Should copyright law deny creators the right to share freely? Let the authors choose.

Imposing a mandatory and unwaivable compensation scheme violates the letter and spirit of open licensing. Copyright policymakers in Europe and South America have proposed legislation that would impose an unwaivable right to financial remuneration for authors and performers on copyrighted works. The laws attempt to ensure that creators receive payment for their work, but they … Read More “Should copyright law deny creators the right to share freely? Let the authors choose.”

Battle For the Net: A Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality

Tell the FCC to protect net neutrality today Creative Commons and dozens of the world’s largest web platforms are joining countless internet users and online communities to take action in support of net neutrality. Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers should treat all online data the same, and not discriminate or charge … Read More “Battle For the Net: A Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality”

Dozens of organizations call on European Parliament to redouble efforts for progressive copyright changes

But one member of the EPP wants to weaponize the worst parts of the copyright plan This week, Creative Commons and over 60 organisations sent an open letter urging European lawmakers to “put the copyright reform back on the right track”. The letter criticizes the Commission’s lackluster proposal for a Directive on Copyright in the Digital … Read More “Dozens of organizations call on European Parliament to redouble efforts for progressive copyright changes”

Wikipedia Says It’s Time for Fair Use in Australia

This week Wikipedia is urging users in Australia to tell their government representatives to champion fair use. The campaign, organised alongside Electronic Frontiers Australia and the Australian Digital Alliance, advocates for policy makers to update copyright law to include fair use, thus providing a progressive legal framework to support creators and remixers, educational activities, and … Read More “Wikipedia Says It’s Time for Fair Use in Australia”

We Bought It, We Own It, We Fix It: Building Open Policies for Digital Public Goods

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 “We Bought It, We Own It, We Fix It: Building Open Policies for Digital Public Goods”

United Nations Report Calls for Open Access to Research to Improve Global Health

Photo by Maarten van den Heuvel on Unsplash, CC0. Last month the United Nations released a report with recommendations on how to improve innovation and access to health technologies. The panel’s charge called for it to “recommend solutions for remedying the policy incoherence between the justifiable rights of inventors, international human rights law, trade rules and … Read More “United Nations Report Calls for Open Access to Research to Improve Global Health”