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Patent reform, parts deficient in commons

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A Five Part Plan for Patent Reform (pdf) by Charles Duan, Director of Patent Reform at Public Knowledge, is simultaneously good and deficient: Notes theoretical and observed problems with monopoly incentive story underlying patents, mixed empirical results, regulatory cause of strong positive results in one field (pharma), layers of abuse surrounding core in implementation, the […]

Report from India: Relicensing books under CC

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Release of DVD containing Odia font, open source tools and Offline Odia WikipediaAhemadullah Shaikh / CC BY-SA This guest blog post was written by Subhashish Panigrahi of The Center for Internet and Society, a Creative Commons affiliate in India. My name is Subhashish Panigrahi. I am an educator currently working in the community and communication […]

一起來看看「公眾領域計算器」!

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公眾領域,是創作不可或缺的一塊領域,越來越多的人也意識到它的重要性,這是一個能夠帶來創意無限、想像無限的地方。而所謂的公眾領域,除了指本身即不受著作權法保護的部分外[1],一般而言是指著作權保護期間屆滿之著作,該等已屆保護期間之作品即會成為公眾領域的一部分而成為大眾可以自由利用的公共財。然而,究竟要如辨識某一著作已屆保護期間或者仍受到著作權法之保護有其困難度,對於一般大眾而言,著作權法有其複雜性而不容易理解,從利用者角度而言,將可能無法清楚知道其欲使用之著作目前可利用範圍為何?此外,因為各國的著作權法規定皆不同,也會造成一個著作究竟是否成為公眾領域的一部分會因各國的著作權法規定不同而不同,必須依照各國法律個別認定之。閱讀全文 2014-04-18T14:43:11Z sunlight

Pierwsza część MEN-owskiego Elementarza gotowa i na CC-BY!

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Wczoraj Ministerstwo Edukacji Narodowej zaprezentowało pierwszą część rządowego, darmowego i otwartego podręcznika do pierwszej klasy szkoły podstawowej. Elementarz po dopuszczeniu do użytku szkolnego będzie dostępny jest na wolnej licencji Creative Commons Uznanie autorstwa. To bardzo dobra wiadomość dla ruchuotwartych zasobów edukacyjnych, która pokazuje że program Cyfrowa Szkoła w ramach którego powstają otwarte e-podręczniki nie jest wyjątkiem i Polska […]

在這裡實習的日子--劉彥岑

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我在去年七月的時候進來台灣創用CC計畫,今年一月的時候結束,時間大約半年,期間主要的工作是參與創用CC計畫在台灣設計師週的享用設計展,以及新版的創用CC網站設計。閱讀全文 2014-04-15T01:21:20Z emyleo

Report from India: Relicensing books under CC

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Release of DVD containing Odia font, open source tools and Offline Odia Wikipedia
Ahemadullah Shaikh / CC BY-SA

This guest blog post was written by Subhashish Panigrahi of The Center for Internet and Society, a Creative Commons affiliate in India.

My name is Subhashish Panigrahi. I am an educator currently working in the community and communication front at The Centre for Internet and Society’s Access To Knowledge program (CIS-A2K), an India-based catalyst program to grow Indic language communities for Wikipedia and its sister projects. Prior to my work at CIS, I worked for the Wikimedia Foundation’s India Program, a predecessor to the current CIS-A2K project.

While building ties with higher education and research organizations, I also try to get educational and encyclopedic resources licensed under Creative Commons licenses so that communities can use them to enrich Wikimedia projects. Currently, there is a low level of content available across all the Indic languages and the need for Unicode-based content is extremely crucial.

Free books / Rudi Riet / CC BY-SA

While negotiating with authors for relicensing their books in Creative Commons license, I started identifying certain motivation areas for any author for such free content donation. Some of the authors, publishers, and copyright holders have started learning about open access to scholarly publications. However, the readers who are likely to buy a hard copy of a book are likely to buy it even when a free, virtual version is available – that’s the idea authors who are skeptical about CC licenses need to understand.

