CrunchBase reaches agreement with People+

As a follow-up of the interesting dispute between CrunchBase and People+ involving Creative Commons, CrunchBase has announced that it will publish all of its data under a Creative Commons 4.0 licence, specifically CC-BY-NC. At the same time, they announced that People+ has agreed to comply with the new terms and conditions. The press release from [...]

Creative Commons releases licence for intergovernmental organisations

With the excitement of the release of the 4.0 version of Creative Commons licences, it is possible that another really important development will have been missed. Creative Commons has announced the release of one of the last ports that will probably be drafted in a while, the Creative Commons Intergovernmental Organization 3.0 licence suite, designed [...]

Creative Commons 4.0 has been released

The long process leading to the Creative Commons 4.0 licence is finally here, so head to the licence chooser and pick your own. I will be writing a more detailed post with the changes in the next few days, but you can check some of the changes in the official notice at the CC Blog [...]

AOL threatens startup for using content released under Creative Commons

There is an interesting legal dispute arising over the use of data licensed under Creative Commons. AOL owns CrunchBase, which is a free database of technology companies, people, and investors; AOL acquired it as part of their deal to purchase the news website TechCrunch. The database, schema, and documentation are all released under the Creative [...]

Financing open projects

This week I presented at an event organised by MEP Amelia Andersotter at the European Parliament. This was a screening of three short films produced by the Blender Foundation and released under a Creative Commons licence.

I was already familiar with some of Blender’s work, the excellent Elephants Dream (the missing apostrophe is intentional) [...]

Showcasing Creative Commons filmmaking

Announcement of event taking place next week in Brussels.


Defending non-commercial licences

A recent blog post by the Students for Free Culture has been making the rounds in social media in the last few days. The article calls for an end to Creative Commons non-free licences, namely those with non-commercial (NC) and non-derivative (ND) elements. The blog is based on the dislike that many people in [...]

You can get paid with Creative Commons too! Why Mira Sundara Rajan gets it wrong

After reading several tweets about it, I finally got round to reading an article by Dr Mira T Sundara Rajan entitled “Getting Paid is a Moral Right, too! Why Creative Commons Gets it Wrong” in the 1709 Copyright Blog. If I had not read the author before (and enjoyed her work), I would think [...]

In defence of NonCommercial clauses

Does NC lock down content?

Creative Commons has released the first draft of the 4.0 version of its licences for public comment, and while there is much to discuss about it, I will be doing it in a later post. The following words are prompted by something that I have noticed arising from the [...]

Networks, Complexity and Internet Regulation

If you follow Yours Truly in any sort of social media available you will know by now that my book entitled Networks, Complexity and Internet Regulation: Scale-Free Law has been published by Edward Elgar. The book has its own page on this blog, and is now available for purchase at e-commerce retailers, or directly [...]