There are certain things which belong to humanity as a whole: the commons. They give the name to the creative commons’ idea. “Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig initiated the ‘Creative Commons’ movement to encourage individuals to offer their creative works for others to legally build upon and share – including text, music, pictures and video.” explains the Global Journal.
The “Copyleft” organization creative commons was founded in 2001 and allows people to make their creative works available to anyone for commercial or non-commercial use. The “growth has been phenomenal – by 2009 it was estimated that more than 350 million works were using the Creative Commons license worldwide.”
The CC-mission says: “The idea of universal access to research, education, and culture is made possible by the Internet, but our legal and social systems don’t always allow that idea to be realized.” The people who support Intellectual Property Rights sustain that protecting property rights enables innovation. Creative Commons show that an alternative besides “all rights reserved” is possible.
In a time in which thousands of people in Europe and worldwide are demonstrating against ACTA (Anti-counterfeiting trade agreement) it is even more important to show support of another way to see the world. Let’s make the Internet a free place of sharing, creativity and innovation. That is why Kosmos 9 is proud to join Creative Commons – feel free to use any of the texts published on this blog.
Picture by radiowood2000, merci!