We just received the exciting news that Tucows, a company that started offering free downloads of shareware and freeware on the Internet in 1993, will take part in a matching challenge of up to $10,000. This means that whatever you donate right now will automatically be doubled. We need your help to meet their challenge and turn $10,000 into $20,000 for CC.
Here’s why Tucows supports CC:
“We support Creative Commons because all of our business philosophy is based on the open Internet. For the Internet to really flourish and remain an open, healthy, and great platform for innovation, we need to adapt old sets of rules to new paradigms. Creative Commons is one of the first and best examples of that.” -Elliot Noss, President and CEO
As we approach the end of the year, I invite you to think about how creativity and openness have affected your life. How much would you give to see a future filled with sharing? If you’ve supported CC already this year, would you be willing to give again knowing that your gift will be automatically doubled?
Join Tucows and donate today.Comments Off
Tucows, the Toronto-based internet services company, has decided to generously continue their support of Creative Commons this year. Tucows has been a strong advocate and a good friend of CC for several years, and first contributed to CC’s annual campaign in 2006.
Tucows seeks to provide simple, useful services that help people unlock the power of the Internet. Their mission is to provide a web address and email address for every person and business. To that end, the company provides domain names, email and other services through their extensive reseller network and directly to consumers and small businesses through their retail and content groups.
Tucows understands the importance of developing powerful and effective digital tools to better link individuals, communities, and businesses worldwide, and CC is honored to have them supporting our work. We rely heavily on the expertise and financial support of forward-thinking companies to enable us to carry out our mission of facilitating participatory culture, and we deeply appreciate Tucows’ ongoing support, especially during strained economic times.
Thank you to Tucows and to all of the other individuals and companies who have supported our campaign thus far. I encourage you to join them in investing in the future of creativity and knowledge and donate today.Comments Off
Joi Ito / Photo by Mizuka / CC BY
One week ago I asked for support in helping us reach our $500,000 goal. At that time, we had $12,000 left to raise with only 2 1/2 days left in the campaign, and we were all wondering how we were going to make it. Today, I’m proud to say that our community went above and beyond — raising CC a grand total of $525,383.73.
I want to send a special thank you to all of the individuals and companies that are long time supporters of CC. We’ve had hundreds of people continue to support CC over the years and I wish I could thank each and everyone of you publicly for your continued support. However, I don’t want to take up the entire CC main page, so please know how appreciated your commitment to CC is. To Digital Garage, Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, Tucows, Consumer Electronics Association, and wikiHow, thank you for your continued commitment to CC – I look forward to working with each of your companies in bringing more global awareness about CC, and I feel confident that together we will continue to enrich the digital commons we’re all investing in.
And to all the new individuals and new corporate supporters (Attributor, DotAsia, Ebay, Nevo Technologies, Safe Creative) – thank you for choosing to support CC this year. CC is only as strong as the community that supports it and we’re thrilled to see this community thriving. Think of all we can do over the next year by coming together and supporting each other.
I also want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the following companies and foundations who are committed to sustaining CC and the open movement. To the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Mozilla, IETSI, Red Hat, Google, and the Omidyar Network – thank you.
Thank you all from the bottom of my (and the rest of the CC staff’s) heart — we know how difficult it is right now and are deeply honored that you would choose to support CC this year. This doesn’t just help us continue our work but also reaffirms the growing strength of our community and the belief in a more fair and accessible digital world.
The CC staff, the board of directors, and I all look forward to what will surely be an exciting 2009.
– Joi1 Comment »