Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 21st Jun 2006 22:54 UTC
Features, Office Users of Microsoft Office can now choose one of the Creative Commons licenses for work created in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Microsoft and Creative Commons, a nonprofit organization that offers flexible copyright licenses for creative works, partnered with 3sharp LLC to develop and test this new copyright licensing tool, known as the Creative Commons add-in for Microsoft Office.
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Creative Commons for file sharing
by Bonus on Thu 22nd Jun 2006 12:02 UTC
Bonus
Member since:
2005-12-23

Basically the Creative Commons allows non-DRM file sharing. They also have a non-commercial License for those who want to take a percentage of profits.

CC is an anti-DRM License that was created specifically in 2002 to allow people to freely share their music, digital art, and writings; especially on the Internet, so this is noble of MS to have this option.

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r_a_trip Member since:
2005-07-06

CC is an anti-DRM License that was created specifically in 2002 to allow people to freely share their music, digital art, and writings; especially on the Internet, so this is noble of MS to have this option.

You may be onto something here. MS may need the option of including licensing beforehand in the document, if they plan to DRM every document by default. The CC option would be a signal to Office that every Joe, Dick and Harry is allowed to open a DRM Office file.

I wouldn't call it noble though. It might just be a technical necessity to be able to create a write-once, read-many document under the "Paladium/NGSCB/Trusted Computing" scheme. In other words a solution to a problem that wouldn't exist if there was no DRM.

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Lobotomik Member since:
2006-01-03

Noble, why? Which option? Is Microsoft noble to give me the option to send a letter I wrote to my own granny?

Microsoft cannot not offer me an option to license my work as I well please, nor deny it. My own work is mine, and I can license it in any way I want, whether Microsoft offers me the option or not.

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Bonus Member since:
2005-12-23

MS is the most noble company that has ever graced my keyboard. They are knights shining with glorious armor blinding all to reality while spoon feeding a custom fit rationalized version soaked in the entrails of backdated monetary technology under the watchful eye of a fascist regime.

Actually only ODF support would be worthy of mention. What if I put it under te CC and I can't open it up on non-MS christened readers.

MS is getting into robots now. What happens when they lock customers into the robots eyeballs for reading stuff. Of course after the robots slaughter everyone it would be because they weren't part of the isolated standard, and money because they need to 'feed their families' too, of course.

More ignoble.

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