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CC's Response to COVID-19

From Dr. Cable Green, Interim CEO, CC Global

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Dear friends,

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Image Credits: "Collaging the Commons," by João Pombeiro, CC BY 4.0

As we face this pandemic together, we hope that you, your loved ones, and your community are healthy and safe during this challenging time.

As a supporter of Creative Commons (CC), you know that CC is dedicated to empowering the global commons, building tools to advance education, equity, and knowledge worldwide, unlocking over 1.6 billion works, and setting the global standard for openness. 

The COVID-19 crisis has underscored the enduringly vital nature of CC’s global community and work: our licenses power innovative, rapid responses to speed up the sharing of scientific research and public information; and years of open policy advocacy make open education resources accessible for millions of educators and students now learning from home.

CC is proud to be a founding force alongside legal experts and leading scientists on the Open COVID Pledge, offering a simple way for universities, companies, and other institutions to open access to their intellectual property (IP) for the development of treatment, tests, research, and other information related to COVID-19. Founding pledgors, including Intel, are helping to unlock every tool possible to be applied to developing and deploying resources to minimize the impact and end the pandemic without impediment. 

We are also thrilled to announce that the 2020 Bassel Khartabil Fellowship has been awarded to Dr. Tarek Loubani. The Fellowship provides funding, mentorship, and support for individuals embodying the ideals of free culture and open access. Dr. Loubani, the medical director of The Glia Project, is at the front lines of combating COVID-19 by releasing low-cost, open-source designs for medical hardware that can be produced in areas with limited access to resources. We are excited to see how Dr. Loubani will push open access boundaries in this critical fight! 

Creative Commons looks forward to building a more open, healthy world in partnership with you. If you would like to support Creative Commons’ ongoing work for open access, science, and OpenCOVID, please do so here or keep up to date via our blog.  

In community, 

Dr. Cable Green

Interim CEO