Open source book publishing in India has gained much interest and focus, primarily because of the lack of foresight of the possibilities that are tied to the release of books. It was Pratham Books that first came up with the brilliant idea of “One book book in every child’s hand.” The subsequent release of multilingual books under free licenses was the beginning of a new era in Indian publication.

Book publishers should also think of the target readers of print and web media. Releasing content in free licenses doesn’t affect the mainstream print publications. When it comes to books, there is always a scope for reprinting and making money. After negotiations with two authors and getting 13 books about children’s literature, travelogues, popular science, and linguistic and historical research, I am sure the publishing community has not been educated in the right way about providing free access to content.

It generally takes a long time and effort to negotiate with the copyright holders to get the books out with a CC-BY-SA tag. But it is a permanent and a significant value addition for the open knowledge movement. I believe with more online readers and reviewers getting complete access to books, authors gain more respect in the society and popularity which in turn helps them to sell more of the reprints. Two prime fears are keeping many publishers away from releasing their books online for free: the fear of going out of business and the fear of losing ownership of content. But at the same time, some of the publishers are becoming aware of the mass media outreach and winning hearts of many readers by releasing content for free without copyright restrictions.

Case studies:

Konkani Vishwakosh Digitization Project
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1. Release of a four-volume encyclopedia in Konkani

In 2013, Goa University released Konkani Vishwakosh, a Konkani-language encyclopedia in CC-BY-SA 3.0 license that they had published. This is the largest encyclopedia compiled in the language. The book is being digitized on Konkani WikiSource and content from it is being used to enrich the Konkani version of Wikipedia. The project additionally brought about 20 active contributors for digitization.

2. Release of 11 Odia language books

11 books from Odia author and academic Dr. Jagannath Mohanty were re-released under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license by the “Manik-Biswanath Smrutinyasa,” a trust founded by Dr. Mohanty for literary discussions and upbringing new writers. His wife and trust’s current chairman Allhadmohini Mohanty formally gave written permission to release and digitize these books. The Odia Wikimedia community is planning to involve undergraduate students of an indigenous educational institution, Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, to digitize these books. The trust is also reaching out to publishers who published more than 150 of the author’s books to give permission for re-releasing them under a CC license.

3. Relicensing “Classical Odia” under a free license

The book is heavy and expensive for any normal reader. Enormous copies were sold after Odia was declared as the sixth Indian classical language; however, this did not stop the authors Dr. Debiprasanna Pattanayak and Subrat Prusty from changing the license term from All Rights Reserved to CC-BY-SA 3.0. 600-plus pages full of historical documents and manuscripts along with many undiscovered areas of Odia language’s literary heritage of more than 2500 years are now going to go on WikiSource and enrich Wikipedia articles apart from being great resource for language researchers.

4. Relicensing books and conversion of ISCII to Unicode font

Two Odia language books by linguist Subrat Prusty, “Jati, Jagruti O Pragati” and “Bhasa O Jatiyata,” have been relicensed. These are few of those thousand books in those the text are typed with fonts with ISCII standard and not Unicode. ISCII standard fonts have glyphs with Indic characters that are actually replacements of the Latin characters by Indic characters. So, a computer with one particular font not installed will display absurd characters. The publication and printing industries still use these fonts as the desktop publishing software package they use for typeset do not have Unicode engine to render the fonts properly. The conversion from these ISCII fonts to Unicode is a way that is going to be used for digitizaing these books to convert the entire book with searchable Unicode content.

