Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development, support, and stewardship of legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation. This mission is premised on the belief that unparalleled access to information provided by the Internet and the ability to exploit it fully will drive increased growth, innovation, and participation in the fields of science, education, media, and the arts. To this end, Creative Commons has issued a set of licenses that allow copyright holders to selectively waive certain automatic intellectual property rights enshrined under current copyright law. These licenses and the ethos underpinning them have important practical implications for the production, distribution, and consumption of mass media in the digital age, but this has not been without controversy. This ...

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