Scholarship and critique regarding Creative Commons

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These articles and comments have been collected to represent the different views about Creative Commons and issues related to Creative Commons. If you know of an article or comment that is not represented here, feel free to let us know about it so that we can consider it for inclusion by emailing us at info[at] Articles and comments that are suitable for inclusion here are those which somehow progress and contribute to the debate that surrounds CC & CC-related issues.

General Articles and Comments Related to CC and CC Related Topics


  • Creative Commons, Submission submission in response to

the Questions for online consultation released in conjunction with the i2010 Digital Libraries Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions [SEC(2005) 1195].


  • Mia Garlick, Creative Humbug? Bah the humbug, let’s get creative! By:Mia Garlick, Creative Commons, ((no online link available at this time).
  • Creative Commons comments as part of WIPO Online Forum on Intellectual Property and Information Society, Theme Two: The intellectual property system and freedom of expression and creativity.


  • Christiane Asschenfeldt, "Copyright and Licensing Issues—The International Commons." In CERN Workshop Series on Innovations in Scholarly Communication: Implementing the Benefits of OAI (OAI3), 12 February-14 February 2004 at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland. Geneva: CERN, 2004. 2004


  • Lawrence Lessig, The Creative Commons, RBL, Tokyo (2003). (No online link available at this time).


  • D.C. Denison, "For Creators, An Argument for Alienable Rights." Boston Globe, 22 December 2002, E2. (No online link available at this time).

Books Related to CC and CC Related Topics

  • Kembrew McLeod, (2005). Freedom of Expression (R) : Overzealous Copyright Bozos and Other Enemies of Creativity. New York: Doubleday. ISBN 0385513259.
  • Danièle Bourcier, Mélanie Dulong de Rosnay et. al., (2004). International Commons at the Digital Age/La création en partage. Paris: Editions Romillat. ISBN 2878940814. (NB. At the time this book was prepared, iCommons referred to the international licensing project currently known as Creative Commons International)
  • Kembrew McLeod, (2001). Owning Culture: Authorship, Ownership, and Intellectual Property Law (Popular Culture and Everyday Life). New York: Peter Lang Publishing. ISBN 0820451576.
  • Lawrence Lessig, (2001). The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World. New York: Random House. ISBN 0375505784.
  • Lawrence Lessig, (1999). Code, and Other Laws of Cyberspace. New York: Basic Books. ISBN 046503912X.

Law Journal Articles about CC and CC Related Topics

  • 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
  • Brooke Oliver Law Group, P.C., The Artist's Perspective in the Acquisiton, Exhibition, and Preservation of New Media Works, SK061 ALI-ABA 161 (2005).
  • Anupam Chander and Sunder, Madhavi, The Romance of the Public Domain, 92 Calif. L. Rev. 1331 (2004).
  • Corey Field, Copyright, Technology, and Time: Perspectives on "Interactive" as a Term, 50 J. Copyright Soc'y U.S.A. 49 (2003).
  • Martina Gillen, Gavin Sutter, Legal Protection of Copy-Protection Mechanisms, 51 J. Copyright Soc'y U.S.A. 729 (2004).
  • Andres Guadamuz Gonzalez, Open Science: Open Source Licenses in Scientific Research, 7 N.C. J.L. & Tech. 321(2006).
  • Jeffrey L. Harrison, Creativity or Commons: A Comment on Professor Lessig, 55 Fla. L. Rev. 795 (2003).
  • Zachary Katz, Pitfalls of Open Licensing: An Analysis of Creative Commons Licensing, 46 IDEA 391 (2006).
  • Niva Elkin-Koren, What Contracts Cannot Do: The Limits of Private Ordering in Facilitiating A Creative Commons, 74 Fordham L. Rev. 375 (November 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).
  • Lawrence Lessig, Dunwoody Distinguished Lecture in law: The Creative Commons, 55 Fla. L. Rev. 763 (2003).
  • Lawrence Lessig, Commentary: The Creative Commons, 65 Mont. L. Rev. 1 (Winter, 2004).
  • Lawrence Lessig, Free(ing) Culture for Remix, 2004 Utah L. Rev. 961 (2004).
  • 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).
  • Matthew Dean Stratton, Will Lessig Succeed in Challenging the CTEA, Post-Eldred?, 15 Fordham Intell. Prop. Media & Ent. L.J. 893 (Spring, 2005).

Criticisms of/Debate About Creative Commons

  • Niva Elkin-Koren, "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: