Nov 092015

cc summit[Originally posted on the Communia Blog, Link] The Creative Commons Summit, a bi-annual meeting of members of the CC network and friends of the Commons, took place in mid-October in Seoul, South Korea. One of the event’s tracks was devoted to copyright reform advocacy. The track was organised by member organisations of Communia, including Creative Commons.

In 2013, during the previous CC Summit, Creative Commons adopted a position on copyright reform. CC re-emphasized that even though the licenses are an essential mechanism to share creativity within the existing bounds of the law, it is now more important than ever to engage in a review and modernisation of copyright law itself. This commitment was confirmed during this year event. Continue reading »

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May 082015

communia[Reposted from Communia, Link] We are publishing today our position paper on copyright reform in Europe (PDF), as a statement in the ongoing debate that focuses on the reform of the Information Society Directive.

Our position is based on the 14 policy recommendations that are at the heart of our organisation, as well as on our previous policy documents. We start by defining three basic principles: Continue reading »

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Oct 152014

logo_CC_OER_EU1[Reposted from, Link, (CC-BY)]  At the very beginning of October, Creative Commons’ OER policy project organised a two-day workshop in Porto, gathering 15 Open Education enthusiasts, educators, advisors, lawyers and experts on Creative Commons licensing.  Apart from representatives from CC Sweden, CC Spain, CC Poland, CC Netherlands and of course CC Portugal, we were very happy to be able to reach out to other communities and have Rob from OER Research Hub present, as well as Ana and Ricardo from Journalism++, Eduardo who is conducting a PhD on OER, and last but not least from Heitor Alvelos, creator of the Future Places festival. Continue reading »

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Jul 172014

euro open edu policy project logo[Cross posted from the European Open Edu Policy Project, Link (CC-BY)]  It is well known that the rules that allow for certain educational uses of copyrighted works under certain conditions without permission of the rights’ owners vary greatly between countries. But how different are those rules? And how difficult is to access those differences? Can a teacher with no legal background determine alone whether a certain use is allowed or not in his/her country? Continue reading »

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Mar 032014

logo_CC_OER_EU1[CC European Open Education Policy Project, Link, (CC-BY)] On the 18th of February, Creative Commons organized a debate on „Really Open Education. Domestic Policies for Open Educational Resources”, hosted by Róża Gräfin von Thun und Hohenstein, MEP. The meeting brought together almost 40 experts and stakeholders from a range of educational projects, national schooling systems, and national and international non-governmental organizations across Europe. Continue reading »

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Dec 192013

centrum cyfrowe[Katarzyna Rybicka, Centrum Cyfrowe,  Link (CC-BY)]  In December 2013 Centrum Cyfrowe has accomplished two-year research project on copyright law and social norms related to content usage. The main purpose of the study was to provide reliable knowledge about what people today think on issues related to copyright. What is permitted, and what is not? What is right, and what is wrong? We thus give a voice to users – a group that in the debate on copyright is usually ignored. Continue reading »

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Dec 162013

centrum cyfrowe[Centrum Cyfrowe,  Link (CC-BY)] In 2012, Poland launched the “Digital School” program, an initiative to expand the use of information and communications technology (ICT) in K-12 schools.  This program includes an OER component that is the first of its kind: a 3-year-long project to create a set of 18 core curriculum e-textbooks for K-12 schooling in Poland, available under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

(We wrote previously about the open textbooks program in 2012 – see theblog post. For more information on OER developments in Poland, see “Open Educational Resources in Poland: Challenges and Opportunities”, a report by Karolina Grodecka and Kamil Śliwowski for UNESCO). Continue reading »

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Oct 142013

oer w attribution2Reposted from Open Educational Resources Policy in Europe, Link (CC-BY-SA)

A week ago, the European Commission launched the “Opening Up Education” initiative, a proposal for modernizing the European educational system. The proposal contains a strong “open” component. We’re using this opportunity to strengthen open educational policies in Europe, and we started our project with a workshop in mid-September. Below you can learn about the outcomes of our workshop, including an overview of the OER landscape in Europe, concept for a policy brief, and ideas for policy-related activities. Continue reading »

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Mar 252013

centrum cyfroweKey developments in copyright reform in Poland- February 2013. The project is conducted with the support of Open Society Foundations. Most of the links lead to content in Polish.

1. In early February, the Polish Ministry of Administration and Digitization ended a consultation period for a draft proposal of the assumptions of a Bill on the Openness of Public Resources. The proposal initiated a heated debate on the issue of opening public resources. Of the three areas targeted by the proposal (education, science, culture), the openness of cultural works proved to be the most problematic. Heavy criticism of the proposal was made by various associations of creators and collecting societies. The proposal to make openly available publicly funded educational and scientific works faced little criticism. Centrum Cyfrowe Projekt: Polska published it’s statement [PL] as part of the consultations. In it, we support the idea of opening public and publicly funded resources, although we are critical of some of the proposed solutions. Continue reading »

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Feb 212013

centrum cyfrowe[Centrum Cyfrowe blog, CC-BY]

As part of our policy work on copyright reform in Poland (conducted with the support of Open Society Foundations), we will be publishing a monthly report on key developments in this policy area. Most of the links lead to content in Polish.

1. The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage has decided to set up the Copyright Forum – a platform for discussion on issues in area of copyright law and especially its reform. The representatives of communities of authors, creative industries, commercial users, chambers of commerce and NGOs dealing with issues of copyright are invited to participate in meetings. Following topics will be initially addressed: orphan works and works out-of-commerce, financing public domain, full implementation of Directive 2006/115/EC on public lending right, the scope of criminal liability in field of copyright and related rights and licensing in digital single market. The platform will also discuss issues related to the European stakeholder dialogue „Licences for Europe” and the Communication from European Commission on content in the digital single market (COM (2012) 789). The Forum is scheduled to start in March 2013. Continue reading »

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