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Monday, December 16, 2002

Although the Creative Commons launched last May 16, it has just released version 1.0 of its licensing project. This is a web interface allowing you to click some options and generate a license in bulletproof legalese that reserves the rights you selected and otherwise allows maximum sharing, copying, and use by the public. The licenses are free of charge. Also see today's press release.

CC has also created a license for what it calls The Founders' Copyright, under which the copyright holder agrees to assign the work to the public domain after only 14 years, the copyright term in effect in 1790 that reflects the framers' sense of the right balance between the temporary monopoly of copyright and the public domain. (Today's copyright term in the U.S. is the life of the author plus 70 years.)