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Team description

The Project team consists of four Nordic Creative Commons teams and Royal Institute of Technology’s VINNOVA Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Communications. The team members have set up a mailing list and have had previous communications at open content related events.


Creative Commons Finland is hosted together by Helsinki Institute for Information Technology and The University of Art and Design Helsinki.

Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (HIIT), founded in 1999, is a joint research institute of the University of Helsinki and the Helsinki University of Technology. HIIT represents high expertise both in computer science and law. In addition it has close institutional bonds with academic legal science, law-courts and The Finnish Bar Association.

HIIT conducts internationally high-level strategic research in information technology, especially in areas where Finnish IT industry has or may reach a significant global role. HIIT works in close co-operation with universities and industry, aiming to improve the contents, visibility, and impact of Finnish IT research to benefit the competitiveness of Finnish IT industry and the development of the Finnish information society. The University of Art and Design Helsinki's Media Lab provides education and research frameworks for studying digital media contents and technologies, their design, development and the effect they have on society. Media Lab’s work is characterized by the collaboration of people from a wide variety of disciplines and cultures.

Key personnel: Herkko Hietanen has been the CC-Finland leader since 2004. He has worked with Creative Commons team in San Francisco and as a visiting scholar in UC Berkley School of Information. Currently Hietanen teaches law and technology in Lappeenranta University of Technology and conducts p2p research at Helsinki Institute for Information Technology. His publications include several academic papers and he has co-authored a book "Community Created Content, law business and policy" that has received excellent reviews from the open content community. Herkko is writing his PhD thesis on open content licensing which he hopes to finish early 2008.

Herkko is also a partner in Turre Legal law firm and has extensively worked with user created and open content projects. Herkko has counseled several media companies and productions in open content licensing recently helped to design the open content licensing and distribution strategy for the Star Wreck motion picture. Herkko will be the project leader of the Summit and responsible for organizing the event.


IT University is a faculty within Göteborg University. It is a new addition to the centre for IT research, education and development in the west of Sweden. This venture offers excellent scope for cooperation between researchers within different areas of expertise and specializations. The programs offered are based on advanced research and are in a constant state of development. Göteborg University offers the most comprehensive range of courses and degree programs in Sweden. Göteborg University has about 40 000 students, a staff of well over four thousand, and almost as many part-time teachers spread over approx. 70 departments.

The VINNOVA Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Communications is a recently established Centre of Excellence at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm funded over a ten-year period by VINNOVA, KTH and partners from Swedish industry and society. The Centre will develop innovative applications of media and communications technologies that can contribute, directly or indirectly, to sustainable development by enabling collaboration, interaction and communication exchange between people in different locations. Furthermore, the Centre will develop innovative user–oriented services, products, environments, business models, methods and tools.

Key personnel:

Mathias Klang currently holds positions both at the University of Lund and the University of Göteborg. In Lund he is conducting a copyright research project aimed at developing the state of Open Access at university libraries in Sweden. In Göteborg Mathias conducts research in the field of legal informatics with particular interest in copyright, democracy, human rights, free expression, censorship, open access and ethics. He has published several articles in these topics. Among his recent work is a co-edited volume (with Andrew Murray) entitled “Human Rights in the Digital Age” and he defended his PhD thesis "Disruptive Technology" in October 2006.

Mathias is a coordinator of the Resistance Studies Network, he has been Project Lead for Creative Commons Sweden since 2004 and a member of the Free Software Foundation Europe team since 2006.

Marko Turpeinen is Professor of Media Technology at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Helsinki University of Technology and a M. Sc. Degree in Media Arts and Sciences from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His academic research addresses issues in customized media content and active computer-mediated communities. Previously he has worked at Alma Media Corporation, a Finnish media company, as Director of Business Opportunities.


Creative Commons is working with the Law Department of Copenhagen Business School to create Denmark jurisdiction-specific licenses from the generic Creative Commons licenses. CBS also facilitates Creative Commons Denmark - a broadly founded forum which purpose is to promote Creative Commons in Denmark.

Copenhagen Business School has around 14,000 students and an annual intake of around 1,000 exchange students. With this number of students as well as around 400 full-time researchers and around 500 administrative employees, CBS is the one of the 3 largest business school in Northern Europe.

Key personnel:

Legal Project Lead: Jan Trzaskowski

Public Project Lead: Henrik Moltke

Henrik Moltke is an independent media professional, documentary maker and freelance journalist. He has been promoting the Creative Commons licensing system in Denmark since 2005, and a part of the "movement" since 2003. Henrik handles non-legal issues, PR and press, frequently gives presentations and talks and liaises with users and partners on behalf of Creative Commons Denmark. He is also the co-director of the internationally acclaimed feature length documentary, Good Copy Bad Copy (broadcast on DR2 in Denmark, soon to be broadcast by FST, Finland, and others).


Creative Commons Norway's affiliate institution is Oslo University College (OUC). OUC offers the broadest portfolio of professional studies available in Norway to 11,000 students. OUC is based on strong traditions in professional education and research, and OUC is therefore glad to facilitate Creative Commons Norway.

Oslo University College has more than 50 academic degrees in the following areas: Business Administration, Engineering, Fine Art, Design and Drama, Health Sciences, Media Studies, Social Sciences, and Teacher Education. The students and academics will all benefit from the affordances of Creative Commons to communicate clearly about the use of their works.

Key Personell:

Legal Project Lead: Peter Lenda

Public Project Lead: Gisle Hannemyr

Peter Lenda has been CC-Norway's legal project leader since 2004. Peter is a lawyer with a backgound at the Centre for Computers and Law at the University of Oslo. He has previously worked for the private law firm Simonsen & Føyen DA on copyright law, and currently works for Norway’s largest financial services group DnB-Nor.

Gisle Hannemyr took over the task as CC-Norway's public project lead in the summer of 2007, but he has been part of the Norwegian Creative Commons team since 2004 and has been taking part in the open source software community since the 1990ies. He is currently on leave from his position as head of the Digital Media study program at the University of Oslo to serve full time on the Norwegian Governement's commission on privacy. He also serves on the "digital task force" of the Norwegian Author's Association that looks specifically on how professional authors can make use of new digial means of creating and sharing. His work on digital media has been cross-disiplinary, spanning computers, law and media science. He has published several popular and academic papers on free and open content, technology, power and copyright. In 2002 he was awarded the Norwegian Computer Society's Rosing Academy's Rosing's Honour Award for his writings and public lectures on free and open content.

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