CREATIVE COMMONS | GLIMPSING A MORE ADAPTIVE FUTURE FOR COPYRIGHT |
Given a recent Harvard/University of Kansas study that shows file-sharing to be socially beneficial, coupled with the idea that too-strong-copyright has come to stymie creativity and innovation in the arts, business and the sciences, the license system/structure developed by the Creative Commons is more pertinent than ever. While many of us know of CC (in large part due to their partnership with Flickr which constitutes a significant percentage of the +350 million licenses currently in use), I’m not sure we accurately understand the distinctions between their products. Their licensing approach provides a glimpse of the form a more adaptive IP regime might take. This chart displays the core components of the system and correlates them to the applicable licenses (click on the chart to see a larger version).