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Google stelt 750 iconen vrij onder Creative Commons-licentie

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Het Google Material Design-project heeft vorige week 750 iconen vrij gemaakt voor hergebruik. Ze hebben de iconen opgesteld met de Creative Commons-licentie Naamsvermelding-GelijkDelen.  Dit wil zeggen dat de afbeeldingen gebruikt kunnen worden voor alle doeleinden, zolang de bron vermeld wordt en de iconen in nieuwe werken ook CC BY-SA blijven. Google geeft aan dat ze ontworpen zijn […]

創用CC影展--台大場 今晚登場!

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今晚除了會一起看這部剛出爐的紀錄片The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz 外,也邀請到中華民國視覺藝術聯盟理事長駱麗真老師,以及台灣師範大學媒體素養研究中心主任陳炳宏老師,分別從視覺創作、媒體角度來分享他們對於自由文化的觀點。 本場活動雖然辦在台灣大學, 但不限學生參加,只要有興趣,無須報名,歡迎一同共襄盛舉, 不過座位有限,敬請提早入場,以免向隅。 歡迎大家一起來看電影,認識自由文化,共度充實的週二夜~ (圖:CC BY 4.0 陳慧潔) 2014-10-21T02:07:56Z emyleo

Open Access Button launches with new features

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Open Access Button / CC BY 2.0

Today at an Open Access Week event in London, the Open Access Button was re-launched with new features “to help researchers, patients, students and the public get access to scientific and scholarly research.” The Open Access Button originally was created in response to researchers running into paywalls or other control mechanisms when they attempted to read and re-use scholarly journal articles.

The beta Open Access Button–released in November 2013–documented these stymied research efforts, tracking nearly 10,000 instances of denied access due to paywalls. The updated button is a browser plug-in that enables a person who conducts a similar search–but who is once again denied access–to explore other options in order to get access to the paper. It does this by conducting a search for a freely-available version of the research article on the web, for example a preprint or unformatted version of a finalized article manuscript. If this does not work the button provides the functionality to send an email to the author of the article to ask that a copy of the article be made available and shareable to others who need it. The button will do other things, too, such as creating a unique listing for each paper that is requested, so that authors can view demand for access to their works. Finally, the button aims to collect data and anecdotes arising from its use in order to feed advocacy and reform efforts related to the scholarly communications and publishing system.

The Open Access Button is an interesting tool because it both increases awareness of a problem within the academic publishing ecosystem and strives to deliver needed articles into the hands of the researchers to conduct their work. It is informational, empowering, and practical. Anyone can now install the Open Access Button. Congratulations to the terrific team on extending a creative and useful tool in support of open access to scholarly research.

Below is the video recording from the Open Access Button launch on 21 October. Keep an eye on the CC blog and Open Access Week website for more information about OA events this week.

Big win for an interoperable commons: BY-SA and FAL now compatible

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Move-Horizontally / P.J. Onori / CC BY

Glühwendel brennt durch / Stefan Krause / FAL 1.3

This FAL-licensed photo was selected as Wikimedia Commons’ 2013 Picture of the Year.

Like CC Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA), the Free Art License (FAL 1.3) is a copyleft license, meaning that it requires licensees to share their adaptations under the same license. Therefore, it’s impossible to create an adaptation that combines works under both BY-SA and FAL. Until now.

Today, we’re proud to announce in collaboration with ArtLibre.org that the Free Art License 1.3 and CC Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 are now compatible.

With this compatibility declaration, anyone remixing a work under FAL can license her remix under BY-SA. Similarly, people can adapt works under BY-SA and license them under FAL, or mix works under both licenses and license the resulting works under either license or both.

From the beginning, Creative Commons ShareAlike licenses were designed with interoperability in mind. We believe that the commons is at its best when there are as few walls as possible preventing people from mixing and combining its works. As CC co-founder Lawrence Lessig noted when speaking of compatibility between BY-SA and the FAL, “Our idea was eventually that it [wouldn’t] matter which of the free licenses you were in as long as you could move into the equivalent free license that would be CC compatible.”

Today, this idea has been realized, and there is one less barrier preventing licensees from remixing and combining openly licensed works.

