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Selling Art without Selling Out:

A New Kind of Copyright

for musicians, writers, and creators of all persuasions

The old model of copyright:

  • costs huge amounts of money in legal expenses.
  • slows the brilliant, dynamic creative process to a crawl.
  • fails to do the very thing it was designed to do: Help artists make legitimate profits while sharing their work with a wide, curious audience.

For 225 years, American culture has thrived by letting people borrow, adapt, share, and build on each other�s work. But today, access to everything from Peter Pan (written nearly 100 years ago) to the poetry of Robert Frost (dead for several decades) is restricted.

We need a new model of copyright that allows artists to do what they have always done: Protect their unique work while allowing broad distribution. The good news is: We have that new model. You can use it today, for free, without having to pay an intellectual-property lawyer $300 an hour to scrutinize contracts.

It�s called Creative Commons, and with a CC copyright, you make the rules.

  • Want to make your music free to distribute, as long as people don�t change it and they give you credit?
  • Are you willing to make your work free for educational use, but you want commercial users to pay?
  • You can choose from among these and a dozen other options at the Creative Commons website (

It�s all part of the Free Culture movement. To find out more: - -