Lawrence Lessig's Creative Commons

by Bruce Stewart

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This AP wire story describes the Creative Commons -- Lawrence Lessig's new project to encourage authors and other creative people to make their work available for free, and with a simple licensing scheme. Lessig will officially launch the project tomorrow at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference. The Creative Commons has the backing of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and prominent scholars who are concerned over the continual expansion of copyright law.

The Creative Commons, a nonprofit organization based at Stanford University and formed by legal scholars and Web publishers, will encourage authors and other creative people to donate selected writings, music, video and other works for free exchange.

Spearheading the effort is Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig, a prominent scholar who complains that the current strict legal interpretation of intellectual property rights frequently stifles the type of sharing that spurs innovation.