Many interesting points of views about Creative Commons and intellectual property did not appear in Canadians using CC licenses so, in the next weeks, the full interviews will be posted in individual posts under a new category.
Full interviews start with a conversation on Skype with Kent Mewhort, an independent Ontario lawyer and legal project lead for Creative Commons Canada, former staff lawyer at Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), a non-profit legal clinic at the University of Ottawa. The interview starts discovering his professional background and initial involvement with CC licences and continuos explores the early history of Creative Commons.
– How did you get involved with Creative Commons?
I come from software engineering background; I’ve being always interested in software licensing and is from it that I first got interested in Creative Commons. Continue reading
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
The Canadian affiliate team for Creative Commons warned the Government of Canada on the incompatibilites with Creative Commons licences found on the Proposed Open Government Licence Agreement, which will be released in Spring.
The proposal is part of the Canadian plan for an open government, aiming to promote a widely use and reuse of federal information. It is based in the licenses for the public sector used in the United Kingdom that can be found in the website or their National Archives.