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Sharing is caring and caring is loving right? Yes, that is the Creative Commons Philosophy. SHARE!!!!!!!!
Its unbelievable that the Creative Commons License Suite is 12 years already. Yaaaay

In twelve years, we have been able to influence how governments share data, how professionals share knowledge, the open education space etc…… Really, the list is endless.

Want to influence how people share information? Give Creative Commons a birthday gift, make a donation to Creative Commons today.

We have hit the ‘billionth licences’ work mark, ‘Open Textbooks’ have saved students $100 million dollars and we are not ready to relent. Join us make this world a share-able place, share, learn and donate.

How you can help
1) Today is CC’s 12th Birthday! Please amplify:
2) We have just hit send on mailing our community along with past and present donors about the Brin Wojcicki challenge. Please also spread this message widely to your networks:

Double your donation

One more quick note. It’s been a busy day.

We just received a wonderful gift for our 12th anniversary: the Brin Wojcicki Foundation is giving to CC to match all of your donations from now until the end of the year!

Every dollar you donate will now be doubled by funds from the Brin Wojcicki Foundation.

Thank you again for your support. Please consider making a donation today.                    Support Creative Commons

Happy 12th birthday Creative Commons

School of Open Waxes Stronger and Stronger


Created with flickr slideshow.


After three weeks of excitement, School of Open Nigeria keeps waxing stronger and stronger.


Participants are learning new things and the excitement just will not stop.

Watch out for Week 4 this saturday as the fantastic duo of Oyeniyi Immanuel (Steamsowers and Kohn) & Oyeyemi Immanuel (Templars & Associates) will speak on Copyright Management (informal measures & supplements to copyrights), Contracts and licenses with Alternative models/para-copyright/copyright: open content licenses.


Mr Babafemi Ogunmade of Linux Professional Institute will continue with the Linux training. All participants already have Linux running on their laptops, if you do not have Linux running yet; please try come earlier so we can fix you up.


And finally, Kayode Yussuf of Creative Commons Nigeria will round up with a Mozilla Webmaker Party.


Venue is Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, beside University of Lagos Guest House, University of Lagos Akoka.


Plan to attend.




Creative Commons School of Open And Mozilla WebMaker Party Continues Today


(SOO logo here. Earth icon licensed CC BY by Erin Standley from the Noun Project)

After a successful launch last weekend, School of Open continues its second week of fun learning.

Ms Idiat Balongun of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies will start today’s training by handling Subject Matter and Applicability of Copyright, Subject matter of protection literary and Eligibility for protection by 11am.

By 1pm, Mr Babafemi Ogunmade of Linux Professional Institute of Nigeria will continue the Linux training and to close the day with a Mozilla WebMaker Party.



For those who did not come last week or those who were not able to complete the VirtualBox software on their systems to please come by 10am so we can help them complete the installations.



Venue of the training is Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, beside University of Lagos Guest House, University of Lagos Akoka.


Drive to Yaba, from Yaba, connect to University of Lagos. Once you drive through the gate, drive down to the end of the road towards the Senate Building; ask for University of Lagos Guest House. The institute is just before the guest house.


For those coming via commercial transport, board a bus to Yaba, from Yaba, board a campus shuttle to Campus, stop at the bus terminus and ask for Guest House. The institute is just by the Guest House.

On Google Maps



On Nokia Maps


Please remember to tweet about the event using by tweeting at @CC_Nigeria and by following our social media accounts as shown below.

Twitter: @cc_Nigeria

Facebook: Creative Commons Nigeria

My personal twitter id: @k_whybaba


See y’all later today……


Creative Commons School of Open Launches in Nigeria with a Mozilla Webmaker Party

Creative Commons Nigeria with support from Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Linux Professional Institute (Nigerian Master Affiliate) and Mozilla Foundation hosted the School of Opens.

