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“Freedom” by Osajus https://flickr.com/photos/osajus/14015688640 is licensed under CC BY

When I started Looking into what CC licensing is and how it operates as a legal function. It seems like a pretty straightforward solution to the increasing amount of content being produced and published into the public domain. It seemed sensible that it would become tedious for an individual to have to grant creative access on a case by case basis. Which certainly seems to be the solution achieved by CC’s, the individual whose intellectual property is in question, can cast a blanket statement on creative rights thereby establishing legal guidelines for potential users. However where it got interesting for me, is when I began reading about CC’s origination in the free culture movement. I think this for me added a very interesting insight into the importance of blogging, and really any form of intellectual sharing through cyber society.

Reading about how the movement is addressing a cultural issue of property rights and intellectual freedom, lent the concept of social media some credibility as a powerful social tool. I found CC’s to be a clever tool to subvert information regulation and essentially restore intellectual ownership to the creater of the content. A couple pages I found informative were questioncopyright.org, and freeculture.org. The articles do a good job pointing out that artists rights were being pushed aside to favor business interests in the traditional “permission culture”, where copyright laws often give content control to the publisher not the artist. To the contrary CC’S give artist a concrete legal framework in which they can decide how much access they wish to allow through the predefined levels of access. I think CC’s are a great example how social media can empower the individual and help to bring some power back from the corporate institutions and return some to the grass roots level. Makes me feel positive about some of the implications social media can have on out social evolution.

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3 thoughts on “Free Culture Movement

  1. I did not think about how publishers may hold some of the copyright power from the person creating a work, but I have heard about it being a problem. You appear to be a fan of CC also. What license do you plan on using for your blogs?

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  2. I’d be interested to look into some actual cases that have occurred in recent history in which artists of all kinds regained proper ownership over their work. It’s not something you hear about much anymore (at least not like how Napster became front page news in the early 2000s). If only Lars Ulrich knew how much worse it was going to get.

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