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Open Content Licensing – Cultivating the Creative Commons


“What if Rupert Murdoch’s Fox … bought the rights to Socrates’ dinner parties?” – Richard Neville
“Never in our history have fewer exercised more power over our culture than now.” – Professor Lawrence Lessig

Cultivating the Creative Commons

It is a great pleasure to announce the release of Open Content Licensing: Cultivating the Creative Commons, a new publication of Sydney University Press in conjunction with the Queensland University of Technology and the ARC Centre for Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation. Edited by the Creative Commons Australia project lead, Professor Brian Fitzgerald, Open Content Licensing: Cultivating the Creative Commons brings together papers from some of the most prominent thinkers of our time on the internet, law and the importance of open content licensing in the digital age.

Drawing on material presented at the Queensland University of Technology conference of the same name in January 2005, the text provides a snapshot of the thoughts of over 30 Australian and international experts – including Professor Lawrence Lessig, Futurist Richard Neville and the Hon Justice Ronald Sackville – on topics surrounding the international Creative Commons, from the landmark Eldred v Ashcroft copyright term decision to the legalities of digital sampling in a remix world.

A PDF version of the book is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivatives licence from the QUT e-Prints Archive. Hardcopies (also under a BY-NC-ND licence) can be ordered from the Sydney University Press. Individual chapters are available for free electronic downloaded here.

For more information on the book and its contents, see here.

Posted 02 April 2007