[cc-presslist] Creative Commons Goes to Brazil

Glenn Otis Brown glenn at creativecommons.org
Tue Aug 5 14:40:50 EDT 2003


Fundação Getulio Vargas Law School of Rio de Janeiro will lead the
license translation and work to expand global access to Brazilian culture

Palo Alto, USA, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - August 5, 2003 - Creative
Commons, a nonprofit dedicated to building a body of creative works free
for copying and re-use, announced today that it would expand its
International Commons (iCommons) project to Brazil. The Fundação Getulio
Vargas (FGV) Law School, in Rio de Janeiro, will lead the effort. 

FGV and Creative Commons also announced their plans to begin work with
the Brazilian Minister of Culture, world-renowned musician Gilberto Gil,
to use the licenses to expand access to Brazilian culture, including the
country's rich musical tradition.

"We're very excited to have FGV lead iCommons Brazil," said Lawrence
Lessig, Chairman of Creative Commons and professor of law at Stanford.
"The project will demonstrate the value of a living, growing cultural

"Bringing the Creative Commons to Brazil is an important step to enhance
global access to our rich cultural heritage," said Ronaldo Lemos, project
lead and professor of law at FGV.

Announced in March 2003, iCommons is Creative Commons' project to make
its machine-readable copyright licenses useful worldwide. As lead
institution, FGV Law School will coordinate a public effort to literally
and legally translate the Creative Commons licenses for use in Brazil.
FGV will field comments on an archived email discussion at the Creative
Commons website, <http://creativecommons.org/projects/international/>.

Brazil joins Japan and Finland in the iCommons effort.

More about Creative Commons

A nonprofit corporation, Creative Commons promotes the creative re-use of
intellectual works, whether owned or public domain. It is sustained by
the generous support of The Center for the Public Domain and the John D.
and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Creative Commons is based at
Stanford Law School, where it shares staff, space, and inspiration with
the school's Center for Internet and Society. 

For general information, visit <http://creativecommons.org>.

For more information about iCommons, see

More about Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV)

Fundação Getulio Vargas, founded in 1944, is the leading Brazilian
institution in the fields of Economics and Public and Business
A nonprofit institution, its mission is to expand the frontiers of social
sciences and to contribute to the country's social and economic

Since the 70´s, FGV has been active in the field of legal education,
especially in connection with Economics and Business. Recently, FGV
created its own law school at Rio de Janeiro (FGV Direito Rio). The Law
School has been playing an important role as an interlocutor in
policymaking, as well as in the transformation of legal studies in

One of its most prominent concentration areas is Law & Technology, where
School cooperates closely with the government and with private entities,
aiming to foster the development of the Brazilian information society. In
2003, FGV´s Law School organized the iLaw Program together with the
Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, bringing the
conference to Latin America for the first time.

For more information about FGV, visit <http://www.fgv.br/>.


Christiane Asschenfeldt (Berlin)
iCommons Coordinator, Creative Commons
christiane at creativecommons.org

Ronaldo Lemos (Rio de Janeiro)
Project Lead, iCommons Brazil
Law & Technology Coordinator, FGV
rlemos at fgv.br

Glenn Otis Brown
Executive Director (Palo Alto)
1.650.723.7572 (tel)
1.415.336.1433 (cell)
glenn at creativecommons.org


Press Release
Glenn Otis Brown
Executive Director
Creative Commons
glenn at creativecommons.org
+1.650.723.7572 (telephone)
+1.415.336.1433 (mobile)
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