Simi Samuels Starting up the Intellectual Property Session

Simi Samuels Starting up the Intellectual Property Session

Rahman Oyebanji, Google Student Ambassador at the training

Rahman Oyebanji, Google Student Ambassador at the training

Kayode Yussuf, Tech Lead CC Nigeria speaking during the Mozilla Webmaker Party

Kayode Yussuf, Tech Lead CC Nigeria speaking during the Mozilla Webmaker Party




Babafemi Ogunmade of Linux Professional Institute taking the Linux class

Babafemi Ogunmade of Linux Professional Institute taking the Linux class




The School of Open is a five week open course that holds every Saturday between 11am till 4pm.

The first week started on September 13th with participants been trained on the basics of Intellectual Property, Linux Operating System and using simple Mozilla tools to design websites.




Mrs Ifeoma Oluwasemilore, Unilag Law lecturer and Volunteer HOD for the School of opens

Mrs Ifeoma Oluwasemilore, Unilag Law lecturer and Volunteer HOD for the School of Open
Cross Section of Participants

Cross Section of Participants







School of Opens was also launched in Tanzania in style with the CC Tanzania team training high school students on coding and making animations.

Creative Commons Tanzania's School of Open launch

Creative Commons Tanzania’s School of Open launch


Creative Commons Tanzania’s Public Lead Appointed as High Court Judge

by Kayode Yussuf.


The Creative Commons family celebrates one of its leaders Dr. Paul Kihwelo who was appointed by his excellency President Jakaya Kikwete as a Judge of the High Court. Prior to this appointment, Paul who is Public Lead for Creative Commons Tanzania has served as an advocate of the High Court and has taught intellectual property law at the The Open University of Tanzania since 2000. He is also a legal practitioner specializing among other things in intellectual property law. He has written and published widely in intellectual property both in local, regional and international journals.


Paul holds an LL.B, an LL.M and a PhD in law and has done a lot of research in Democracy, Human Rights and Good Democratic Governance in Tanzania, East Africa and Africa in general. Paul is an activist on matters relating to internet censorship, human rights and has served as consultant for the regional and international organisations in Africa and beyond.


Paul was one of the first Creative Commons African Leads to meet with Creative Commons new CEO Ryan Merkley during the Open Knowledge Festival 2014 in Berlin and was host of the Copyrightx in Tanzania course.

Creative Commons Nigeria congratulates Paul and we wish him the best.

School of Open Africa to launch in September

School of Open Africa to launch in September

Kayode Yussuf, August 5th, 2014

Copied from: http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/43400

SOO AfricaV2
(SOO logo here. Earth icon licensed CC BY by Erin Standley from the Noun Project.)

After months of discussions, deliberations, and planning between CC staff, African Regional Coordinators, African Affiliate teams, and others in the open space, Creative Commons Africa is set to storm Africa by having a continent-wide launch for School of Open in September.

School of Open is a global community of volunteers providing free online courses, face-to-face workshops, and innovative training programs on the meaning, application, and impact of “openness” in the digital age. Through School of Open, you can learn how to add a Creative Commons license to your work, find free resources for classroom use, open up your research, remix a music video, and more!

School of Open programs will be launched in Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, and South Africa in September on a series of topics ranging from Creative Commons licensing, intellectual property protection, open society concepts, and the Linux operating system .

Strategic collaborations are underway with the Mozilla Foundation, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, WikiAfrica, University of Lagos, University of Tanzania, and the Institute of Educational Management Technology of the Open University of Tanzania to make the launch a success.

School of Open Kenya  

School of Open Kenya already started out as a trail blazer by organizing a two-week after school program that introduces high school students to open culture through the use of online School of Open courses and related open educational resources (OER). The training was designed to satisfy the academic needs of the students and to enable the students to use open tools such as Creative Commons licenses to create and share knowledge, as well as learning required subjects in new and creative ways. The students integrated the School of Open training into their school work and were able to produce projects such as this Titration Demo video by the Lenana School under CC BY. Despite its long strides, Jamlaband CC Kenya are not resting their oars; they will be launching a Train the Trainers program this September where they will train 10+ community members to organize and run SOO workshops in more high schools and in neighboring countries. SOO Kenya will also host a SOO Africa launch event and Maker Party entitled PopJam. Jamlab + CC Kenya, in collaboration with Mozilla Kenya and Wikipedia Kenya, will host the event for 5 high schools in the region. Stay tuned for details!

