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The Open Rights Group, in collaboration with 01zero-one and funded by the London Development Agency, is beginning an exciting new research project, examining how the internet enables creative entrepreneurs to develop innovative business practices by being more open with their intellectual property. Creative Business in the Digital Era will examine new business models and the wider context in which they sit, culminating in one day-long and two evening courses at which we will share our findings.
In the fine tradition of eating our own dogfood, we are developing the course out in the open, and under a Creative Commons licence, using a wiki. But we need your help. We have only a couple of months to do our research, so we need you to help us shape of the course, figure out the format of the case studies, and carry out research. Time is genuinely tight – we must complete all the course materials by the beginning of February, ready for delivery in March.
Right now, this week, we need your ideas. What open-IP business models have you come across? And who is experimenting with opening up their IP?
This is a fantastic project with a mandate to deliver results quickly. You can participate in the research phase immediately just by tagging relevant resources on del.icio.us with org-cbde, or dive into the course development wiki. Follow the project’s blog and twitter.
Here are some recent and possibly relevant links from this blog, culled from the bi-monthly CC Newsletter‘s “CC in Business” links:
- CC, UGC platform integration and customer acquisition
- Sony uses CC in Blu-ray marketing campaign
- Wiki to books: Wikitravel Press launches
- Amarok developer hired by Magnatune
- PodTech Pays Lan Bui for CC Licensed Photograph
- Community content and money
- Jamendo attracts VC funding
- Blast Magazine Chooses CC
- Sun CEO: free media = free software, innovation != litigation
- Sony launches CC-enabled video site
- Creative Commons in Newspapers, Scientists, Film Students, and Wikipedia SEOers (!?)
- O’Reilly on free downloads vs sales
- CopyCamp conversations