Rose Couture

Aspiring teacher. “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” ― William Arthur Ward

Creative Commons

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After watching the documentary RIP: A Remix Manifesto, we were introduced in class to the Creative Commons.

Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that allows users to put a Creative Commons license on their work, which allows others to use their work. Depending on the conditions, other users can use somebody else’s work for creativity, inspiration, or just as a base to build their own thoughts or knowledge. This service is offered for free and you get to choose which licenses to apply to your work. I personally think that the Creative Commons is a great way for artists to be able to work with material they are inspired by, and to use in making another piece that is as original. In all the licenses, there is credit given to the “original creator” where you might have taken your idea from. Some people argue that this “some rights reserved” compared to the copyright’s “all rights reserved” is just the ‘base’ of classical copyright. I think it is important to give the original thinker credit for his work, but it is also great that the individual allows others to create from his creation. Yes, there are certain restrictions that the original individual will include, but this type of copyright is not as extreme as the one big corporations use and people will not get sued by individuals, as they have permission to be creative and original with existing works. What are your thoughts on the Creative Commons? Do you think it’ll slowly evolve into an “all rights reserved” organization? Why and why not?

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