School of Open South Africa  

CC South Africa hosts three projects under the School of Open initiative. The first is the #OpenAfrica project where in conjunction with WikiAfrica, open advocates from Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Malawi, Uganda and Ghana were put through an “open” bootcamp. The month-long camp covered Creative Commons, Wikipedia, Open Street Maps, Open Educational Resources (OER), Open Data, Open Government, and related fundraising and community building skills. Advocates returned equipped with “open” knowledge and skills to their home countries to influence and spur their communities into action. This has resulted in the creation of new CC affiliate teams in Ethiopia and Cote d’Ivoire and the launch of open mandated tech hubs in these communities.

Launching off #OpenAfrica, participants were invited to compete for the first Kumusha Bus stop. The Kumusha Bus is an African adaption of the South American Libre Bus. Ethiopia ‘won’ the first Kumusha Bus stop. The team spent four days inspiring, teaching and sharing at GIZ Headquarters in Addis Ababa. Participants from Sheger Media, AIESEC and Addis Ababa University were in attendance. The four days resulted in the launch of Project Luwi. Luwi is an open source project, aiming to increase the application of open source information and communication technologies (ICT). Luwi intends to create a local community of interested volunteers that is able to foster motivation and creativity around Open Educational Resources (OERs) and supports a culture of sharing information freely in Ethiopia.

The third project is the Creative Commons for Kids program (CC4Kids)CC4Kids was built with Obami, a South Africa-based social learning platform. The course is self-taught and takes about 45 minutes to complete. CC South Africa was invited to teach its first course as part of a Maker Party at the Code for Cape Town project (Code4CT) with 24 grade 10 and 11 girls from the Centre for Science and Technology (COSAT) in Cape Town, South Africa. For three weeks the girls were trained on how the web works and actively participated in building web content. Instead of policing students’ actions, CC4Kids teaches youth how to open and share their creative and educational works legally through the use of CC licenses. All the girls now have simple web pages they created. CC4Kids’ next Maker Party will be held at RLabs in August. Stay tuned!

School of Open Tanzania  

CC Tanzania is planning to host three sets of trainings. The first will be an ICT empowerment training for unemployed youth, the second will focus on teaching persons with disabilities how to use computers, and the third will focus on training educators on using ICT to improve how they teach their students. Participants will become new School of Open volunteers, improving and running future training programs as a way to give back to and grow their community. Development will be led by CC Tanzania volunteers with expertise in law, journalism, and information technology. CC Tanzania will host a joint SOO Africa launch event + Mozilla Maker Party, date and location TBD.

School of Open Nigeria  

CC Nigeria will, in five weekends, train participants on Nigerian copyright law, intellectual property protection, and the Linux operating system. The training will have two tracks: the first track being copyright law and the second being the Linux operating System. Participants will have the opportunity to choose either or both tracks. CC Nigeria also plans to host a joint SOO Africa launch event + Mozilla Maker Party during the training. During the event, experienced web users will train participants on easy ways to creating content using Mozilla tools.

SOO Nigeria links:

After the continent-wide launch, participants who attended the courses will have together obtained and built knowledge of open culture, IP protection and ICT skills.

Stay tuned to this blog or sign up for School of Open Announcements to be notified when each program launches in September! Learn more about how you can get involved with the School of Open at http://schoolofopen.org.

About Maker Party

School of Open and Creative Commons is excited to be partnering with Mozilla to celebrate teaching and learning the web with Maker Party. Through thousands of community-run events around the world, Maker Party unites educators, organizations and enthusiastic Internet users of all ages and skill levels.

We share Mozilla’s belief that the web is a global public resource that’s integral to modern life: it shapes how we learn, how we connect and how we communicate. But many of us don’t understand its basic mechanics or what it means to be a citizen of the web. That’s why we’re supporting this global effort to teach web literacy through hands-on learning and making with Maker Party.

About the School of Open


The School of Open is a global community of volunteers focused on providing free education opportunities on the meaning, application, and impact of “openness” in the digital age and its benefit to creative endeavors, education, and research. Volunteers develop and run online courses, offline workshops, and real world training programs on topics such as Creative Commons licenses, open educational resources, and sharing creative works. The School of Open is coordinated by Creative Commons and P2PU, a peer learning community for developing and running free online courses.

