During a well-advertised event, Ecuador has joined other countries that offer free distribution of information and content under the guidance of licenses called Creative Commons. Delegations from Colombia, Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Honduras, Dominican Republic and Cuba arrived the day before the event to take part in the 2nd CREAD Andes Congress and the 2nd VIRTUAL EDUCA Summit, where they discussed the quality of distance education. Also present were 26 experts from 4 continents Europe, Asia, America and Africa.
The launching of Creative Commons (CC) Ecuador was scheduled to be part of this meeting and was organized by the Loja's Technical University (UTPL), member of CREAD. After months of hard work, mentors Juan José Puertas Ortega and Carlos Correa Loyola saw their hard work pay off.
Creative Commons 3.0 [es] in Ecuador, is the 45th jurisdiction worldwide to adopt the Creative Commons licensing and according to the press release, they are “interested in promoting cultural production and research, so we have taken the initiative to launch the Creative Commons licenses as an alternative to ‘all-rights-reserved’ copyright. To achieve this, we have been going through a process of adapting the international license to our legislation, in discussions both public and private, and we have worked together with our community stakeholders and notable representatives in the field of copyright to reach a public presentation of its launch.” More can be read in the new Scripta (pdf).
For those Ecuadorans who couldn't attend the launch of the CC Ecuador were able to follow the developments, Loja's Technical University website Open UTPL [es] contains more information. For some videos about the all progress of what we are reporting, please head over to the university's YouTube Channel..
As we said at the beginning most of Ecuadoran bloggers supported this process, which started on March 10, 2008. Nelson Piedra along with Palulo were live blogging the ceremony which was followed by hundreds of people not only in Latin America but worldwide. Here the first reaction of local blogosphere:
Con total satisfacción se cumplió el lanzamiento de Creative Commons Ecuador, para ver la cronología del evento aqui en el blog de Nelson Piedra.
With total satisfaction was fulfilled the Creative Commons's launch, Ecuador chapter; to see the chronology of the event here in Nelson Piedra's blog.
Blogger and Creative Commons user, Palulo [es] was quick to liberate the content of his blog:
Todos los creadores de arte, blogs, etc. de Ecuador están llamados a compartir sus creaciones o ceder ciertos derechos de ellas, todo en bien por crecer juntos y generar más conocimiento.
Ecuador's creators of art, blogs, etc. All of them are called to share their creations or to yield certain rights of it, everything for the benefit of growing together and generating more knowledge.
The Blog of the Department of Educational Information Technology of Loja National University says:
…Estamos por buen camino con lo de otros paises llevan en lo relacionado a la Web 2.0, e-learning, EVA, etc……..Un deber como docente es compartir con todos ustedes nuestra experiencia.
We are doing well, same as the other countries that are pursuing and relating to the Web 2.0, e – learning, VLE, etc … ….. The duty as a teacher is to share with everyone your experience.
Logo of the launching of Creative Commons 3.0 -Ecuador.