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What is Creative Commons ?
Published on Jan 14, 2018
Created as part of the Creative Commons Certification course - Educators. Unit 1.
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What is CreativeCommons ?
was born as a
citizen driven response
to change outdated global copyright systems
Global copyright laws were
a mismatch with the
potential made possible
by the internet &
We have built upon the 'all rights reserved' concept of traditional copyright to offer a voluntary 'some rights reserved' approach
- Lawrence Lessig
1998 : Sonny Bono Corporation Copyright Term Extension Act
"The Act extends extant copyrights by 20 years, subject to a new exception which, under limited circumstances, permits educational copying within the final 20 years."
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This Act meant that copyright in the US
an extra 20 years
to the life of the creator
70 years - and applied to both new & existing works
Stanford Law Professor Lawrence Lessig argued these changes were unconstitutional
All creativity builds upon & grows what has come before.
The end of copyright is an important part of this cycle of creation.
The end of a Copyright term meant
was free to use the work without
Lessig represented internet publisher
and a group of others
who relied on the
for their work
We have a massive system to regulate creativity. A massive system of lawyers regulating creativity as copyright law has expanded in unrecognisable forms, going from a regulation of publishing to a regulation of copying
- Lawrence Lessig
Eldred vs Ashcroft
went all the way to the US Supreme Court
Disney Corporation & other motion picture and recording associations were strong supporters of the extension to the term of copyright.
Some extra reading that may deepen your understanding of this point :
Although the case was lost the idea of
Creative Commons was born,
and free more flexible public licences with encouraged sharing
Instead of restricting
the use of
creative & intellectual works, CC licences encouraged
reuse, sharing and collaboration.
See-ming Lee (SML)
Creators who wanted to share their work
could do so,
and they still retained
Today there are over 500 volunteers & community members across 85 countries in the
Creative Commons Global Community.
To dig deeper in the scale, role and purpose of the Creative Commons Global Network explore this link
The Creative Commons
Global Network includes :
The CC Global Network
is organised into
Network Platforms specific areas Creative Commons work across.
To read more about the Creative Commons Network Platforms explore this link
Platforms are ways
CC Global Network.
GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums)
As of January 2018
1,204,935,537 billion Creative Commons licensed works!
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Gratitude and thanks is given to the image creators I've drawn on in each slide.
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