COPYRIGHT #2: The 70’s Copyleft Movement: free for all, damn the man

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Free for all, damn the man. This phrase just brought me back to the rebellion of the seventies where americans started to oppose to so much rules of the US government.  One of this oppositions started with the freedom for software usage. Richard Stallman is the father of the copyleft movement.  According to the father of this modern trend, free is not related to the price or cost of the work, which in that case was software,  but to the user freedoms that come along with the usage of the work. “these freedoms permit citizens to help themselves and help each other, and thus participate in a community” according to Stallman.

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The consequence of this was the copyleft license, requiring the product and any of its extensions.. for free. Of course that the simplest way to accomplish making a product free is to put it in the public domain archive; not controlled and not managed. Not only that but, the problem with public domain is that anyone can take your work and makes changes and then redistribute it under copyright and where you no longer have the rights to it. 

So the best option till now is to reserve some rights so that the authors prevent the people that use their work to go back to all rights reserved or to simply take advantage of the situation. Some people are fine with sharing works and using them respectfully. Others are greedy and want steal ideas, works and profit from them as much as they can. Others are combinations of these two perspectives. Innovations such as Creative Commons protect ‘copyleft’ thinkers with their works so that ‘copyright greedy’ or potential others don’t take advantage of the situation, while at the same time promoting the ideal copyleft world. Sweet, isn’t it?

Stay posted for more blogging on Creative Commons and the new world trends the hippies started 40 years ago in the US.

 

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