Following week 10 tutorial’s exercise, explain why you chose the Creative Commons license that you added to your blog and discuss the relevance (or not) of adding the license.
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”]In his lifetime, Thomas Jefferson claimed that ‘ideas should freely spread from one to another over the globe for the moral and mutual instructions of man and improvement of conditions.’ Thus, he coined the idea of ‘intellectual property’. (Ray Ku,2004) From the concept of ‘intellectual property’ arrived the idea of copyright law, wherein in the ‘monopoly’ of that creation was granted solely to the creator for a period of time, after which the idea fell into public domain.’ (Lessig,2005:351)Understandably though, this does create a certain amount of restrictions.2
When founded in 2001, Creative Commons offered the opportunity for society to strike a balance between the freedom on disseminating ideas, and the power to grant the creator exclusive rights. As defined by Garcelon (2009):‘Creative Commons gives copy right owners the option of making creative work available for copyright and distribution, by granting various exceptions to the rights they hold under copy right laws.’
However, Ray Ku believe that the digital age has made the disagreements between those who believe in the right to copyright work, and those who don’t, slightly more complex.(Ray Ku,2002) Indeed, if the internet is created as a universal platform,(Berners-Lee & Fischetti,1999:5) one could say it should continue to allow wide spread dissemination. Easy internet access, and programs such as Napster and LimeWire, allow creative content to be easily shared through Peer to Peer (P2P) file sharing. Nonetheless, the problem with this, as many attest, is that it can often deprive artists, creators etc of the revenue they need and deserve. (Ray Ku,2002)Thus, with the internet, copy right law seems to stand between a rock and a hard place.
As an avid ‘blogger’, I can think of my blog entries as some kind of ‘creation.’ Thus, I have the right and opportunity to use the availability of Creative Commons on my work. After toying over the various options provided on the creative commons website, I opted to use the (CC BY 3.0) license on my work.
The description of this license posted on the website is as follows.
This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials. (Creative Commons Licensing, <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/)
In many ways, I believe this form of licensing to best suit my own needs and practices. More than ever, the Information Age is when the opportunities created by sharing material continue to grow. (Knobel and Lankshire,2006)It is popularly perceived that we live in a ‘remix culture’ where ‘users take cultural artifacts, and combine and manipulate them in new kinds of creative blends.’ (Knobel and Lankshire,2006)Creativity constantly relies on external sources for recreation. By allowing members of the public to copy, distribute and transmit the work yet also adapt it to suit there needs, either in a private or commercial setting, I am allowing my blog to be used as part of the creative process important in a liberal society. (Stallman,2002:134)
I can, however, appreciate why others would disagree with the relative amount of freedom I am allowing within the public domain. As a journalism student, I can certainly see the advantage of the CC.BY.NC.ND license as it will ensure my work can not be changed or used in a commercial setting. This would limit the risk of me writing an article on my blog, and having it turn up in The Age a few says later. Similarly, I can see why it may be important for the CC BY-ND license to ensure the work is not altered or transformed.
Yet it is important for me to remember, that at the moment I am merely a student. As a regular follower of other bloggers, I can therefore see the advantage of using other blogs and forms of work to help me grow and develop my own creative juices. Nonetheless, I am a believer in the rights of intellectual property, and it was therefore important to my own self esteem, that my work be attributed to me, and my creativity be recognized.
Bibliography: (Click on the Underlined Titles to get redirected)
Creative Commons Webstire, <a href=”http://http://creativecommons.org/licenses/ [2 June 2011]
Berners-Lee,T and M. Fischetti. (1999) Weaving the Web. San Fransisco: Harper Publishing.
Garcelon, G (2009) ‘An Information Commons? Creative Commons and Cultural Access to Cultural Creations’, New Media and Society, 11(8):1307-1326
Knobel. M and C. Lankshear, ‘Remix Culture: the Art and Craft of Endless Hybridization,’ Journal of Adolescent and Adult History, 52(1):22-30, www.jstor.org [2 June 2011]
Lessig, L. (2005) ‘Open Codes and Open Societies’ pp349-360 in J. Feller et al (eds) Perspectives on Free and Open Source Software. Cambridge:MIT Press.
Letter from Thomas Jefferson to Isaac McPherson,Aug 13 1813 in R.Ray Ku (2002) ‘The Creative Destruction of Copyright: Napster and the New Economics of Digital Technology’, The University of Chicago Law Review, 69(1): 263-324, www.jstor.org [2 June 2011]
Ray Ku, R (2002) ‘The Creative Destruction of Copyright: Napster and the New Economics of Digital Technology’, The University of Chicago Law Review, 69(1): 263-324, www.jstor.org [2 June 2011]
Stallman,R. (2002) ‘Why Software Should be Free’, pp.121-133 in J. Gay (ed) Free Software, Free Society, Selected Essays by Richard Stallman. Boston: GNU Press.