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German court enforces Creative Commons licence. Thilo Sarrazin by Nina Gerlach / CC BY-SA This bit of news was reported by the Creative Commons Blog some weeks ago, but it deserves as much dissemination as possible.

German court enforces Creative Commons licence

The regional court of Berlin (Landgericht Berlin) has effectively enforced a CC Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA) Unported licence against a far-right party. This is great news because it is the licence used by Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Commons, lending strength to the licences in Civil Law jurisdictions, but also serving as a clear example of the way in which the licences are just as enforceable as any copyright document. The facts of the case are quite straightforward. When Copyright And Contracts Can Get In The Way Of Art. Matsya the Fish Back in January I was asked by the Brooklyn Museum to create a set of 11 iconic Vishnu avatars for an exhibit they’re planning in June.

When Copyright And Contracts Can Get In The Way Of Art

They didn't offer a whole lot of money – an “honorarium,” they called it – but said the images could be under a Free license (they said CC-BY-SA was fine). I chose to do it because it was a cool gig, right up my alley; and I love the Brooklyn Museum and was excited to have my art be part of one of their exhibits. It turned out to be more work than I expected, but I was very pleased with the results. Thus began a comedy of errors, the climax of which may have yet to be reached. Kurma the Tortoise First they wanted revisions. Israeli Court Enforces for the First Time a Creative Commons License. A court in Israel found that taking CC-licensed pictures from Flickr and publishing them in a book violated the copyright in each and every picture separately.

Israeli Court Enforces for the First Time a Creative Commons License

(Source: www.law.co.il, including a link to the decision in Hebrew). The facts are trivial: Plaintiffs, amateur photographers, uploaded their pictures to Flickr under a CC attribution, non-commercial, no-derivative license. Defendant, a commercial publisher, published the pictures both in a physical format (a book) and some of them also on its website. To the court it was evident that such unauthorized use violated all three conditions of the Creative Commons license.

It did note devote even one single word to the nature of the CC license and the consequences of its arguable breach. The court further rejected the fair use defense briefly raised by defendant, and this is probably the most interesting aspect of the decision. UPDATE:Haim Ravia, who represented plaintiffs in this case, draws my attention to the following points: Validité des Creative Commons face au droit français. Bien que la protection des ouvres sur Internet soit fidèlement encadrée par le Code de la propriété intellectuelle, ce dernier n'est pas identique dans tous les pays.

Validité des Creative Commons face au droit français

Belgian Band Wins Case Against Theater for Infringing Use of CC-Licensed Song. Lisa Katayama, November 9th, 2010 The CC BY-NC-ND license held its own in a Belgian court last week when a band called Lichôdmapwa won a lawsuit against a theater company in Brussels that commercially used a modified, unattributed version of one of their songs in an advertisement.

Belgian Band Wins Case Against Theater for Infringing Use of CC-Licensed Song

One of the band members happened to hear the song on the radio one day; he wrote to the theater company and attempted to settle off the books, but that didn’t happen–instead, the two faced each other in court. The court acknowledged that the terms of the CC license very clearly stated that the song 1. can’t be modified 2. can’t be used for commercial purposes and 3. must appear with attribution. It shot down the defense’s claim that it wasn’t aware of the terms–they’re very clearly outlined on the site the song was downloaded from. For each violated condition, the band was awarded 1500€. Czech Copyright Bill Undercuts Copyleft, Artists. Slashdot: News for nerds, stuff that matters AD:[an error occurred while processing this directive] Czech Copyright Bill Undercuts Copyleft, Artists.

Czech Copyright Bill Undercuts Copyleft, Artists

La Sacem américaine appelle aux dons pour combattre les Creative Commons » Article » OWNI_Live!, Le compositeur américain Mike Rugnetta a dévoilé sur twitter (ici et là) le message pour le moins surprenant envoyé à ses adhérents par l’ASCAP, l’équivalent américain de notre SACEM.

La Sacem américaine appelle aux dons pour combattre les Creative Commons » Article » OWNI_Live!,

Le Monde.fr aurait-il un peu de mal avec les licences Creative C. Un blogueur sachant bloguer. Je ne me suis jamais considéré comme un photographe.

Un blogueur sachant bloguer

Tout juste quelqu’un qui, comme beaucoup d’autres, aime à produire ces images – un amateur, au sens premier du terme. C’est pourquoi j’ai décidé, il y a quatre ans, en ouvrant mon compte Flickr, de placer mes photos sous licence creative commons, autrement dit d’en autoriser [...] Je ne me suis jamais considéré comme un photographe. La musique de l'Onomatopeur reprise dans Envoyé Spécial sans son. Ce sont les Creative Commons qui dérangent les Jeux Olympiques - Nous avons rapporté la semaine dernière la lettre qu'avait envoyé le Comité International Olympique (CIO) à un bloggeur australien, pour lui demander de retirer immédiatement les photos qu'il avait diffusées sur Flickr des épreuves et des stades des Jeux de Pékin.

" ", prévenait la lettre. Elle rappelait aussi que toute reproduction des marques des Jeux Olympiques, comme les célèbres anneaux, les emblèmes et les mascottes des JO, ou le mot "Olympique", étaient la propriété exclusive du CIO. Très avare d'explications, la lettre exigeait du photographe Richard Giles qu'il retire sous 48 heures les photographies incriminées. Deux décisions de justice confirment l'applicabilité des contrat.