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Danièle Bourcier, Pompeu Casanovas, Mélanie Dulong de Rosnay, Catharina Maracke (Eds.)
Intelligent Multimedia
Managing Creative Works in a Digital World
ISBN: 9788883980633
May, 2010
412 Pages
40 Euro
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The development of affordable computer technologies coupled with the advances in multimedia technology enable the transformation of users in cultural actors. The notion of "Intelligent Multimedia" - which is the title of this book - summarizes this social and technical transformation. The Semantic Web, among other technologies, facilitates access to and processing of multimedia and informational works. Consumers become prosumers in the new stages of the Web. However, the possibilities offered by the technologies are not always accompanied by the law. Lawrence Lessig, one of the Creative Commons founders, pointed out a paradox in the Foreword of our previous book International Commons at the Digital Age - La création en partage (Romillat, Paris, 2004): ? First, copyright is essential to the dignity and often the incentives of creative authors. Second, the existing system of copyright is insanely complex and often harmful to the interest of creators?. Today, copyright law could change towards an ecology of innovation and open access leading to the transformation of both technical protocols and governance. Creative Commons is one instrument to overcome legal barriers for disseminating, sharing and reusing all this knowledge and creativity.


Danièle Bourcier, Pompeu Casanovas, Mélanie Dulong de Rosnay, Catharina Maracke (Eds.)
Danièle Bourcier, doctorate in Public Law, is director of research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, CERSA, Paris. She is associated professor at the University of Paris 1 in eGovernment. Scientific lead of CC France, she works on Commons Governance and Regulation. She wrote 16 books (collective or not) and many papers in the field of IT, Cognition and Law. She is an appointed member of the Comite d'Ethique des Sciences (CNRS).
Pompeu Casanovas, director of the UAB Institute of Law and Technology ( and professor of Philosophy of Law at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He has an extended PI experience in several international and national research projects on legal ontologies, sociolegal studies, and the Semantic Web. He is the author of many books and scientific papers. He is general editor of La Razòn Aurea (Ed. Comares, Granada), IDT Series (Ed. Huygens, Barcelona) and, with Giovanni Sartor, of Law, Governance and Technology (Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg), and EPAP Series in Legal Information and Communication Technologies (Florence).
Melanie Dulong de Rosnayis a researcher in law and information science. She is the publications manager of Communia, the European network on the digital public domain coordinated by Politecnico di Torino. Member of the Creative Commons Netherlands team at the Institute for Information Law of the University of Amsterdam in 2009-2010, she was a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School and at Science Commons in 2007-2008. She co-founded Creative Commons France at CERSA of University Paris 2 in 2003.
Catharina Maracke is a German qualified lawyer and Associate Professor at the Graduate School for Media and Governance, Shonan Fujisawa Campus, Keio University. She graduated from the University of Kiel and the Hamburg Court of Appeal, Germany, with the first and second state examination. While studying she obtained a scholarship from the Max-Planck-Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law in Munich to write her PhD thesis on the History of the German Copyright Act of 1965. As international Director at Creative Commons she has overseen the international licensing projects for more than 3 years.