Creative Commons

Фаланстэр, “Creative Commons”, public translation into English from Belarusian More about this translation.

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What is Creative Commons?

Just imagine: you are sincere and friendly and you want to feed the whole world with tasty potato pancakes. It makes no sense cooking them yourself, but it may make sense to teach someone the recipe. You create a potato-pancake-blog and you are eager to add someone's video, some cool photos from the Internet and step-by-step instructions, developed by the cook of the best canteen in the city. It would have been OK, but copyright watches you and threatens "well, well, well, try it and we'll see how it turns out".

"But I'll try it anyway" - replied to copyright Lawrence Lansing, professor of law, and in 2001 launched Creative Commons (CC) - non-profit organisation, which developed free to use public licenses. With the help of these licenses authors can clearly and accessibly express their views on products and share them more widely and freely.

Why is Falanster engaged in this?

We also like potato pancakes :) And we sincerely wish to popularize the ideas of simplifying legislation, which will lead to more open access to content. Falanster is the subsidiary of Creative Commons in Belarus (hashtag #ccbelarus). We believe that CC licenses are the future of the relationships between authors and users, and copyright is not progressive, outdated and old-fashioned. We actively support research and studies of application of legal mechanisms, which allow us to overcome barriers of copyright.

Why "Tasty creativity"?

Our initiative is to create new rules of interaction with copyright, which will be clear for everyone, and using them will be as easy as cooking a plate of potato pancakes. Sounds tasty?

Who we work with?


Falanster conducts free consultations about usage of CC licenses for:

representatives of public initiatives

non-profit organizations

bloggers, journalists

authors (musicians, writers, film-makers, etc)

scientists and researchers

Internships and volunteering

We offer expansion of research experience of work with CC licenses for undergraduates, young specialists and researchers. Here you can:

get a topic of a course work or a diploma

complete the internship

volunteer directly in the organisation

Lectures, presentations and promotion

The team of Falanster gives lectures and workshops for



workers of libraries, museums, galleries


all interested.

History of activity


February 2014 - translations of Deeds

February 2014 - Open Data Day

beginning of summer - autumn 2014 - Tasty Creativity

summer-autumn - communication with the authorities

August 29, 2014 - establishment of Falanster

Result: We had established international relations, had been working with organisations and initiatives, studying licenses, promoting open approach to knowledge and culture


since the end of 2014 - Wikification

February 2015 - participation in Open Data Day

March 2015 - Open Educational Resources Day

autumn 2015 - establishment of Facebook CC community

CC publication: Wikipedia guide (2015, 2016), Bike guide (2013, 2014, 2017)

Result: We had reshaped our activity into something more practical and productive


participation in conferences (Geneva, April 2016; Copycamp, October 2016, Linux meetup 2016, Lissabon, September 2016)

October 2016 - Open Access Week

November 2016 - meetup in Minsk: Belarus-Ukraine

Result: We had renewed the activity as a subsidiary, established international relations, made organisational development and put emphasis on popularization of CC.

2017 (what we are planning to do)

Wikification (we continue our work)

development of manuals for organisations and authors

разгортванне сертыфікацыі арганізацый

translation of licenses into Belarusian (contest)

negotiations with organisations on сollaboration about changing the copyright

Expected result:

Recognizability of CC brand and some basic knowledge in target groups. Comprehensive involvement of volunterers, 3-4 partners in copyright change, knowledge of plans and details of authorities about changes in copyright


We offer interested organisations, galleries, libraries and museums to get certified - this is the confirmation of the fact, that your web-resources correspond to necessary requirements of openness and freeness. Don't worry: there's nothing to be afraid of. On the contrary, there will be no need for the visitors of your blog or portal to speculate on what terms they can use your articles and photos.


If you don't have time to visit Falanster and get a thorough consultation, the best solution is to look through a smart book. To help all the authors we released special guides, where we explained in detail how you should use CC licenses.
You can download them here.


You can support the activity of Falanster by donating some funds to the organisation. We will be extremely grateful to you and in our turn we will give you a sticker (maybe even more than one), which we created according to all the CC licenses. You will get an opportunity to show gained knowledge to your friends and even tell something about CC - you will become our secret agent.


You can find us in our office: Minsk, Zakharov street, 77a, 2b

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us:

Phone number: +375 29 860 23 12



Дадатак і змены, на кастрычнік’2017

But what if we stop doing it?

In severe conditions of copyright it may be impossible to enjoy the tasty potato pancakes.

So we should not only sow the bed with good seeds, but also create favorable conditions for their growth.

Development of favorable conditions for creation, knowledge transfer, economic relations built on open principles are the main goals of "Hradka" project.

The recipe of potato pancakes is widely known, but in order to make food tasty and organic, we should look after it properly.

Тут слайдэр або асобнае фота

Results of work on "Hradka"

Organisation. In addition to creation of Creative Commons subsidiary (2014) a couple of initiatives and authors use Creative Commons in their activity, principles of open access and free use of content are becoming widespread.

Media. The topic of Creative Commons licenses is now more than just academic research, it has become

Law. It's very likely that in 2018 there will be changes in copyright law which set open licenses as an accepted instrument for authors, and in our opinion we contributed to this changes.

But still there is a lot of work on "Hradka" to be done.

© Фаланстэр

Original (Belarusian): Creative Commons

Translation: © GreenLos, valeria2703 .

License: CC BY-SA 4.0 crowd

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