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Working with The Public Sector in Using CC Licenses: Lessons Learned

"Working with The Public Sector in Using CC Licenses: Lessons Learned", a 15-min presentation given at the CC Asia Conference 2010. June 4-5, Seoul, Korea.


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Working with The Public Sector in Using CC Licenses: Lessons Learned

  1. 1. Working with The Public Sector in Using CC Licenses: Lessons Learned CC Asia Conference 2010 Tyng-Ruey Chuang Creative Commons Taiwan @ Research Center for Information Technology Innovation Academia Sinica
  2. 2. Outline • Who we are and where we come from • Outreach to the public sector about CC licenses • Some observations and perspectives
  3. 3. Disclaimer My observations and opinions are my own. They not necessarily represent those of my employer or any of the organizations or projects in which I am involved.
  4. 4. • Who we are – Creative Commons Taiwan – A project hosted in Academia Sinica, a government-funded research organization • Where we come from – Started in 2003 as part of the “law and policy” work in an open source initiative – CC Taiwan licenses launched in 2004 – In a unique position to talk to the public sector, educators/students, and the public
  5. 5. The Public Sector • Direct administration funded through taxation • Publicly owned corporations • Partial outsourcing [of public projects] • “Grants” from government departments – Grants not necessarily given to CC Taiwan – Relationships transcend grants
  6. 6. “Copyright Crimes and Remedies” • The “piracy problem” • CC licenses as infrastructures for large scale people-to-people content sharing and reuse • Grants to develop contents, and to hold seminars about public licensing (in particular the CC Licenses) • The audience: The public; educators and students • Importance of long-term relationships
  7. 7. Government Publications • Make them more accessible, and produce them in less cost • “More fun, less work” • Grants to develop contents, and to hold seminars about the CC Licenses • The audience: Civil servants and “decision makers” • Various types of government publications • “historical problem” v.s. “new process” • The need for best practices
  8. 8. Content Holders and Producers • Entities holding large content collections of high cultural and economic values – Archives, museums, public television services, etc. • “What are others doing with their collections?” • Seminars and consultations on pubic licensing • Audience: Program staff and stakeholders • There are always managerial considerations • Need to look into sustainability models
  9. 9. Observations • CC Licenses are getting very popular – questions about details; licenses not “cure all” • Issues of liability – how to resolve conflicts, and how to take responsibility “if something goes wrong”? • In-house counsel; sustainability model – the path from “nice idea” to “good practice” • Learning from your neighbors – eventually everyone is a smart neighbor! • Policy decisions have great implications – few major policy decisions so far, however
  10. 10. Perspectives • Need new strategies to get major policy changes – dealing with bureaucratic reality – bottom-up and top-down approaches • Is legislative process a good option? – may put people in difficult positions • Joining force from the open standards and free software movements • Voices from the younger generations (even in the public sector)
  11. 11. Thanks • Intellectual Property Office, Ministry of Economic Affairs (TIPO) • Computer Center, Ministry of Education (CC/MOE) • The Council for Cultural Affairs (CCA) • The Research, Development, and Evaluation Commission (RDEC) • Public Television Service (PTS) • Taiwan E-Learning and Digital Archive Program (TELDAP) and many more