Creative Commons would like to thank its prior affiliate Bienes Comunes for its hard work creating the Argentina jurisdiction-specific licenses.
Thanks to Patricio Lorente for being the Public Leader from 2010 until 2012.
Prior Legal Lead: Professor Ariel Vercelli
Roadmap 2011 Argentina, Submitted on February 11, 2012 by Fundación Vía Libre & Wikimedia Argentina.
Afiliated Institutions: Wikimedia Argentina - Fundación Vía Libre
Complete list of all members of the Affiliate Team, their roles, and field(s) of expertise
Beatriz Busaniche is a professor at the Social Sciences Faculty of the National University of Buenos Aires, works for Vía Libre Foundation and is a Founding Member of Wikimedia Argentina, where she served as Executive Director from April 2011 to May 2012. She has earned a Mass Communication Degree from National Univesity of Rosario and is finishing her Masters Degree on Intellectual Property at FLACSO Argentina. She's our public team leader for FVL. http://www.vialibre.org.ar and http://www.bea.org.ar
Evelin Heidel is a student at the University of Buenos Aires. She works in the Faculty of Philosophy and Literature in the University of Buenos Aires as responsible of the Digitization Program, and has been active in promoting free access to educational materials at the University since 2007. Member of Vía Libre Foundation and Wikimedia Argentina, and regular contributor of www.derechoaleer.org, where along with Juan Pablo Suárez develop a DIY BookScanner Project for Argentina. She is the Public Leader for WA. http://www.wikimedia.org.ar
Patricio Lorente is member of the International Board of Wikimedia Foundation and one of the Founding members of Wikimedia Argentina. He worked as the Chairman of Wikimedia Argentina until 2012. Patricio works at the National University of La Plata. A very active wikipedian, he is an administrator in Wikipedia in Spanish since 2006. Visit http://www.wikimedia.org.ar and http://www.patriciolorente.com.ar
Lila Pagola is a photographer, designer and visual artist. She is a professor at the National University of Villa María and the National University of Cordoba. Based in Córdoba, where she is one of the main promoters of Free Culture, Lila is the main editor of RWX, a CC licensed free culture digital magazine. She is one of the leaders of Nomade Project. Member of Vía Libre Foundation and Wikimedia Argentina. http://www.nomade.org.ar and http://culturarwx.net/
Juan Pablo Suárez is a Graphic Designer (University of Buenos Aires), musician and free software user. He works freelance in graphic design since 1995 and develops his activism in favour of free access to culture from his blog "Derecho a Leer", www.derechoaleer.org, and from a section in Users magazine. Juan Pablo collaborates regularly with organizations from the free culture field, and at this moment he is working in the content management system Cyclope GPL at CodigoSur organization. http://www.derechoaleer.org
José C. Massón is an engineering student at the National Technology University, Buenos Aires, who is active in the free software and in the community media movements. At FM La Tribu, he leads the first radio program distributed under CC license in Argentina. José works as a free software developer at Cooperativa GCoop. http://www.fmlatribu.com and http://www.gcoop.coop
Gabriel Acquistapace is the main leader of USLA Project, (Free Software Users of Argentina), a free software infrastructure project aiming to support free culture and free software using free, community driven and self managed infrastructure for the community. He has strong ties with the national free software community. Member of FVL and of the Board of Wikimedia Argentina. http://www.usla.org.ar
Soledad Nakama is a member of Vía Libre Foundation. She is interested in the educational field. http://www.vialibre.org.ar
Matías Lennie is a musician with a long experience and commitment in the free culture field. As one of the founders and active promoters of RedPanal.org he has been producing music and audio projects under CC Licenses and participating in several free culture initiatives in Argentina and the region. http://www.redpanal.com
Overall, the CC licenses provide the necessary debate on Intellectual Property Law in Argentina, offering legal alternatives which are viable, sustainable and which propose a model of creation and circulation of culture based on diversity.
Regarding the specific role of licenses, the free culture movement in Argentina is expanding from its original core -mainly associated with free software, and some independent art initiatives-to broader public, especially in academic through open access initiatives.
Creative Commons provides a set of legal tools effective, practical and easily usable for large user profiles, which are strategic for these initiatives, and that's the reason why they have been chosen as licenses in most of cultural projects. In that sense, it is important to strengthen the understanding of new users of CC licenses, about its significance, its legal compliance, among other things that have begun to reveal as problematic issues in license adoption.
