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'''Creative Commons''' ('''CC''') is a non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative works available for others to build upon legally and to share.  The organization has released several copyright licenses known as Creative Commons licenses. These licenses allow creators to communicate which rights they reserve, and which rights they waive for the benefit of recipients or other creators.
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| founder          = [[Lawrence Lessig]]
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| focus            = Expansion of "reasonable", flexible copyright
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| method            = [[Creative Commons licenses]]
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{{Spoken Wikipedia|En-Creative-Commons.ogg|2005-11-20}}
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'''Creative Commons''' ('''CC''') is a [[non-profit organization]] devoted to expanding the range of [[creativity|creative]] works available for others to build upon legally and to share.<ref>[http://wiki.creativecommons.org/FAQ (Creative Commons FAQ)]</ref> The organization has released several copyright licenses known as [[Creative Commons licenses]]. These licenses allow creators to communicate which rights they reserve, and which rights they [[waive]] for the benefit of recipients or other creators.
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==Aim and influence==
==Aim and influence==
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Creative Commons has been described as being at the forefront of the [[copyleft]] movement, which seeks to support the building of a richer [[public domain]] by providing an alternative to the automatic "all rights reserved" [[copyright]], dubbed "some rights reserved."<ref>{{cite web | first= Sharee L. | last= Broussard| title= The copyleft movement: creative commons licensing | format= | publisher= Communication Research Trends | url=http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_7081/is_3_26/ai_n28457434?tag=content;col1 | date=September 2007}}</ref> David Berry and Giles Moss have credited Creative Commons with generating interest in the issue of [[intellectual property]] and contributing to the re-thinking of the role of the "[[commons]]" in the "[[information age]]". Beyond that Creative Commons has provided "institutional, practical and legal support for individuals and groups wishing to experiment and communicate with culture more freely".<ref>[http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com/free_issues/issue_05/commons_without_commonality/ Berry & Moss 2005]</ref>
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Creative Commons has been described as being at the forefront of the copyleft movement, which seeks to support the building of a richer public domain by providing an alternative to the automatic "all rights reserved" copyright, dubbed "some rights reserved." David Berry and Giles Moss have credited Creative Commons with generating interest in the issue of intellectual property and contributing to the re-thinking of the role of the "commons" in the "information age". Beyond that Creative Commons has provided "institutional, practical and legal support for individuals and groups wishing to experiment and communicate with culture more freely".  
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Creative Commons works to counter what the organisation considers to be a dominant and increasingly restrictive [[permission culture]]. According to [[Lawrence Lessig]], founder of Creative Commons, it is "a culture in which creators get to create only with the permission of the powerful, or of creators from the past".<ref>{{cite book | first=Lawrence | last=Lessig |url=http://www.free-culture.cc/freeculture.pdf |year=2004 | title=Free Culture | publisher=Penguin Press | location=New York | pages=8 |format=PDF}}</ref>  Lessig maintains that modern culture is dominated by traditional content distributors in order to maintain and strengthen their monopolies on cultural products such as popular music and popular cinema, and that Creative Commons can provide alternatives to these restrictions.<ref>{{cite journal | author=Ermert, Monika | title=Germany debuts Creative Commons | journal=Register | year=2004| url=http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/06/15/german_creative_commons/ | doi=10.1371/journal.pbio.0000009 | volume=1 | pages=e9 }}</ref><ref>{{cite web | author=Lessig, Lawrence| year=2006| title=Lawrence Lessig on Creative Commons and the Remix Culture | format=mp3 | work=Talking with Talis | url=http://talk.talis.com/archives/2006/01/lawrence_lessig.html | accessdate=2006-04-07}}</ref>
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==References==
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Creative Commons works to counter what the organization considers to be a dominant and increasingly restrictive permission culture. According to Lawrence Lessig, founder of Creative Commons, it is "a culture in which creators get to create only with the permission of the powerful, or of creators from the past".  Lessig maintains that modern culture is dominated by traditional content distributors in order to maintain and strengthen their monopolies on cultural products such as popular music and popular cinema, and that Creative Commons can provide alternatives to these restrictions.
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==Fan Art Rules==
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[[ErfWiki:Guidelines_for_fan_art|Erfworld rules for fan art and fiction.]]
==External links==
==External links==
*[http://creativecommons.org/ Creative Commons home page]
*[http://creativecommons.org/ Creative Commons home page]
*[http://wiki.creativecommons.org Creative Commons wiki]
*[http://wiki.creativecommons.org Creative Commons wiki]
*[http://mirrors.creativecommons.org/ Short Flash animation describing Creative Commons]
*[http://mirrors.creativecommons.org/ Short Flash animation describing Creative Commons]
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*[http://www.cbc.ca/thehour/video.php?id=975 Creative Commons Explained: Lawrence Lessig] on ''[[The Hour]]'' with [[George Stroumboulopoulos]]
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*[http://www.cbc.ca/thehour/video.php?id=975 Creative Commons Explained: Lawrence Lessig] on ''The Hour'' with George Stroumboulopoulos
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Latest revision as of 09:44, 19 May 2009

Creative Commons (CC) is a non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative works available for others to build upon legally and to share. The organization has released several copyright licenses known as Creative Commons licenses. These licenses allow creators to communicate which rights they reserve, and which rights they waive for the benefit of recipients or other creators.

[edit] Aim and influence

Creative Commons has been described as being at the forefront of the copyleft movement, which seeks to support the building of a richer public domain by providing an alternative to the automatic "all rights reserved" copyright, dubbed "some rights reserved." David Berry and Giles Moss have credited Creative Commons with generating interest in the issue of intellectual property and contributing to the re-thinking of the role of the "commons" in the "information age". Beyond that Creative Commons has provided "institutional, practical and legal support for individuals and groups wishing to experiment and communicate with culture more freely".

Creative Commons works to counter what the organization considers to be a dominant and increasingly restrictive permission culture. According to Lawrence Lessig, founder of Creative Commons, it is "a culture in which creators get to create only with the permission of the powerful, or of creators from the past". Lessig maintains that modern culture is dominated by traditional content distributors in order to maintain and strengthen their monopolies on cultural products such as popular music and popular cinema, and that Creative Commons can provide alternatives to these restrictions.

[edit] Fan Art Rules

Erfworld rules for fan art and fiction.

[edit] External links

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