This is a special moment for another reason. Originally drafted in 2000, the Free Art License is one of the first copyleft licenses designed for content, not software. It’s only fitting that it become the first third-party license to be declared compatible with CC BY-SA.

See our Compatible Licenses page for more information. If you’d like to learn more about the steps that led to this announcement, see this page on the CC Wiki.

We applaud and congratulate ArtLibre.org and its community on this shared achievement. Thanks to Antoine Moreau and the team at CC France for their support throughout this process.

What’s next? Since the CC licenses launched, many people have dreamed of compatibility between BY-SA and the GNU General Public License (GPLv3), a widely-used copyleft software license. Sometimes when reusing openly licensed content in software, it can be difficult to discern where the content ends and the software begins. Allowing developers to license their adaptations of BY-SA content under the GPL would prevent a lot of licensing headaches.

CC will begin to tackle GPL compatibility with a proposal and preliminary analysis in the coming weeks. If you’d like to listen in or get involved, subscribe to our license development list.

Ministries of ICT, Education, & UNESCO join to formally launch School of Open Africa

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As promised last week, here are the details around the formal launch event for School of Open Africa taking place in Nairobi tomorrow morning.


SOO logo here. Earth CC BY by Erin Standley, Noun Project.

Our Creative Commons and School of Open volunteers in Kenya, including CC Regional Coordinator Alex Gakuru, are hosting a formal launch event of School of Open Africa in celebration of the School of Open programs launched last month in Africa, and to announce new programs in higher education. The event will feature a panel discussion with senior government officials from the Kenyan Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and Ministry of ICT along with Dr. Bitange Ndemo (University of Nairobi) and regional representatives from UNESCO and Google regarding the status of open education in Africa, School of Open’s contributions and future. Alex says,

“This event will help establish a conversation platform for policymakers around School of Open Africa, connecting and synchronising education and ICT policies with the innovative open education programs being led by Creative Commons volunteers in Africa. It will also connect current School of Open programs in primary and high school education to academia and NRENs1 — towards the realisation of the international aspiration for universal access to education.”

Additional attendees include professors from local universities and law schools; participants of the copyright law course, CopyrightX:Kenya, who will be awarded certificates of completion; our CC Kenya affiliates; and School Open Kenya leads.


CopyrightX Kenya / CC Kenya / CC BY

In addition to the panel, SOO Kenya’s Simeon Oriko will present on School of Open Africa programs led to date, and Dr. Tonny Omwansa with C4DLab at the University of Nairobi will announce a new School of Open program to develop OER courses for higher education. This program will serve as a model for other universities across Africa to develop high quality open educational resources for use in higher education under CC BY. In celebration, CC t-shirts in Kiswahili will be distributed, “mwananchi mbunifu,” aka ‘creative commoner.’

The event is hosted at the Serena Hotel in Nairobi and will last from 9am-1pm, followed by a celebratory lunch. The event and new OER program in higher education is made possible with technical support from UNESCO and generous financial support from the Hewlett Foundation.

About the School of Open

The School of Open is a global community of volunteers that provides free education opportunities on the meaning, application, and impact of “openness” in the digital age and its benefit to creative endeavors, education, and research. Volunteers develop and run courses, workshops, and training programs on topics such as Creative Commons licenses, open educational resources, and sharing creative works. The School of Open is coordinated by Creative Commons and P2PU, a nonprofit that builds and supports learning communities on the web.

Open Access Week 2014 is underway

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Today begins the 8th annual Open Access Week. Open Access Week is a week-long celebration and educational opportunity to discuss and promote the practice and policy of Open Access to scholarly literature–“the free, immediate, online availability of research articles, coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment.” Open Access Week […]

Om å publisere en fagfellevurdert open access bok

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Professor Jill Walker Rettberg ved Universitet i Bergen har akkurat publisert sin siste bok som en fagfellevurdert open access bok. Boka er tilgjengelig under CC-BY 3.0, og du kan altså laste ned ebok-utgaven (PDF, epub, Kindle) gratis. På sin egen blogg skriver hun om motivasjonen for å benytte open access-publisering, og om prosessen med forlaget fram til ferdig bok. Dette er vel verdt å lese for alle som er interessert i denne publiseringsformen. Av fortellingen framgår at manuskriptet gikk gjennom fagfellevurdering på vanlig måte og ble akseptert av forlaget (Palgrave) før man inngikk avtale om open access-publisering. Hadde boka blitt solgt på ordinær måte hadde den sannsynligvis kostet £45-£65. Ved å frikjøpe den for open access-publisering (prisen på frikjøp var £7500) kan fysiske kopier selges for £20 og ebok-utgaven lastes ned gratis. 2014-10-20T08:54:06Z Gisle Hannemyr

Open Access Week 2014 is underway

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Today begins the 8th annual Open Access Week. Open Access Week is a week-long celebration and educational opportunity to discuss and promote the practice and policy of Open Access to scholarly literature–“the free, immediate, online availability of research articles, coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment.” Open Access Week has become a huge international initiative, including dozens of in-person and virtual events, the launch of OA-related projects, and the development and publishing of materials and tools supporting education about the benefits, challenges, and opportunity for open access to scholarly research. This year’s Open Access Week theme is “Generation Open”:

The theme will highlight the importance of students and early career researchers as advocates for change in the short-term, through institutional and governmental policy, and as the future of the Academy upon whom the ultimate success of the Open Access movement depends. The theme will also explore how changes in scholarly publishing affect scholars and researchers at different stages of their careers.

Check the feed at openaccessweek.org for hundreds of posts about the variety of activities hosted this week, and share what you’re doing on Twitter using the hashtag #OAWeek2014. There’s already many interesting things happening, with more to come this week! Follow the CC blog, Twitter, and Facebook for more.

Przegląd linków CC #153

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Otwarta edukacja 1. W czwartek odbyła się premiera testowych części e-podręczników dla klas 1-3 z projektu Cyfrowa Szkoła. Nowe części podręczników wywołały ekscytacje i kontrowersje. Przy okazji wyjaśniła się przyczyna tylko częściowej dostępności zasobów testowych Cyfrowej Szkoły na wolnych licencjach. Jest to spowodowane odbieraniem od wykonawców praw do poszczególnych części testowych jeszcze przed ich przekazaniem praw autorskich do […]

CC News: Let’s change the internet.

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Stay up-to-date with CC by subscribing to our newsletter and following us on Twitter. Let’s change the internet “CC and its licenses are part of the infrastructure that powers the web we know and love. But building the licenses is just the first step; the next step is to use those licenses as a tool […]

School of Open Africa’s Launch and Future

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In September, the School of Open Africa launched with nine programs distributed across four jurisdictions: Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, and South Africa. Kayode from CC Nigeria announced in the launch in August, and now we want to give you an update on how the programs (some ongoing) and launch events fared! We also want to preview […]

大家都說 : 不要新的授權條款!

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公眾授權迷人之處在於它具有簡易操作以及相容性的特性,而creative commons的CC授權條款被廣泛地認為是出版界在開放近用(open access)方面的授權標準,然近日一個主流的行業組織發布了一套新的授權方式並敦促其會員採用之。我們認為新的授權條款會增加不必要的複雜並與既有的授權方式產生摩擦,最終對於開放近用運動造成的傷害可能遠大於其能給予的幫助。 今年8月初時,COMMUNIA以及來自世界各地57個組織發表了一封聯名信要求國際科學、技術和醫學出版商協會(International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers,簡稱STM)撤回他所發布的開放近用授權模式。STM 協會創造此一授權條款用以促進科學、技術、醫學領域研究的共享,然而,該授權模式卻是混亂、多於且與其他公眾授權條款不相容。除了另外發展一套新的授權條款,聯名書的簽署方呼籲STM協會應建議其下的作者使用現有的選擇,並認為如此方能真正促進實現STM協會的中心使命,亦即確保學術研究的利益能被確實、廣泛的使用。 2014-10-16T13:07:00Z sunlight

Open Access Week 2014

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Tussen 20 en 26 october is het weer Open Access Week. Het thema dit jaar is ‘Generation Open’ waarbij er extra aandacht gegeven wordt aan studenten en jonge onderzoekers die de kans hebben hun carrière te beginnen met de principes van open. Er worden wereldwijd evenementen georganiseerd om toegang tot wetenschappelijke publicaties te vieren, zo […]

Kiwis need Open Access to publicly funded research

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Creative Commons Aotearoa NZ is calling for all New Zealanders to have Open Access to publicly funded research. Matt McGregor of Creative Commons Aotearoa NZ says: “From the point of view of the general public, the current system of scholarly publishing is broken. Taxpayers can end up paying for published research three times over: funding […]

CC News: Let’s change the internet.

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Let’s change the internet

“CC and its licenses are part of the infrastructure that powers the web we know and love. But building the licenses is just the first step; the next step is to use those licenses as a tool for change. All of us can work together to demonstrate the value of sharing to individuals, governments, policy-makers, institutions, and corporations, and to build a future in which everyone is more free to participate in society.”

Read CC board chair Paul Brest’s letter from our annual report.


White House
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In his address on open government at the United Nations, US President Barack Obama underscored the importance of open educational resources.


Our Digital Future
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OpenMedia.ca’s Our Digital Future lays out a set of common-sense recommendations for restructuring copyright law in a way that benefits everyone.


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Your daily awesome from the internet. Check out the Creative Commons Thing of the Day.


SOO Tanzania launch
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The School of Open is taking off all over Africa. Find out what’s next and how to get involved.

School of Open Africa’s Launch and Future

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In September, the School of Open Africa launched with nine programs distributed across four jurisdictions: Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, and South Africa. Kayode from CC Nigeria announced in the launch in August, and now we want to give you an update on how the programs (some ongoing) and launch events fared! We also want to preview more events to take place during Open Access Week and tell you our plans for the future of School of Open in Africa.

School of Open Kenya


SOO Kenya Popjam / Jamlab / CC BY-SA

Simeon from Jamlab says, “We hosted 20 girls from Precious Blood Secondary School, Riruta for the [launch] event. The goal was to work with these students to map out education as they currently experience it in their school and figure out how best to incorporate Open Education in their learning. For most of the afternoon, the emphasis on the workshop centered on figuring out how the students could incorporate Open Education in their learning. After a brief discussion, we mapped out learning and education activities as follows:

  • Lectures/Class instruction
  • Private study/prep
  • Group study
  • Revision of past examination papers
  • Student Symposiums

We asked them if we could add aspects of Open Education to this list. Very few of the students had heard about Open Education or understood its value at this point. We discussed Open Education in a little more detail: We explored the concept of the commons, copyright and copyleft and how the Creative Commons suite of licenses has enabled the Open Education movement globally.”

The future of SOO Kenya:

“One of the themes that stood out is getting school administrations and teachers to understand and make an investment in Open Education. This will be Jamlab’s focus in the coming year. While we work with administrators and teachers, we encouraged students to begin to demonstrate the value of Open Education by creating demand for it in the following ways: consume OER’s and integrate them in their learning, and pro-actively create and share OER’s with other students from other schools.”

School of Open Tanzania


SOO Tanzania launch / CC Tanzania / CC BY

Paul from CC Tanzania says, “The program officially launched at Academic International Primary School (AIPS) in Dar es Salaam whereby 15 students from grades four to seven got the opportunity to learn how to code, designing animated picture (cartoons) by using open educational resources through the web.”

The future of SOO Tanzania:

“The event also marked the launch of three other training programs around ICT empowerment training for unemployed youth, teaching persons with disabilities how to use computers, and training educators on using ICT to improve how they teach their students in Tanzania that will be coordinated by CC Tanzania and the Open University of Tanzania.”

CC Tanzania will also highlight the importance of open access to research during Open Access Week in collaboration with the Tanzania Medical Students Association (TAMSA).

School of Open Nigeria


SOO Nigeria Saturday training / K-Why / CC BY

Kayode from CC Nigeria says, “Creative Commons Nigeria with support from Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Linux Professional Institute (Nigerian Master Affiliate) and Mozilla Foundation hosted the School of Open. The School of Open is a five week open course that holds every Saturday between 11am till 4pm. The first week started on September 13th with participants been trained on the basics of Intellectual Property, Linux Operating System and using simple Mozilla tools to design websites.”

