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Creative Commons

Chris Campbell

Creative Commons is a great response to the controversy surrounding the largely American debate concerning copyright. It's a Canadian issue as well, but the law is a bit different here and is not so much driven by Disney protecting the mouse. On December 16, 2002, they released a set of copyright licenses that facilitate and streamline the sharing of work. This is all mixed together with ideas similar to the GPL and the Open Source movement, etcetera. What's fascinating is how quickly the idea is spreading through the medium of 'blogging which is so interconnected that ideas travel literally at the speed of light. Creative Commons has inspired me and I've licensed my stuff under one of the licenses. One of the great things that they've done is provided simplified, easy-to-understand licenses along with legal and electronic versions. They even have a Flash presentation that explains why and how this is all a good idea.