Aug. 28, 2006
Stranova Interview Series Vol. 24, published August 28, 2006. The Internet has made it relatively easy to distribute materials such as Microsoft Word® documents, Powerpoint® presentations, graphics files, and even podcasts over the internet. Email has been one distribution means, websites have offered another, and the growth of RSS feeds to help propogate both blog content and podcasts have created yet another wave. Individual creativity distributed over the internet is growing faster than ever, it seems, but until recently the only way to legally “mark” it as something you own was limited to marking it as “Copyrighted Material”. Unfortunately, this “one size fits all approach” is often too restrictive, making it effectively illegal even to download something marked as “Copyrighted”, except for the so-called (and, to many, confusing) “fair use” provisions of the law. In this week’s episode of Stranova, “tune in” to learn how in just a few years of existence the innovative non-profit enterprise Creative Commons has changed all that, through its introduction of “common sense” legal “creative work” licenses that make it easier to distribute your creative works as broadly as you want, while still retaining the legal rights you may may need.