The future of SOO Nigeria:

The five-week programs wrapped over the weekend with a discussion on plans for sustaining the community. The next phase will be to take School of Open Nigeria online with the present participants acting as moderators. Meanwhile, people and institutions in two different states (Imo State and Obafemi Awolowo University, Osun State) have requested that Creative Commons Nigeria come replicate School of Open in their societies. The aim of School of Open Nigeria will be to have an online learning place where people can go to learn at any time without any cost or time restrictions.

School of Open South Africa


Kumusha Bus / WikiAfrica / CC BY-SA

Kelsey from CC South Africa says they already ran their School of Open CC4Kids course as part of Code4CT’s Maker Party back in July, and since then have been planning the next phase of Kumusha Bus, aka Kumusha Bus 2.0, which is “a remix of Libre Bus and designed to ensure collaboration with local members of the open community to have a week of Open Movement chaos and fun that spreads the ideas behind the movement and gets more people and organisations involved in your country.” Kumusha Bus is a collaboration of WikiAfrica, Creative Commons, and School of Open.

The future of SOO South Africa:
Kelsey & co are planning to expand CC4Kids into a full course pack designed to teach kids about Wikipedia, open journalism, open data, and open/citizen science. As part of this expansion, a session will be run at the upcoming Mozilla Festival called “OpenMe – Kids Can Open”.

More about the future

School of Open Africa is hosting another event next week, 22 October, to launch its entrance into the higher education space. Four courses will be developed in collaboration with the C4DLab, the University of Nairobi’s innovation hub, and will be licensed CC BY. The project is a response to ICT playing a critical role in expanding the knowledge economy of Africa; the OER will be developed by and for Africans; and the hope is to replicate the process in other universities. In addition, certificates will be awarded to participants of CC Kenya’s CopyrightX satellite from earlier this year, a panel discussion on OER will be featured, and SOO Kenya will present its work to date. The event and C4DLab OER project is made possible with technical support from UNESCO and generous support from the Hewlett Foundation. Stay tuned for a more detailed announcement of this event next week!

At its core, School of Open is about equipping communities with the tools to help them do what they already do better. Creative Commons licenses and the open resources they enable empowers users around the world to, as Simeon of SOO Kenya says, “build on what we already know.” He says,

I think one thing we often forget to highlight when it comes to education is how we learn… We learn by building on what we already know. We believe Open Education is one sure way of building on what we already know to advance ourselves.

We are seeking to expand School of Open to other regions, in and beyond Africa. The upcoming Mozilla Festival will feature a session on mapping School of Open programs from around the world and hone in on areas with maximum potential for impact — where we can “train the trainers” or otherwise empower student and educator communities to start up programs for themselves. Find out how you can get involved!

About the School of Open

The School of Open is a global community of volunteers that provides free education opportunities on the meaning, application, and impact of “openness” in the digital age and its benefit to creative endeavors, education, and research. Volunteers develop and run courses, workshops, and training programs on topics such as Creative Commons licenses, open educational resources, and sharing creative works. The School of Open is coordinated by Creative Commons and P2PU, a nonprofit that builds and supports learning communities on the web.

Creative Commons named Knight Prototype Fund recipient

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Today, the Knight Foundation announced the selected recipients of its latest Prototype Fund. We’re very proud to be among them, with a new project that probably sounds a bit outside of our normal work to those familiar with CC. Here’s why we’re doing it: When I joined as CEO, I was tasked with imagining the […]

Guest Post: Boundless Invites You to Write the Future of Education

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The following is a guest post by Ariel Diaz, Founder and CEO of Boundless, a platform for the creation of open textbooks that are community-built and CC BY-SA-licensed. Boundless / CC BY-SA By empowering a dedicated community of contributors in open resources, Creative Commons has given education a strong foundation for creating and sharing content. […]

CC gegen CC: Auftragskomponisten gegen Creative Commons in der ARD

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Wenn es eine Konstante in der deutschen Urheberrechtsdebatte gibt, dann sind es offene Briefe. Das jüngste Exemplar steuert jetzt der CC Composers Club e. V., Berufsverband der Auftragskomponisten in Deutschland bei, in dem den ersten vorsichtigen Schritten des öffentlich-rechtlichen Runfunks in Richtung Creative Commons (CC) mit einem Rundumschlag in epischer Länge begegnet wird. Anlass für den “Offenen Brief [...]

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