sharing the commons

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The Power of Open talks about the value of Creative Commons licensing over restrictive copyrights. "The world has experienced an explosion of openness," they write:

From individual artists opening their creations for input from others, to governments requiring publicly funded works be available to the public, both the spirit and practice of sharing is gaining momentum and producing results.

"As we look ahead," they continue, "the field of openness is approaching a critical mass of adoption that could result in sharing becoming a default standard for the many works that were previously made available only under the all-rights-reserved framework:"

Even more exciting is the potential increase in global welfare from the use of Creative Commons' tools and the increasing relevance of openness to the discourse of culture, education and innovation policy.

We hope that The Power of Open inspires you to examine and embrace the practice of open licensing so that your contributions to the global intellectual commons can provide their greatest benefit to all people.

Creative Commons provided "a free, public, and standardized infrastructure that creates a balance between the reality of the Internet and the reality of copyright laws:"

The combination of our tools and our users is a vast and growing digital commons, a pool of content that can be copied, distributed, edited, remixed, and built upon, all within the boundaries of copyright law. We've worked with copyright experts around the world to make sure our licenses are legally solid, globally applicable, and responsive to our users' needs.

Interested parties can download a PDF or purchase a printed copy to read explanations of each type of license. I've opted for the CC BY-SA (Attribution-ShareAlike) license on this blog, the two parts of which are described like this:

Attribution -- You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.

ShareAlike -- If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.

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