A Metamorphosis?

Glenn Otis Brown, January 20th, 2003

“A Kafkaesque state of affairs has effectively closed off access to thousands of old movies, books and pieces of music because the copyright owners can’t be located.”

From a nice article about Creative Commons and content licensing by Sarah Lai Stirland in the Seattle Times.

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Signs of the Times

Glenn Otis Brown, January 16th, 2003

The New York Times profiles our very own Matt Haughey’s Ticketstubs project today, and the Times’s Amy Harmon has a nice piece about the potential for positive developments in the wake of Eldred.

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After Eldred

Glenn Otis Brown, January 15th, 2003

The Supreme Court has ruled 7-2 against the petitioners in Eldred v. Ashcroft. (See Lessig’s blog and the Eldred site for official news and responses.)

What now? Creative Commons marches on as before, but with a pronounced sensitivity to the need to offer copyright holders who want to forgo long or broad copyright protections a simple way of doing so — whether by dedicating works to the public domain, or allowing the creative re-use of copyrighted works with our licenses.

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Take This Piece . . .

Glenn Otis Brown, January 15th, 2003

Arnold Kling of Tech Central Station meditates upon the scatology of the commons in “Content is Crap”. Dan Gillmor, Siva Vaidhyanathan, and folks on Slashdot respond.

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Down and Out Up and Away

Glenn Otis Brown, January 11th, 2003

Wired News says Cory Doctorow “walks the walk” with the Creative Commons licensing of his Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom. An excerpt from the story:

“I don’t believe that I am giving up book royalties,” Doctorow said about persuading his publisher, Tor Books, to make Down and Out available digitally for free under the new Creative Commons licensing system.

“(Downloads) crossed the 10,000-download threshold at 8 a.m. this morning,” Doctorow said Thursday, “which exceeds the initial print run for the book.”

Doctorow said he thinks the marketing buzz from those downloads will be worth more than any lost book sales. “I think that the Internet’s marvelous ability to spread information to places where it finds a receptive home is the best thing that could happen to a new writer like me.”

Down and Out may be watched closely as a test of whether the Creative Commons license actually helps or hurts writers, but Tor senior editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden said the value of free online publishing has already been demonstrated.

As test balloons go, we could do much worse than Down and Out. And anyone who reads it will be equally confident of its trajectory.

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Come Together

Glenn Otis Brown, January 10th, 2003

Richard Koman has a nice first-hand account of our license release party on the O’Reilly Network. (This slipped past our radar last week.) Koman describes the event as an Eldred v. Ashcroft “reunion night,” which is somewhat accurate, though we’ll take the opportunity to remind folks that Creative Commons has no official ties to the Supreme Court case.

Oh, and — another fine distinction — this time Jack Valenti is on the same side as Lessig. Read Koman for the details.

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Press Robot, January 10th, 2003

Who Controls Information?,” ” By Kevin Werbach.

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Cátedra Procesamiento de Datos

Press Robot, January 10th, 2003

Creative Commons” in Spanish.

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Press Robot, January 10th, 2003

Creative Commons, licenze per distribuire gratuitamente e tutelare il proprio lavoro.

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Press Robot, January 10th, 2003

Neue Rechte für neue Zeiten,” by Julian Finn.

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