CC Annual Campaign 2011

Creative Commons international has recently launched its annual fundraising campaign. As the affiliate that supports Creative Commons in Australia, we’d encourage everyone to spread the word about CC international’s campaign, and donate at https://creativecommons.net/donate!

The campaign officially launched on 25 October, and will run for two months until 25 December. CC is offering a limited teal edition of the CC “I love to share” t-shirt to everyone who donates $50 – until supplies run out.

Brian Fitzgerald appointed to CC Board


We are very pleased to highlight that CC Australia co-project lead Professor Brian Fitzgerald has recently been appointed as a new Director of the CC corporation and member of the Board.

Brian’s appointment is a product of the first Affiliate Recommendation Process for Board Candidates. It was announced publicly at the CC Global Summit, and online on the CC blog by Chair Joi Ito yesterday.

Credits—Photo:Brian Fitzgerald by Joi Ito, licensed under CC BY 2.0 Generic.

Belgian court recognises CC licences

Photo: Creative Commons by Karin Dalziel
TechnoLlama is reporting that a Belgian court upheld a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works licence. Quoting Professor Séverine Dussollier of the University of Namur, TechnoLlama says:

A Belgian court today has applied the CC license to a copyright infringement suit. I attach the judgement (in French). The facts were simple, a music band had posted on its website some music under a CC license Non commercial – No derivative works. A theater adapted the music to make an advertisement for their theatrical season. The ad was broadcast on the national radio several times (with no attribution).
The band refused the damages that the theater proposed (1500 €) and decided to sue for copyright infringement.

The court acknowledged the licensing under the CC license and the fact that the theater did not respect any of the license features:

  • no attribution was made
  • the music was slightly modified for the ad
  • the advertisement, even for a theater was a commercial use prohibited by the license.

Credits—Photo: Adaptation (crop and resize) of ‘Creative Commons‘ by Karin Dalziel, CC BY 2.0 Generic.

Science Commons Seminar – 28 October, Canberra

Science Commons bannerFor all those people in Canberra who expressed interest in a CC Roadshow in the nation’s capital, you will be happy to know that we have slated a roadshow for early next year. In the mean time, IP Australia and ccAustralia are hosting a Science Commons seminar with John Wilbanks from Science Commons and ccAustralia’s Professor Brian Fitzgerald. Details after the cut.

Credits—Photo: Adaptation (crop and resize) of ‘Science Commons http://sciencecommons.org/‘ by dullhunk, CC BY 2.0 Generic.

Don your red cape and support CC!

CC fundraising campaign 2010

Yesterday (US time) Creative Commons launched the annual fundraising drive for this CC fundraising campaign 2010 - icon2010. Each year CC encourages its community to donate, to help them continue their important work. This year the campaign has a superhero theme. Although the CC logo might be sporting a shiny (Doctorowesque) red cape, the campaign actually focuses on real-world CC superheros.

In Joi’s words:

Our challenge ahead is to join forces with this legion of CC Superheroes to fight the forces that don’t want an open web, or do not understand that sharing is a good thing. This fall, we’re recruiting a team of CC Superheroes to lead the world in the fight for creativity and innovation. We need to raise $550,000 by the end of the year to power up and support the work we’re doing. As a superhero, your role will be to donate, spread the word, and fundraise on our behalf. As an existing supporter of CC, you already believe that a sharing world is a good world. You have fueled our work and kept us going strong, and we thank you for that. It will take nothing short of a superhero’s strength to get us to where we need to go.

In the campaign’s announcement, CC CEO Joi Ito shared a few of the international CC Superheroes—including GlaxoSmithKline, Pratham Books and SoundCloud—so allow me to take this opportunity to tell you about some of our very own Australian CC Superheroes, using our amazing tools to save people from failed sharing.

Credits—Banner Photo: Adaptation (crop and resize) of ‘365_049‘ by Canned Muffins, CC BY 2.0 Generic. Image: ‘CC with cape‘ by Creative Commons Corporation, CC BY 3.0 Unported.