MAiC kolejnym resortem, który wprowadza otwartość do konkursów grantowych

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“Uczmy kodować”, ogłoszony w zeszłym tygodniu najnowszy konkurs grantowy Ministerstwa Administracji i Cyfryzacji, jest kolejnym konkursem zawierającym silne wymogi otwartościowe wobec grantobiorców. W założeniach konkursu czytamy: “Oferent zobowiązany jest do publikacji materiałów przygotowanych w ramach realizowanego zadania publicznego w sposób otwarty, przez co należy rozumieć dostępność materiałów na jednej z wolnych licencji, zapewniających możliwość dowolnego wykorzystywania utworu lub bazy danych do […]

As licenças CC 4.0 estão chegando

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Em novembro de 2013, após mais de dois anos de trabalho, a Versão 4.0 das licenças Creative Commons (CC) foi lançada. As novas licenças são um conjunto de ferramentas jurídicas mais globais e estão prontas para serem usadas por qualquer jurisdição do mundo, sem precisarem ser adaptadas às legislações específicas [...]

Project Gooseberry: Full-length CC BY animated film

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Here at CC, we’re big fans of the Blender Foundation, which supports the open-source Blender 3D animation suite and produces beautiful animated films. The films are built entirely with open technologies and are licensed under CC BY. Big Buck Bunny, one of the early Blender films, raised a lot of awareness about Creative Commons licenses […]

Project Gooseberry: Full-length CC BY animated film

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Here at CC, we’re big fans of the Blender Foundation, which supports the open-source Blender 3D animation suite and produces beautiful animated films. The films are built entirely with open technologies and are licensed under CC BY. Big Buck Bunny, one of the early Blender films, raised a lot of awareness about Creative Commons licenses among animators and helped fuel the Creative Commons film movement.

Today, Blender is crowdfunding its most ambitious project yet, a full-length animated film codenamed Project Gooseberry. The enigmatic trailer definitely sparked my curiosity:

In this blog post, Blender Foundation chair Ton Roosendaal lays out his ambitious goal for Gooseberry and projects like it:

There’s a real growing unrest out there about how a few greedy people control this business – making their billions – while others lose jobs in the same week their company has won an Oscar. Yep, Mark Z. buys another toy for billions, which he makes by selling our digital lives. And we nerds just line up for yet another Marvel super hero movie again. Meanwhile the powers that be prepare for a separated internet – with fast and “free” commercial channels – and a slow, expensive one for the remains of the open internet we love.

I’m not fit for politics, nor do I feel much like protesting or mud slinging. I’m a maker – I’m interested in finding solutions together and doing experiments with taking back control over our digital lives, our media, and especially get back ownership as creative people again – and make a decent living with it.

The crowdfunding campaign ends this week. Check it out!

Найпоширеніші запитання про Creative Commons

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Сергій Токар переклав українською відповіді на найпоширеніші запитання про ліцензії, юридичні та технічні засоби Creative Commons:  Про Creative Commons Що таке Creative Commons і чим ми займаємось? Чи Creative Commons виступає проти авторського права? Що означає «Деякі права застережені»? Чи може Creative Commons надати правничу консультацію щодо їхніх ліцензій чи інших механізмів, або допомогти з [...] 2014-04-13T15:09:24Z 2014-04-13T15:09:24Z irynak

CC BY 4.0 ako požiadavka grantu

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Licencie Creative commons sa dlhé obdobie snažia o rozšírenie ich využívania v rámci rôznych grantov, činnostiach inštitúcií financovaných zo štátneho rozpočtu, ale aj neziskových a akademických inštitúcií. Postupne je čoraz viac rozšírený názor o potrebe zabezpečiť dostupnosť materiálu získaného z verejných financií. Jednou z možností je využitie napr. licencie CC BY 4.0. Práve táto licencia [...]

Фінський музей фотографії створив колекцію на Flickr Commons

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10 квітня Фінський національний музей фотографії долучився до Flickr Commons - онлайн репозиторію зображень під відкритими ліцензіями. На цю колекцію музею не поширрюється дія авторського права і вона містить найстаріші кольорові фотографії – автохроми, історичні фотографії фінської архітектури, тощо. (Finnish Museum of Photography joins Flickr Commons) 2014-04-13T13:38:30Z 2014-04-13T13:38:30Z irynak

