Launching Creative Commons Romania

By EDRi · September 10, 2008

(Dieser Artikel ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar)

On 2 September 2008, EDRi-member Association for Technology and Internet –
APTI Romania organized an event to announce the availability of the
localized Creative Commons (CC) licences.

The event was organized with the help of the Center for Independent
Journalism and HI-Q band and gathered users of the CC licences,
journalists and bloggers that discussed the way the CC licences would fit
the present Romanian copyright-related framework.

Bogdan Manolea, the CC Legal Lead of the Creative Commons Romania project
started with a presentation where he explained the CC philosophy and an
introduction to the CC licences. The public was interested in other details
of the practical implementation of CC licences starting with the way
Attribution works and ending with the practical advantages of choosing CC
licences for an artist.

On the latter issue, Florin Grozea from the popular band HI-Q pointed out
that the licences are a valid solution to some of the problems the artists
face, by providing a more flexible set of rules than the traditional
copyright. He also presented a practical case with their older very
well-known Hi-Q song – Gasca mea (My Mob), where they receive a lot of
requests from teenagers to use the song in preparing non-commercial videos
to share them online with their friends, whereas the purpose of the song
is to share the fun spirit of the HI-Q band, so such a request should be
granted directly. With a CC licence the conditions in using a creative work
are very simple and easy to understand. On this occasion the HI-Q band
announced a contest where the vocal tracks of the band for their next
single will be released under the Romanian CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license, and fans
will be invited to create remixes of the tracks and upload them on
music-sharing websites. The best covers might be also included on the next
album of the band.

Razvan Rusu from Travka band, that released their last album under a CC
licence last year, explained that they looked for “kind of an open source
licence” that could be used for their music, so this is how they found and
agreed to use the CC licences.

Ioana Avadani, from the Center of the Independent Journalism, emphasized the
fact that the attribution in the today’s reality might be more important
than all the other author’s rights. She also pointed out that the small TV
and radio stations are now forced to close down, because of the demand to
pay several copyright royalties, so basically, we are killing with the
current copyright system the small local news sources.

The Romanian licenses are the 26th ported Creative Commons suite in Europe
and the 47th worldwide.

Creative Commons Licenses in Romanian

CC Romania Promotes Creativity with Localized Licenses (1.09.2008)

Culture of freedom (only in Romanian, 3.09.2008)

Creative Commons in Romania (only in Hungarian, 4.09.2008)