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After Eldred

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 … Read More “After Eldred”

Take This Piece . . .

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.

Down and Out Up and Away

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 … Read More “Down and Out Up and Away”

Come Together

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 … Read More “Come Together”

"And now you're gonna have to get . . . used to it."

One more from today’s cosmic copyright coincidence file: “Some of These Bootleggers, They Make Pretty Good Stuff” — a Salon piece on Bob Dylan and “the hidden industry he (unwittingly) helped create.” Thought-provoking.

Illegal Art, Illegal Imagination

An interesting piece in the New York Times today discusses “Illegal Art: Freedom of Expression in the Corporate Age,” an exhibition dedicated to works built in part from other copyrighted works — without permission. By sign-of-the-times coincidence, I participated in a panel yesterday entitled “The Illegal Imagination,” at the Future of Music Coalition’s superb summit … Read More “Illegal Art, Illegal Imagination”

Prentice Hall to Publish Bruce Perens 'Open Source' Books

Innovative content licensing seems to be catching on — even beyond the efforts of Creative Commons. Prentince Hall PTR recently announced that they’ll publish a series of technical books under open-content licenses. Read the Slashdot story. Kudos to Bruce Perens for brokering the move, and to Prentice Hall for joining O’Reilly and Associaties in the … Read More “Prentice Hall to Publish Bruce Perens 'Open Source' Books”

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