Joi Ito's Web

Joi Ito's conversation with the living web.

When we were thinking about things that we could do for this year's fund raising campaign, we realized that one thing that might be cool would be to try giving people a OpenID with their donation. Because donors authenticate their identity with us to the extent that they pay us money and because Creative Commons is a somewhat known entity, we thought this might have some value. In addition, an OpenID profile on would allow us to test some ideas that we have about how a copyright registry might work.

If you want to try it out, join the network by donating to Creative Commons.

Joi - CC Network
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Once you've joined, you get a profile page like this. You can register your works.

Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States
Registering your works will give you this nifty extra bit on your CC deeds.

The OpenID Directory
Then you can use to login to any OpenID site.

Photo: Dennis Stefani, (c) Mrs. Me, Inc., 2008, made available under a CC BY-NC-ND license

Pop star Gwen Stefani and her husband, rocker Gavin Rossdale recently welcomed a baby, Zuma Nesta Rock Rossdale, into the world. Many celebrities contract with a magazine to arrange an exclusive photo session that debuts mother with newborn. But Stefani and Rossdale took a different approach and hired their own photographer and put the photo online for the public under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license, along with some additional terms that allow all print magazines, newspapers, and blogs to use the photo - even commercially, with some restrictions. You can download a high-res version of the photo (and check out the additional terms the photo is available under) at Stefani's site.

This is a great example using CC to manage your own identity and image online. I've always been a fan of Gwen Stefani, but this puts her (and Gavin) in a new category for me. Yay! And congratulations on the baby Gwen and Gavin.

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I'm in Toronto on my way to Amman, Jordan.

I'll be speaking at 11 AM on Wednesday the 29th of October, 2008 at the Talal Abu Ghazaleh College of Business / Jordanian German University. I'll be talking about Creative Commons followed by a panel discussing including our Jordanian CC country lead Ziad.

Look forward to seeing everyone there and thanks to everyone on the Abu Ghazaleh team for organizing this.

The creativity of Asia's people will be supported and shared thanks to a new long-term strategic collaboration between the DotAsia Organisation and Creative Commons (CC).

DotAsia, the not-for-profit registry operator for the ".Asia" Internet top-level domain, plans to commit US$100,000 to Creative Commons in support of its cause, outreach and community efforts in Asia. In addition, DotAsia will contribute time and effort into assisting in the coordination of events, activities of CC's regional chapters and various other socio-technical initiatives, such as a next generation copyright registry project.

The collaboration will be announced by the CEO of Creative Commons, Mr. Joi Ito, and Mr. Edmon Chung, the CEO of DotAsia, during the launch ceremony next Saturday afternoon (Oct 25) for Creative Commons Hong Kong (CCHK) at the HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity, Kowloon, Hong Kong. For more details about the launch event visit CCHK's website.

"We are thrilled to work with Joi and the brilliant team at Creative Commons", said Edmon Chung, "this strategic alliance matches the core mission of DotAsia to promote Internet development and adoption in Asia. It also helps strengthen our connection to the worldwide IPR community. Stay tuned here for CC activities in Asia."

"The contribution from DotAsia is very meaningful to the development of Creative Commons in Asia. Through collaboration with DotAsia," Joi Ito added. "CC can look forward to building stronger rapport with the creative and cultural communities in Greater China and Asia."

Thanks to Edmon and Ching for making this happen and look forward to working closely with you guys.

Heading over to Hong Kong today for the Creative Commons Hong Kong launch. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Creative Commons Hong Kong Launch

NEW!!! The Detailed Programme is now available.

  • Special Guests: Creative Commons Founder Lawrence Lessig and Chief Executive Officer Joichi Ito
  • 25 October 2008 (Saturday)
  • HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity
  • 2:00 to 3:30pm: Launch & Main Programme
  • Noon to 2 p.m and 3:30 to 6pm: Festival Activities
  • Details | Registration

Public Lecture by Professor Lawrence Lessig

  • "Free Culture and Free Society: Can the West Love Both?" The Inaugural Lee Shu Pui Leung Wai Hing Distinguished Lecture in Digital Media hosted by the Journalism and Media Studies Centre, University of Hong Kong.

    Delivered by Professor Lawrence Lessig, C. Wendell and Edith M. Carlsmith Professor of Law, Stanford University; Founder of Creative Commons

  • October 24, 2008 (Friday); 5:00pm to 6:30pm
  • Wang Gungwu Theatre, Graduate House, The University of Hong Kong
  • Details | Registration