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Lawrence Lessig
Creative Commons -- Larry Lessig
Stanford, CA

Stanford Law School
559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305-8610
Work: 650-736-0999

"It is 1976 all over again. Then, like now, content owners turned to the courts to stop an extraordinary new technology. Then, like now, copyright is the weapon of choice. But then, like now, the content owners of course don't really want the court to stop the new technology. Then, like now, they simply want to be paid for the innovations of someone else. Then, like now, the content owners ought to lose."
Larry Lessig, on his personal blog, talking about publishers who sued to stop Google from scanning and indexing books from libraries

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"copy-left" copyright initiative; Lessig is the most-noted thinker on alternatives to U.S. copyright law, which he views as stifling the ability of ordinary citizens to derive new creative works consisting of pieces of work already created.

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Excerpted from the Creative Commons website (http://creativecommons.org/about/history):

Too often the debate over creative control tends to the extremes. At one pole is a vision of total control, a world in which every last use of a work is regulated and in which "all rights reserved" (and then some) is the norm. At the other end is a vision of anarchy, a world in which creators enjoy a wide range of freedom but are left vulnerable to exploitation. Balance, compromise, and moderation, once the driving forces of a copyright system that valued innovation and protection equally have become endangered species.

Creative Commons is working to revive them. We use private rights to create public goods: creative works set free for certain uses. Like the free software and open-source movements, our ends are cooperative and community-minded, but our means are voluntary and libertarian. We work to offer creators a best-of-both-worlds way to protect their works while encouraging certain uses of them to declare "some rights reserved."

Thus, a single goal unites Creative Commons' current and future projects: to build a layer of reasonable, flexible copyright in the face of increasingly restrictive default rules.