Scholarship and critique regarding Creative Commons

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Academic Articles and Books about or related to Creative Commons

Larry Lessig, The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World Random House, 2001.

Larry Lessig, Code, and Other Laws of Cyberspace Basic Books, 1999.

Larry Lessig, Free Culture Random House, forthcoming, 2003.

Larry Lessig, The Creative Commons, RBL, Tokyo (2003).

Law Review/Law Journal Articles about Creative Commons

  • Niva Elkin-Koren, What Contracts Cannot Do: The Limits of Private Ordering in Facilitiating A Creative Commons, 74 Fordham L. Rev. 375 (November 2005)
  • Matthew J. Astle, Will Congress Kill the Podcasting Star? 19 Harv. J.L. & Tech. 161 (Fall, 2005).
  • Robert P. Merges, A New Dynamism in the Public Domain, 71 U. Chi. L. Rev. 183 (Winter 2004).
  • Christopher Sprigman, Reform(aliz)ing Copyright, 57 Stan. L. Rev. 485 (November, 2004).
  • Corey Field, Copyright, Technology, and Time: Perspectives on "Interactive" as a Term, 50 J. Copyright Soc'y U.S.A. 49 (2003).
  • Michael N. Lang, The Regulation of Shrink-Wrapped Radio: Implications of Copyright on Podcasting, 14 CommLaw Conspectus 463 (2006).
  • Jerry Brito and Bridget Dooling, An Orphan Works Affirmative Defense to Copyright Infringement Actions, 12 Mich. Telecomm. Tech. L. Rev. 75 (2005), available at—brito&dooling.pdf—brito&dooling.pdf about orphan works
  • Brooke Oliver, The Artist's Perspective in the Acquisiton, Exhibition, and Preservation of New Media Works, SK061 ALI-ABA 161 (2005).
  • Lawrence Lessig, Free(ing) Culture for Remix, 2004 Utah L. Rev. 961 (2004).
  • Martina Gillen, Gavin Sutter, Legal Protection of Copy-Protection Mechanisms, 51 J. Copyright Soc'y U.S.A. 729 (2004).
  • Dan Hunter, F. Gregory Lastowka, Amateur-to-Amateur, 46 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 951 (2004).
  • Jeffrey L. Harrison, Creativity or Commons: A Comment on Professor Lessig, 55 Fla. L. Rev. 795 (2003). critical
  • Zachary Katz, Pitfalls of Open Licensing: An Analysis of Creative Commons Licensing, 46 IDEA 391 (2006).
  • Andres Guadamuz Gonzalez, Open Science: Open Source Licenses in Scientific Research, 7 N.C. J.L. & Tech. 321(2006).
  • David W. Opderbeck, The Penguin's Genome, or Coase and Open Source Biotechnology, 18 Harv. J. Law & Tec 167 (Fall, 2004).
  • Jennifer R. Mueller, NOTE: All Mixed Up: Bridgeport Music v. Dimension Films and De Minimis Digital Sampling, 81 Ind. L.J. 435 (2006).
  • Anupam Chander and Madhavi Sunder, The Romance of the Public Domain, 92 Calif. L. Rev. 1331 (2004).
  • Lawrence Lessig, Commentary: The Creative Commons, 65 Mont. L. Rev. 1 (Winter, 2004).
  • Rosemary J. Coombe, Fear, Hope, and Longing for the Future of Authorship and Revitalized Public Domain in Global Regimes of Intellectual Property, 52 DePaul L. Rev. 1171 (Summer 2003).
  • Matthew Dean Stratton, Will Lessig Succeed in Challenging the CTEA, Post-Eldred?, 15 Fordham Intell. Prop. Media & Ent. L.J. 893 (Spring, 2005).
  • Lawrence Lessig, Dunwody Distinguished Lecture in law: The Creative Commons, 17 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol'y 233 (2002).
  • James Gibson, Once and Future Copyright, 81 Notre Dame L. Rev. 167 (2005).
  • Molly Shaffer Van Houweling, Distributive Values in Copyright, 83 Tex. L. Rev. 1535 (2005).
  • Lawrence B. Solum,Book Review : The Future of CopyrightFree Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity. By Lawrence Lessig, 83 Tex. L. Rev. 1137 (2005).
  • Brian W. Carver, Share and Share Alike: Understanding and Enforcing Open Source and Free Software Licenses, 20 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 443 (2005).
  • J. H. Reichman and Paul F. Uhlir, The Public Domain: A Contractually Reconstructed Research Commons for Scientific Data in a Highly Protectionist Intellectual Property Environment, 66 Law & Contemp. Prob. 315, (2003).

Criticisms of Creative Commons

  • Elkin-Koren, Niva, "Creative Commons: A Skeptical View of a Worthy Pursuit" . THE FUTURE OF THE PUBLIC DOMAIN, P. Bernt Hugenholtz & Lucie Guibault, eds., Kluwer Law International, 2006 Available at SSRN:
  • Berry, D. M. (2004). “The Contestation of Code: a Preliminary Investigation Into the Discourse of the Free/libre and Open Source Movement”. Critical Discourse Studies, 1 (1),