Creative Commons is Brilliant!

As some other Coetailers have admitted, I too was getting bored reading about the importance of abiding by copyright law. In all honesty, I think it’s because what I create is very basic. I’m not linked into global programs yet nor am I truly a producer nor am I Allison Stokke who has no privacy because of her looks. My copyright needs are about sorting out how to credit the cover of a book when I create a Voice Thread or posting a picture here on my blog. (By the way, Voice Thread is very cool, but you’ve got to have a rubric for the kids and they must know that it’s a graded activity or they won’t even up your invitation to comment. And, it’s very difficult to record decent sound even with a headphone with a microphone. I welcome any comments about how to successfully use VT.) Back to topic: so while growing bored, I ran across Karen Robb’s blog http://www.coetail.com/karenrobb/2012/04/18/just-because-you-can-does-it-mean-you-shoul/ and this blog led me to watch Larry Lessig’s Ted video about copyright law and our youth’s creativity. Karen’s blog does a great job explaining Larry’s points; however, she doesn’t mention how hysterical the clips that Larry shares truly are… After watching this video, it finally hit me that before Creative Commons, copyright law covered two categories: public domain or “you better get yourself explicit/legal permission” or else… CC is absolutely brilliant. Who thought of it? How did they get their funding in the first place? I want to know more. As Larry points out: our youth are truly criminals and the more we restrict copyright, the more they move underground. How can they not lift what is so easily lifted and play with it in creative ways; that is human nature! As I wrote in one of my recent blogs, I have high school friends who’ve spent hours scanning and posting silly high school photos on FaceBook. How can they not? They have time: they’re not teachers or Coetailers! In wanting to know more about CC, I read 7 things you should know about Creative Commons. I am growing closer to becoming inspired to understand the types of CC that I can post to my blog and how cool it is that this non-profit organization exists. The youth of today truly need to understand CC so that they can use art to create art, which they will do regardless of CC, but with understanding of CC perhaps they will do it legally. There are very few people on this planet who create purely original art; I think most of them have passed away. The amateur art that is being created is such fun. As a mother of a three-year-old and teacher living in “Blocked” China, I don’t often experience funny U Tube videos, but on the rare occasion that a friend shows me something when I visit the states, I am literally rolling on the floor. I love that today’s youth has Apple software that allows them to create music or remix music and videos. There is certainly a problem with pirating music and videos for profit: this to address Jeff’s performance task for week 3. When I lived in the states, I did not once illegally download a movie, but living in China, I walk over to the DVD share cabinet and watch those videos, which are all surely illegal. I was happy with Netflix in the states, but now I have no access. I even tried for the Amazon.com movie rental program, but they would not rent to me because my computer is located outside of the USA. I wish I could find a way to legally download movies for 50 USD a month, unlimited of course, but legal, but I don’t think this exists. Does it? I think music through I tunes and Amazon should be 5 USD for an entire album to encourage people to buy instead of steal. Just like a 50 USD per month unlimited video rental program would probably sell. In closing, I’d like to wrap up by linking back to my first comments and encourage all of you to watch the Lessig video.

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