Digital Civil Rights in Europe

Article published in EDRi-gram 6.17

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
http://creativecommons.org/license/?lang=ro.

CC Romania Promotes Creativity with Localized Licenses (1.09.2008)
http://creativecommons.org/press-releases/entry/9092

Culture of freedom (only in Romanian, 3.09.2008)
http://legi-internet.ro/blogs/index.php?title=cultura_libertatii&m…

Creative Commons in Romania (only in Hungarian, 4.09.2008)
http://tech.transindex.ro/?cikk=8024

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