Wiki Indaba 2014

Wiki Indaba 2014 – Johannesburg
20 – 22 June 2014

Wiki Indaba is a 3 day conference to be held in Johannesburg (South Africa). It will be a gathering of African Wikimedians and other open knowledge volunteers who are aligned to our mission.

Access to mobile devices is on the increase in Africa and is expected to intensify in the next few years, increasing Africa’s on-line presence. In order to take advantage of this projected growth, it is therefore important to establish and strengthen Wikipedia and Wikimedia structures in Africa.

The establishment of Wikimedia regional co-operations in regions such as Latin America, India and Asia, has supported the progressive and systematic growth of awareness and coverage of Wikipedia in these regions. This conference is the first step towards the establishment of African co-operative structures and organs made up of Wikimedia Chapters, Wikimedians and mission aligned Thematic Organizations. This is the first regional conference to be held by and for African chapters in Africa, the region of the world with the lowest Wikipedia coverage.

Goals of the Conference

* Establish a sustainable dialogue with collaborators in Wikimedia Chapters, the Wikimedia Foundation and the international communities to frame the issue of community activation and corporate governance in the context of Africa.

* We aim to build a shared understanding of what it means to be a volunteer in Africa and why it is important.

* Connect, multiply and create successful initiatives for increasing community activation and support within regions.

* We aim to turn ideas into action.

Focus of the conference

* To help us organize sessions and accomplish our goals of developing a shared understanding and set of actions for improving wikimedia’s foot print in Africa, we intend to focus this first conference on two aspects as follows:

1. Community Activation – through gender gender specific initiatives, GLAMs and Educational institutions.
2. Corporate Governance – Chapter formations, Accountability and access to funding.


(Extended) deadline for application for scholarships 11 April 2014
Submission of proposals 31 March 2014 – 25 April 2014
Official registration 25 April 2014
Note of acceptance by 25 April 2014
Submission of Presentation Ideas 16 April 2014 – 9 May 2014
Official registration 27 April 2014 – 16 May 2014
Agenda finalized 23 May 2014
Conference 20 – 22 June 2014


You can reach Theresa Hume via theresa.hume@wikimedia.org.za for general enquires and questions concerning scholarships.

Open Knowledge Festival 2014 Berlin, 15th – 17th July


The Open Knowledge Festival 2014 will be the biggest open data and open knowledge event to date. It will be global, inclusive, participatory and expected to create a significant local and international surge of innovation.

Organised by the Open Knowledge Foundation and owned, in the broadest sense, by the open community, the Festival will bring together over 1,000 people from more than 60 countries to share their skills and experiences; encouraging them to work together to build the very tools and partnerships that will further the power of openness as a positive force for change. In addition, the festival will be a fantastic opportunity to celebrate all that the open movement has achieved so far, and an opportunity to plan and shape the landscape ahead.

Where is OKFestival 2014?

This year’s OKFestival is taking place in Berlin at the Kulturbrauerei, a large architectural complex originally built and operated as a brewery, with multiple brick buildings and courtyards.

OKFestival will occupy one entire courtyard and the surrounding buildings to create a “city-within-the-city”, comprised of indoor and outdoor spaces. In our festival home, we’ll have the flexibility to arrange the areas to suit the programme – whether for discussions, workshops, brainstorming or demos. We’re looking forward to seeing the venue come alive!


Call for entries Call for entries #BccN2014 now open!

5-8 June, Barcelona.

BccN Barcelona CC Film Festival is the first festival in the world dedicated to audiovisual works licensed under Creative Commons. WE ARE NOW selecting films to participate in BCCN 2014 V EDITION celebrating in MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona) next 5-8 June of 2014.

Films could be on any topic, any length (whether full-length, medium-length, short films, documentary, feature films and video-art). Films must have been produced in 2013, and be under a Creative Commons license.

To submit, please send an email to programacion@bccn.cc including a link to your film (private or public), captioning information, screening history and description for each work. Stronger consideration is given to works with explanations about its relation to CC License or Internet.

