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Free Software Magazine: On the �Creative Commons�: A Critique of the Commons Without Commonalty

Jul 20, 2005, 04:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David M. Berry, Giles Moss)

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"On the face of it, the Creative Commons project appears to be a success. It has generated interest in the issue of intellectual property and the erosion of the 'public domain,' and it has contributed to re-thinking the role of the 'commons' in the 'information age.' It has provided institutional, practical and legal support for individuals and groups wishing to experiment and communicate with culture more freely. A growing number of intellectual and artistic workers are now enrolling in the Creative Commons network and exercising the agency and freedom it has made available. Yet despite these efforts, questions remain about the Creative Commons project's aims and intentions and the vision of free culture that it offers. These questions become all the more significant as the Creative Commons develops into a more influential and voluble 'representative' and public face for libre culture..."

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