Happy Birthday to friend and ally Bassel Safadi

Bassel Safadi / Christopher Adams / CC BY Bassel Khartabil (also known as Bassel Safadi) is a computer engineer who, through his dedicated work in social media, digital education, and open-source web software, played a huge role in opening the Internet in Syria and bringing online access and knowledge to the Syrian people. Many people […]

Posted by on 22 May 2015 | 5:10 pm

Elsevier’s new sharing policy harmful to authors and access to scholarly research

Today Creative Commons and 22 other organizations published a letter urging the publishing giant Elsevier to alter its newly revised policy regarding the sharing and hosting of academic articles so that it better supports access to scholarly research. Elsevier’s new policy, announced 30 April 2015, is detrimental to article authors as well as those seeking […]

Posted by on 20 May 2015 | 2:59 pm

CC Tanzania expands OER and CC training to more primary schools

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Aristarik is an Assistant Lecturer at the Open University of Tanzania and Creative Commons Tanzania volunteer. SOO Tanzania Training by CC Tanzania under CC BY Creative Commons Tanzania through School of Open programme trained 50 pupils from Kumbukumbu primary school on the benefits of the Internet, computer programmes information/knowledge sharing, and […]

Posted by on 19 May 2015 | 1:41 pm

U.S. K12 State Policy Recommendations for OER: Sign Letter of Support

second grade writing class / woodleywonderworks / CC BY Achieve (a nonpartisan education reform organization widely known for its CC BY licensed OER Rubrics) has developed policy recommendations with input from its OER Institute U.S. state partners for U.S. states to use OER as part of their college and career ready implementation plans. These recommendations […]

Posted by on 8 May 2015 | 12:33 pm

Vancouver Foundation announces first CC BY policy for a Canadian foundation

Vancouver Foundation has announced that it will adopt an open licensing policy by January 2017. The foundation will require that all projects and research funded through community advised grant programs be licensed and shared under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license (CC BY). In addition, the foundation has pledged to license their own intellectual […]

Posted by on 7 May 2015 | 12:10 pm

Medium embraces CC licenses

Today Creative Commons is excited to announce that blogging and storytelling platform Medium now offers the entire suite of Creative Commons licenses and public domain tools. You can read more about this great news over at Medium, naturally, in stories by both Creative Commons and Medium. In just a few years Medium has grown a […]

Posted by on 6 May 2015 | 1:04 pm

Don’t mess with the right to link: Savethelink.org

(Hyper)links are the fundamental building blocks of the web, but the practice of linking has come under attack over the last few years. If copyright holders are able to censor or control links to legitimate content, it could disrupt the free flow of information online and hurt access to crucial news and resources on the […]

Posted by on 6 May 2015 | 9:26 am

Hague Declaration calls for IP reform to support access to knowledge in the digital age

Today Creative Commons joins over 50 organizations in releasing the Hague Declaration on Knowledge Discovery in the Digital Age. The declaration is a collaboratively-created set of principles that outlines core legal and technical freedoms that are necessary for researchers to be able to take advantage of new technologies and practices in the pursuit of scholarly […]

Posted by on 6 May 2015 | 8:44 am

Japanese translation of CC0 published

Congratulations to CC Japan for their tireless work on the official translation of CC0 into Japanese! This marks the first official translation of CC0 for the Asia-Pacific region, and the fourth official translation of CC0 overall. CC0 is a tool that enables creators to dedicate work to the public domain. Its three-layer design includes a […]

Posted by on 5 May 2015 | 10:19 am

Open business models, open data, and the public interest

Less than one month ago, Creative Commons began a project designed to explore and develop business models built on CC licensing. Starting from the methods in the best-selling Business Model Generation handbook, Creative Commons is developing new tools specifically tailored for ventures that utilize CC-licensed or public domain content as a central component of their […]

Posted by on 20 April 2015 | 12:38 pm