From October 28 to 29, the Second Chinese Blogger Conference was held in Hangzhou. More than 300 Chinese bloggers as well as the people who are interested in Chinese blogs got together and discussed many issues on the development of Chinese blogs. WANG Chunyan, the project lead of CC China Mainland, together with her two assistants, ZHENG Yi and XIN Xingzhi, attended the conference and introduced CC and CC China Mainland Project to the audience.

In the thematic discussion on “Free Culture and Open Society” presided by CC China Mainland project team, WANG gave a speech named “Creating Creative Commons for Culture “, introducing the possible problems related to copyright in blog creation and the significance of CC licenses in promoting the development of “free culture”—a balance between full control of copyright and no rights reserved. “According to the present copyright law, works are protected once completed and nobody is permitted to release and copy it without the permission of the right holder, which to a certain extent restricts the spread of works, since most bloggers have no intention to make profit out of their works, only hoping their works can be widely spread,” said WANG, “what’s more, the restriction of using works has greatly limited the recreating activities based on the existing works, since the cost of the traditional mode of being licensed through one-to-one negotiation is pretty high.” CC licenses provide a set of standard copyright licenses for the public. The right holders can choose from the licenses with different license terms according to their own needs, which will greatly save the cost of negotiation for the copyright licenses and play an important role in promoting the spread of works and in encouraging recreating activities.

In the thematic discussion, WANG also answered some questions put forward by attendants and had a passionate discussion with them.

WANG Chunyan was exchanging ideas with bloggers form HongKong

CC China Mainland conducted a questionnaire survey during the conference to find out how well Chinese bloggers know about CC and the China Mainland version of CC licenses, and to gather their opinions and suggestions on the terms of CC licenses. More than 100 valid questionnaires were collected. These first-hand data will undoubtedly play an important role in promoting the development of CC on the Chinese Mainland.

The project assistants ZHENG Yi and XIN Xingzhi also communicated with many bloggers during the conference, introducing the development of CC in Mainland China.

The project assistant was conducting a survey