History of Creative Commons in Austria

We started in Austria in 2004 with an art project: 1000 “Open Source Water Bottles” were bottled at the Hatler Brunnen in Dornbirn and brought to the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz when Creative Commons won the Golden Nica. Since then, a dedicated team has been taking care of licensing issues regarding content and and questions of how to free content from unnecessary copyright shackles. We promote, take care of translation and demonstrate applications of (digital) common goods.

The greatest success is not only the more than 1 billion works that have been placed under a CC license worldwide, but also Austria’s pioneering role: in their Open Data Initiative, the cities of Graz, Linz and Vienna placed publicly available data under a CC-by license for the first time in 2011. Up until now, more than 23,000 data sets are available in the Austrian Open Government Data Portal and more than 400 data sets in the partner portal OpenData Portal Austria.

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