US Court interprets copyleft clause in Creative Commons licenses

During the last decade, a common attack against open source licenses from their opponents stated that the documents were invalid because they had not been tested in court. This type of FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt) seemed to be very popular with certain unimaginative legal types unwilling to fathom innovative solutions. […]


Bassel Khartabil, Syrian prisoner who lives and risks dying for a free Internet

Article by Stéphanie Vidal under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license Please attribute author Stéphanie Vidal and first publication in Slate.France with a link to Translation into English by Philippe Aigrain, Mélanie Dulong de Rosnay, Jean-Christophe Peyssard Source for reposting: Known worldwide as a free Internet […]

Yes, Creative Commons does make sense

I have finished reading some interesting commentary about Creative Commons in The Scholarly Kitchen, a blog about academic publishing. In an article entitled Does Creative Commons Make Sense? , Ken Anderson asks whether Creative Commons is useful. It is always good to read commentary that challenges one’s firmly held ideas, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]