Public Domain Day 2015

Constant invites to the Public Domain Day 2015 (Screening)

When: Saturday 7 February 15:00-22:30
Where: afternoon: Koninklijke Bibliotheek/Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique KBR LIBRARIUM, Mont des Arts, 1000 Bruxelles &
evening: NOVA, Rue d’Arenberg 3, 1000 BRUXXEL

The Public Domain Day is celebrating works of art which enter into the public domain because their copyrights have expired. These works can be freely enjoyed, used, changed, republished by everybody.
The Public Domain Day in Brussels is co-organised by Constant, the Royal Library of Belgium, Nova Cinema, CRIDS.


The afternoon takes place at the Royal Library and is dedicated to Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the writer of Le Petit Prince.

15:00 Storytelling for children of the Petit Prince, in Dutch and French. parents allowed.
15:45 Launch of the website, a collaboration with Romaine Lubrique
16:00 Conference by Severine Dussolier about the special copyright case of de Saint-Exupéry in France. In parallel there is a workshop for children.
16:15 Guided tour along books that entered in the public domain
17:00 End

The evening programme takes place at Cinema Nova.

17:30   Hands on comics workshop around George Herriman / Krazy Kat Stéphane Noël, Pascal Matthey and other comic artists. Erwin Dejasse will contextualise the work of Herriman.
19:00   A Table d’hote is offered in the bar.
20:00-20:30     Sreening Monsieur Fantomas ; Ernst Moerman, 1937, BE, 17 minutes,
20:30-21:00     Performance The death of the Authors, 1943 (see below)
21:30-22:41     Screening Inferno, Liguoro, Padovan, Bertolini, 1911, IT, 71 minutes With live soundtrack by Jean-Philippe Saulou and Benjamin Chaval

CC Affiliates 2015 mixtape

The global community of Creative Commons Affiliates is starting a new tradition: collectively compiling an annual mixtape of great music from artists using CC licenses. This idea follows the 10-year anniversary mixtape that the European Affiliates put together back in 2012, only this 2015-edition covers the entire globe. We hope that this will be the beginning of an annual tradition: a musical tribute to – and celebration of – the talent of the artists and Creative Commons sharing tools.

The mixtape has been made by the Creative Commons Affiliates – the custodians of the CC licenses in each of these countries – as a fun volunteer side-project to showcase the musical wealth of their countries. This means, and we’d like to highlight this, that these are not artists officially endorsed by Creative Commons, but rather personal favorites of some of those community members advocating sharing culture and promoting the use of CC licenses.

Across the world millions of creators are using Creative Commons licenses to promote and spread their creativity and to find a global audience. Many of these are music artists, performers and songwriters and for this year’s tape a whopping 25 countries have contributed, covering 4 continents of amazing music cultures and artistic talents of all audio trades. Dive in to discover what the world has to offer while at the same time appreciating sharing culture. Enjoy!

You can find the mixtape on; Soundcloud or Free Music Archive

More info on the tracks and respective licenses in this file.

Open Belgium. CC for open data projects.

