Joi Ito at LeWeb: Sharing Love


Joi Ito presented at LeWeb today. (Disclaimer: I’m a Joi Ito fanboy. Expect this to be biased.) He gave his presentation in his role as CEO of Creative Commons, the theme was “Sharing Love”.

Joi Ito at LeWeb Photo: Joi Ito at LeWeb by Peter Bihr (released under Creative Commons by 2.0)

Creative Commons, says Joi, is something like a protocol. He compared it to the TCP/IP of cultural production. It’s what makes systems and content producers and content users and whatnot interoperate. It provides the legal framework to lower transaction costs for content sharing and remixing and usage so that you wouldn’t have to spend tons of money on legal advice just to use a picture. Creative Commons make it easy, and legally safe, to share content and to allow use of your content under certain conditions.

Traditionally, you had either regulated or unregulated uses for, say, a book. Regulated: Read. Unregulated: Share, give away, sleep on it. In a digital work, it’s tough, as practically everything is unregulated. Every use means you have to copy it – in many cases you have to make several copies to use it just once.

The rest of the presentation covered the basics of Creative Commons: Why is it important, and how Creative Commons goes about providing a human-readable, a machine-readable and a lawyer-readable license (called “deed” here). He also mentioned the current CC Case Studies project, which shares examples of successful commercial uses of Creative Commons licenses.

LeWeb 08: Liveblogging Day 2


Over at Berlinblase.de, we’ll be liveblogging LeWeb again. Please allow me to cross-post.

Good morning LeWeb! Those of you who haven’t made it to the MySpace party last night: Welcome back. For the rest of you, here’s the liveblog so you can follow the events from your desk, or your bed. So what’s planned for today? Marc Canter will be moderating a panel on Platform Love, Robin Good will be speaking about the Love of Education, and Chris Anderson will be talking, too. Then it’s John Buckman (Magnatune), Dr. Brian Cox (Unicersity of Manchester), Maurice LEvy (Publicis), Marrisa Mayer (VP of Google) and Michael Arrington. Joi Ito of Creative Commons fame will also spread the love, before it’s even lunch time. Plenty to see, plenty to hear! For some neat eye candy, go to Berlinblase.de/live where you’ll find the official video livestream on one side and our liveblog on the other.

LeWeb fanboys and Macbook signings


Johannes said it and what can I say, it’s true:

die @berlinblase crew verwandelt sich mehr und mehr in einen haufen web 2.0 groupies. “OMG, hast du den gesehen?” #leweb ;-)

(Roughly: “The Berlinblase crew is turning more and more into a bunch of web 2.0 groupies. “OMG, did you see him?” #leweb ;)”)

So Sebastian took it to the next step. He had his brand-new Macbook signed not once, but twice. First, by David Weinberger. Then also by Hugh Mac Leod of business card drawing fame:

Hugh Mac Leod, I'm blogging this. All rights reserved by the artist. Image by Hugh Mac Leod, I’m blogging this. All rights reserved by the artist.

Here’s a video of the drawing (don’t try this at home):

Hugh MacLeod signing Sebastian’s new Macbook from thewavingcat on Vimeo.


Am in Paris, will blog: Meet Berlinblase at LeWeb 08


By now I’ve arrived in Berlin and managed to meet up with the Berlinblase crew. After dinner, we’ve managed to find wireless to catch up on some email and get prepared for tomorrow. We’ll be blogging, twittering and also recording interviews at LeWeb.

On Berlinblase, you’ll find the Berlinblase Link Guide to LeWeb Paris, an all-you-need list of links, hashtags and what not. There’s even a neat Google map:

Google Map of LeWeb Paris

So for our coverage, check out Berlinblase.de.