Submitted for Assignment 1, Creative Commons Certificate: What is Creative Commons
Originally creators had to apply for copyright, and then apply that symbol we all know so well, to indicate their ownership over their creations. But, over time, the need to apply for copyright disappeared, and today creators are automatically granted copyright over their creations. Sounds great, right? Alas, this change actually meant that it became harder for creators to share their works, because they had no way of licensing them outside of the strict guidelines of copyright.
In addition, copyright length had over time slowly changed from ending when a creator died, to 50 years past the creator’s death. Then one day in 1998, the Sonny Bono Copyright Extension Term Act, sometimes called the Mickey Mouse Protection Act (yes, the Sony Bono Act was designed to extend Disney’s copyright over Mickey Mouse), was enacted, extending the life of copyright an additional 20 years, to 70 years beyond creator’s death.
Would copyright extensions ever end? This podcast from 2018 asks, and tries to answer, this question:
TWIT Tech Podcast
Fed up with these restrictions and ever-evolving time limits, in 2002, Eric Eldred and his attorney Lawrence Lessig challenged the Sony Bono Extension Act all the way to the Supreme Court (Eldred v Ashcroft). While they ultimately lost, Lessig did not give up the fight for open creativity, as you can see in his 2007 Ted Talks, Laws that Choke Creativity.
Larry Lessig on Ted Talks
Creative Commons is first a non-profit organization that supports creators to both retain their copyright, and allow them to freely share their creations as they choose, to allow others to Retain, Revise, Reuse, Remix, and Redistribute, if you don’t mind me invoking the 5 Rs of Open Educational Resources.
Creative Commons is also recognized as a set of free to use licenses that copyright owners can use to show how they want their work to be shared. Three examples of these licenses are:
License images from Creative Commons: Licensing Types Examples.
And finally, Creative Commons is a global movement; according to the Creative Commons website, there are over 1.6 billion works around the world with CC licenses. In addition, The CC Global Network brings together creators, activists, and supporters to increase this number and spread the word of sharing via CC. Getting involved is easy: just sign up, decide how you want to get involved (following the Network, sharing to the Network, etc.), and you’re all set to get started on your journey.
The story of Creative Commons is not over yet – it continues, celebrating a world-wide community of sharing creators.
[TWIT Tech Podcast Network]. (2018, January 19). Mickey Mouse and Copyright Term Extension. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9UcAQhTOaw&feature=youtu.be
Lessig, Larry. (2007, November 15). Laws that choke creativity. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Q25-S7jzgs&feature=youtu.be
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