Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Creative Commons Global Summit Finale

The Creative Commons Global Summit 2013 concluded on Saturday, with a full day (literally – not even a break for lunch!) of talks on a wide variety of subjects. Favorite subjects seem to be CC as applied in the real world – in the creative industries, in open government, and in open educational resources (OER).
With CC Summit concluded, it's time to celebrate!
Van Der Helst,
Celebration of the Peace of Münster, 1648
Also notable were discussions about copyright reforms and copyright developments around the world. One speaker provided a fascinating review of 22 Arab countries and their varied approaches to copyright exceptions. For example, most Arab countries provide some form of compulsory license to translate documents into Arabic (i.e., with or without the consent of the author). Some of the countries extend this to anybody with a desire to do the translation, whereas other countries restrict the license to specific translators (e.g., libraries or government) or to specific documents.

CC licensing activities by a group of Egyptian short film makers provided a welcome indication that, despite (or in some cases because of?) the turmoil in that country, creative industries continue to create.

Finally, closing remarks by the CC Argentina affiliate gave a good indication just how much work went into preparation for such a substantial and successful Global Summit. There has been talk of hosting a future Global Summit in Africa, which would certainly be welcome, but this blogger’s head spins at the thought of organizing visas and other travel documents for 200 attendees from every continent!

Immediately after the formal ending of the conference, African delegates took the opportunity to gather and discuss CC’s activities on the Continent. In attendance were delegates from (in no particular order) Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, Nigeria, and Ghana.  Although this blogger was forced to leave early so as not to miss his departing flight, the discussion was lively and informative. With the addition of CC Kenya this year, and with CC Ghana seemingly just around the corner, the footprint of CC in Africa is rapidly and deservedly growing.

And so, a final thought. This CC Global Summit was, reportedly, the best attended Summit to date in terms of number of Affiliates. Indeed the diversity of attendees was quite impressive. In this age of ever-expanding copyright protection, it is comforting to have seen the varied and tireless efforts by CC and CC affiliates to push for open content.

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