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If only sharing were really simple…

Mike Linksvayer, November 21st, 2005

Microsoft CTO Ray Ozzie writes that Microsoft has released another RSS extension specification under CC:

One other important point: We’re releasing the SSE specification under a Creative Commons license – Attribution-ShareAlike.
I’m very pleased that Microsoft is supporting the Creative Commons
approach; you can see more about this at in the licensing section at
the end of the spec.

It’s great to see positive recognition of Creative Commons at a high level in Microsoft.

The spec released is meant to making sharing (in the technical sense of data exchange) of calendars and contact lists really simple by building on data formats used to syndicate blogs.

Sharing calendars and contact lists, though conceptually very simple, turns out to be hard, as evinced by the lack of widely adopted solutions that work outside of a single website or corporate network. Sort of reminds one of the conceptual simplicity and harsh reality of sharing creative works, though the obstacles, largely technical and legal respectively, are very different (though something like “standards politics” plays a role in each).

Note that Creative Commons’ office neighbors are also working on interoperable calendar and contact list sharing.

4 Responses to “If only sharing were really simple…”

  1. random says:

    There’s no answer to this in the FAQ: why are there multiple versions (1.0, 2.0, 2.5…) of the CC licenses? What is changing? Why is it changing? Are you finding mistakes in the licenses? Or are you changing the substance? What bad things happen if I use 2.4 instead of 2.5?

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  3. Molly Chavez says:

    To Rob Myers:

    I, for one, hope that Creative Commons does NOT adopt a policy of judging which specs released under CC are worthy and which are not. CC should not get involved in your crusade against Microsoft (I’m surprised you didn’t refer to Microsoft as "M$"). The day that CC ceases to remain neutral wrt specs released under CC is the day that CC loses all credibility.

    BTW, this isn’t the first RSS extension that Microsoft has released under CC, and guess what, the world didn’t come to an end with the first one!!

    And Microsoft has already released source for this latest exension: http://msdn.microsoft.com/xml/rss/sse/.

  4. Rob Myers says:

    Microsoft harvesting goodwill by CC-ing otherwise unprotectable extentions to RSS is hardly cause for cheer. :-(

    The positive recognition of CC at MS is as a useful smokescreen. Please don’t opt in to this role.