"Creative Commons in the News"
collin at xs4all.nl
Fri Mar 18 09:46:31 EST 2005
On 18 Mar 2005, at 8:18, Sigmascape1 at cs.com wrote:
> I'd love to see some kind of website that could explain, in basic
> terms, what the copyright law is all about. Yes, I realize that
> various websites already exist that may satisfy this request, but I
> think the site also needs to address why culture is impacted by
> extreme durations of copyright protection. Also, without question, the
> public domain (the commons) needs to be addressed and explained on a
> level that anyone can understand.
In other words, you want your copyright explanation from a certain
point of view. I think that is the only way it would work, but: I
think that Creative Commons needs to explain copyright from its point
Although the extreme duration of copyright is related to Creative
Commons (it's his perceived shrinking of the public domain that made
Larry Lessig start CC, IIRC), I am not sure that is the aspect of
copyright that should be highlighted for the benefit of someone
wishing to choose a license.
As it is, a lot of people understand little to nothing about
When some ten years ago the internet started to get popular, the
prevailing notion seemed to be that everything on the internet was
that everything there was for the taking: once something landed on
the internet, it was considered free.
These were the days when Brad Templeton wrote his "10 Big Myths about
(<http://www.templetons.com/brad/copymyths.html>). At the time, the
document seemed to make a lot of sense. The if-it's-on-the-net-it's-
free brigade affected everybody. If you had made a cool site,
somebody was sure to come along, copy it wholesale and claim it as
his. Much easier to take that person to task over copyright than over
Nowadays, when actual people are actually getting harased by lawyers,
Brad's document suddenly seems to be decidedly on the side of strong
copyright. There is no equivalent document about Fair Use, the Public
Domain, and making your downloaders feel less like criminals.
Although that document also needs to be written, I feel CC should
focus on the commons.
collin at xs4all.nl
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