Creative Commons

Photo by Phantom3Pix, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Creative Commons: Preserving culture, 1 billion items at a time

The golden ceiling of a mosque in Iran, an orange and white lighthouse in Germany, the red roof of a Buddhist temple in Thailand. This year’s Wiki Loves Monuments photo contest winners glow with the colorful cultural heritage of the world. And the over 230,000 entries poured into Wikimedia projects with the help of Creative Commons licenses.

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"LOC Main Reading Room Highsmith" by Carol M. Highsmith, under public domain

Supporting access to mass digitization collections

The Wikimedia Foundation, in coordination with Creative Commons and the Internet Archive, urges the U.S. Copyright Office not to propose a pilot program that inhibits fair use or undermines freely accessible mass digitization projects.

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Photo by Christopher Lee Adams, public domain.

#FREEBASSEL: Free culture advocate who built 3D renderings of Palmyra missing in Syria

Open-source advocate and Wikipedian Bassel Khartabil has been taken from a Syrian prison and brought to an unknown location. Photo by Christopher Lee Adams, public domain. Update: Creative Commons and others report that Bassel’s life may be in immediate danger. Noura Ghazi Safadi, Bassel’s wife, wrote on Facebook on Nov. 12th that “I’ve…

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Video by Victor Grigas and Reetta Kemppi, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Drone photography of Versailles: Lionel Allorge

France-based photographer Lionel Allorge was drawn to Wikimedia Commons from the appeal of free and open licensing. Now, his images illustrate articles of grand monuments and landmarks in his home country.

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"Tunguska E.M.S. for Creative Commons (track 11, pic.2)" by David Revoy / Blender Foundation, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

Wikimedia Russia and Tunguska Electronic Music Society release first freely licensed 3plet album

Recently, Wikimedia RU and the free music society “Tunguska E. M. S.” announced the release of their first mutual album, published in the new digital format 3plet and distributed under the Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0 open licence. […]

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"Indu Gnaana Vedika Wikisource event flyer" by రహ్మానుద్దీన్, under CC-BY-SA-3.0

The First ever Creative Commons event in Telugu: Ten Telugu Books Re-released Under CC

Telugu is one of the 22 scheduled languages of the Republic of India (Bhārat Gaṇarājya) and is the official language of the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and the Union Territory district of Yanam. In India alone Telugu is spoken by 100 million people and is estimated to have 180 million speakers around the world. The government of India declared Telugu a Classical language in 2008.

Telugu Wikipedia has been in existence for more than 10 years and has 57,000 articles. Telugu Wikisource is one of the sister projects that has more than 9,400 pages. Several Telugu books are being typed and proofread using Proofread extension. […]

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Creative Commons releases version 4.0: Congratulations!

Yamashita Yohei – CC on Orange Today, Creative Commons announced the release of version 4.0 of their license suite. CC drafted version 4.0 in order to create a more international, adoptable, and long-lasting license. As a long-time supporter and user of Creative Commons, Wikimedia congratulates CC on the release. We…

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What are readers looking for? Wikipedia search data now available

(Update 9/20 17:40 PDT)  It appeared that a small percentage of queries contained information unintentionally inserted by users. For example, some users may have pasted unintended information from their clipboards into the search box, causing the information to be displayed in the datasets. This prompted us to withdraw the files….

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Wikimedia community approves license migration

Today we announced some fantastic news. The proposal to see Wikimedia’s content adopt a new dual license system has been voted on and approved by the Wikimedia community.  With the full approval of our Board of Trustees, this now means that the Wikimedia Foundation will proceed with the implementation of…

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Vote on Wikimedia licensing update underway

One of the core principles under which Wikipedia and all other Wikimedia Foundation projects operate is that the knowledge contributed by hundreds of thousands of volunteers shouldn’t be locked into our servers. People should be able to re-use and re-purpose it in countless useful ways, commercial or non-commercial, to ensure…

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