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An Introduction to Creative Commons

To place Creative Commons and Copyright in context, consider the U.S. Constitution copyright statement which is the basis of copyright law: "To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." Creative Commons is needed today because of changes in the (1) law - extending the length of copyright and (2) technology - with the changes of what is easy to do.


Olin connections

Cory Doctorow, active in the Creative Commons movement, spoke at Olin College, 16 February 2008. His novels are published by Tor Books and simultaneously released on the Internet under Creative Commons licenses.

Wendy Seltzer currently is a member of the Olin External Library Advisory Board. Her work at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society focuses on the legal issues and intellectual property questions surrounding free software. Wendy has been working with the Creative Commons project to offer the public a range of open licenses to promote sharing of creative non-software works.


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Get Creative             

CC’s signature animated film covers the basics of why Creative Commons formed,
what it does, and how they do it.

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