ASCAP’s Attack on Creative Commons

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has launched a campaign to raise money from its members to hire lobbyists to protect them against”the dangers of Copyleft, which they claim groups such as Creative Commons are promoting in order to undermine Copyright.

If you are unfamiliar with the licenses promoted by Creative Commons (CC), you might be taken in by these claims, but they are not true. Lawrence Lessig, cofounder and board member of CC (his day job is Harvard Law School professor and director of the Safra Center for Ethics) explains the situation in this article. In brief, what CC promotes is choice for creators of works (writers, musicians, artists), using more flexible variations on copyright license terms.

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