Deadline: March 31th,  2014.

More info at www.bccn.cc

    • Want to let people share and use your photographs, but not allow companies to sell them?
    • Looking for access to course materials from the world’s top universities?
    • Want to encourage readers to re-publish your blog posts, as long as they give you credit?
    • Looking for songs that you can use and remix, royalty-free?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then you should learn more about Creative Commons. Probably the quickest and easiest introduction to CC is to watch the following short video:

What is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.

Our free, easy-to-use copyright licenses provide a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work — on conditions of your choice. CC licenses let you easily change your copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.”

Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright.

They work alongside copyright
and enable you to modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs.

What can Creative Commons do for me?

If you want to give people the right to share, use, and even build upon a work you’ve created, you should consider publishing it under a Creative Commons license. CC gives you flexibility (for example, you can choose to allow only non-commercial uses) and protects the people who use your work, so they don’t have to worry about copyright infringement, as long as they abide by the conditions you have specified.

If you’re looking for content that you can freely and legally use, there is a giant pool of CC-licensed creativity available to you. There are hundreds of millions of works — from songs and videos to scientific and academic material — available to the public for free and legal use under the terms of our copyright licenses, with more being contributed every day.

If you would like to see what kinds of companies and organizations are using Creative Commons licenses, visit our Who Uses CC? page.

If you would like to learn more about the different CC licenses, visit our licenses page.

For those creators wishing to opt out of copyright altogether, and to maximize the interoperability of data, Creative Commons also provides tools that allow work to be placed as squarely as possible in the public domain.

Our mission

Creative Commons develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation.

Our vision

Our vision is nothing less than realizing the full potential of the Internet — universal access to research and education, full participation in culture — to drive a new era of development, growth, and productivity.

Why CC?

The idea of universal access to research, education, and culture is made possible by the Internet, but our legal and social systems don’t always allow that idea to be realized. Copyright was created long before the emergence of the Internet, and can make it hard to legally perform actions we take for granted on the network: copy, paste, edit source, and post to the Web. The default setting of copyright law requires all of these actions to have explicit permission, granted in advance, whether you’re an artist, teacher, scientist, librarian, policymaker, or just a regular user. To achieve the vision of universal access, someone needed to provide a free, public, and standardized infrastructure that creates a balance between the reality of the Internet and the reality of copyright laws. That someone is Creative Commons.

What we provide

The infrastructure we provide consists of a set of copyright licenses and tools that create a balance inside the traditional “all rights reserved” setting that copyright law creates.

Our tools give everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to keep their copyright while allowing certain uses of their work — a “some rights reserved” approach to copyright — which makes their creative, educational, and scientific content instantly more compatible with the full potential of the internet. The combination of our tools and our users is a vast and growing digital commons, a pool of content that can be copied, distributed, edited, remixed, and built upon, all within the boundaries of copyright law. We’ve worked with copyright experts around the world to make sure our licenses are legally solid, globally applicable, and responsive to our users’ needs.

Where we’re going

We build infrastructure at Creative Commons. Our users build the commons itself. We are working to increase the adoption of our tools, to support and listen to our users, and to serve as a trusted steward of interoperable commons infrastructure.


Working alongside CC staff are a worldwide group of volunteers which consists of 100+ affiliates working in over 70 jurisdictions to support and promote CC activities around the world. These affiliates and volunteers are a vital part of the success of Creative Commons both locally and globally. If you are interested in getting involved where you live, then we encourage you to contact the affiliate in your jurisdiction. A list of CC’s current affiliates can be found on the

Affiliate Network
page. If no affiliate exists in your jurisdiction, then perhaps you could help start one.

Your support

In order to achieve the vision of a world full of open content, where users are participants in innovative culture, education, and science, we depend on the backing of our users and those who believe in the potential of a global commons. We are alive and thriving thanks to the generous support of people like you. Spread the word about CC to your friends and family, and donate to help maintain Creative Commons as a robust, long-lived, and stable organization.

Creative Commons is a Massachusetts-chartered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable corporation. For more information, see the corporate charter, by-laws, most recent tax return and most recent audited financial statement.