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Creative Commons Press Release
Creative Commons Launches Global Case Studies Project

Jon Phillips, June 23rd, 2008

Brisbane, Australia & San Francisco, USA -- 2008 June 24

Today Creative Commons (CC), in association with Creative Commons Australia, officially announced the release of the Case Studies Project, which is a large-scale community effort to encourage all to explore and add noteworthy global CC stories. Creative Commons provides free tools to allow copyright-holders to clearly show rights associated with creative works, and now this project shows how notable adopters like author Cory Doctorow, web video-sharing company, and open film project "A Swarm of Angels" have successfully used CC licenses.

This is a very important initiative and I hope everyone will contribute and use this resource. In order to make CC ubiquitous, we need support from businesses to get it integrated into the tools and the infrastructure. We need to prove that CC is not only good for society and culture, but makes business sense too. These case studies will be very important to help drive home the fact that sharing is good for business in addition to being "the right thing to do" in other respects.

This also helps make the case to creators that you sharing makes sense for professionals as well.


Did you ever see the case studies that I worked on with the Open Rights Group as a part of the Creative Business in the Digital Era project? We did ones with Tom Reynolds about his book, Blood, Sweat and Tears; David Bausola about online comedy Where Are The Joneses; and John Buckman, Magnatune. Details and case studies are all up on the wiki:

I was very excited to see that CC launched this case studies project. Being a key driver behind my company's open content strategy, I have spent countless hours evangelizing the benefits of open content, from the perspective of both users and our business.

This new and (hopefully fast-growing) resource should prove to a be invaluable in helping educate people about open licenses in general, but moreover provide qualitative and quantitative data to justify pursuing non-traditional licensing from a dollars and cents, bottom-line perspective. I look forward to contributing to this project in the months to come.

@Suw Thanks for the recommendation - I have read the case study on Magnatune, but will continue to check out what the Open Rights Group is up to.

Heya Suw, we linked to and used some of your great case studies!

Hi all


Where are the Joneses? has now been used as a case study for the London School of Economics review of educational publishing in Africa, specifically because of the CC licence SA-BY 3.0