In early 2018 Creative Commons took part in a week of writing and posting articles dedicated to ‘Copyright Week’; a week dedicated to ‘Fighting for Better Copyright Law and Policy.’
Everyday saw a new topic of conversation that affected the copyright community in one way or another; the topics of discussion included: public domain and how copyright policies should encourage creativity, controlling one’s own device with licensing agreements and (trying) to find loopholes around technological restrictions, transparency in the laws and copyright policies, copyright being used to encourage freedom of speech and discourage censorship and finally the safe harbor protections.
The movement was alive and active on Twitter with many writers interacting and sharing their voice to the discussions; transparency was key as many individuals criticized their national policies as well as international agreements and treaties for not doing enough in safeguarding copyright rights.
The initiative is attempting to end Internet Censorship worldwide through the above – by discussing, criticising and in some cases even suggesting alternative reforms – and providing a voice as well as information on all things copyright to individuals who are well-versed and laymen in copyright laws. Organizations such as Wikipedia, Internet Archive, and Public Domain Review (to name a few) are lending their resources and platforms to Creative Commons in an attempt to ‘protect and expand the public domain’.
As the world moves forward into further technological advancements initiatives such as Copyright week as well as the use of social media sites will become key in advocating for the rights an individual has in terms of the way they use the public domain to share their work and voice and how they can protect themselves when the question of provisions comes into play.
This initiative is something that Creative Commons Kenya or even Creative Commons Africa as a whole can partake in in order to increase their own spheres of influence in their respective states. This blogger is of the opinion that in order for Copyright Infringement to be more of a household subject in homes, beyond just authors looking to protect their works, is to educate the masses. In 2015 this blogger wrote about the School of Open. Open access and Open education should be an initiative that should be further pushed and followed in 2018.