The community working in free culture projects in Argentina is active and heterogeneous. Initially the community gathered around the free software proposal, where there is a strong community that shares principles, resources, ways of working and meeting points, etc. Later, authors from other disciplines and cultural fields have been joining the community. In that sense, the concept of free culture, in general, is a catalyst for individual initiatives, and begins to prove very rewarding at crossings that occur between the respective cultural fields.
The role of Creative Commons licenses so far has been primarily as a practical solution to the decision to move production to all rights reserved to no or some restrictions conditions. We believe that our jurisdiction could function as a "conceptual" catalyst (not just pragmatic) of the agents involved in the discussion about the intellectual property of Argentina, and bring that vision and experience to the international network of CC. This seems especially valuable in situations such as the discussion of the Law Lleras of Colombia, or Digital Rate project in Argentina, as a regional network, we can help visualize the problems and strategies to support regional working.
What are the three most important focus areas on which the Affiliate Team will work during this time period? Please consider community building and adoption goals among your priorities.
1. Focus-area: Community building
A strong community that understands the licenses, promotes the free culture and enhances local community participation in the free culture projects, will serve as a good broadcaster of the licenses and its benefits. In 2011 we made some progress, since we participated in different meetings and workshops with artists and creators, and we made interviews for the website that allowed people who had been working with Creative Commons licenses knew of the existence of the local organization. In 2012, there will be local and national meetings that will help us achieving this goal. Also there are two or three main projects of free culture going on in spanish that will help us to reach a broader community than the usual.
2. Focus-area: Adoption goals and deep comprehension on license terms
To increase the use of CC licenses over copyright is a goal that has been meeting for several years, as part of the work of several local organizations, of which the CC team members participate. For the last years, the adoption of free licenses is expanding gradually to other areas, such as higher education or artistic production not necessarily related to new media and / or software and free culture. However, one of the problems detected between these groups is the difficulty in understanding the real scope of the license terms, their compatibility with certain applications, or even incorrect interpretations of their legal scope.
3. Focus-area: Communication
The communication area has been important during 2011 to help people to deep understand CC licenses, to promote new artists which are giving their first steps with Creative Commons, to make public some important cases of adoption and to make public our agenda as Creative Commons. During 2012, we want to strenght the resolution of doubts about licenses and to help promoting more artists. Also we think we really need to have an official brochure to solve some doubts that we have seen, which really worry to us since they show the lack of comprehension of license terms.
4. Focus-area: Education (public universities, OER, Conectar Igualdad)
Education is a key area for the dissemination, discussion and implementation of CC licenses, as well as an important field to promote substantive discussions on access to knowledge, culture in digital environments and individual freedoms associated to it. Priority areas in Argentina are:
The outputs we plan to complete are as follows
Tentative schedule for public meetings / events
|Month||Description of the event|
|February to August||Participation in the Project Libre Bus Cono Sur, as co-organizers in Argentina. Libre Bus will travel through some of the Southern Cone countries (Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile) for a certain period of time (20 to 30 days during the year 2012), making activities in the free culture field (knowledge, software, education, art, biodiversity), in ICT and in digital tools for freedom of expression and freedom to share. People of different nationalities and with different skills and knowledge in the fields mentioned above, will be travelling on the bus, in order to facilitate the collective dialogue using web 2.0 and ICT as tools for social change and transformation, as well as strengthening social and community networks.|
|March||We will have Melanie Dulong de Rosnay, from Creative Commons France. There will be some events organized for her and we will have the presentation of Creative Commons in Argentina.|
|April / May||Wikimedia will be holding an event in Rosario, that will include a session about free licenses and Creative Commons.|
|26 of May||Intellectual Property Day. As we did in 2011, Creative Commons Argentina will participate amongst other organisations in a discussion for the Intellectual Property Day. The event will include a workshop about Creative Commons licenses.|
|Waiting for confirmation||Session of digital barter (exchange of archives with free licenses). This will be in the context of another event, preferently not related with the free culture community. It could be in a music festival, in a publishers festival, etc.|
