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Featured Commoner:
Doc Searls

Speaker, blogger, writer, and former radio personality, Doc Searls is the Senior Editor of Linux Journal, co-founder of GeekPAC and the American Open Technology Consortium, and a leading blogger.

Widely recognized as an authority on technology and marketing, Doc is co-author of the #1 sales and marketing bestseller The Cluetrain Manifesto, which will be released under a Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication. Read the complete interview here.

Get Creative

On 16 December, Creative Commons machine-readable licenses will be available to the public free of charge. Learn creative ways to distribute your works and find pointers to all sorts of licensed content you can use right away.

Join us in celebrating the release of our licenses at an early-evening reception featuring a chat and screening by DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid (NYC); a multimedia jam by People Like Us (London); and an address by Lawrence Lessig, Chairman of Creative Commons and Professor of Law, Stanford University. Plus a few surprises.

Monday, December 16th; 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

SomArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, California

Space is limited and spots are filling up fast -- RSVP today. We look forward to seeing you there.


Creative Commons promotes the innovative reuse of all sorts of intellectual works. Our first project is to offer the public a set of copyright licenses free of charge.

These licenses will help you tell others that your works are free for copying and other uses -- but only on certain conditions.

You're probably familiar with the phrase, "All rights reserved," and the little (c) that goes along with it. Creative Commons wants to help copyright holders send a different message: "Some rights reserved."

For example, if you don't mind people copying and distributing your online image so long as they give you credit, we'll have a license that helps you say so. If you want people to copy your band's MP3 but don't want them to profit off it without your permission, use one of our licenses to express that preference. Our licensing tools will even help you mix and match such preferences from a menu of options:

Attribution Attribution. Permit others to copy, distribute, display, and perform the work and derivative works based upon it only if they give you credit.

Noncommercial Noncommercial. Permit others to copy, distribute, display, and perform the work and derivative works based upon it only for noncommercial purposes.

No Derivative Works No Derivative Works. Permit others to copy, distribute, display and perform only verbatim copies of the work, not derivative works based upon it.

Share Alike Share Alike. Permit others to distribute derivative works only under a license identical to the license that governs your work.

When you've made your choices, you'll get the appropriate license expressed in three ways:

1. Commons Deed. A simple, plain-language summary of the license, complete with the relevant icons.

2. Legal Code. The nitty-gritty, specific legal details that pertain to your commons deed; the technical version of our deeds that represent your works legally.

3. Digital Code. A machine-readable translation of the license that helps search engines and other applications identify your work by its terms of use.

If you prefer to dedicate your work to the public domain, where nothing is owned and all is permitted, we'll help you do that, too. In other words, we'll help you declare, "No rights reserved."

Read more to learn about our broader mission and other endeavors.

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