[Linux-aus] Fwd: Creative Commons Australia update

Brianna Laugher brianna.laugher at gmail.com
Wed Jun 13 13:36:48 EST 2012

Item #5 regarding the forthcoming Australian Law Reform Commission's
review of the Copyright Act may be of interest to LA.


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From: Liam Wyatt <liamwyatt at gmail.com>
Date: 13 June 2012 13:09
Subject: [Wikimediaau-l] Creative Commons Australia update
To: WMAu members <members at wikimedia.org.au>, Wikimedia-au
<wikimediaau-l at lists.wikimedia.org>
Cc: Scott Bibby <russavia.wikipedia at gmail.com>

Hi All,

Just a bit of an update on some of the things that Creative Commons
Australia are up to that are related to Wikimedia...

A couple of weeks ago I believe it was Russavia who was asking about
the Australian War Memorial (AWM) given commons was working out how to
deal with many deletions of their content from Commons due to not
being in the PD in the US -- due to URAA. I've had a bit of a chat and
they're apparently having some internal meetings to re-investigate
their stance on what they do when they own the relevant IP to content
- and CC-BY is specifically on the table as an option. So that's
great. Even so, It'll take a fair amount of time for any formal policy
change to happen even if everything goes "our way". Watch this
space... [these meetings are not 'in response to the URAA' but just
conveniently timed].

I'm in late-stage talks with the National Museum of Australia (NMA) to
donate about 50 images of objects currently on display in their
collection - CC-BY at 100pixels (and also hopefully a TIFF quality
aerial shot of the museum itself). This will be their first foray into
Creative Commons so I'm quite happy. They're currently just making
sure all the metadata is ready, the captions are checked by the
curators, and approval for this gets checked by various managers
(given it's their first time using CC).

This Friday morning CC-Australia is hosting a general intro to the
cultural sector (and anyone else really) about Creative Commons in
Melbourne. http://creativecommons.org.au/ccmelb2012 Myself and some
other folk are presenting. Feel free to register and come along if
you're interested/able (though I think anyone on these lists is
already very familiar with how CC works :-) ) Steven Z - would you be
happy my sending any GLAMs your way who are interested in talking to a
Wikimedian locally?

After this the CC team is meeting with Museum Victoria to help them
over the line to adopt CC for their collection database and other
parts of their IP. This discussion is about halfway between the AWM
and the NMA in terms of its progress.

Last night I went to a public lecture hosted at UTS (Sydney) called
"New Models for Copyright Law Reform" and run by the University of
Melbourne http://www.ipria.org/events/seminar/2012/CopyrightLawReform/CopyrightReform.html
The Chair of the proceedings was Jill McKeogh who is the commissioner
of the forthcoming Australian Law Reform Commission's review of the
Copyright Act. The presenters (Dan Hunter and Julian Thomas) spent a
good proportion of their talks discussing how the Wikipedia Blackout
against SOPA/PIPA was so influential and important. They also argued
that the copyright lobby's insistence on 'commercial-incentives being
the only justification for creators' was basically bollocks. You could
practically hear the copyright maximalists in the room grinding their
teeth (and they were all there - including reps. from AFACT, the
various collecting societies, the Copyright Council...). I spoke
briefly with Commissioner McKeogh afterwards and she said she was very
interested in receiving submissions that are from organisations who
are not the usual suspects [I'm paraphrasing, not quoting!].
So... I highly recommend that Wikimedia Australia (perhaps in
collaboration with others) make a submission when the call is
published - which should be soon.
http://www.alrc.gov.au/inquiries/copyright (although, the review's
ability to do anything will be limited by the scope the TPP and ACTA
trade agreements
- the author of this article was also at the seminar). Personally,
I'll be making a short, private submission focusing specifically on
getting a statutory provision equivalent to the bridgeman v. corel
precedent included in the Copyright Act.

Tomorrow myself and some other CC folks are meeting with the ABC in
Sydney to followup on the donation a few months ago of those 20 videos
We're presenting metrics on use etc. and seeing what "stage 2" might
look like.

Finally, I was invited to speak a couple of weeks ago at the State
Library of NSW's hosting of the State reference librarian's networking
group meeting http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/services/public_libraries/networking/index.html
They've been hearing about the progress at the QLD regional Wiki
training program that Wikimedia Australia's been running over the last
few months and are quite interested to undertake a similar project
across regional NSW. Which is awesome. Their Chair has written about
this and I've forwarded it on to JohnVdB.

So, sorry for the omnibus email, just though I should keep everyone in
the loop :-)

Hope everyone's well,

Peace, love & metadata

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