Saturday, March 29, 2008

Copyright and Alternatives

From free software to free content resources

I will try to ellaborate why the copyright is as it is and why Lessig is claiming that we need "Free Culture". I will also try to contextualize these ideas in my own work and country.

History of copyright law , Free Culture - video presentation by Lawrence Lessig. Licensing and Creative Commons - Towards a Global Learning Commons: ccLearn By Ahrash Bissell and Jamie Boyle.

The first copyright law arrived with the arrival of the printing press. The Statute of Anne in 1709 was the first real copyright act, and gave the author in Britain rights for a limited period, after which the copyright expired. Internationally, the Berne Convention in 1887 set out the scope of copyright protection, and is still in force to this day. Nowadays, copyright has a significant effect on nearly every modern industry, covering such items as sound recordings, films, photographs, software, and architectural works.

Lawrence Lessig's video presentation on Free Culture -uses a refrain in his presentation, where he points out that creativity and innovation builds upon the past, whereas the past tries to control the creativity and innovation, and that the past is stopping the freedom by regulating creativity. He supports his speech with examples, such as Walt Disney and the Walt Disney Corporation, Bill Gates and so on.

Free code and Free Culture

Reading about the I found this video explaining that anyone who is interested in working together should register their work here which means that you have reserved some copy rights and you allow other people to use, derive and add to the work done.

That's what teachers ask for, during workshops. They ask for more resources where they can contribute, but also use the existing educational resources and add to them, addapt them for their own students.

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