SocialBoost Open Data, 27–28 квітня 2014, Київ

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SocialBoost Open Data – це 48-годинний конкурс-хакатон на тему розробки соціально-корисних веб-проектів, що працюють на основі відкритих даних уряду, який відбудеться у Києві 27–28 квітня 2014 року. Ініціативи відкритого уряду зазвичай містять три технологічні напрямки: відкриті дані, відкриті стандарти і відкриті технології. Однією з перших цілей глобальної ініціативи відкритого уряду є публікація урядових даних для [...] 2014-04-13T13:23:25Z 2014-04-13T13:23:25Z irynak

Інтерв’ю з Амандою Палмер про економіку дарунку

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Ричард Барлет, один із співзасновників Loomio для колективного ухвалення рішень, взяв інтерв’ю в Аманди Палмер, співзасновниці гурту “The Dresden Dolls“. Цей музичний дует з Бостона, стиль якого Аманда Палмер описала як “Брехтівське панк-кабаре”, побудував успішну кар’єру на економіці дарунку. Їхню музику можна завантажувати, заплативши, хто скільки зможе (якщо немає можливості заплатити, можна завантажити безплатно і [...] 2014-04-13T13:06:43Z 2014-04-13T13:06:43Z irynak

Przegląd linków CC #128

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1. Otwarte zasoby edukacyjne w krajach nordyckich stoją przed podobną barierą do Polski, jest to bariera językowa. Większość największych i odnoszących największe sukcesy projektów jest angielskojęzyczna. Aplikacje i usługi dla otwartych zasobów również najczęściej są jedynie angielskojęzyczne. Więcej o problemie i o tym co można robić by go zmniejszać na blogu Nordic OER( jęz. angielski). http://nordicoer.org/adopting-oer-less-used-languages-need-hard-talk-tools-infrastructure/ 2. Znów na danych […]

CC BY 4.0 required on U.S. Department of Labor $150M grant

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Creative Commons actively works to support foundations, governments, IGOs and other funders who create, adopt and implement open policies. We believe publicly funded resources should be openly licensed resources. To support these and other emerging open policy efforts, CC is about to launch, with multiple global open organizations, an Open Policy Network and Institute for […]

El proyecto de Creative Commons para contribuir al Acceso Libre en el mundo académico chileno

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Por Arelis Uribe La rama chilena de Creative Commons reside en la ONG Derechos Digitales, desde donde se levantan iniciativas para promover el conocimiento libre. Entre sus proyectos está “Promoviendo el Conocimiento Abierto: Cómo facilitar la adopción de Creative Commons en el mundo académico”, que busca difundir el Open Access o acceso abierto entre universidades [...]

CC-NL Jaaroverzicht 2013

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De afgelopen drie jaren werkte CC-NL met de steun van het ministerie van OCW aan uitvoering van een meerjarig activiteitenprogramma. Dat stelde ons in staat om een aantal grotere projecten en evenementen te organiseren. Als je geïnteresseerd bent in het complete overzicht van het afgelopen jaar dan kun je hier ons jaaroverzicht 2013 bekijken: CC-NL […]

COMMUNIA對歐盟PSI指令之建議

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各國的政府的各部門在運作的期間,會不斷的產生各種的資料、數據和文件,例如氣象數據、地理資料等等,這些資訊亦即所謂的「公部門訊息」(public sector information, PSI)。這些「公部門訊息」因皆掌握於政府的手中,大眾難以接觸,但該等資訊多蘊含珍貴的數據和資料,若是各該領域的專家、學者或機構等在研究時能夠取得其原始資料,將能大大提升各領域的研究成果,其利用結果亦會大大有利於國家、企業等之發展。也因此,對於「公部門訊息」的開放和利用也成為國際間的趨勢,而在歐洲,歐盟亦對於開放「公部門訊息」持肯定態度,歐盟執委會發布2003/98/EC號指令(以下簡稱PSI指令)鼓勵各會員國對於「公部門訊息」的再利用,但因該指令仍有未完善之處,因此,近年來歐盟亦陸續討論對該指令的修正。閱讀全文 2014-03-28T03:06:14Z sunlight

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