October 20, 2003 · Lessig
There’s a nice piece in the Wall Street Journal’s E-Commerce Special “E-Commerce” Report about Creative Commons. The report describes three futures for copyright, with CC among the three. (The WSJ charges $350 for the privilege of linking to a web version of an article about your company, so rather than link, I’ll just describe the article (Does this really making you better off, WSJ?)).
The coolest part of the story is the first announcement of Creative Commons’ Sampling Licenses which will be launched in Brazil by Brazil’s culture minister, and cult figure, Gilberto Gil this December.
The Sampling Licenses say “sample my work if you want, even for commercial purposes, just don’t copy and sell my work without my permission.” It’s aim is to make explicit what whole genres of music presume — at least until you become famous. The idea was brought to us by Negativland and People Like Us.
Stay tuned for more about the release.