I am pro-copyright. I make no secret of that.
I believe that artists and other content creators, who invest the time, money, expertise and creativity into a work of expression deserve, within reason, the right to control it. While there are good debates to be had about how far that protection should go, how long it should last, etc. I always put the creator, in particular the individual creator, at the forefront of my mind.
However, many people who are also pro-copyright have criticized me, often unfairly, for being a supporter of Creative Commons. I have used Creative Commons licenses on my works for over nine years (shortly after their launch) and I continue to use one today. I also routinely use Creative Commons-licensed content, including the intro/outro to the Copyright 2.0 Show and various images on this site.
Many see a contradiction there. Creative Commons has become a rallying cry for either anti-copyrights or those who would seek drastic copyright reform and scale back. Some claim to want to see Creative Commons replace copyright law, a clear misunderstanding of what Creative Commons does, while others see the “Remix Culture” that Creative Commons helped launch to be the antithesis to copyright itself.
But while I may not agree with or participate in everything that Creative Commons has done or helped create, I still believe the core vision of Creative Commons, its licenses, are valuable and useful.
The reason is simple: It’s all about choice.Continue Reading