After much work by many people over the past year, Creative Commons Hong Kong will officially launch on October 25th, with CEO Joi Ito and Creative Commons founder Larry Lessig as very special guests. The ceremony and "festival" will feature speeches by both distinguished guests, a panel discussion in Cantonese, musical and theatrical performances, open courseware demonstrations, and blogger workshops - all aimed to demonstrate how Creative Commons' more flexible approach to copyright can facilitate creativity, innovation, and strengthen young people's understanding of copyright.
The evening before we'll have another treat: Lessig will give a public lecture at Hong Kong University, titled: “Free Culture and Free Society: Can the West Love Both?” I expect his talk will generate some lively discussion.
See the Creative Commons Hong Kong website for more details and to register for both events.
For readers who don't know what I'm talking about:
Creative Commons (CC) is a copyright license that defines the spectrum of possibilities between full copyright (all rights reserved) and the public domain (no rights reserved). Our licenses help you keep your copyright while inviting certain uses of your work. In other words, it is a “some rights reserved” copyright.
We have localized the Creative Commons copyright licenses, in compliance with Hong Kong’s Copyright Ordinance, in order to make them easier for Hong Kong people to use.
Want to know more? Here is a podcast with me and other members of Creative Commons Hong Kong speaking at this month's Web Wednesday event, and here is a video: