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P2P, Web Services, Wireless, and Beyond
O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference
Westin Santa Clara
May 13-16, 2002 -- Santa Clara, CA

Building on the momentum and excitement of the O'Reilly Peer-to-Peer and Web Services Conference.



Creative Commons: Using and Sharing Emerging Technologies to Enrich the Public Domain
Molly Shaffer Van Houweling, Executive Director, Creative Commons
Lisa Rein, On Lisa Rein's Radar

Track: Business
Date: Thursday, May 16
Time:†11:15am - 12:00pm

This session will introduce Creative Commons, an intellectual property conservancy founded to enrich and cultivate the public domain and to facilitate sharing of artistic, literary, scientific, and other intellectual works with the public on generous terms. Creative Commons is a non-profit corporation led by Directors Hal Abelson (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), James Boyle (Duke Law School), Michael Carroll (Villanova Law School), Eric Eldred (Eldritch Press), Lawrence Lessig (Stanford Law School), and Eric Saltzman (Harvard Law School).

Executive Director, Molly Shaffer Van Houweling, explains the projectís initial goal--providing an easy method by which creators can indicate, in a machine-readable format, how others may use their intellectual works. Technical Architect, Lisa Rein, discusses and demonstrates how the project uses JavaScript, Perl, HTML, and XML to create a web-based application for generating metadata, associated with digital works in a machine-readable format. The metadata corresponds to innovative and flexible licenses designed to help creators of intellectual works share their work with the public on generous terms. Search engines, file sharing applications, digital rights management tools, and other emerging technologies recognize the terms on which those works may be used.

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