Creative Commons. Common and creative work
Article for online trends magazine TheTrendNet
A pirate is a “person who, along with others of a similar disposition, dedicates his life to boarding ships at sea and stealing from them”, but since what we do on the Internet is also a form of sailing, or surfing, any user who takes possession of copyrighted contents online, can also be said to be committing an act of piracy.
Collective management companies are responsible for guarding and controlling this kind of activity, imposing sanctions that can vary according the extent of the looting. What happens, however, when authors want people to have free, unlimited and easy access to their work, without automatically applying copyright protection to it? They can make use of Creative Commons licenses, including the recently launched –and controversial– CC0 (version 1.0) according to which the author “dedicates this work to the Commons waiving all his or her rights to the work under copyright law and all related legal rights, to the extent allowable by law”.
That is to say, that neither the creator nor the future user will own the rights to the work, forever lost in a sea of common creative contents for the public domain. A sea where pirates and collective management companies alike, will have little to seek.