A synopsis of the creative commons movement

So it was that the people behind the concept of Creative Commons became concerned at the increasing disappearance of balance, compromise and moderation. Creative Commons was started in 2001 with the goal of reviving the driving forces behind a copyright system that once equally valued innovation and protection. The group proclaims that its ends “are cooperative and community-minded, but (its) means are voluntary and libertarian.” Creative Commons seeks to offer creators methods to protect their works while also encouraging certain uses of them. It wants to improve a system marked by increasingly restrictive default rules with “a layer of reasonable, flexible copyright.”

Read this article from C|Net. (NOTE: The Whats New Media Wiki is looking for someone to start a solid “Creative Commons” entry within the “Digital Commons” category)

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