p2pnet.net Opinion:- Creative Commons is being hailed as an option to the current copyright crisis on the internet.
With a spectrum of possibilities between full copyright, all rights reserved, and the public domain – no rights reserved – it offers a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors and artists.
But there’s an important question: Will it work?
Creative Commons has a pretty good website and is a wonderful testament of legal knowledge management.
It combines good interface and functionality with a stable legal base, accessible to all.
The basic idea behind Creative Commons is: offer a simple and flexible system, built within current copyright law. It allows creators to write their own licenses to share works such as music, movies, images, and text online with others.
In essence, it’s Digital Rights Management with a lawyerly twist.
Lawrence Lessig, a passionate supporter of Creative Commons, proposed in his book ("Free Culture") to fire lots of lawyers.
The attempt to exclude lawyers from the copyright battleground by presenting alternative licensing models is a paradox. Furthermore, the major problem with Creative Commons is: Enforcement.
How do I force someone to comply with any agreement I put in front of them? The answer: with lots of lawyers!!
As I’ve said before, solutions by legal experts are intrinsically handicapped by a box of rules and codes.
While Creative Commons fits nicely inside this box, it will ultimately conflict with an infinite Internet.
Raymond Blijd – fk2w