[Community_studios] Fwd: [DMCA_Discuss] Lessig starts "Creative Commons" group

tom poe tompoe at renonevada.net
Mon May 13 17:34:45 EDT 2002

Hi:  This informal announcement is to be followed by formal announcement on 
Thursday.  Exciting news.
Tom Poe
Reno, NV

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Subject: [DMCA_Discuss] Lessig starts "Creative Commons" group
Date: Mon, 13 May 2002 13:31:11 -0700
From: "Jon O." <jono at networkcommand.com>
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Date: Mon, 13 May 2002 13:48:50 -0700
From: David Ascher <DavidA at ActiveState.com>
To: fork at xent.com
Subject: Lessig starts "Creative Commons" group

This report from the O'Reilly conference, off of the NYT -- apologies if
it's old bits;


A New Direction for Intellectual Property

By Amy Harmon

Perceiving an overly zealous culture of copyright protection, a group of
law and technology scholars are setting up Creative Commons, a nonprofit
company that will develop ways for artists, writers and others to easily
designate their work as freely shareable.

Creative Commons, which is to be officially announced this week at a
technology conference in Santa Clara, Calif., has nearly a million
dollars in start-up money. The firm's founders argue that the expansion
of legal protection for intellectual property, like a 1998 law extending
the term of copyright by 20 years, could inhibit creativity and
innovation. But the main focus of Creative Commons will be on clearly
identifying the material that is meant to be shared. The idea is that
making it easier to place material in the public domain will in itself
encourage more people to do so.

The firm's first project is to design a set of licenses stating the
terms under which a given work can be copied and used by others.
Musicians who want to build an audience, for instance, might permit
people to copy songs for noncommercial use. Graphic designers might
allow unlimited copying of certain work as long as it is credited.

The goal is to make such licenses machine-readable, so that anyone could
go to an Internet search engine and seek images or a genre of music, for
example, that could be copied without legal entanglements.

"It's a way to mark the spaces people are allowed to walk on," said
Lawrence Lessig, a leading intellectual property expert who will take a
partial leave from Stanford Law School for the next three years to serve
as the chairman of Creative Commons.

Inspired in part by the free-software movement, which has attracted
thousands of computer programmers to contribute their work to the public
domain, Creative Commons ultimately plans to create a "conservancy" for
donations of valuable intellectual property whose owners might opt for a
tax break rather than selling it into private hands.

The firm's board of directors includes James Boyle, an intellectual
property professor at Duke Law School; Hal Abelson, a computer science
professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Eric
Saltzman, executive director of the Berkman Center for Internet and
Society at Harvard Law School.


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