Controversy: A Recap of the copyright issues surrounding Prince’s estate

Prince performing in Brussels during the Hit N Run Tour in 1986, CC-by-2.0 Today at Copyright On!, Britton Payne discussed the unique copyright situation surrounding Prince’s estate. This potentially long and bitter battle could shape the future of music copyright to come. Prince fought a number of legendary copyright battles, which makes this current fight […] The post Controversy: A Recap of the copyright issues surrounding Prince’s estate appeared first on Creative Commons blog.

Posted by on 23 May 2016 | 12:19 pm

#happybdaybassel

On May 22nd, more than four years after his detention and six months after his disappearance, Bassel Khartabil (Arabic: باسل خرطبيل‎) will turn 35 years old. Bassel’s imprisonment by the Assad regime is a brutal human rights violation and the continued lack of answers about his fate is a hindrance to the fight for free […] The post #happybdaybassel appeared first on Creative Commons blog.

Posted by on 22 May 2016 | 10:06 am

Don’t let California lock down public access to government works

If you’re a California resident, act now! Send a message to your state representatives telling them to uphold free, open access to California government works.  Front of California State Capitol, by David Fulmer, CC BY 2.0 Unencumbered access to public sector information is central to a well-functioning democratic system. And if our government entities believe that […] The post Don’t let California lock down public access to government works appeared first on Creative Commons blog.

Posted by on 19 May 2016 | 11:56 am

Open Textbooks 4 Africa

Open Textbooks for Africa Logo, by: Kelsey Wiens, CC BY 4.0 This is a guest blog post written by Kelsey Wiens, founder of Open Textbooks for Africa and public lead for Creative Commons South Africa. On March 11-12, 45 experts from around the world and across South Africa met to discuss opportunities for Open Textbooks […] The post Open Textbooks 4 Africa appeared first on Creative Commons blog.

Posted by on 9 May 2016 | 5:09 pm

EU pushing ahead in support of open science

Laboratory Science—biomedical, by Bill Dickinson, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 April saw lots of activity on the open science front in the European Union. On April 19, the European Commission officially announced its plans to create an “Open Science Cloud”. Accompanying this initiative, the Commission stated it will require that scientific data produced by projects under Horizon 2020 […] The post EU pushing ahead in support of open science appeared first on Creative Commons blog.

Posted by on 3 May 2016 | 6:26 pm

Join CC in supporting the International Day Against DRM

Image credit Brendan Mruk/Matt Lee, CC BY-SA Today is the International Day Against DRM, a global campaign to raise awareness about the harms of restricting access to legally-acquired content using digital restrictions management (DRM). DRM consists of access control technologies or restrictive licensing agreements that attempt to restrict the use, modification, and distribution of copyright-protected […] The post Join CC in supporting the International Day Against DRM appeared first on Creative Commons blog.

Posted by on 3 May 2016 | 8:00 am

U.S. should require “open by default” for federal government software code

Photo by Tirza van Dijk, CC0. A few weeks ago we submitted comments to the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) draft federal source code policy. The purpose of the policy is to improve access to custom software code developed for the federal government, and would require that: (1) New custom code whose development is […] The post U.S. should require “open by default” for federal government software code appeared first on Creative Commons blog.

Posted by on 28 April 2016 | 11:51 am

The long arm of copyright: Millions blocked from reading original versions of The Diary of Anne Frank

The original writings of The Diary of Anne Frank should have entered the public domain on January 1, 2016. They should have become freely accessible to everyone who wants to read and experience this important cultural work. Instead, the texts remain clogged in the pipes of EU copyright law. In some countries like Poland, the […] The post The long arm of copyright: Millions blocked from reading original versions of The Diary of Anne Frank appeared first on Creative Commons blog.

Posted by on 26 April 2016 | 3:00 am

Vice President Biden: Taxpayer-funded cancer research shouldn’t sit behind walls

On Wednesday in New Orleans, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the convening of the American Association for Cancer Research on the need to speed up scientific research, development, and collaboration that can lead to better cancer treatments. Vice President Biden is leading the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative, which aims to accelerate cancer research […] The post Vice President Biden: Taxpayer-funded cancer research shouldn’t sit behind walls appeared first on Creative Commons blog.

Posted by on 22 April 2016 | 2:03 pm

How should we attribute 3D printed objects?

How should we attribute authors of CC-licensed 3D designs once that design has been used to print a 3D physical object? The challenge of attribution, or “view source,” for 3D printed objects, is widespread in the 3D printing community, an active part of CC’s larger network. It is multi-layered and speaks to existing needs by […] The post How should we attribute 3D printed objects? appeared first on Creative Commons blog.

Posted by on 19 April 2016 | 12:12 pm