Creative Commons Italia

Creative Commons Italia
November 2003 - present
about 10,000 € annually plus in-kind contributions
Funding organization: 

Regione Piemonte and CC volunteers

Person(s) in charge: 

Federico Morando (CC Italia project lead); Marco Ricolfi (scientific coordinator).

Executive summary: 

The Nexa Center hosts and coordinates the activities of the working group of Creative Commons Italia (CC-IT), founded in July 2003. This group works on the Italian version of the Creative Commons licenses and contributes to the Creative Commons Network in general. It represents the original core around which the Nexa Center was created. In 2013-2014, the Nexa Center contributed to the final transition towards the 4.0 version of the CC Public Licenses (released November 25th, 2013) and is currently focusing on the Italian translation.


Creative Commons (CC) is a project building a new and more flexible paradigm for copyright. CC develops standardized copyright licenses and other (optional) technical tools to assist authors wanting to share some of their rights with users and fellow authors in a way that is easy, flexible and legally rigorous. For the first time, the legal text of version 4.0 of the CC Public Licenses was released as a single global text to be used worldwide; therefore, in order to adjust it to different jurisdictions, all the CC affiliates were involved in the licenses drafting process itself rather than managing the (previously) following phase of adaptation to their national legal system.


Last Update: 2014-03-31; Next Expected Update: 2015-04-20

Creative Commons Italia is a project and working group that translates, adapts and checks the compatibility of CC licenses with the Italian legal setting. The project also manages the website and mailing-lists of, collecting and spreading news and information about the project, and deals with awareness, dissemination, and some community building activities. In 2013/2014, CC-IT concentrated its effort in the drafting and translation process of the CC4.0 licenses. Also, to better fulfill its dissemination purposes the website is currently being updated.


Last Update: 2014-03-31; Next Expected Update: 2015-04-20

Since the CC Global Summit in 2011, the Nexa Center has been giving an important contribution to the drafting of the 4.0 version of the CC licenses (e.g., providing remarks on the proposed wording to manage the attribution of derivative works). Following the official release on November 25th 2013, the CC-IT staff translated the 4.0 Commons Deeds (the short summaries of the licenses) and fine-tuned the Italian translation of the Legal Code (the full legal text) together with the CC Headquarters Legal Staff. A public consultation period on the Italian translation was promoted between July-August 2014. CC-IT further supports the dissemination of the CC 4.0 licenses through presentations and interviews, and advocated their adoption by public administrations in particular.

Simultaneously to CC4.0 licenses, the CC-IT staff is currently defining also the CC Zero waiver Italian official translation, following the dedicated public consultation period.

In order to rearrange its content and upgrade the CMS to Drupal 7, the CC-IT website has been updated borrowing the look and feel of the CC International website; a theme for Drupal 7 was created for this purpose and made available under a GPL license on GitHub.

The 2013 CC-IT yearly meeting illustrated the drafting process and the new features of version 4.0, as well as the legal requirements to publicly perform CC licensed music (see the video of the CC-IT Session). Such new features - primarily, the inclusion of sui generis database rights within the license scope, and the application of CC 4.0 to open government data - were examined in the paper by C. Artusio and F. Morando, Creative Commons 4.0 Licenses: a Sui Generis Challenge?

In 2013/2014, the CC-IT website continued to be very popular, gathering a monthly average of about 10,000 visits from about 7,000 different IP addresses (please note that we switched from webalizer to google analytics metrics). Both the CC-IT Community's mailing-list and the mailing-list devoted to discuss the CC licenses saw its member base and number of posts increase (198 members and 109 posts against 170 members and 80 posts in the previous year; 414 members and 172 posts against 371 members and 159 posts in the previous year, respectively).

In December 2012 a party was held to celebrate 10 years of CC activity, during which Juan Carlos De Martin introduced Federico Morando as new CC-IT Lead.

Related Publications:
Claudio Artusio, Federico Morando
21-23 May 2014
International Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government 2014
Marco Ricolfi, Federico Morando, Camilo Rubiano, Shirley Hsu, Marisella Ouma, Juan Carlos De Martin
9 September 2011
WIPO - Enabling Creativity in the Digital Environment: Copyright Documentation and Infrastructure
Marco Ricolfi
5 May 2011
Conference on the Future of Audiovisual Industry - Budapest, 2011
Marco Ricolfi
24 - 25 February 2011
12th EIPIN Congress 2011 - Constructing European IP: Achievements and new Perspectives
Andrea Glorioso e Giuseppe Mazziotti
29 November 2008
Il Diritto d'Autore
Marco Ricolfi
June-July 2008
COMMUNIA Conference 2008, Louvaine-la-Neuve,

Project news can be found on the following channels: News Feed:
Twitter: @cc_italy

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