The four years of existence of Creative Commons licenses were today marked in Lisbon at a conference attended by the founder of the initiative, Lawrence Lessig. Portugal is the latest member of the growing list of countries that have adapted Creative Commons licenses to their language and legal framework, but next year 17 new countries are expected to join Creative Commons.
Continuing to enthusiastically defend the Creative Commons license model, which he considers much more appropriate to the new reality of sharing digital content, Lawrence Lessig believes that the application of the traditional copyright law will do nothing more than criminalize creativity, or stifle it.
The Creative Commons model, which he created from Stanford four years ago, gives the author of a digital work more freedom to define how he wants to share it, limiting its commercial use, requiring a reference to the original work or allowing its free use and re-mix.
Despite the exponential growth in Creative Commons licenses issued worldwide, Lawrence Lessig admits that for adherence to this new licensing model to increase, more work needs to be done on integrating licenses with content publishing and sharing services, where Flickr is a good example, since when placing a photograph online the author can choose which license to apply.
Creative Commons is therefore working with several entities to facilitate the integration of licenses in different applications and Web services, underlining Lawrence Lassig the plug-in made available by Microsoft for Office in June as an important step towards simplifying the process.
In the area of interoperability between different types of «open» licenses, the creator of Creative Commons said that in the coming months an entity should be created to certify this interoperability.
Questioned by TeK, Lawrence Lessig admits that there are already two court cases related to Creative Commons licenses, one in Germany and another in Spain, but that he is not concerned with the ability to impose the legality of licenses in Court, not least because in that area restricted to the legal framework and each country and there are no «legal innovations» here.
On the side of the Portuguese initiative, which officially launched the Creative Commons licenses on 13 November, Pedro Ferreira, from UMIC, adds that there are no numbers on licenses issued in Portugal, but that there is also no way to account for them. Asked by TeK about the possibility of working on the integration of CC licenses in platforms for providing digital content in Portugal, Pedro Ferreira explains that this should happen but that the process is still very early.
2006-11-13 – Alternative licenses for the protection of copyright are now available in Portugal