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This paper describes the non-profit organization established by the founder of Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society, Lawrence Lessig, that allows copyright holders grant flexible use of their work. Called Creative Commons, the organization simplifies the copyright law by enabling and encouraging people to become legal creators if they wanted to incorporate existing material. It facilitates the permissions that the copyright system before a user is allowed to build or share work. Copyright holders benefit primarily by having their work made accessible and encouraging others to build on their work. Engineers, meanwhile, benefit from access to vast information and instructional data.
Date of Publication: March 2006