Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to require CC BY for all grant-funded research

Philanthropic foundations fund the creation of scholarly research, education and training materials, and rich data with the public good in mind. Creative Commons has long advocated for foundations to add open license requirements to their grants. Releasing grant-funded content under permissive open licenses means that materials may be more easily shared and re-used by the […]

Posted by on 21 November 2014 | 11:15 am

State of the Commons

Today, we’re releasing a new report that we think you will want to see. State of the Commons covers the impact and success of free and open content worldwide, and it contains the most revealing account we’ve ever published, including new data on what’s shared with a CC license. We found nearly 900 million Creative […]

Posted by on 20 November 2014 | 1:55 pm

SciDataCon 2014 Recap

Photo by Puneet Kishor published under CC0 Public Domain Dedication Earlier this month, CODATA and World Data System, both interdisciplinary committees of the International Council for Science, jointly organized SciDataCon, an international conference on data sharing for global sustainability. The conference was held Nov 2-5, 2014, on the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, […]

Posted by on 16 November 2014 | 6:09 am

Finnish translation of 4.0 published

We are thrilled to announce our first official translation of 4.0, into Finnish. Congratulations to the CC Finland team, who have done an outstanding job. The translation team consisted of Maria Rehbinder of Aalto University, legal counsel and license translation coordinator of CC Finland; Martin von Willebrand, Attorney-at-Law and Partner, HH Partners, Attorneys-at-law Ltd: for […]

Posted by on 12 November 2014 | 11:03 am

The Voyager Golden Record

“Voyager Golden Record Cover Explanation” by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons The Voyager Spacecrafts are carrying with them sounds of the earth, of our civilization, recorded on a 12″ gold plated copper disc, a golden record, along with instructions for how to play them. […]

Posted by on 8 November 2014 | 11:07 pm

CC in a world of worthy causes

Creative Commons wasn’t done after we created our first license suite, or even after hundreds of millions of licensed works were shared. The web is changing — and so are the ways we get, share, and use content — so we’re trying new things. One new idea is our mobile app, The List, supported by a prototype […]

Posted by on 6 November 2014 | 2:16 pm

CC Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting Held in Seoul

CCKorea / CC BY Representatives from CC affiliates in Asia and the Pacific were once again hosted by CC Korea for the CC Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting this year. Asia-Pacific CC affiliates have a regular face-to-face meeting every two years to share their experience and know-how, to discuss common issues, and to seek opportunities for collaboration. […]

Posted by on 6 November 2014 | 12:11 am

Leicester City Council gives permission to 84 schools to create and share OER

Leicester City Council / CC BY 4.0 Leicester City Council is the first local government authority in the United Kingdom (UK) to provide 84 community schools with blanket permission to openly license their educational resources. The council is recommending that school staff use the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license to share materials created in […]

Posted by on 3 November 2014 | 12:23 pm

Sketchfab announces CC licensing; Microsoft, HTC, and British Museum early adopters

Sketchfab – an awesome website for sharing 3D models – just unveiled an option to make files downloadable. All of the files marked for download are available under Creative Commons licenses, including those from some big players like HTC, Microsoft, the British Museum and celebrated designer Francis Bitonti. Granite head of Amenemhat III / British […]

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 4:36 pm

CC Science’s Indian November

We are in New Delhi and Mumbai for a number of presentations, workshops and meetings. Please come say hello if you are at these events or in the area. SciDataCon2014 in New Delhi The International Conference on Data Sharing and Integration for Global Sustainability (SciDataCon) is motivated by the conviction that the most research challenges […]

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 1:12 am