Creative Commons Must Cease & Desist Offering CC Licenses To Bands

from the silly-lawyers dept

I’ve spent way too much time this week arguing over email with lawyers whose views on intellectual property don’t make sense to me. I’ve been resisting making a general statement about all lawyers when it comes to intellectual property, but Larry Lessig has done it for me. In describing a stunning email exchange between someone at Creative Commons and a lawyer at, Lessig asks: “Is it impossible to imagine the lawyers ever on the side of innovation?” The exchange is pretty straightforward. Someone from CC sent a note to pointing out that one of their artists was using a CC license, and asking if they wanted to team up to make it easier to offer CC licenses to their bands. The response from the lawyer was basically saying how dare they offer anything other than the good old American standard copyright, and that they were to “cease and desist” from talking to any artists on I’m not sure what sort of legal authority the lawyers at Vivendi Universal (owners of think they have, but I don’t think it covers them telling people not to talk to their clients. Yet another example of lawyers who may (or may not!) understand the law, but don’t understand business.

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aNonMooseCowherd says:

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> Lessig asks: “Is it impossible to imagine the lawyers ever on the side of innovation?”

Of course — by coming up with new and imaginative ways of abusing the legal system. Microsoft has raised this to a high art form. Look at how they wiggled their way out of the government’s antitrust case and the Sun Java case.

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