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UPDATE from August 1st, 2017: Horrific: Reports that Bassel Khartabil Has Been Executed in Syria

Bassel Safadi, photo by Joi Ito (CC BY).

Bassel Safadi was at the CC Asia Conference 2010 in Seoul (South Korea). Photo by Joi Ito (CC BY).

After more than a year, no one has received yet any official explanation or reasons to the detention of Bassel Khartabil, a Palestinian-Syrian well-respected computer engineer, 31 year old, specialized in open source software development who volunteered on Internet projects like Creative Commons, Mozilla Firefox, Wikipedia or Open Clip Art Library.

Khartabil, who is better known online and in technology communities as Bassel Safadi was detained on March 15, 2012, in a wave of arrests in the Mazzeh, district of Damascus (Syria), no trial.

Friends and family started on July 2012 the campaing #FREEBASSEL to to raise global awareness about Bassel’s situation and fight to see him free.  Continue reading

#MP3Tribute: 100 CC-licensed albums

Words and projects remembering Aaron Swartz‘s legacy are all over the Internet. In his memory, the DJ, hacker and electronic musician Jairus Khan started the #MP3Tribute, where he wants to collect over a 100 CC-licensed music albums to release on Swartz’s memory, for his involvement in the first steps of Creative Commons licences.

List of songs currently available at the #MP3Tribute for you to listen &/or download

List of songs currently available at the #MP3Tribute for you to listen and/or download under BY-NC-ND licence.

The idea is simple: Khan is asking artists to contribute with their work, which should be “commercially available at some point” but NOT already released under Creative Commons or any other similar open licence.

By contributing, artists would make those albums, that previously were illegal to copy, available to audiences worldwide under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivates (BY-NC-ND) licence.

So far, Khan collected over 15 different styles albums: from the dark music from Crack Nation to the hip-hop of Jesse Dangerously or the folk by H.U.M.A.N.W.I.N.E., and many other sounds in between.

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The 2nd Open Education Week begins!

Open Education Week. March 11-15, 2013. Photo from openeducationweek.org

Open Education Week takes place on March 11-15, 2013. openeducationweek.org

Get your calendar or daily agenda close to you before keep reading this: in its second annual edition, the Open Education Week starts next Monday, March 11st, till Friday 15ht. As both, an online and offline event and seminars online (webinars) are organized worldwide for roundtable discussions, training sessions and lectures about research and other initiatives.

What is Open Education? Educational networks, open teaching and learning materials, open textbooks, open data, open scholarship, other open-source educational tools… All these is Open Education. Summarizing, it is a set of practices that promote the access to education anywhere, any time, through Open Educational Resources (OER) that allow learners to share, use and reuse knowledge.

Under this concept of education, Creative Commons licences play a main role on keeping authors’ work recognized while making their work more accessible and reusable. This is why main CC staff and many affiliate teams are getting so involved in the Open Education Week, with seminars about the version 4.0 of the CC licences or the Open Policy Network, among others. Continue reading

Canadians using CC licences

Creative Commons Canada profile picture on Twitter. Follow them at @CC_Canada

Creative Commons Canada profile picture on Twitter (@CC_Canada)

For a wide country like Canada, a larger team of Creative Commons supporters is needed in order to build a strong affiliate team that promotes Creative Commons licences and activities as well as free culture and open resources across the country. 

This is a brief overview of different profiles working with or for Creative Commons in the Canadian territory: how they started using CC licences, how this are promoted across the country, their thoughts about plagiarism, copyright VS. copyleft, free culture…

In March 2012, Creative Commons Canada was re-launched in a more institutional way, to give an infrastructure to the team and its activities. Previously, supporters at Creative Commons Canada were just individual volunteers. Continue reading

“¡Qué bueno que viniste!” Argentina will host upcoming CC Global Summit 2013

General San Martín sculpture at Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires (Argentina). Photo by Guillermo Esteves (BY-NC-SA)

General San Martín sculpture at Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires (Argentina). Photo by Guillermo Esteves (BY-NC-SA)

A new event related with Creative Commons was announced on the last day of February: in 2013, the biannual summit of Creative Commons lovers worldwide will be hosted in Buenos Aires (Argentina) by the end of August, from the 21st to the 24th.

The hosts Who will say to attendants “¡Qué bueno que viniste!” (Glad you came!, a common Argentinian expression) will be the two organizations from Argentinian Creative Commons affiliate team.

Since March 2012, Fundación Vía Libre and Wikimedia Argentina are supporting Creative Commons licenses and advocating for free culture or copyleft and providing a “necessary debate on Intellectual Property Law in Argentina, offering legal alternatives which are viable, sustainable and which propose a model of creation and circulation of culture based on diversity”. Continue reading

Nordic Creative Commons Film Festival

To create derivative works from texts, photographs or films is not uncommon but if we apply this to an event, such a film festival, it may sounds odd. About three years ago, Barcelona city had its first Barcelona Creative Commons Film Festival (BccN) under an Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license.

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Poster for the Nordic Creative Commons Film Festival (NCCFF), from August 30th to September 8th, 2013

¡Copia este festival! (Copy this festival!) is their motto. The festival encoruages other cities to create derivate festivals. They provide content, selection of movies in HD, recordings of panel discussions, festival’s graphic image… and the local organizations create their own event from it.

Derivate festivals have being held in Spanish cities (Porcuna and Madrid) and beyond: Buenos Aires (Argentina) or Helsinki (Finland), to name just a few.

There is a new CC Film Festival announced for this summer, in the week from August 30th to September 8th. Based in Stockholm (Sweeden), the Nordic Creative Commons Film Festival (NCCFF) will screen CC-licensed films from all over the world and host interesting seminars over alternatives ways of production, funding and distribution in the digital age. Continue reading

Boundless and Opening Education: CC-licensed digital textbooks

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Boundless is one of the companies that offers digital textbooks, now under Creative Commons licenses (BY-SA)

The textbooks publishers have found a digital nightmare. Maybe is not right to talk about enemies but they are fearful opponents, indeed. Internet and access to new and portable technologies (laptops, tablets, smartphones…) have increased the usage of digital textbooks instead of printed and expensive unupdated encyclopedias.

Startups such as Boundless or BC Campus’ Opening Education project offer students and faculty digital textbooks under Creative Commons licenses that can be used wholly or partially at no costs, where traditional textbooks are usually expensive and unupdated most of the time. Continue reading