It is my great pleasure to announce the publication of ‘Open Content Licensing: Cultivating the Creative Commons’, a collection of essays on open content licensing and the Creative Commons, edited by Creative Commons Australia’s own project lead, Professor Brian Fitzgerald.

Drawing on the proceedings of the QUT conference of the same name in early 2005, the book brings together papers by more than 30 leading experts, including CC founder Professor Lawrence Lessig and Futurist Richard Neville, on the internet, copyright and the importance of open access to knowledge, from an Australian perspective.

The book is available for purchase in hardcopy form from [Sydney University Press](http://www.sup.usyd.edu.au). It is also available for download under a Creative Commons Australia [Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivatives licence](http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/au/) from [QUT’s ePrints Archive](http://eprints.qut.edu.au/archive/00006677/). Individual articles can be downloaded from the University of Sydney’s [eScholarship Repository](http://ses.library.usyd.edu.au/handle/2123/1559).

More information on the book and its contents is available from [here](http://creativecommons.org.au/ocl)

Edited by Professor Brian Fitzgerald

Never in our history have fewer exercised more power over our culture than now.
– Professor Lawrence Lessig

What if Rupert Murdoch’s Fox … bought the rights to Socrates’ dinner parties?
– Richard Neville

Open Content Licensing: Cultivating the Creative Commons, a new publication from Sydney University Press, brings together papers from some of the most prominent thinkers of our time on the internet, law and the importance of open content licensing in the digital age. Drawing on material presented at the Queensland University of Technology conference of January 2005, the text provides a snapshot of the thoughts of over 30 Australian and international experts on topics surrounding the international Creative Commons movement, from the landmark Eldred v Ashcroft copyright term decision to the legalities of digital sampling in a remix world.

Contributors include: Professor Lawrence Lessig, Richard Neville, The Hon Justice Ronald Sackville, The Hon Justice James Douglas, Linda Lavarch MP, Professor Arun Sharma, Mark Fallu, Professor Barry Conyngham AM, Greg Lane, Professor Brian Fitzgerald, Nic Suzor, Professor Richard Jones, Professor Greg Hearn, Professor John Quiggin, Dr David Rooney, Neeru Paharia, Michael Lavarch, Stuart Cunningham, Dr Terry Cutler, Damien O’Brien, Renato Ianella, Carol Fripp, Dennis MacNamara, Jean Burgess, Tom Cochrane, Ian Oi, Dr Anne Fitzgerald, Neale Hooper, Keith Done, Sal Humphreys, John Banks.

Open Content Licensing: Cultivating the Creative Commons is available for purchase from [Sydney University Press](http://www.sup.usyd.edu.au/).

The entire work can be downloaded under a Creative Commons Australia [Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivatives licence](http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/au/) from [QUT’s ePrints Archive](http://eprints.qut.edu.au/archive/00006677/).

Individual papers can be downloaded from the University of Sydney’s [eScholarship Repository](http://ses.library.usyd.edu.au/handle/2123/1559).

Open Content Licensing: Cultivating the Creative Commons is a joint product of the [ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation](http://www.cci.edu.au), the [Queensland University of Technology](http://www.qut.edu.au) and [Sydney University Press](http://www.sup.usyd.edu.au). It is licensed under a Creative Commons [Australian Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivatives](http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/au/) licence.