Society Receives €49000 in Funding to Bring Creative Commons to Artists

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The Swedish Society for Free Culture and Software has been granted €49 000 in funding from the Nordic Culture Point and the Nordic Culture Fund for a project that aims to bring knowledge about the so called “Some rights reserved” concept to Nordic artists.

The Swedish Society for Free Culture and Software has been granted €49 000 in funding from the Nordic Culture Point and the Nordic Culture Fund for a project that aims to bring knowledge about the so called “Some rights reserved” concept to Nordic artists.

“There is no Nordic country where this concept can not be used and we believe it's due time that Nordic artists engage more with this concept and enjoy its benefits,” says executive director Jonas Öberg, and continues, “Getting Nordic creators together is our primary task here: we need to get the communities talking.”

The project, aptly named “Some Rights Reserved for Nordic Artists”, will also work to showcase the works of Nordic artists internationally. By a combination of efforts from the community, artists, and with the resources made available in the project, an online showcase of creative works available under the “Some rights reserved” concept will be launched, featuring the works of Nordic artists.

The Nordic Culture Fund motivates its grant thus: ”The options of copyright protection are highly relevant to the Nordic world of art and culture and the Nordic Culture Fund assesses this project to have long term effects for many artists in a broad range of fields.”

“We're very grateful for this support by the Nordic Culture Point and the Nordic Culture Fund. This is the first time we're able to commit to such a project on a truly Nordic scale,” says project assistant Julia Velkova.

The concept, spearheaded by the international organisation Creative Commons, offers a compelling option to full copyright protection and gives alternatives for protecting and disseminating creative works.

Launched in 2001, Creative Commons gives a way by which artists from various fields can distribute their works allowing others to benefit and build upon their work, while still retaining full copyright protection and attribution right. By 2008, the number of works available through this concept reached more than 130 million world wide.

From September 2010 to June 2011, the Society for Free Culture and Software will gather regional artists, writers, designers and musicians in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and the Faroe Islands for workshops and training events focusing on raising awareness of and practical knowledge on how to apply the “Some rights reserved” concept.

The Nordic Culture Point comments: "One of the Culture and Art Programme's central aims is to support projects that share knowledge and expertise in the field of culture and art within the Nordic countries. Projects like this can help to bring the artists from different fields and different Nordic countries together around an issue that is common for them all."

The “Some Rights Reserved for Nordic Artists” project got its go-ahead from the Nordic Culture Point and the Nordic Culture Fund just a short while after the society launched a separate but related project to bring the regional Creative Commons communities closer together in a network. Between the two initiatives, the society will spend over €60 000 which will be dedicated to the creation of networking opportunities and raising the competences of the Nordic artists through live meetings and workshop in order to bridge the gap between the Nordic countries.

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