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Proprietary profitability as a key metric for open access and open source

Glyn Moody in Beyond Open Standards and Open Access: Like open source, open access is definitely winning, even if there is some desperate rearguard action by the publishers, who are trying to protect their astonishing profit margins – typically 30-40%. No doubt open source and open access have progressed, but the competition maintaining astonishing profit […]

Dozens of organizations tell STM publishers: No new licenses

The keys to an elegant set of open licenses are simplicity and interoperability. CC licenses are widely recognized as the standard in the open access publishing community, but a major trade association recently published a new set of licenses and is urging its members to adopt it. We believe that the new licenses could introduce […]

Fear Of Smart Contracts

Babylon, 1772BC, about tea time. King Hammurabi is explaining the idea of laws to several learned persons. Hammurabi: So these laws will regulate how we go about our business in society, backed by the coercive power of the state. Learned…Read more ›

Did Spain just declare war on the commons?

Two weeks ago the lower chamber of the Spanish parliament approved a number of changes to Spain’s Intellectual Property Law that directly threaten the ability of Spanish internet users to contribute to the commons. The law introduces a number of modifications to copyright law that expand the scope of exclusive rights over areas that were […]

Creative Commons announces launch of CC Belarus

Creative Commons leaflet / Sviatlana Yermakovich / CC BY-SA Creative Commons is happy to announce the launch of CC Belarus. Youth organization Falanster is now the belarusian Creative Commons affiliate team! On August 29, the official launch of CC Belarus will take place in Minsk. For now, CC Belarus will focus on the following topics: […]

School of Open Africa to launch in September

(SOO logo here. Earth icon licensed CC BY by Erin Standley from the Noun Project.) After months of discussions, deliberations, and planning between CC staff, African Regional Coordinators, African Affiliate teams, and others in the open space, Creative Commons Africa is set to storm Africa by having a continent-wide launch for School of Open in […]

Przegląd linków CC #143

Otwarta edukacja 1. David Willey rozwija zaproponowaną przez siebie definicja otwartości i porządkuje problemy otwartej edukacji takie jak niekompatybilność projektów z racji na różnice w licencjach jak i w złych standardach technicznych. 2. Clint Lalonde pisze o i zachęca do tworzenia osobistych historiach opowiadanych przez nauczycieli i edukatorów na temat wykorzystywania i tworzenia przez nich otwartych zasobów edukacyjnych. Zbiór takich historii prowadzi. […]

Generative acknowledgement

Robin Sloan, The secret of Minecraft: And its challenge to the rest of us In the 2010s and beyond, it is not the case that every cultural product ought to be a generative, networked system. It is, I believe, the case that all the really important ones will be. Nathan Matias, Designing Acknowledgement on the […]

H Wattpad αναβαθμίστηκε σε έκδοση 4.0 των CC αδειών

Η κοινότητα Wattpad αναβαθμίστηκε σε έκδοση 4.0 των Creative Commons αδειών  και παρουσίασε αρκετές βελτιώσεις στην εφαρμογή των CC. Η κοινότητα Wattpad είναι ένα μέρος για να ανακαλύψεις και να μοιραστείς ιστορίες: μια κοινωνική πλατφόρμα που συνδέει τους άνθρωπους μέσα από τις λέξεις. Με τη Wattpad, ο καθένας μπορεί να διαβάσει ή να γράψει από οποιαδήποτε συσκευή: τηλέφωνο, tablet ή υπολογιστή. Continue Reading

EU copyright consultation: Rights Holders are from Mars, Users are from Venus

Last week the European Commission published its ‘Report on the responses to the Public Consultation on the Review of the EU Copyright Rules‘. This report summarizes the more than 11.000 responses that the Commission had received in reaction to the copyright consultation held between December 2013 and March of this year. While it is clear […]

Przegląd linków CC #142

Otwarta edukacja i kultura 1. Dlaczego powinniśmy być otwarci? O argumentach za otwartością edukacji i danych oraz wystąpieniu komisarz ds. agendy cyfrowej Neelie Kroes podczas Open Knowlegde Fesitwal pisze The Learning Portal. Więcej informacji o otwartej edukacji podczas OKF znajdziecie na Open Education Europa. 2. Paul Stacey świetnie rozkłada problem ekonomii otwartości, a w szczególności otwartych zasobów edukacyjnych, która […]

EU anbefaler Creative Commons-lisenser for offentlig sektor

Denne uken publiserte EU-kommisjonen nye retningslinjer for bruk av standard-lisenser i samband med publisering og gjenbruk av data og informasjon fra offentlig sektor. I disse anbefalingene oppfordres medlemsstatene eksplisitt til å bruke standardiserte åpne lisenser som Creative Commons for å lette bruk og gjenbruk av data og informasjon fra offentlig sektor. Samtidig advarer kommisjonen mot at det utvikles egne, spesielle lisenser. Slike lisenser kan gjøre det vanskelig å gjenbruke informasjon fra offentlig sektor og få til samvirke på tvers av grenser og sektorer. Kommisjonen skriver: En rekke lisenser, som følger prinsippene om «åpenhet» slik disse er beskrevet av Open Knowledge Foundation for å fremme ubegrenset gjenbruk av online-innhold, er tilgjengelig på nettet. De er blitt oversatt til mange språk, oppdateres sentralt og er allerede i utstrakt bruk over hele verden. Åpne standard-lisenser, som for eksempel de nyeste Creative Commons-lisenser (version 4.0), vil tillate gjenbruk av informasjon fra offentlig sektor uten behov for å utvikle og oppdatere skreddersydde lisenser på nasjonalt eller subnasjonalt nivå. Kilde: 2014/C 240/01. 2014-07-28T12:16:15Z Gisle Hannemyr

Free/Low Cost Intellectual Property Statutory Supplement

Today, we are proud to announce the publication of our 2014 Intellectual Property  Statutory Supplement as a freely downloadable Open Course Book.   It offers the full text of the Federal Trademark, Copyright and Patent statutes (including edits detailing the changes made by the America Invents Act.)  It also has a number of important international [...]

Persnickety Snit

This is the fourth in a series of postings of material drawn from our forthcoming, Creative Commons licensed, open coursebook on Intellectual Property.  It is about lawyers and language.  This is curmudgeonly but we cannot help ourselves. Computer Associates v. Altai is an excellent opinion.  A brilliant example of the judicial craft – defaced by [...]

Aanbeveling Europese Commissie: Gebruik CC-licenties voor de publieke sector informatie en data

Op 17 juli heeft de Europese Commissie een aanbeveling gepubliceerd over licensering van Publieke Sector Informatie. De Commissie raadt de lidstaten van de Europese Unie aan om gestandaardiseerde open licenties te gebruiken voor het vrijgeven van Publieke Sector Informatie en gebruikt  Creative Commons-licenties expliciet als goed voorbeeld. Met Creative Commons-licenties geef je aan iedereen toestemming […]

2014 暑期實習生名單

(依姓氏筆畫)李佳樺政治大學新聞系。很高興能成為「2014台灣創用CC計畫」的實習生,希望能藉由和不同專業背景的同學合作,嘗試各式型態的工作,獲得更多元的觀點和經驗。最初是在課堂上認識了創用CC授權的概念,因而開始對此議題產生興趣,期待能從這項計畫中認識公眾授權,並提升實質的策展、企劃能力。閱讀全文 2014-07-25T11:25:02Z guest

淺談公眾出資研究與美國FIRST法案

所謂的公眾出資成果(publicly-funded)指得是,政府運用人民納稅之金錢而進行的研究、分析等產出的成果,例如,給予大學教授研究經費,而教授們的學術研究成果即屬之。從邏輯上而言,公眾出資研究成果這類的資源應該要提供給大眾,然而,事實上這卻不是一般常見的狀況。實際上,在大眾被授權接近這些素材前通常他們需要支付多次費用。以學術期刊之發表為例,許多大學的學者接受政府的資助來開展他們的學術研究,而這些資助實則由納稅人買單,當學者完成研究並將他們發表在營利性期刊上,這些期刊雜誌業者便借由收取訂閱費用的方式回頭銷售使用接觸的管道給各大學。顯而易見的,大多人皆會認為這並非一種對大眾的投資最有效率的使用方式。這是因為這些業者希望他們的商業利益能夠永遠維持並保持其商業模式。然而,不論從邏輯上,甚至道德觀點而言,大眾都應該要有機會接近經由其納稅的錢所資助而得之研究成果。閱讀全文 2014-07-25T07:40:50Z sunlight

Ethereum – Art Market

Here is a contract that allows you to register as the owner of a digital artwork contained in a particular file (identified by its cryptographic hash value) at a particular URL. The use of a URL is inspired by the…Read more ›

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