White House supports CC0 for federal government datasets

Today the White House released the U.S. Open Data Action Plan, reaffirming their belief that “freely available data from the U.S. Government is an important national resource… [and] making information about government operations more readily available and useful is also core to the promise of a more efficient and transparent government.” The report (PDF) outlines … Read More “White House supports CC0 for federal government datasets”

Copyright Week: Tools and policies for building and defending a robust public domain

The public domain is the DNA of creativity. Whereby current copyright law requires permission in order to use a work, the public domain is a copyright-free zone whereby anyone can use the work for any purpose without restriction under copyright law. One way works rise into the public domain is when the copyright protection term … Read More “Copyright Week: Tools and policies for building and defending a robust public domain”

CC to European Commission: No restrictions on PSI re-use

Creative Commons has responded to the European Commission’s consultation on recommended standard licenses, datasets and charging for the re-use of public sector information (PSI). See our response here. The Commission asked for comments on these issues in light of the adoption of the new Directive on re-use of public sector information. The Directive 1) brings … Read More “CC to European Commission: No restrictions on PSI re-use”

Open curriculum alternatives to MPAA's new anti-piracy campaign for kids

Adventures in copyright / opensourceway / CC BY-SA It has come to our attention that the Motion Picture Association of America, the Recording Industry Association of America, and top internet service providers are drafting curriculum to teach kids in California elementary schools that copying is wrong, or as Wired.com puts it, “Downloading is Mean!” This … Read More “Open curriculum alternatives to MPAA's new anti-piracy campaign for kids”