Creative Commons

Michael Geist, professor of law at University of Ottawa, and editor of the BNA’s daily Internet Law News, has today pioneered a new approach to legal publishing in Canada. He has edited a major collection of essays on the future of copyright reform in Canada. And he convinced Jeff Miller at Irwin Law to release the book, In the Public Interest, under a Creative Commons license, which means that Chapters can be downloaded for personal use, free of charge. And Michael has given the royalties to Creative Commons.

Check out this Irwin Law page for a glimpse at how legal literature will be published in the future for small markets.


  1. It looks like the medium really is the message. Thank you for pointing this out, Simon! Exciting times indeed. Any initial trepidation by Irwin Law in publishing this under a Creative Commons license has surely been outweighed by the widespread attention it has brought them. On their book description page, note the related links to newspaper reviews and prominent blog postings. A great idea to include all of this media attention and alternative views. I like it!

  2. And check out Larry Lessig’s blog which is fulsome in his praise of the concept

  3. Cheers to Michael Geist. How refreshing to see legal types pressing for Creative Commons licences. I wonder if this is a first step toward other lawyers joining librarians and scientists in the Creative Commons/shared ownership/open source world. :)