Australian Lefty on Politics, Governance, Science and Info Management

Sensible celebs? Whatever next?

Posted by Dave Bath on 2008-11-06

Wow!  I’m posting about a celebrity figure with approval (and one I’ve never heard of before)

Lawrence Lessig (a constitutional law prof and bigwig in Creative Commons licensing and advocacy, for more details see and the similarly inspired GPL) just published a post "Latest ccFamous", which described some celebs who didn’t sell rights to photos of their new baby to some trashy rag for squillions, but got their own photographer and released the photos under a Creative Commons Licence.

Specifically, the licence is BY-NC-ND (details below the fold).

All I can say is well done Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, whoever you are!  You’ll have certainly made your fans happy, who can click along to

A CC BY-NC-ND Gwen and baby for the fans

A CC BY-NC-ND Gwen and baby for the fans


See Also/Notes:

  • You can download some of Lessig’s books by clicking on the cover photo on this page.  The books include
  • The BY-BC-ND CreativeCommons licence is entitled "Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivative Works" (Not for my pages tho – I don’t mind you folk creating attributed non-commercial derivative works – I’ll look up the actual licence I want you to have sometime in the future by following these bouncing prompts, aaah, just did it – see widgets on left CC BY-SA)
    • You are free:
      • to Share — to copy, distribute and transmit the work

      Under the following conditions:

      • Attribution. You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
      • Noncommercial. You may not use this work for commercial purposes.
      • No Derivative Works. You may not alter, transform, or build upon this work.

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