Thursday, January 12, 2012

Open licensing

Some eye-openers from the materials in the open licensing section.

On copyright:
* Copyright is meant to promote creativity - that is, by protecting works for a period, creative minds are forced to come up with their own new ideas.

* Current copyright law smells like a conspiracy theory ... (in particular the continuous extensions of the terms [especially given donations of 'the industry' to political campaigns...])

On Creative Commons:
Creative Commons does not ignore copyright, that is still with the creator.
Creative Commons does provides creators with an alternative license system where some rights can be reserved. And by stating beforehand what freedoms your give other, there is no need to ask for permission to use and remix resources, as long as the original license is respected.

On CC0 — “No Rights Reserved”**:
CC0 enables scientists, educators, artists and other creators and owners of copyright- or database-protected content to waive those interests in their works and thereby place them as completely as possible in the public domain, so that others may freely build upon, enhance and reuse the works for any purposes without restriction under copyright or database law.

In contrast to CC’s licenses that allow copyright holders to choose from a range of permissions while retaining their copyright, CC0 empowers yet another choice altogether – the choice to opt out of copyright and database protection, and the exclusive rights automatically granted to creators – the “no rights reserved” alternative to our licenses.

My thoughts:
It is a difficult issue ... !

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