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Leaders in Intellectual Property and Open Content from All Corners of the Globe Participating in Inaugural International Creative Commons Conference

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Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA—June 24, 2005

Creative Commons, a nonprofit organization that provides flexible
copyright licenses for authors and artists, is holding a conference
at Harvard Law School over the coming weekend of June 25 and 26,
2005, for all of its international collaboration partners, who are
responsible for the legal ‘porting’ of the Creative Commons
licenses and building community around the licenses.

Representatives from 37 countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia,
Australia, Europe, and the Middle East will be coming together to
discuss a wide range of topics, including the experience of the
Creative Commons’ collaboration partners in ‘porting’ the Creative
Commons licenses in their local jurisdiction and their experience
in terms of the local adoption of the Creative Commons licenses. In
addition, the conference will serve as a forum to discuss global
issues faced by Creative Commons and its collaboration partners
including moral rights and collecting societies.

Creative Commons began its internationalization project in 2003. To
date, Creative Commons licenses are available in 20 different
jurisdictions with another 11 jurisdictions actively in the process
of ‘porting.’ Porting involves translating the licenses
linguistically as well as legally so that the licenses are
customized for the requirements of the specific jurisdiction. In
total, Creative Commons is in talks with representatives from 70
different jurisdictions.

Christiane Asschenfeldt, Executive Director of iCommons, Creative
Commons’ legal porting project, said: “After two years of online
collaboration it will be great for all of us to eventually meet in
person to discuss the issues facing Creative Commons and our
experiences in implementing the licenses.”

Executive Director of Creative Commons’ international community
building project, Paula Le Dieu said: “This event marks the start
of Creative Commons as a truly international organization as it
gathers together for the first time the incredible group of people
that have been responsible for the growth and success of Creative
Commons as a global phenomenon.“

About Creative Commons

A nonprofit corporation founded in 2001, Creative Commons promotes
the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works—whether
owned or in the public domain—by empowering authors and audiences.
It is sustained by the generous support of the Center for the
Public Domain, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation,
the Omidyar Network Fund, and the Hewlett Foundation.

For general information, visit Creative Commons