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Creative Commons and the New Intermediaries
Michigan State Law Review (2006)
  • Michael W. Carroll, Villanova University School of Law

This symposium contribution examines the disintermediating and reintermediating roles played by Creative Commons licenses on the Internet. Creative Commons licenses act as a disintermediating force because they enable end-to-end transactions in copyrighted works. The licenses have reintermediating force by enabling new services and new online communities to form around content licensed under a Creative Commons license. Intermediaries focused on the copyright dimension have begun to appear online as search engines, archives, libraries, publishers, community organizers, and educators. Moreover, the growth of machine-readable copyright licenses and the new intermediaries that they enable is part of a larger movement toward a Semantic Web. As that effort progresses, we should expect new kinds of intermediaries that rely on machine-readable law to emerge.

  • Creative Commons,
  • copyright,
  • license
Publication Date
January, 2006
Citation Information
Michael W. Carroll, Creative Commons and the New Intermediaries, 2006 Mich. St. L. Rev. 45. Available at: