Copyright, Creative Commons, you, and me.

“The copyright bargain: a balance between protection for the artist and rights for the consumer.”
Robin Gross (Brainy Quote™, 2011)

You may probably know better than me about copyright. Copyright is “all rights reserved”, meaning: the exclusive rights of an author or a creator of his original work, to do practically anything towards it (copy it, distribute it, sell it, adapt it) (Oxford Dictionaries, 2011). And most of you know how dangerous the term “plagiarism” means, which is the copying of other people’s work without giving a proper reference towards them (Oxford Dictionaries, 2011). But who has heard of Creative Commons before?


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all rights reserved by creative commons

Creative Commons (CC) is another option for protecting your work, but still giving the consumers the ability to semi-modify it for their purposes, as long as they refer back to the original work (Creative Commons.org). Looking back at the quote I put in the beginning of this post, I believe that Creative Commons indeed aims for “a balance between protection for the artist and the rights for the consumer.” Its motto, “Share, Remix, Reuse – Legally”, explicitly exposes its intention.

Protagonist’s stand
While there are many debates circulating around this matter, let us take a look of this from the protagonist’s stand. CC allows “some rights reserved” to protect a creator’s properties. This gives people the creativity to remix and produce new products based on their ideas, legal to the point if reference is found. It promotes the notion of sharing to the world, and thus increases creativity, as people are able to make derivatives of an original work which sometimes may be even better than the original art. (For example, you may want to refer back to my post on remix vs p2p file sharing. While remixing songs = making derivatives of an original work – “some rights reserved”, p2p file sharing = copyright – “all rights reserved”.)

Antagonist’s stand
“But if I don’t have the full rights towards my own creation, it will be devalued.” In some sense this is what I feel as well, maybe because I am so used to ‘black or white’ notion instead of being in the ‘grey area’. If I want to protect your work, I think I will do it with full rights. Plus, NOT all people understand the integrity of referencing back to the original author or creator. Right now, the world sometimes just take a creation for granted, and do not really think of the hard work of the people that actually created it. CC may work, but I just do not think that it is the right time yet. When people are more educated and able to preserve their integrity plus value original work – then yes, CC will prosper, maybe even more than copyright.

References:

Brainy Quote™, (2011) ‘Copyright Quote’, consulted 16 May 2011, http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/copyright.html#ixzz1MSzqEdZ6

Creative Commons, (2011) ‘Creative Commons’, consulted 16 May 2011, http://creativecommons.org/

Oxford Dictionaries, (2011) ‘Copyright’, consulted 16 May 2011, Oxford University press, http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/copyright?view=uk

Oxford Dictionaries, (2011) ‘Plagiarism’, consulted 16 May 2011, Oxford University press, http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/view/entry/m_en_gb0637200#m_en_gb0637200

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