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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Culture is NOT a crime

What is creative commons?

Creative Commons provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry [from creativecommons.org]. Basically the Creative Commons defines the licensing opportuinites of creative works in a spectrum between Copyright and Public Domain.


All original creative works (photos in our case) are protected under Copyright law, whether you register the works or not (though it can be helpful in the event of a dispute). The Creative Commons does not remove or replace copyright protection from your work — it’s more of an addendum that allows non-copyright holders exercise Copyright rights as specified by the specific Creative Commons License applied to the work.

Let's compare the Creative Commons to the Open Source Initiative for programmers, which has been around for a while and it’s quite popular. Open Source allows programmers to distribute their work with an attached license that then allows others certain rights to the work — such as redistribution, derivative works, monetization, etc. The Creative Commons works much the same way in that for the license to be valid it must remain attached to the work as specified within the licensing terms of agreement.

The Creative Commons Licensing is a way to promote our work, as long as we understand what the license means. It opens up an opportunity for our work to be distributed (and attributed) under certain rules and restrictions that are somewhat less restrictive than fully Copyright, while still reserving our core rights to the work.

Culture is a mix of informations we studied, and later got reading on books, magazines, Internet.
Without informations, data and a free consultation of what people who lived before us did and studied and wrote and invented, we would have to begin from scratch.
There is a creative common that is the basis for every knowledge and that creative common get bigger with every generation.
Copyrigh are good and right to protect the individual's need to make a living out of his work, but shouldn't exeed it.


Liberally commented and taken from Brian Auer
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