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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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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