How Creative Commons Started

For a look at the origin of Creative Commons and how it all kicked off, you may enjoy this video of a panel discussion at Harvard’s Berkman Centre for Internet & Society in 2008. Panelists included James BoyleLawrence LessigJoi Ito, and Molly Van Houweling, CC’s first Executive Director. Moderated by Harvard Law Professor Jonathan Zittrain, the panellists shared amusing anecdotes about their early vision of CC as a repository for donated content that quickly evolved to one that provides tools for people to express permission to share. The video is about an hour long but well worth watching to get the historical background and recollections from some of the founding members.

Some photos, by Doc Searls, from the event, are below:

Lawrence Lessig    Molly Van Houweling  Joi Ito  James Boyle  Jonathan Zittrain

The video also features Elena Kagan (the then Dean of Harvard Law School) and subsequently Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States and Prof. Charles Nesson.

Elena Kagan  Charles Nesson


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