John Wilbanks has a new post about changes to the Creative Commons website. From the post:
We’re making these changes because we’ve received feedback — from our community of users, friends, supporters, and more — that the current set of web properties we have here at Creative Commons isn’t working as well as it could.
Michelle Thorne has a new post about harmonizing languages at Creative Commons. From the post:
You’ll see the harmonized translations available now on our license deeds. Please note again that the deeds are not legally operative; instead, they play a critical role in helping ensure our licenses are understandable and accessible to users.
Lawrence Lessig has a new post announcing Cathy Casserly as the new CEO of Creative Commons. From the post:
Cathy has an extraordinary reputation among foundations and the Open Educational Resources community. She has had extensive experience coaxing creators and educators into a more sensible and flexible manner for creating and sharing their work.
Note: In this post Lessig also makes an plea for donations to Creative Commons. Apparently they are $200,000 behind their fund raising goal.
“petermr” has a new post on why he avoids the NC clause in open licenses. From the post:
There is every evidence that in code specifically NC is less useful than BY. If code were constrained by BY from adoption then the community would have moved to NC. But that prevents huge take up by other sectors.
Michael Geist has written an article about Canada, copyright and education. From the post:
The tipping point toward using technology as a replacement may have come this year when Access Copyright, the copyright collective that licenses copying on Canadian campuses, demanded a significant increase in the fees associated with photocopying articles and producing printed course packs.
Timothy Vollmer has a new post about Creative Commons filing a comment with the U.S. Department of Commerce. From the post:
Creative Commons has filed comments in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Inquiry on Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Internet Economy. The Department received nearly 900 submissions over the comment period, which ended December 10.
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Mike Linksvayer has a new post on laws that are introducing rights similar to copyright. From the post:
Examples include sui generis database rights only applicable in Europe, proposals for special broadcast rights, which would give broadcasters a new set of exclusive rights merely for having broadcasted material, and a potential proposal for a new press publisher right to control use of non-copyrighted snippets of press material as well as specific headline wordings, for example.
Also, a short interview of Mark Surman of the Mozilla Foundation.
Tal Niv has a new post discussing Creative Commons contribution to the Arts. From the post:
This is why in addition to developing novelty measures and to understanding how CC contributes institutionally to innovation, the project continues under the assumption that all else being equal, having more art is better, having more art contributors is better, having more consumption of art is better, having better art is better and extended quality in creativity and consumption is better.
Howard Knopf notes that Athabasca University has opted out of a copyright fee, due to a substantial increase in cost this year. From the Athabasca’s press release:
“We cannot afford such an exorbitant increase, nor do we want to pass it on to our students,” said Dr. Rory McGreal, Associate Vice-president of Research. “And the idea that the Copyright Board is considering an order to pay Access Copyright an advance in order to cover their exorbitant salaries and to pay for their legal actions against us is outrageous.”
Michelle Thorne has a new post announcing that Creative Commons is looking for a venue for to host CC 2011 Global Meeting. From the post:
To this end, CC has posted a request for proposals inviting interested organizations to apply to co-host the next global CC meeting, ideally co-located with another relevant event.