Video of the week: Creative Commons

You may have noticed on the right hand side that I’ve inserted a banner ad to “Support Creative Commons.” It’s the first (and so far only) ad I’ve put on this site. (Please click on the banner.)

As this video explains, Creative Commons is an organization started by Professor Lawrence Lessig, someone whom I was lucky enough to have met and worked with for several years while at Stanford. Larry is one of those rare, amazingly brilliant individuals who single-handedly transform the whole terms of a debate. He’s done that for the Internet and copyright issues. The basic mission of Creative Commons is to make it easier for everyone to share works and to give/get copyright permission with the tagging of a work ahead of time (so basically you don’t need to make elaborate efforts–like locating and writing the copyright holder–to get permission to use copyrighted works). This blog has a Creative Commons license on the right hand column below.

Each year, Creative Commons must raise money from contributions, in order to qualify for 501(c)(3) status as a tax-exempt, charitable nonprofit organization. I hope you consider giving to this worthy cause. Donate on the CC site.

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