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CC Guatemala: “Free to Choose, To Create, To Innovate, To Learn, To Imagine”

United States
Michelle Thorne, October 22nd, 2008

Guatemala City, Guatemala and Berlin, Germany — On October 23 in Guatemala City, the University Francisco Marroquin will host an event to celebrate the localized Creative Commons licenses in Guatemala. Jimmy Wales, Creative Commons Board member, will hold the keynote address “Free to choose, to create, to innovate, to learn, to imagine” at a ceremony in the Auditorium Juan Bautista Gutierrez.

The Creative Commons Guatemala team is lead by Renata Avila, who coordinated the porting process and public consultation with local and international legal experts. At the launch, CC Guatemala’s institutional host, the University Francisco Marroquin and its New Media Center, will release a vast amount of material and education resources under the Guatemalan licenses. The Lienzo de Quauhquechollan: A Chronicle of Conquest will be available under a localized CC license as well. Plaza de la Libertad will host an exhibition Xelajú Lights at the launch venue.

Furthermore, the region’s first orphan works rescue program will be initiated by the Ludwig von Mises Library of the University Francisco Marroquín. The program will scan twentieth-century Central American works in cooperation with the Internet Archive.

The porting of the Guatemalan licenses is an important stride towards strengthening and building the global commons. The launch precedes the Latam Commons 2008 conference in Santiago, Chile, on November 19-21. The conference, focusing on the public domain and “open licensing, open technologies, and the future of education in Latin America” will be hosted by ccLearn and Derechos Digitales, and attended by CC Project Leads, ccLearn staff, and interested stakeholders from Latin America.

About University Francisco Marroquin and the New Media Centre

The University Francisco Marroquín`s mission is to teach and disseminate ethical, legal, and economic principles of a society for free and responsible persons. With the CC licenses, it will help creators and users liberate their creativity and share their knowledge and imagination without the burden of unnecessary legal obstacles.

Its New Media department, founded in 2001, was created to assist faculty members, researchers, and students in the use, creation, and management of digital resources that complement their academic work. It actively assist departments and professors who wish to incorporate digital media into their courses by teaching various short courses in video and multimedia production. These developments permit greater faculty and student participation in the creation and use of teaching resources and mean that digital video is becoming an important tool in the provision of course material at UFM. For more information, please visit newmedia.ufm.edu/.

About Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2001, that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works, whether owned or in the public domain. Through its free copyright licenses, Creative Commons offers authors, artists, scientists, and educators the choice of a flexible range of protections and freedoms that build upon the “all rights reserved” concept of traditional copyright to enable a voluntary “some rights reserved” approach. Creative Commons was built with and is sustained by the generous support of organizations including the Center for the Public Domain, the Omidyar Network, The Rockefeller Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, as well as members of the public.
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