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Creative Commons Launches Creative Tee Shirts


  Courtesy: Creative Commons

Creative Commons headquarters is joining the Noun Project, and Teespring are to announce an awesome, limited edition commemorative t-shirt celebrating our wonderful logo, the double ‘C’ in a circle logo.

The Creative Commons logo and license icons logo which was acquired by The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) announced ]currently featured as part of a new exhibit called, “This Is for Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good.”

During the exhibition, the Creative Commons logo and license icons for Attribution, ShareAlike, Noncommercial, and NoDerivatives were featured alongside universal designs such as the @symbol and the International Symbol for Recycling.

Friends and supporters of Creative Commons are encouraged to buy their commemorative shirts via http://teespring.com/creativecommons. You better act fast, the stocks are depleting. Sample of the shirt is pasted below.





Creative Commons Nigeria Hosts 12-Week CopyrightX Class

Courtesy: cyber.law.harvard.edu/

Creative Commons Nigeria is partnering with the HarvardX distance-learning initiative, and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society to host a twelve week training tagged CopyrightX.

CopyrightX is an annual 12 week training which explores the  local copyright laws; blending copyright law with art, entertainment, and the creative industry at large; The training will run from February 7 till April 25, 2015.

There will also be debates concerning how copyright laws should be reformed to suit the current challenges we face in the protection and distribution of creative works.

This year’s CopyRightX will be anchored by Mrs. Helen Chuma-Okoro and Mrs. Ifeoma Oluwasemilore, both copyright law experts and they will be on ground to guide participants. The anchors will get support from Barrister Idrees Ibrahim.

Though registration for CopyrightX is closed, interested participants can follow the course and participate physically every Saturday at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of Lagos, Akoka.

It is important to note that all CopyrightX materials are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License. Please click here to see the permissions on the materials. Prof William W. Fisher of Harvard Law School also wrote a review on the successes of the CopyrightX courses which he tagged ‘Lessons from CopytightX‘.

The map below shows (in blue) the countries of residence of the students who have taken the online course and (in red) the countries in which the affiliated courses have been or are currently based.


Map of CopyrightX affiliates courtesy www.copyx.org

Creative Commons Global Affiliate Network releases CC Affiliates Mixtape #1

Creative Commons Affiliates Mixtape #1

Courtesy: Tumblr

Musical works are one of our highly licensed works. The recent Creative Commons  State of the Commons Report reviewed that over 400,000 CC licensed songs have been shared via Jamendo, an independent online platform.

Plans for the mixtape started with a suggestion from CC Polish team that the CC 12th birthday be celebrated with MUSIC. Teresa Nobre led the project and yaaay, our mixtape was born.

In 24 hours, the mixtape had 3500 downloads and 6000 listens.

The mixtape features 25 songs from 25 global affiliate countries and already has a twitter

Courtesy: Twitter

Courtesy: Twitter

hashtag (#CCMixtape1) which Creative-Commoners worldwide are already exploring.

The mixtape is accessible via Free Music Archive and on SoundCloud.


Sharing is Caring


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


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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.