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.
Video retrived from JustinG4000’s channel
The above video portrays the revolutionary ideas of Creative Commons, and their fundamental nature in providing creators with the tools to copyright their work in whatever form they deem suitable. More so, It seeks to emphasise the importance of freedom of expression so as to encourage all individuals to come together, to create a new culture where we can connect to build upon and transform each others work for better. It strives to challenge strict copyright laws and forge online communities.
For my WordPress I chose the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike, as this license gives others the ability to utilise my work for commercial or non-commerical purposes, however they must acknowledge my work and must carry the same license. I believe this license has a great flexibility to it, and really enables users to enhance their own work through mine.
To understand the reasons for choosing a Creative Commons license, it is first important to understand the rationale for the creation of this license. Garcelon explains that Creative Commons “represents an attempt to roll back the intellectual property approach to copyright in order to facilitate more open access to creative works.” (Garcelon, 2009: 291) Hence it calls for ideas and information to be easily accessible and in the public realm, rather than tied up by legal restrictions.
So before adding the license I gave serious thought to how I wanted my work to be viewed and shared. I realised that my work needs to be expanded upon and transformed, and this can only be done through the Attribution-ShareAlike license. It is greatly satisfying knowing that I can reach out to others with my information which represents my inner thoughts, and together we can connect by mixing our ideas to form bigger and better things. Whether it be for commercial or non-commercial uses I don’t think that is really the issue, as restricting this would have been going against the ideas at the very core of the Creative Commons license. It’s about being as unrestricted as possible. That is why my work can be altered and profited upon. The only thing I’m holding on to is the right to be acknowledged, which I think as the creator is understandable.
Lastly Lessig sheds light on the need for an open society, deeming that we must “resist a world where to use and build upon resources from our culture you need the permission of Hollywood.” (Lessig, 2005: 305) This seeks to reinforce the need for the Creative Commons and it’s creation, which is to move away from thinking of ideas in terms of property to thinking of them in terms of ideas that can be shared by communities.He also reasserts how essential it is to have a free flow of information that is not constrained.
Thus Creative Commons aims to address these concerns by breaking free from the hold of society, and handing over power and control to the individuals…the creators.
Dylan, J. (2008). ‘A Shared Culture,’ retrieved May 27, 2011, <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DKm96Ftfko>
Garcelon, M. (2009). ‘An Information Commons? Creative Commons and Public Access to Cultural Creations,’ New Media & Society, 11 (8): 291.
Lessig, L. (2005). ‘Open Code and Open Societies’. In Joseph Feller, Brian Fitzgerald, Scott A. Hissam and Karim R. Lakhini (eds.), Perspectives on Free and Open Source Software, Cambrdige, MA: MIT Press, 305.