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Ozmo launches with CC+ protocol support

Eric Steuer, November 18th, 2008

Copyright Clearance Center has just launched Ozmo, a new web-based service focused on helping photographers, bloggers, and other content creators license their work for commercial use. Ozmo supports Creative Commons’ CC+ protocol (see the press release about CC+ for more information), meaning that it enables creators to license their work to the public under one set of terms via a Creative Commons license, and offer the ability to obtain a private license via Ozmo’s licensing system — to purchase rights not offered by the CC license a work is under (e.g., commercial use if the work is under a CC NonCommercial license, the right to make an adaptation and not share under the same license if the work is under a CC ShareAlike license, or the right to use without attribution), or simply to obtain a private agreement with the copyright holder for situations that require such.

To use Ozmo, a creator sets up an account, selects license terms, and sets a price for the use of their work. Ozmo then works as a broker to companies, publishers, and bloggers who are looking to use work commercially. Ozmo manages the licensing process and pays creators when a license to their content is purchased. You can find more details about how Ozmo works on the site’s About page.

Artist, animator, and filmmaker Ryan Junell (who is the designer behind the Creative Commons logo, as well as several of CC’s explanatory videos – see “Get Creative,” “Wanna Work Together?” and “Reticulum Rex”) worked with musician J Lesser to create a short video that explains how Ozmo works. It’s licensed under CC BY-NC-ND.

6 Responses to “Ozmo launches with CC+ protocol support”

  1. Peter says:

    sigh … another non-solution, apparently: Ozmo uses Amazon.com payments (err…?!) which is only available to a small proportion of relevant parties, the ones based in the US of A.

    leaving the Rest of the World waiting for an answer …

    I’d suggest, in the future, you label national only solutions as such.

  2. Jon Phillips says:

    Sounds like an opportunity for you Peter! You should forward your request to Ozmo folks! http://ozmo.com/contact

  3. Chris Howard says:

    Great comment, Peter.

    I led the design and development of Ozmo. We investigated several ways to handle transactions, and we decided to go out the door with Amazon’s FPS (Flexible Payments Service) because it allows us to easily orchestrate transactions between two parties–the rightsholder and the buyer–without getting in the middle in a heavy way, or creating multiple transactions, and without holding on to your money. The transaction is handled outside Ozmo–by Amazon.com, and you get paid as soon as the transaction clears.

    Completely agree that PayPal’s an obvious path. PayPal’s everywhere, I use it all the time, they have a lot to offer, and it was our first choice when we started design. We’re continuing to develop for PayPal, and that includes looking at different ways to work with their services.

    I also want to point out that the web services team at Amazon has been incredibly helpful, open, and responsive about developing and using their services. What they’ve provided with FPS goes way beyond any transaction services we explored, and they continue to expand them. More about FPS here: http://aws.amazon.com/fps/

    Ultimately, Ozmo has to start somewhere, and the future holds a lot. We’re in beta, and for us, beta really means “tell us what you want and we’ll try to make it happen.” We have an aggressive release schedule and a growing list of wants. PayPal is definitely on it.

  4. Thanks for writeup Chris! Amazon FPS and Ozmo are each pretty interesting products on their own, and Ozmo’s use of FPS is a very interesting feature.

    Peter, I don’t know the details, but http://aws.amazon.com/fps/faqs/#What_countries_and_currencies_are_supported_by_Amazon_FPS claims that anyone can use a major credit card with FPS.

    Payments are a tough business, especially internationally. Just like copyright. :)

  5. Peter says:

    @Mike: anyone can use a major CC to pay — I’m an early adoptor so I tried to sign up as a vendor (from the Netherlands), and it only let me choose the US, doh
    @Jon Philips: I’ll do that, but obviously, they might have picked it up, Chris?
    @Chris: no doubt Amazon will look into becoming a global payment provider any time soon, and you have to start somewhere, don’t you.

    however, @Eric: do your research and add that little bit of info (or we have to do it, and hey: that’s what co-creation is about! no bad sentiments.)

  6. Peter says:

    update: Ozmo have come back to me disclosing that they are testing PayPal and WorldPay.