Creative Commons at WIPO: Supporting a more fair copyright for teaching and learning

Last week in Geneva, Creative Commons participated in the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) bi-annual meeting of its committee on copyright and related rights. CC has had “observer status” at WIPO since 2011, which means that it can attend the proceedings and at times offer written or oral feedback on activities of the committees. WIPO’s … Read More “Creative Commons at WIPO: Supporting a more fair copyright for teaching and learning”

‘Open In Action’ Requires Continuity and Solidarity with Fundamental Copyright Reform

It’s Open Access Week 2016. Open Access Week is an annual week-long event that highlights the importance of sharing scientific and scholarly research and data. The goal is to educate people on the benefits of open publishing, advocate for changes to policy and practice, and build a community to collaborate on these issues. This year’s … Read More “‘Open In Action’ Requires Continuity and Solidarity with Fundamental Copyright Reform”

In Uruguay, 14 people convicted for making copies of educational resources

Last week, 14 people were convicted by an Uruguayan judge for the crime of making copies of educational resources. The defendants, owners of copy shops located near the University of the Republic (Universidad de la República) in Montevideo, have been sentenced to seven months in prison, although the judge has conditionally suspended the imprisonment. The … Read More “In Uruguay, 14 people convicted for making copies of educational resources”

‘School of Rock(ing) Copyright’ at the CC Europe meeting

This post was written by Natalia Mileszyk and Lisette Kalshoven of COMMUNIA. Photo by Saša Krajnc, CC BY 4.0. Last week at the Creative Commons Europe Meeting in Lisbon, COMMUNIA organised a “School of Rock(ing) Copyright” workshop. Creative Commons affiliates from Poland, the Netherlands, and Portugal joined efforts in sharing knowledge about the current European … Read More “‘School of Rock(ing) Copyright’ at the CC Europe meeting”

Securing the right to read for the visually impaired

Braille soon coming to Visual Libraries Project by Claire Sambrook, CC BY-NC 2.0. Today the Marrakesh Treaty—the international agreement to improve access to copyrighted works for the blind and visually impaired—goes into effect. The treaty has been discussed at the World Intellectual Property Organization since 2008 and was signed in Marrakesh in June 2013.  It … Read More “Securing the right to read for the visually impaired”