Creative Commons launches licenses

Creative Commons has released version 1.0 of its licensing project which allows you to, "build licenses that will help you tell others that your works are free for copying and other uses but only on certain conditions." This is the first step in getting creators to easily adopt other copyright schemes rather than the default © and its associated (and continuously extended) length.

I went through the wizard and chose a less restrictive copyright for this site than I'd had before. My only suggestion to the CC team: some improved definitions of the terms, with examples, so copyright newbies like myself know what "to distribute derivative works under a license identical to the one that governs the licensor's work" means in even less legally speak than that.

I'm really excited to see this project finally go live after hearing so much about it these past few months, and knowing folks who've been involved in getting it out the door. Congratulations to the whole Creative Commons team on a job very well done.