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Alternatives to copyright

by Giles Turnbull -- 2002/02/13

Why should we stick with copyright, when we could come up with something else that would work better for digital media? Lawrence Lessig is working on it.

In an interview at, he spells out his plans for a project called Creative Commons.

The idea is that the Creative Commons will supply people with instant, customizable intellectual property licences that they can attach to the creative works they want to release to the public domain.

While that might save some people some money in legal fees, it's not really a replacement for copyright. It is still an assertion of ownership. And, from the interview, it does not appear to have any enforcement ability. Could people still download music files released under Creative Commons and make illegal - or at any rate, unauthorised - copies of them?