As open data and open data projects are becoming increasingly important as value creators in the modern-day economy, it is nice to see that important efforts are being made to professionalise and perpetuate the open data community. For a while now, it has become clear that the initial approach – which was mainly conceived as an app-competition – doesn’t suffice to keep the communities engaged, nor has it proven to be a breeding ground for sustainable businesses. Luckily high-level initiatives like the Apps4Europe project are being rolled out to provide opportunities to establish a more nurturing environment for the open data community and to foster and streamline the value creation process.
On the legal side of things, the global Creative Commons community has been working hard for the last couple of years to make sure version 4.0 of the Creative Commons licenses caters to these particular needs of open data projects. We personally believe that the new version has set a great standard for the coming years. Unfortunately we also see that data-owners of all sorts are increasingly coming up with proprietary licensing suites. It has not been said that these different license sets are lacking anything in terms of legal thoroughness or comprehensiveness. But we do fear that this license proliferation leads to increased complexity for the end user, especially when combining different datasets. Compatibility issues are never far off and different attribution standards could lead to a legal skein.
If we really want to harvest the potential of open data, we must look beyond regional and national interests when considering yet again a new licensing suite. The open data community is a global movement, so open data projects and it’s licenses should keep this premise in mind. Furthermore, data owners shouldn’t try to use copyright to force attribution claims through proprietary licenses. There are other and better ways to achieve that. Lastly, we should try to set licensing standards. Best practices for data-owners so we can standardise the way content and metadata are being licensed. This is something that can already be found in the Europeana licensing framework for cultural heritage institutions and seems to pay off in the long run.
For Open Belgium, Creative Commons Belgium has invited two very interesting speakers to dig a little deeper into this topic of licensing for data projects and license proliferation. First up is Katleen Janssen, board member of OKFN Belgium with over 12 years research experience in open data and public sector information, who will give a talk about the danger of license proliferation and how we can try to counter the preconceptions a lot of data owners have about the need of proprietary licenses. Afterwards Thomas Margoni, senior researcher at iVIR in Amsterdam, will explain the changes that have been made to version 4.0 of the Creative Commons licenses and how this can benefit open data projects.
Be sure to check out the rest of the program too. Join us at the Open Belgium Conference during Data Days (February 17-19) for an interesting day of sharing knowledge and a couple of drinks afterwards! 

CC’s Next Generation Licenses — Welcome Version 4.0!

We proudly introduce our 4.0 licenses, available for adoption worldwide as of today. These licenses — more than two years in the making — are the most global and legally robust licenses produced by CC to date. They incorporate dozens of improvements that make sharing and reuse of CC-licensed materials more easy and dependable than ever before.

We emerged from the Global Summit in Warsaw with ambitious goals. The 4.0 licenses achieve those goals, and more. These licenses are well-suited for use by governments and publishers of public sector information and other data, especially in the European Union where sui generis database rights exist. Other features include (greatly) improved readability and organization, common-sense attribution, and a new mechanism that permits those who may have violated a license term to regain rights automatically if corrected in a timely manner.

None of these improvements could have been achieved by CC alone. We have always leaned heavily on the brilliance and dedication of our impressive network of legal and public licensing experts. Just as important has been the active, vocal involvement of the broader CC community. We remain true to our stewardship obligations because of them, all of whom are deeply passionate about the issues we tackle. The 4.0 licenses, Creative Commons, and the public license development process are all the better for the involvement of these participants.

You can find highlights of the most significant improvements on our website, track the course of the public discussion and evolution of the license drafts on the 4.0 wiki page, and view a recap of the central policy decisions made over the course of the versioning process.

With the 4.0 licenses published, we will be turning our attention to official translations of the legal code in partnership with CC-Netherlands. Translations of our new deeds are also underway, with the Dutch version already completed.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the process. With your help, the 4.0 licenses are the most global, robust, and user-friendly CC licenses to date. Congratulations everyone!

The Future of Creative Commons

On the occasion of the 10th birthday of the organization, the Creative Commons HQ is looking ahead into the future, publishing a list of long-term ambitions and setting out targets and priorities for the next three years. ‘The Future of Creative Commons’ declares the mission, vision and priorities for action in a clear survey. You can read it here.

Creative Commons 10 year anniversary Mixtape!

Creative Commons is turning 10 this year. Therefore Creative Commons communities all over the world will be hosting a series of events and sharing party favors online for a ten-day celebration!

<--break->In December 2002 Creative Commons released its first set of copyright licenses for free to the public. In the years following the initial release, Creative Commons and its licenses have grown at an exponential rate around the world. The licenses have been further improved, and ported to over 50 jurisdictions. With some major platforms adopting the Creative Commons licenses and version 4.0 of the licenses around the corner, this anniversary is the perfect opportunity to reflect on the past ten years, but also to look ahead to the future!

One of the opportunities for Creative Commons to continue its rapid evolution is more collaboration between the various affiliates. During the Creative Commons regional meeting in Helsinki earlier this year we’ve decided to use the 10 year anniversary to make a joint contribution to the festivities in the form of a CC-Europe mixtape. Each country nominated a couple of songs and an expert panel of CC affiliates has picked one song per country for the final compilation. In total we’ve received contributions from 20 countries! The participating affiliates are Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Israel, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

Creative Commons Licentie
#cc10 birthday mixtape van Christian Villum is in licentie gegeven volgens een Creative Commons Naamsvermelding 3.0 Unported licentie

The resulting mixtape can be found at Free Music Archive, Soundcloud and and is available for free download under various Creative Commons licenses. The album artwork is licensed with a Creative Commons Attribution license.

You can check out all the anniversary events at and be sure to keep an eye out between December 7 and 16 for more surprises at!

CC-be on netwaves

After our visit to Radio Panik last weeks, we continued our radio-aspirations by compiling an episode for our partners of netwaves. netwaves is an organisation that promotes free music. They have a weekly radioshow on Radio Scorpio that airs only Creative Commons licensed music. The netwaves-DJ’s roam the net every day to find the best netlabel- and other Creative Commons-releases which they compile in a three hour broadcast every Wednesday evening. For the relaunch of our Belgian affiliation they’ve allowed us to compile one hour of all-Belgian Creative Commons music.

nws243 CC-be Reboot

The broadcast is available as podcast or you can download the seperate tracks. It contains tracks of some of our favorite Belgian CC artists like Herrmutt Lobby, Chatz Kostas, Dektro and many others! Be sure to check out their previous episodes as well, they have some amazing stuff in their archives!

CC-be Relaunch

It’s been almost half a year since we’ve decided to reboot the Belgian Creative Commons affiliate. During these last couple of months we’ve been busy to get organised, reconnect with the different communities and setting up this website. So now I’m pleased to announce that we are once again an official and fully operational Creative Commons affiliate. On top of that, Creative Commons worldwide is celebrating it’s 10th birthday this December. I don’t know about you guys, but we sure think this calls for a little get-together!


On December 8th we are setting up a very exclusive re-launch event with the help from the nice people from PACKED and SMartBe. The event will be hosted by iMAL in their lovely location in the heart of Brussels  The programme will consist of both showcase moments where Creative Commons artists and projects will be presented to you and an informative track where we will provide you with some more info about the licenses, the CC-BE team, our vision and goals for the next year and a round table discussion about the future of copyright with some prominent guests. Afterwards the bar will be open and we invite everyone to come and find us to talk about their interest in CC!

The programme currently looks like this but is still up for some changes:

13u30 – 14u00: Welcome with coffee and introduction of the iMAL Fablab that will be open for a visit and workshops throughout the day
14u00 – 14u15: Introduction of the CC-be team and the 2013 Road Map
14u15 – 14u30: Pieter de Vos about his CC-documentary: Mathilde’s Misses
[14u30 – 15u30] : First screening of Mathilde’s Misses
14u30 – 15u00: Infosession about the Creative Commons licenses
15u00 – 15u15: by Henk Vanstappen (PACKED)
15u15 – 15u30: CC and journalism by someone from dewereldmorgen
15u30 – 15u45: Coffeebreak
[15u45 – 16u45] : Second screening of Mathilde’s Misses
15u45 – 16u00: MathieuG about CC-design
16u00 – 16u30: Sebastiaan ter Burg about his fotography/visual work and how he makes a living as a CC-artist
16u30 – 17u30: Round-table discussion “User generated content and copyright: reflections on the future” with Dirk Vervenne (SMartbe), Frédéric Young (Directeur SACD), François Coppens (lawyer), Tobias McKenney (Google). Moderated by Séverine Dusollier (Professor intellectual property rights at the University of Namur, CC Belgium Legal Lead)
17u30 – 17u45: Chatz Kostas about why he works with Creative Commons
17u45 – 19u00: Networking with drinks while listening to a live performance from Chatz Kostas/CC-DJ’s (Netwaves)


The event will be in French, Dutch and English and it is completely free. We do ask you to register though, so we can keep track of the number of guests we can expect. There are only 100 tickets available, so don’t hesitate to register if you want to join us!



Re-Launch CC-be by CC BY-SA