland China has worked on a new version of the standardized licenses, adapted to Chinese law.

The Creative Commons Mainland China project is supported by IET Foundation, the Center for Internet Law at Peking University Law School, and China Open Resources for Education (CORE).

CC Mainland China will post their new version on the Creative Commons website for public discussion. The license draft will be discussed at a new mailing list and a new URL.

Following a fruitful discussion, CC Mainland China plans to launch a localized version of the licenses during a launch event at the Intellectual Property and Creative Commons conference taking place at Renmin University of China and Peking University in Beijing in March 2006.

Says Chunyan Wang: “I think it would be extremely important to introduce Creative Commons licenses to China. The concept and approach of Creative Commons licenses would provide a sensible middle ground for China, between western approaches of strict copyright and the traditional Chinese approach of having no intellectual property rights. Indeed, the very idea of Creative Commons is based on the traditional Chinese approach of society sharing its intellectual creativity, under a reasonable set of guidelines. Adopting the Creative Commons licensing system in China would be a significant step forward in helping China further the development of culturally diverse creative works, and improve the ability of the people of China to communicate effectively with other societies and cultures around the world.“

About Law School of Renmin University of China

Renmin University of China (RUC) is a national leading university focusing on humanities, social sciences, economics, law and management. RUC was officially established in 1950. As one of the major schools and departments, the Law School is the first higher legal education institution officially established after the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Consisting of 12 Teaching and Research Sections (TRS) and 15 research centers, the Law School boasts two National Key Research Centers—Research Center of Criminal Jurisprudence and Research Center of Civil and Commercial Jurisprudence—and China Law Information Center, a National 211 Project program. With one LL.B, nine LL.M and seven LL.D programs, RUC Law School has a comprehensive legal education system.

For general information, visit the website

About Creative Commons

A nonprofit corporation founded in 2001, Creative Commons promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works—whether owned or in the public domain—by empowering authors and audiences. It is sustained by the generous support of the Center for the Public Domain, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Omidyar Network Fund, and the Hewlett Foundation.

For general information, visit the group’s website.

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Christiane Asschenfeld
Executive Director CC International
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Mia Garlick
General Counsel and COO
Creative Commons
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Creative Commons anuncia el lanzamiento del Concurso de Remixes “Criminales del Copyright”

Eric Steuer, December 7th, 2005

Las composiciones ganadoras serán incluídas en un próximo documental; las 12 canciones finalistas serán incluidas en un CD que acompañará a la película.

San Francisco, CA, USA – 7 de diciembre de 2005

Creative Commons, junto a los productores cinematográficos Kembrew McLeod y Ben Franzen, anunciaron el día de hoy el lanzamiento del concurso “Criminales del Copyright” (“Copyright Criminals Remix Contest”). El concurso alienta a productores, DJs y remixers de todo el mundo a utilizar fragmentos de audio (audio snippets) del próximo documental titulado “Criminales del Copyright” (Copyright Criminals) y convertirlos en canciones originales.

Uno de los ganadores incluirá su música en la edición final de “Criminales del Copyright”. Adicionalmente la canción ganadora, acompañada de las siguientes 11 finalistas serán incluidas en un CD que incluirá la banda sonora de la película. La canción ganadora será alojada en ccMixter desde el martes 6 de diciembre hasta el 28 de febrero de 2006.

A lo largo de mas de cincuenta entrevistas con destacados músicos, artistas, estudiantes, abogados, y representantes de la industria “Criminales del Copyright” da una mirada al desarrollo de las remezclas/remixes de audio (también conocidas como “sampling”). El documental explora el complejo impacto que han tenido las normas de derechos de autor/copyright en la práctica creativa del “sampling” y estudia las diferentes opiniones de artistas y diversos especialistas acerca de los usos no autorizados de obras protegidas.

“Este concurso, así como nuestro documental, examina la importancia de ser creativo en la era digital,” sostiene
Kembrew McLeod, co-director de Criminales del Copyright. “Los artistas tradicionalmente se han prestado recíprocamente sus creaciones y se han inspirado en el mundo que los rodea. Pero, que sucede cuando las tecnologías digitales permiten la inserción de citas sumamente literales como parte de nuevas creaciones?”

