Date submitted: December 8, 2010
Time span of this roadmap: December 2010 – December 2011
Many thanks to all who contributed to the localization of the license suite.
Founded in 1913, the University of Puerto Rico School of Law is the oldest of its kind in Puerto Rico. The School of Law has been accredited by the American Bar Association since 1945, has been a member of the American Association of Law Schools since 1944 and is the only public law school in Puerto Rico.
The School of Law has a longstanding tradition as an innovative institution in many legal fields and is deeply committed to the advancement of important social values such as the ones embraced by the Creative Commons project. As a result of this broad commitment to social change, the Cyberlaw Clinic of the U.P.R. School of Law promotes principles of liberty and freedom of expression on the internet as well as the development of a technological and legal context that encourages individual and collective creativity. The Cyberlaw Clinic’s commitment to “free culture” has provided the ideal context for the development of the Creative Commons Puerto Rico (“CCPR”) project.
CCPR is fully aware the importance of a rich and culturally diverse public domain for a vigorous democratic society and of the many ways in which cultural growth is stifled by a combination of technology, copyright law and practice, and the entertainment industry’s hold on the creation and dissemination of cultural products. CCPR understands what is at stake and is, thus, very serious about consistently following-up on the essential community-building and internationalizing dimension of this enterprise.
Jurisdiction: Puerto Rico
Complete list of all members of the Affiliate Team, their roles, and field(s) of expertise:
Date of earliest MOU in jurisdiction: May 31, 2006
Self-Identified Regions: Caribbean/Latin America
Why do you identify yourself as being part of the listed regions?
The University of Puerto Rico (UPR) School of Law and its Cyberlaw Clinic are committed to the promotion of innovative projects for social and legal change such as that of Creative Commons. CCPR fully understands the importance of a rich and culturally diverse public domain and is aware of the multiple ways in which cultural production and growth are often inhibited by a combination of technology, current copyright legal regimes and the practices of media industries. CCPR believes in free culture and open source and addresses its efforts towards advancing a culture of internet users that not only consumes contents, but, more importantly, actively engages in the production of new works. CCPR understands the potential as well as the challenges of the free culture movement and, as a result, is dedicated to the broad dimensions of the Creative Commons movement.
After we launched the CCPR licenses in February 2008, we have been working intensively to give educational presentations and workshops directed to many different audiences such academics, artists and musicians, among others. Many presentations have been requested, for instance, by specific academic departments or faculties, librarians, artists/musicians, art-related institutions (Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico), and specific festivals or activities (Festival de la Palabra, an international literary festival; Gráfica del Caribe, an international graphic arts event).
We also attend many individual requests for consultations regarding CC licenses and their uses in specific contexts. In this sense, we serve all of Puerto Rico, both in terms of individual and organizational requests.
We are currently working on the consolidation of two open education projects:
As a mixed legal jurisdiction where the federal U.S. copyright regime coexists with the local moral rights legislation and jurisprudence, users of CC licenses in Puerto Rico use both the local CCPR licenses and the U.S. CC licenses. This adds a certain layer of complexity to the determination of the statistics of use of CC licenses in Puerto Rico.
In terms of the Open Access Repository of the UPR School of Law and the BiblioTesis respository for thesis, the design proposals for each platform include mechanisms to track statistics of use.
UPR School of Law has enabled the completion of the porting process and launching of the CCPR licenses in February 2008. Since then the UPR School of Law has funded many of the educational efforts at festivals and events where CCPR has given presentations.
The UPR School of Law provides the full-time salaries of the two Co-Leads of CCPR and has included the CCPR project in the areas of endeavor of the students of the Cyberlaw Clinic, who dedicate time for academic credit to the ongoing open access projects. Furthermore, the UPR has also funded the JSD studies of CCPR founder Hiram Meléndez at NYU School of Law, where he is writing his dissertation on Cyberlaw/Intellectual Property-related topics, and plans to send Co-Lead Chloé Georas to do an LL.M. degree in Cyberlaw/Intellectual Property.
The UPR School of Law also provides the physical infrastructure in terms of offices, technology and secretarial assistance, among others, as well as all other necessary material resources. Overall, the support of the UPR has been an invaluable key to the sustainability and increased commitments of the Cyberlaw Clinic/CCPR to open access and free culture projects in general.
As part of the CC Latam Conference 2010 in Argentina, we were able to make valuable contacts with fellow CC Leads in the Latin American region and understand the parallelisms in terms of the projects being developed at our individual jurisdictional levels. We will continue to assist, to the extent that our institutional funding allows, to the regional meetings of CC Latam/Caribbean and of North America, given our mixed legal jurisdiction, and eventually work towards the participation and development of regional projects.
Although Spanish and English are the languages spoken in Puerto Rico, Spanish is the primary language and, as such, the porting process involved the translation of the licenses to Spanish.