|Waiting for confirmation||session of "digital Exquisite corpse". It will be held in Bar Orsai. We will be making an Exquisite corpse with some artists invited and we will make a short introduction to CC licenses, to produce a digital text with a CC license which will be posted in the Internet after the completion of the work in the session.|
Tentative schedule for interviews
|February||A musical group selected from: http://www.zonaindie.com.ar/||Heidel / Suárez|
|March||Pablo Vázquez and his projects with Blender Foundation||Martín Eschoyez + Lila Pagola|
|April||Documentary "Runa Kuti": http://www.runakuti.blogspot.com/||Heidel / Suárez|
|May||Some of the creators and musical groups from Planeta X: http://discos.planetax.org.ar/||Busaniche|
|June||Documentary: "Viaje a la Tierra del Quebracho": http://animacionquebracho.org.ar/||Heidel / Suárez|
|July||Publishers of "Pillku" magazine||Suárez|
|August||Organizers of the free culture festival "Fábrica de Fallas"||Heidel / Suárez|
|September||Interview about open access initiatives in the universisities, i.e.Repositorio de materiales educativos Ansenuza (UNC)||Pagola|
|October||Someone from the FLIA (Feria del Libro Independiente)||Heidel / Suárez|
|November||Teresa Sempere about Libre bus project||Pagola|
|December||Waiting for confirmation||Waiting for confirmation|
Please consider using trackable statistics (such as web traffic or number of license adoptions) when applicable, but only if meaningful.
We already have a diverse team, but we lack of legal expertise. As we do not have a lawyer in our team yet, our priority goals for year 2012 are not directly related to legal issues. Our priority goals are more focused on community building and adoption goals, meanwhile we continue the seek of a legal advisor for our local team.
We already have a strong technological infrastructure provided by USLA, based on free software and open standards, maintained by free software community in Argentina. Having this in mind, we can also offer technical support to other jurisdictions in our region. Both organizations, FVL and WA, are using this infrastructure for their web services, e-mail, wikis, etc.
o How will you obtain these technology resources?
For the events, we will need a room (and conference infraestructure) and travel expenses.
We will also need promotional materials, some of them in spanish. We will need funding for translations, graphic design and printing.
o How will you obtain these material resources?
We usually organize events and conferences with local academic organizations that provide conference infraestructure for free. We will cooperate with UBA, UNC, UNLP and FLACSO in order to do so. We also have support from the Centro Cultural de la Cooperación and Centro Cultural General San Martín, two important cultural centers in the heart of Buenos Aires, that usually provide congress facilities to host our events at no cost.
We will look for sponsors for our events and for printed promotional materials as well.
We know that we are mostly volunteers, that's the reason why one of our main goals this first year will be building a community. We have a very diverse team and we are all committed to the goals of this roadmap. We build it, basically, mixing our current activities in order to start working on a solid base. So, FVL and WA already have some of these goals in their working plans and already have teams working on them.
Both, FVL and WA teams are very active in the free culture field since long time ago. Our CC-ar Team includes diverse profiles of recognized people in different areas like design, music, media, wikimedia and academic community as well. Each of them has the capacity to be a team leader, as most of them are already doing so in other projects. That will help us spread the responsibilities among the team. We are all committed to do so to the best of our capacities.
We'll use our websites to promote the on-going progress of the projects. But we will also use other tools like the cc-ar mailing list, meetings and press releases as well. Most of the activities related to the wikiworld will be promoted using wikimedia infraestructure as well.
We always publish text material online, however, the public events will be video recorded and we will publish them on different websites like blip.tv and Wikimedia Commons.
- How could the jurisdiction's plans help drive or support other jurisdictions' activities?
We do not know if other jurisdictions are working with public media. This is an interesting experience we could actually share with others. Also, our iberoamerican initiative for Wikimedia Communities could help us reinforce the relationship between wikimedia communities and CC comunities in our region.
- What are other jurisdictions doing that might support or contribute to the project?
The OER movement is important in other jurisdictions. So we expect to join the initiatives alredy active in the region, specially Chile, Colombia, Guatemala and Spain.
We will also need support from other spanish speaking jurisdictions in order to fill our legal gap until we find a lawyer in Argentina.
Yes, We are not ready for that yet, but we'll be happy to do it anyway!
Yes, we'd be thankful to other teams willing to help us. We count on that!
We make part of Libre Bus, a project joint to CC Chile.
We co-organize activities for LibreBus as local team.