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Creative Commons and the New Intermediaries

Michael W. Carroll

American University Washington College of Law

Michigan State Law Review, Vol. 45, 2006
Villanova Law/Public Policy Research Paper No. 2005-13

This symposium contribution examines the disintermediating and reintermediating roles played by Creative Commons licenses on the Internet. Creative Commons licenses act as a disintermediating force because they enable end-to-end transactions in copyrighted works. The licenses have reintermediating force by enabling new services and new online communities to form around content licensed under a Creative Commons license. Intermediaries focused on the copyright dimension have begun to appear online as search engines, archives, libraries, publishers, community organizers, and educators. Moreover, the growth of machine-readable copyright licenses and the new intermediaries that they enable is part of a larger movement toward a Semantic Web. As that effort progresses, we should expect new kinds of intermediaries that rely on machine-readable law to emerge.

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Keywords: Creative Commons, copyright, Semantic Web, XML, machine-readable

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Date posted: August 18, 2005 ; Last revised: December 6, 2007

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Carroll, Michael W., Creative Commons and the New Intermediaries. Michigan State Law Review, Vol. 45, 2006; Villanova Law/Public Policy Research Paper No. 2005-13 . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=782405

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