CC clarification – UK House of Lords misinformation about CC licence for UK Open Access policy

Timothy Vollmer writes on the CC Blog:

In the UK, the House of Commons has asked for feedback on their Open Access Policy. One provision of that policy requires that articles funded through the Research Councils UK (RCUK) must be released under a CC BY license. Last year, CC submitted a short comment in support.

And just last month, the House of Lords completed a consultation period which has generated some misinformationabout how the CC BY license operates. So, in order to clarify some of these misconceptions, Creative Commons and Creative Commons UK submitted a joint response to the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee to set the record straight.

We’ve pulled together some clarifications to some of the uncertainty lobbed at the CC BY license provision in the Open Access Policy. Some of the reasons given that CC BY should not be retained include:

  • it would promote “misuse of research or would cause authors to “lose control of their work”
  • third party rights negotiations for content that authors wish to include within an openly licensed article would prove too difficult
  • open licensing provides less protection against plagiarism
  • CC BY is not widely used in OA publishing
  • authors should choose licensing conditions, not funders

These claims are confusing, misguided, or not backed up by evidence. We offer our responses and support here.

So, what is the deal with copyright and 3D printing?

“Public Knowledge is happy to announce a new whitepaper: “What’s the Deal with Copyright and 3D Printing?” This paper is something of a follow up to our previous 3D printing whitepaper “It Will Be Awesome if They Don’t Screw It Up“. Unlike “It Will Be Awesome”, which focused on the broad connection between intellectual property law and 3D printing, What’s the Deal? takes a deeper dive into the relationship between copyright and 3D printing.”

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Auf dem Weg zu einem Urheberrecht für das 21. Jahrhundert

Till Kreutzer’s Ideen für eine zukünftige Regulierung kreativer Güter:

“Moderne Technologien machen es den Nutzern möglich, sehr viel mehr urheberrechtlich geschützte Güter zu kopieren und weiterzugeben, als dies noch vor 50 Jahren der Fall war. Das Urheberrecht kann die Rechteinhaber derzeit nicht effektiv schützen. Es müsste gründlich reformiert werden, um Kreativen zu ihrem Recht, das weniger durch Privatnutzer als vielmehr von Verwertern beschnitten wird, zu verhelfen.”

Den ganzen, sehr lesenswerten, Text gibt es im Wirtschaftsdienst vom Oktober 2012.

CC Europe urges European Commission to support Open Education

Timothy Vollmer writes:

“In August we wrote about the European Commission’s request for information on the topic Opening Up Education. The point of the consultation is to gauge the need for EU action to promote the adoption and use of Open Educational Resources (OER) and Information Communication Technologies (ICT) in education. Several Creative Commons affiliates in Europe have submitted a joint response to the survey. The jurisdictions signing onto the response include Luxembourg, Denmark, Greece, Germany, Belgium, United Kingdom, Sweden, Czech Republic, France, Portugal, Serbia, Poland, Netherlands, Finland, Bulgaria, and Ireland.

The joint response urges the Commission to support the recommendations in the 2012 Paris OER Declaration, which was unanimously supported by UNESCO member nations at the World Open Educational Resources Congress on 20-22 June 2012. As described in the consultation document (PDF), “the EU will use the tools at its disposal (policy guidance, EU regulation whenever relevant, funding mechanisms, exchange of good practices and innovative pilots).” By leveraging these various tools in alignment with the suggestions laid out in the Paris Declaration, the Commission can be very effective in promoting the development and use of OER. (…)”

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Full response sent to the European Commission.

2nd draft of 4.0 licences online

Diane Peters of Creative Commons HQ:

We are pleased to post draft 2 of 4.0 for public discussion. This comes after several months of substantive conversations on a number of policy issues, with input solicited from our global community on the CC license-development list (archive), through affiliate consultations, via comments posted directly on our 4.0 wiki, and submissions to staff.

We fielded comments from an impressive number of jurisdictions — more than 50 by our estimate. The combined input reflects an incredibly diverse set of opinions and an equally diverse group of constituents. Individual creators, educators and educational institutions, governments, policy makers, academics and many others all added their voices to the conversation. We received a great deal of input and revision proposals, and people shared many informed (and sometimes passionate) opinions on a wide range of topics. And while compromise and consensus are not always achievable, we feel the decisions reflected in draft 2 are well grounded and considered. (…)


Luxembourg is global Nr 6 in Wikipedia edits


In the 2012 “Global Innovation Index”, Luxembourg  is ranked Nr6 fro Wikipedia edits.

More proof of the innovative potential in services based on sharing and remixing, such as Wikipedia, which is based the legal toolkit of Creative Commons licences.  Great to see that there is a beginning recognition that value is created and maintained in the public Commons.

Full report here:


Elinor Ostrom

Elinor Ostrom, economics nobel prize in 2009 and inspiration for thinking about knowledge as a Commons, died june 12th.

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Three book references:

Elinor Ostrom

Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action

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Charlotte Hess, Elinor Ostrom (Ed.)

Understanding Knowledge as a Commons: From Theory to Practice

Silke Helfrich, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (Hg.)

Commons – Für eine neue Politik jenseits von Markt und Staat

Sacem France und Creative Commons vereinbaren Pilotprojekt

Gestern gab’s eine Pressekonferenz in Paris bei der SACEM Frankreich. Es gibt jetzt (ähnlich DK und NL) ein Pilotprojekt (bis Ende Juni 2013) der SACEM Frankreich Mitgliedern erlaubt die CC-NC Lizenzen zu benutzen.




New Creative Commons FAQ

These FAQs are designed to provide a better understanding of Creative Commons, our licenses and our other legal and technical tools. They provide basic information, sometimes about fairly complex topics. These FAQs will often link to more detailed information. Please note that several of our tools have their own in-depth FAQs, including our CC0 Public Domain Dedication and Public Domain Mark. If you have any questions about CC that are not covered here or elsewhere on our website, please email

Europeana adopts new data exchange agreement, all metadata to be published under CC zero

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Europeana is rolling out CC zero for its metadata, switch is on first of July 2012:

More good news:

Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license enforced in Germany

Wouldn’t it be time to create a universal “unported” CC version 4 Licence?