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Creative Commons: Creating Legal and Technical Interoperability

Mobile and The Web
Location: Imperial Ballroom Level: Novice
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TCP/IP and The Web were open standards and specifications that created an explosion of innovation by lowering friction and transaction costs for interoperability. Creative Commons is creating a new layer of open standards and specifications for interoperability and to lower friction at the legal/copyright and semantics layer.

Creative Commons started initially focused on the cultural/content domain, but is making headway in scientific research and education.

This talk will give an update on CC and will describe some of the new work in science, education, and supporting technical specifications and APIs.

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Joichi Ito

Creative Commons

Joichi Ito is the CEO of Creative Commons ( He is a co-founder and board member of Digital Garage ( and the CEO of Neoteny ( He is on the board of Technorati ( and helps run Technorati Japan ( He is a Senior Visiting Researcher of Keio Research Institute at SFC in Japan. He is the Chairman of Six Apart Japan ( the weblog software company. He is on board of a number of non-profit organizations including The Mozilla Foundation, WITNESS ( and Global Voices ( He has created numerous Internet companies including PSINet Japan, Digital Garage and Infoseek Japan and was an early stage investor in Six Apart, Technorati, Flickr, SocialText, Dopplr,, Rupture, Kongregate, etology Inc and other Internet companies. He has served and continues to serve on various Japanese central as well as local government committees and boards, advising the government on IT, privacy and computer security related issues. He is currently researching “The Sharing Economy” as a Doctor of Business Administration candidate at the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy at Hitotsubashi University in Japan. He maintains a weblog ( where he regularly shares his thoughts with the online community. He is the Guild Custodian of the World of Warcraft guild, We Know (

Ito was listed by Time Magazine as a member of the “Cyber-Elite” in 1997. Ito was listed as one of the 50 “Stars of Asia” by BusinessWeek and commended by the Japanese Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications in 2000. He was selected by the World Economic Forum in 2001 as one of the “Global Leaders for Tomorrow”, chosen by Newsweek as a member of the “Leaders of The Pack” in 2005, and listed by Vanity Fair as a member of “The Next Establishment” in 2007. Ito was also named by Businessweek as one of the 25 Most Influential People on the Web in 2008.

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Joichi Ito
03/10/2009 1:59am PDT

But I will probably be announcing a “newish thing” which I’ll post once we’re finished. Working on exactly how to present it now.

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Joichi Ito
03/10/2009 1:58am PDT

I think Brady said I might end up getting 20… I’ll try to keep it short and sweet tho.

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Mark J. Levitt
03/10/2009 1:56am PDT

Thanks Joi! Yes, probably safe to assume most of us are already familiar with CC. And yes, John’s talk looks like a great followup! To bad you only have 15mins.

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Joichi Ito
03/10/2009 1:33am PDT

I might also talk a bit about CC+. Here:

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Joichi Ito
03/10/2009 1:26am PDT

Depends a bit on how much you already know. would be a good place to start. I’m going to assume most people sort of know what Creative Commons is.

I’ll talk a bit about RDFa and CcREL. Links for those are here:

Also also mention Science Commons ( ), but the main Science Commons talk will be by John Wilbanks at this session: which you shouldn’t miss.

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Mark J. Levitt
03/04/2009 5:40am PST

Just wondering: any recommended reading before this talk?

  • Sun Microsystems
  • Yahoo! Inc.
  • IEEE
  • Make magazine
  • Orange Labs