Creative Commons Launching in Hong Kong
Creative Commons is finally launching in Hong Kong this weekend. What is Creative Commons one might ask. Creative Commons (CC) is a copyright license that defines the spectrum of possibilities between full copyright (all rights reserved) and the public domain (no rights reserved). Their licenses help you keep your copyright while inviting certain uses of your work. In other words, it is a “some rights reserved” copyright.
The localized Hong Kong licenses, launching October 25, will enable Hong Kong creators to clearly and legally indicate the freedoms they wish their creative works to carry. The launch marks the fiftieth Creative Commons jurisdiction to celebrate the license porting.
When Creative Commons was founded in 2001, the core Creative Commons licenses were drafted according to United States Copyright Law. Following this initiative, global interest in the “some rights reserved” approach to copyright led to the development of national versions of the Creative Commons licenses. To achieve this aim, Creative Commons International (CCi) works in collaboration with a network of legal experts and professionals to build a free, multilingual licensing system that is legally enforceable in jurisdictions around the world. Through a standard license porting process, CCi and CC Project Leads have since ported the licensing suite to fifty jurisdictions. As of July 2008, there are an estimated 130 million CC-licensed works worldwide, and global license usage continues to grow.
On October 25, the Hong Kong launch will be held during an event co-sponsored by the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre and the Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity. Creative Commons founder Prof. Lawrence Lessig and CC CEO Joichi Ito will open the ceremony. Their keynotes will be followed by an open courseware presentation and a panel discussion about how Hong Kong can improve education and promote creativity through Creative Commons. The launch ceremony will be preceded by a performance by the Hong Kong band Snoblind, who have issued a number of their works under a Creative Commons license. After the launch, parallel sessions will showcase workshops and performances from different creative sectors, including the reading of a play, a bloggers’ workshop, a music workshop and two documentary workshops. For more information about the launch please visit http://hk.creativecommons.org.
Programmes of the Launch
Creative Commons Hong Kong Launch
- Special Guests: Creative Commons Founder Lawrence Lessig and Chief Executive Officer Joichi Ito
- 25 October 2008 (Saturday)
- HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity, 135 Junction Road, Kowloon
- 2:00 to 3:30pm: Launch & Main Programme
- Noon to 2 p.m and 3:30 to 6pm: Festival Activities which includes –
- Photographs Exhibit (Hong Kong Flickr Groups)
- Script reading of “An Instant Patriot” – a play by Mrs. Elizabeth Wong
- Live Music ( Snoblind )
- The Making of CC Documentaries ( v-artivist and inmedia)
- Hong Kong Bloggers workshop (Panelists: Jacky See, Poon Wing Hang, Jeff Au Yeung)
Public Lecture by Professor Lawrence Lessig
- “Free Culture and Free Society: Can the West Love Both?” The Inaugural Lee Shu Pui Leung Wai Hing Distinguished Lecture in Digital Media hosted by the Journalism and Media Studies Centre, University of Hong Kong.Delivered by Professor Lawrence Lessig, C. Wendell and Edith M. Carlsmith Professor of Law, Stanford University; Founder of Creative Commons
- October 24, 2008 (Friday); 5:00pm to 6:30pm
- Wang Gungwu Theatre, Graduate House, The University of Hong Kong
Registration to the launch events is required. For registration, click on this link,