Join Creative Commons and JISC for a discussion on the value of copyright and open innovation in the digital age
Launch Reception of The Power of Open
Creative Commons is launching The Power of Open, a book that highlights the role of copyright, content sharing and collaboration in driving innovation in the digital age. Copyright was created long before the emergence of the Internet, and can make it hard for Internet users to legally share content, and for content owners to protect their intellectual property on the Web.
Creative Commons is the non-profit organisation behind a copyright framework and global standard for licensing that meets the needs of individual creators, companies and Internet users. It makes creative, educational and scientific content more accessible and usable on the Internet, helping to unlock the creative power of today’s connected world.
The Power of Open is a study into how Creative Commons’ licensing and copyright tools contribute to collaboration and innovation. It includes case studies of leading scientists, educators, artists and entrepreneurs, who have benefited from Creative Commons' tools. They include Jonathan Worth, an internationally recognized photographer whose work is part of the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery.
At the launch event, Creative Commons will offer an introduction to The Power of Open given by Professor Paul Webley, along with presentations by:
Ben White - on the importance of clear and open licensing for innovation
Jonathan Worth - on the importance of content sharing and collaboration for the creative industries
The evening will conclude with a hosted reception.
About Creative Commons: Creative Commons’ licensing has been widely adopted by organizations such as Wikipedia, Al Jazeera, GlaxoSmithKline, YouTube and Flickr, as well as dozens of governments, libraries, museums and galleries around the world. At present, over 500 million pieces of content have a Creative Commons license.
About JISC: JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) inspires UK colleges and universities in the innovative use of digital technologies, helping to maintain the UK's position as a global leader in education. JISC is funded by the UK higher and further education funding bodies and UK Research Councils.
About Professor Paul Webley: Professor Paul Webley took office as Director and Principal of SOAS in August 2006. Previously, he served as Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Exeter, UK. Professor Webley’s undergraduate and postgraduate education was at the London School of Economics.
About Ben White: Ben White is the head of Intellectual Property at the British Library, overseeing both licensing with journal publishers as well as leading copyright advocacy on behalf of the British Library.
About Jonathan Worth: Jonathan Worth is an internationally recognized photographer who works from London and New York. His work has appeared in numerous publications and exhibitions, and is part of the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery.
Photo: Jonathan Worth CC-BY-NC-SA