Prism Magazine Embraces Creative Commons

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Prism, an alternative web-based magazine founded by Maher Arar, announced today that it is making its online content, including articles and videos, available for licensing worldwide under a flexible Creative Commons Non Commercial License

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This move by Prism Magazine will provide not-for-profit publishers with a free source of high quality content, but just as importantly, it also bypasses time-consuming licensing overhead such as lengthy permissions processes.

Publishers of magazines (print or web-based) and bloggers are now free to republish Prism's blog posts, articles, and videos as long as they respect the following simple rules:

  •     Licensee can’t edit Prism's material.
  •     Licensee can’t use the content for commercial purposes.
  •     Licensee has to link to the Prism web site and attribute the content to the author (read the Republishing Rules web page for further details).

"We feel that the important and progressive opinions expressed by our distinguished contributors should reach as wide an audience as possible," commented Maher Arar, Publisher of Prism. "Licensing under Creative Commons makes sense to us: Prism’s role as a magazine is to encourage conversation -- we don’t want any obstacles between our audience and our contributors, " added Richard Swain, Prism's Senior Editor.

This move by Prism Magazine provides not-for-profit publishers with a free source of high quality content, but just as importantly, it also bypasses time-consuming licensing overhead such as lengthy permissions processes.

For more details on the free use of Prism's content, please visit the Republishing Rules web page on the Prism web site.

Prism Magazine is an online not-for-profit magazine that provides in-depth coverage and analysis of security related issues that are often not in the mandate of the mainstream press. Accountability, transparency and good governance are also part of Prism’s mandate as these subjects are very much intertwined with security practices. Prism brings our readers news and views that matter. For more information about Prism please visit its web site at http://www.prism-magazine.com.

Maher Arar is a passionate advocate of human rights and is a frequent speaker at national security related events. In January 2010, he founded Prism, an online not-for-profit magazine that focuses on the in-depth coverage and analysis of national security related issues. Maher’s persistent and disciplined struggle has garnered him multiple recognitions and awards. TIME magazine chose Maher as the “Canadian Newsmaker of the Year” for 2004, and in 2007, the same magazine named him to the TIME 100, its annual listing of 100 most influential people in the world. He was also named “The Nation Builder” by the Globe and Mail for the year 2006. Maher is a frequent contributor to public discussion on matters related to national security. His commentary appears in publications such as The Globe and Mail, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, The Ottawa Citizen and others.

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