Fragmentos de diálogos sostenidos con artistas como De La Soul, DJ Qbert, e integrantes de Public Enemy, así como
Matmos, Coldcut, e integrantes de Negativland – todas tomadas de entrevistas preparadas para Criminales del Copyright – se encuentran disponibles en línea en la comunidad de remixers ccMixter para ser utilizados por los concursantes como insumos en su participación en el concurso. La utilización de “audio snippets” se encuentra disponible para su libre uso gracias a las licencias Creative Commons, las mismas que facilitan la compartición y creación de obras nuevas sobre la base de obras ya existentes. El jurado del concurso se encuentra compuesto por McLeod, Franzen, y el autor y productor Jeff Chang. Las bases del concurso se encuentran disponibles en ccMixter.

Acerca del jurado

Kembrew McLeod es catedrático de la Universidad de Iowa and ganador de premios como productor independiente. McLeod ha escrito música para Rolling Stone, the Village Voice, and MOJO; y cuenta con dos publicaciones, la mas
reciente “Freedom of Expression®: Overzealous Copyright Bozos and Other Enemies of Creativity (Doubleday).”

Ben Franzen es un artista basado en Atlanta, dueño de la productora independiente Changing Images LLC, que se
especializa en video, fotografía y multimedia. Franzen edita el programa de televisión animado Squidbillies, que se
transmite como parte de la programación adulta de Cartoon Network.

Jeff Chang es el autor de “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation”, premiada en el concurso American Book. En 1993, co-fundó y actualmente maneja el sello independiente, SoleSides (hoy Quannum Projects), apoyando el lanzamiento de las carreras de DJ Shadow, Blackalicious, Lyrics Born, y Lateef the Truth Speaker. Ha participado en la producción de mas de una docena de discos.

Acerca de Creative Commons

Creative Commons es una organización sin fines de lucro que promueve la reutilización creativa de obras y creaciones intelectuales y artísticas resaltando la importancia de los autores en el proceso creativo y acercándolos a su público. Creative Commons es financiada gracias a las generosas colaboraciones del Center for the Public Domain, el John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, la Omidyar Network, y la Hewlett Foundation. Para mayor información puede visitar creativecommons.org.

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Eric Steuer
Creative Director, Creative Commons
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+1-415-946-3039

Kembrew McLeod
Co-director, Copyright Criminals
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+1-319-621-4620

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Creative Commons Announces Copyright Criminals Remix Contest

Eric Steuer, December 6th, 2005

Winning Track to Be Featured in Film; Top 12 Tracks to Appear on CD

San Francisco, CA, USA ¬– December 6, 2005

Creative Commons, along with filmmakers Kembrew McLeod and Ben Franzen, today announced the Copyright Criminals Remix Contest. The competition encourages producers, DJs, and remixers from around the world to use audio snippets from the upcoming documentary film Copyright Criminals in new, original songs. One winner will have his/her music featured prominently in the final edit of Copyright Criminals. The winning track, along with 11 runners-up, will be included on the film’s companion CD. The contest will be hosted at ccMixter from Tuesday, December 6 through Tuesday, February 28.

Drawing from more than fifty interviews with prominent musicians, artists, scholars, lawyers, and music industry representatives, Copyright Criminals looks at the development of sound collage (also known as sampling). The film explores the complicated impact that copyright law has had on the creative practice of sampling and studies the conflicting opinions artists and others have about appropriation.

“This contest, like our documentary, examines what it means to be creative in an age of digital reproduction,” says Kembrew McLeod, co-director of Copyright Criminals. “Artists have traditionally borrowed from each other and have been directly inspired by the world around them. But what happens when digital technologies allow for very literal quotes to be inserted into new works?”

Samples of dialogue by artists like De La Soul, DJ Qbert, and members of Public Enemy, as well as Matmos, Coldcut, and members of Negativland – all taken from interviews conducted for Copyright Criminals – are available online at the popular remix community ccMixter for use as source material to be included in entrants’ songs. The audio snippets are available to the public for free through the use of Creative Commons licensing, which allows for the sharing of and building upon existing creative works. Entries will be judged by McLeod, Franzen, and author/producer Jeff Chang. Contest rules and details are available at ccMixter.

About the judges

Kembrew McLeod is a professor at the University of Iowa and an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker. McLeod has written music criticism for Rolling Stone, the Village Voice, and MOJO; and has authored two books, most recently Freedom of Expression®: Overzealous Copyright Bozos and Other Enemies of Creativity (Doubleday).

