Policy / advocacy / copyright reform

Open Licensing Policy

The adoption of Creative Commons licenses and public domain tools is beneficial to society as a whole. Open licensing helps public institutions better meet their missions of disseminating digital resources and data, breaking down the typical barriers associated with traditional copyright bygranting broad permissions in advance. The integration of Creative Commons licensing and publicly funded education, research, and data clearly communicates to the users served by these policies the conditions of reuse. There’s a huge potential to drastically increase the impact of public funding through the adoption of open licenses.

Creative Commons licenses are being integrated and incorporated into public, foundation, and institutional policies around the globe. For example,government agenciesare requiring that publicly funded education and research resources be released under Creative Commons licenses. Multiple philanthropic foundations areadopting open licensesand intellectual property policies to expand the reach of their charitable investments. Both government and foundation open policies require (as a condition of funding) their grantees to openly license what they build and revise with grant funds. Cities are sharing useful health, traffic, weather, and crime data under open licenses to increase transparency and re-use of data for the public benefit. Andintergovernmental organizationsare using open licenses to share cultural heritage materials, reports, educational resources, research, and data with the world.

Copyright Reform

While Creative Commons continues it outreach and advocacy on open licensing policy adoption, we have always known that voluntary licensing schemes will never be a comprehensive solution for access to and reuse of knowledge and creativity around the world.For this reason, we believe thatfundamental law and regulatory reform is needed, regardless of the success of the CC licenses and their utility in promoting a more equal, just, and fair society.

The Creative Commons global network is involved in education and action to promote progressive changes to copyright that will benefit users and the public interest. This work is represented in our organizational strategy, and aligned with our vision and mission.We respond to requests for comments onpublic policy issuesrelated to copyright and intellectual property, and we’re involved in a variety of working groups andprojectsthat aim to integrate open licensing and public domain tools into policy and practice. We are actively involved in advocacy to support positive legal and regulatory changes—fromEuropetoAsiatoLatin America— and even at international fora such asWIPO.

Community Engagement and Advocacy

我们致力于提供跨多个学科的开放许可和开放政策的外联、教育和倡导,包括公共部门信息/开放数据、学术研究的开放获取、开放教育资源、画廊、图书馆、档案馆、博物馆(GLAMs)和慈善基金会等领域。我们在世界知识产权组织拥有观察员地位,并就相关议题在那里提供干预。We participate in working groups on these and related topics, such as theLegal Aspects of Public Sector Information(LAPSI), theInternational Communia Association, and theSPARC Open Access Working Group.We also advocate for copyright reformin areas that align with our mission.

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