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January 24, 2008


Gen Kanai

Rebecca, I'm sorry to have missed this event but I'm ecstatic to have this wonderful review from you. Thank you very much.

Patrick Yen

Some people, particularly photojournalists,
do not support creative commons licensing.

And for legitimate reasons.

Here are a couple links to some things written by photographer Sion Touhig on the topic which I believe are worthy of your (and anyone's) attention..



Creative commons has its benefits for many,
and has a great following, but I don't think many people (journalists in particular) are giving it a balanced, holistic, or adequately critical scrutiny.

Just something to think about.


Lovely commentary. What is the secret of such flowing prose?

Jeremy Clarke

Great article Rebecca. When the CC thing first came around, I found that even in my Canadian university classroom, it was hard for most people to wrap their head around the idea of 'commons'. Lessig spins a great yarn about a pasture where people's cows share grass and the people do their politicking, but i think at the end of the day each person you sell on CC has to be explained about the sharing and public good elements of it, otherwise 'commons' alone doesn't have enough connotations (this could be a Canada/U.S difference, but I think ti's more of a lawyer/non-lawyer one if anything).

Free-as-in-America is unhelpful: this is a million dollar idea, and something Richard Stallman and the FSF guys should listen to.

P.S. Is it just me, or is the fact that there is a Chinese guy named Lawrence L, who is famous for speaking eloquently about copyright, kind of freak anyone else out?

Rebecca MacKinnon

Thanks Jeremy. However I don't understand what point you're trying to make in your P.S.

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