Ben Franzen is an Atlanta-based artist who owns an independent production company called Changing Images LLC, which specializes in video, photography, and multimedia. Franzen edits the animated TV program Squidbillies, which appears as part of the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim line-up.

Jeff Chang is the author of the American Book Award-winning Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation. In 1993, he co-founded and ran the influential indie hip-hop label, SoleSides (now called Quannum Projects), helping launch the careers of DJ Shadow, Blackalicious, Lyrics Born, and Lateef the Truth Speaker. He has helped produce over a dozen records.

About Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works by empowering authors and audiences. It is sustained by the generous support of the Center for the Public Domain, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Omidyar Network, and the Hewlett Foundation. For more information, visit the group’s Web site.

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CREATIVE COMMONS LICENSES OFFERED IN SCOTLAND

Mia Garlick, December 5th, 2005

Creative Commons’ innovative copyright licenses now offered in Scotland.

San Francisco, CA, USA; Berlin, GERMANY; and Edinburgh, Scotland — December 2, 2005 — Creative Commons, a nonprofit dedicated to building a body of creative work free to share and build upon today announced the launch of its licenses in Scotland.

Creative Commons copyright licenses are available free of charge from the group’s website. The licenses allow authors and artists to mark their works as free to copy or transform under certain conditions—to declare “some rights reserved,” in contrast to the traditional “all rights reserved”—thereby enabling others to access a growing pool of raw materials without legal friction.

Staff at Creative Commons’ offices in San Francisco and Berlin worked with joint project leads in Scotland to adapt the standard licenses to Scottish law. The joint project leads for Creative Commons Scotland are Professor Hector MacQueen, who is Director of the Governing Board of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Centre for Studies in Intellectual Property and Technology Law, and Jonathan Mitchell QC, who is a practicing Queens Counsel at the Scottish bar and a visiting Research Fellow at the Centre.

“With growing interest in the re-use of publicly available material, and growing concern at attempts by commercial publishers to restrict re-use, Creative Commons licensing has never been more needed than now. The creative communities in Scotland now have an opportunity to apply ready-made, plain-language licences to their work to aid its maximum distribution”, says Jonathan Mitchell.

About AHRC

The Arts and Humanities Research Council Centre for Studies in Intellectual Property and Technology Law was established in 2002 in the Faculty of Law of Edinburgh University with the assistance of the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Its Director—Professor Hector MacQueen—and four co-Directors—Ms Lilian Edwards, Mr. Andres Guadamuz, Professor Graeme Laurie and Dr. Charlotte Waelde—have worked together since the establishment of their earlier research centre SCRIPT in 1998. The Centre conducts research into law, technology, commerce and society in the widest possible sense; its anchor projects are ‘Privacy, Property and Personality’; ‘Intellectual Property, Cultural Heritage and the Public Domain’; and ‘E- commerce Legislation within the EU’, bringing together academics and practising lawyers. Among its many publications are a number of reports dealing with copyright management and the law.

For more information on the Creative Commons Scotland project visit this site.

For more information on the Research Centre visit the Centre’s site

About Creative Commons

A nonprofit corporation founded in 2001, Creative Commons promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works—whether owned or in the public domain—by empowering authors and audiences. It is sustained by the generous support of the Center for the Public Domain, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Omidyar Network Fund, and the Hewlett Foundation.

For general information, visit the group’s website.

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Jonathan Mitchell QC

The Murray Stable of the Faculty of Advocates

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Christiane Asschenfeldt

Executive Director iCommons, Creative Commons

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Mia Garlick

General Counsel & COO, Creative Commons

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CREATIVE COMMONS LICENSES OFFERED IN SWEDEN

Mia Garlick, December 1st, 2005

Silicon Valley-based NGO introduces its innovative copyright licenses in Sweden

San Francisco, CA, USA and Berlin, GERMANY — November 30, 2005 — Creative Commons, a nonprofit dedicated to building a body of creative work free to share and build upon, today unveils a localized version of its innovative licensing system in Sweden.

Creative Commons copyright licenses are available free of charge from the group’s website (http://creativecommons.org). The licenses allow authors and artists to mark their works as free to copy or transform under certain conditions—to declare “some rights reserved,” in contrast to the traditional “all rights reserved”—thereby enabling others to access a growing pool of raw materials with minimal legal friction.

