Creative Commons and the Sharing Economy

November 20, 2008
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Joichi Ito, Laurin Mills.

Joichi Ito
, Chief Executive Officer, Creative Commons; Co-founder and Director, Digital Garage; Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Neoteny Co., Ltd.

Laurin Mills
, D.C. Office Managing Partner; Member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Department; and Founder and Editor of the firm’s NP 2.0 website, Nixon Peabody LLP

The Internet has advanced a new type of innovation where startup companies and open source software projects collaborate in a loosely knit web, allowing people and companies to share and compete without asking permission — a major departure from the original proprietary innovation model. Current open network innovation began at the computer networking and communication technology layers and has since moved up the "stack". Leading edge software, including Apache, Firefox and Linux has emerged from the "commons," and user-generated content such as Wikipedia is increasingly created by amateurs. Joichi Ito, former board member of ICANN and the Open Source Initiative and currently CEO of Creative Commons and board member of the Mozilla Foundation, speaks about the business and culture of the sharing economy and illustrates how Creative Commons will enable an explosion of innovation at the content and user community layer. Ito argues that social, political and economic impediments notwithstanding, Japan must adapt to this small company-oriented, fast-paced environment if it is to play a meaningful role in the new economy.


8-8:30 am Registration & breakfast buffet
8:30-9:30 Lecture and Q&A

Corporate members are entitled to a designated number of free admissions to this event, based on their company’s current membership level. These reservations must be made at least 48 hours prior to the event. Additional corporate registrants and Japan Society individual members at the Patron level and above pay the discounted corporate member rate of $10 for the lecture. Nonmember admission is $15. The academic and government admission rate is $10. When payment is required, prepayment must be made, or registration secured, with a credit card. All registrations and cancellations must be made at least 48 hours prior to the event. Substitutions are welcome.

To register, please contact the Corporate Program at 212-715-1208.

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  • Thursday, November 20, 2008
  • 8:00 am