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RegisteredCommons Press Release 20.9.2006

RegisteredCommons was launched at the 4th Wizards of OS Conference in Berlin together with Lawrence Lessig, co-founder of Creative Commons.

“I think this service will be extremely useful. You guys took something we did, and you added to it in a way that will really add important value and really make the copyright system - in a way that it should - work much better. So, I'm grateful to you for that.” --Lawrence Lessig, Stanford University


“I want to raise a toast to this amazing initiative and thank them for the amazing work that they’re doing and wish them all the success from icommons.” --Heather Ford, icommons.org

Since the dawn of the Internet Era it has become increasingly difficult to publish creative work (online) while maintaining control over intellectual property rights. The bottom line is once released on the world wide web types of use and destination of your work are basically out of control. Ultimately, someone might even claim your work as theirs. But how are you going to proof that you are indeed the author of a series of blog entries that have become the new hype overnight? And how will you claim your role as Director of Photography of the new Sitcom thousands of people all of a sudden want to watch online?


That's where a new service called RegisteredCommons sets in. RegisteredCommons provides secure registration of authorship of creative workings, no matter if it's photography, poetry, a series of mp3 files or an open source software project. If somebody infringes the license associated to your work, your registration helps to prove your authorship.


The service is aimed, first and foremost, at people who like to share their workings under less restrictive licensing terms than the very constrictive All-rights-reserved regime, but it is not limited to works under a Creative Commons or the General Public License, i.e. you can also register your authorship with RegisteredCommons for All-rights-reserved works.

Sharing online unfortunately also means higher chances of infringement. Moreover, copyright clearing procedures for services intending to use such content are becoming harder if not impossible since many workings are published without any copyright notice or contact information. RegisteredCommons will not entirely eliminate copyright infringements but creators using the service will be able to produce evidence that they published that work at a ceratin date under certain license terms. Service providers interested in their work will be able to varify creatorship and licensing terms at RegisteredCommons.


RegisteredCommons is a service established and provided by a public-private partnership. The public partner, the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences, located in the Austrian Alps close to the Swiss and German border, provides infrastructure. Private partners are organised in a co-op. Registered users of the service may also become RegisteredCommons shareholders. The co-op members keep control over the service through their vote in the general assembly.


The software is being developed by strg.at as a member of the Competence Network for Media Design (www.media.coop) using the database modeler spunQ. The project is financed by the FFG, FH-Plus Network and strg.at.


RegisteredCommons Presse Text 20.9.2006

RegisteredCommons wurde im Rahmen der vierten Wizards of OS Konferenz in Berlin gemeinsam mit Lawrence Lessig, Mitbegründer von Creative Commons gestartet.

“I think this service will be extremely useful. You guys took something we did, and you added to it in a way that will really add important value and really make the copyright system - in a way that it should - work much better. So, I'm grateful to you for that.” --Lawrence Lessig, Stanford University


“I want to raise a toast to this amazing initiative and thank them for the amazing work that they’re doing and wish them all the success from icommons.” --Heather Ford, icommons.org

Wer im Internet Werke veröffentlicht, läuft Gefahr, die Kontrolle darüber zu verlieren. Es könnte zum Beispiel passieren, dass jemand anderer behauptet, der Urheber des Werkes zu sein. Aber wie kann man die Urheberschaft an einem Werk nachweisen?

Dafür haben Partner des Kompetenznetzwerkes Mediengestaltung den Service RegisteredCommons.org gestartet, wo man seine Werke sicher registrieren kann, egal ob Video, Musik, Gedichte oder Fotos. Im Fall einer nicht lizenzkonformen Verwendung von Werken, können betroffene nun sehr einfach die AutorInnenschaft nachweisen. Andererseits können Nutzer für ein Musikstück, das sie in einem Video verwenden wollen, die exakte Lizenz nachsehen und rechtssicher wiederverwenden.

Werke online zur Verfügung zu stellen bedeutet immer auch ein höheres Risiko einer Urheberrechtsverletzung. Das heisst jedoch nicht, dass man Werke wegsperren muss, wie das z.b. von der Film- und Musikindustrie mit DRM getan wird. Der Service richtet sich in erster Linie an jene, die die Nutzung ihrer Werke unter bestimmten Bedingungen zulassen, wofür man aus den gebräuchlichsten Creative Commons Lizenzen auswählen kann. Zusätzlich kann man mit RegsiteredCommons Persönlichkeitsrechte klarstellen, also zum Beispiel, dass man keinesfalls möchte, dass das Werk von einer militärischen Organisation verwendet wird.

RegisteredCommons wird in einer Public-Private Partnership betrieben. Öffentlicher Partner ist das Komptenznetzwerk Mediengestaltung mit der Fachhochschule Vorarlberg, die in der Nähe des Bodensees liegt. Die Partner aus dem privaten Sektor sind als Genossenschaft organisiert. Registrierte BenutzerInnen können durch Erwerb eines Anteils Genossenschafter werden und so an der Weiterentwicklung von RegisteredCommons in einer demokratischen Organisationsform teilhaben.

Die Software wurde von strg.at mit Datenbankmodellierungstool SPUNQ entwickelt und von der FFG kofinanziert.

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