Staff at Creative Commons’ offices in San Francisco and Berlin worked with Project Lead Mathias Klang and Karl Jonsson of the Creative Commons Sweden team to adapt the standardized licenses to Swedish law. Creative Commons Sweden is hosted and supported by the IT University of the University of Göteborg.
Today the Swedish versions of Creative Commons licenses are being launched and will be available at the group’s website.

As a first official use of the Swedish Creative Commons licenses, the Swedish band Auto-Auto will be releasing their new EP “Totem” on December 13, 2005 under a Creative Commons license. “Totem” will contain five tracks and will be available for download at the band’s site. Together with the release, the record company and Internet community Substream are making a remix-kit freely available and will be announcing a competition for the best remix of “Totem.”

About Göteborg University and IT University

IT University is a faculty within Göteborg University. It is a new addition to the centre for IT research, education and development in the west of Sweden. This venture offers excellent scope for cooperation between researchers within different areas of expertise and specializations. The programs offered are based on advanced research and are in a constant state of development.

Göteborg University offers the most comprehensive range of courses and degree programs in Sweden. Göteborg University has about 40 000 students, a staff of well over four thousand, and almost as many part-time teachers spread over approx. 70 departments.

For general information, visit the the Göteborg University website & the IT University site

About Creative Commons

A nonprofit corporation founded in 2001, Creative Commons promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works—whether owned or in the public domain—by empowering authors and audiences. It is sustained by the generous support of the Center for the Public Domain, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Omidyar Network Fund, and the Hewlett Foundation.

For general information, visit the Creative Commons website

Contact

Christiane Asschenfeldt
Executive Director CC International, Creative Commons
Email
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Mia Garlick

General Counsel & COO,Creative Commons
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+ 1.415.946.3073

Mathias Klang
Project Lead Sweden
+46.705.432.213

Karl Jonsson
License coordinator Sweden
+46.707.454.211

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CREATIVE COMMONS TO PORT LICENSES TO MALTA

Mia Garlick, December 1st, 2005

Public discussion of adaptation of Creative Commons licenses to Malta to start in November 2005

San Francisco, CA, USA and Berlin, GERMANY — November 28, 2005 — Creative Commons, a nonprofit dedicated to building a body of creative work free to share and build upon, announced today that Malta is the latest country to join its global licensing project.

Creative Commons copyright licenses, which are available free of charge from the group’s website, allow authors and artists to mark their works as free to copy or transform under certain conditions—to declare “some rights reserved,” in contrast to the traditional “all rights reserved”—thereby enabling others to access a growing pool of raw materials without legal friction.

In an effort spearheaded by Project Leads Daniele Cop and Brian Restall of Project in Motion (PiM) Creative Commons Malta plans to adapt the copyright licenses for use under Maltese law and to build local engagement with and use of Creative Commons-licensed content.

This November, Creative Commons Malta will post their initial drafts on the Creative Commons website for public discussion—participation in which is open to all.

About Project in Motion Ltd (PiM).

Projects in Motion Ltd (PiM) was set up to provide the leadership and expertise required to boost Malta’s participation in a range of European programmes and initiatives. It addresses the need expressed by local SMEs for more specific information and assistance in promoting international cooperation and networking, and in offering services related to ICTs, management, research, training and dissemination activities.

PiM’s network of experts covers areas like ICT, education, health, law, as well as cultural, scientific, environmental, agricultural and socio-economic disciplines. Through its association with other organizations, PiM strives to overcome the existing high fragmentation of resources. It brings together local players to create knowledge-intensive, multi-stakeholder partnerships possessing the critical mass needed to achieve excellence. PiM therefore aims to facilitate the transformation of local SMEs into learning organisations set to reap the benefits of the knowledge economy.

For general information, visit PiM’s website.

About Creative Commons

A nonprofit corporation founded in 2001, Creative Commons promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works—whether owned or in the public domain—by empowering authors and audiences. It is sustained by the generous support of the Center for the Public Domain, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Omidyar Network Fund, and the Hewlett Foundation.

For general information, visit the Creative Commons site

Contact

Christiane Asschenfeldt
Executive Director CC International
Creative Commons
Email

Mia Garlick

General Counsel & COO
Creative Commons
Email

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