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Brian Lamb: “I think Creative Commons is a cultural agreement”

Brian Lamb at the festival ZEMOS98 (Sevilla, Spain)

Brian Lamb at the festival ZEMOS98. Photo by Julio Albarrán (CC BY-NC-SA) (Sevilla, Spain)

In the small community of Kamloops, in the interior of British Columbia, Brian Lamb is the Director of Innovation at Thompson Rivers University Open Learning and gives interesting opinions about Creative Commons and intellectual property.

This interview was previously featured in the post Canadians using CC licenses. Lamb is one of the members of the Creative Commons Canada Advisory Board and founded some the earliest campus services for blogs and wikis in Canada. His weblog, abject.ca, is highly recommendable.

 – How did you start using Creative Commons?

I worked in education technology medium for a long time and, early on, I got really frustrated with traditional education technology that tends to be so controlled – “This is your classroom, this is activity 1, this is activity 2” – because on my spare time I was using a weblog, wikis… and I thought “This is way easier, way cheaper, more fun” Continue reading

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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

“¡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

Who was Aaron Swartz?

Demand Progress founder and director Aaron Swartz

Picture by Daniel J. Sieradski (Wikimedia Commons)

If  you rarely heard about Aaron Swartz before the news of his suicide on January 11th, 2013 or even had no idea of he was, don’t worry. You’re not alone. This words following don’t pretend to be an obituary but a brief article to share what Swartz did to be recalled as “a hero of the free culture movement” in The New York Times (January 13th, 2013) after his death.

In the obituary, at Creative Commons website, Board member Lawrence Lessig remembered how, at the age of 16 years old, young Swartz get involved in the design for the code layer of Creative Commons licenses. Furthermore, he coauthored the Really Simple Syndication (RSS) and, after his involvement in the Creative Commons team, he co-founded the social bookmarking and news aggregator Reddit and helped building Archive, a free public library. Continue reading