[Springboard] Common memory, future creative use and Creative Commons licensing

David Dunn dmdunn1 at gmail.com
Thu Dec 3 16:12:20 CST 2009

Hello Colleagues.

With the Symposium in Washington, DC just around the corner and conversations about our Global Archive proceeding apace, I want to broach a subject that needs consideration and decision making:

Topic: ownership and copyright of our common memory
The subject is on my mind because of my passion for recreating and republishing our classic resources with the rich graphic appeal made possible with current technologies.

I've begun a project that I call Maps of the Soul to explore my way into this design work and new uses of our common memory.

The "Bug Model" is my pilot project to introduce our network to "creative commons" copyright and licensing. You can learn more about the organization behind the concept in the text below and at the Creative Commons Facebook site, http://www.facebook.com/creativecommons. But here's the concept in a nutshell:

“Creative Commons is [an approach to publishing and] a nonprofit organization that increases sharing and improves collaboration.”

The Creative Commons approach
My new, improved Bug Model has an attribution of its original source and additional markings indicating the terms under which I am passing this model along to the public with my own additions:
c under a C license 
b with attribution of the original creator (staff and volunteers of EI and ICA)  
n for non-commercial use (this PDF is available at no cost)   
a on a [share and] “share alike” basis (anyone may alter and build on this model, as long as they offer it under the same terms I did: with attribution of EI/ICA, at no cost, on a “share alike” basis. 

My proposal
By marking my value-added Bug Model in this way, I'm proposing that we license our classic models (pre-ToP®) for public use, in perpetuity, under a similar Creative Commons license: with attribution, for non-commercial use, to share freely [and to develop] on the same basis.

People other than I will have to comment on how urgent this conversation is, whether there are additional considerations and who other stakeholders might be. Probably a number of us should consult to see if we understand the Creative Commons concept adequately. As the conversation is taking place, I'll share other value-added resources from our past in this way.

I look forward to being a part of the conversation.

David Dunn

It would be instructive for ToP people to comment on whether they understand that the resources they use are essentially being offered by ICA USA on what Creative Commons calls an “Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives basis” — [ “by-nc-nd”  b n d, ] — that allows others to access ToP resources and to “share them with others as long as they mention ICA, link back to ICA, do not change them in any way and do not use them commercially.” dd

David Dunn
740 S Alton Way 9B
Denver, CO 80247
dmdunn1 at gmail.com

Notes from the Creative Commons Facebook site:
Creative Commons is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable corporation. We are headquartered in San Francisco, with affiliate offices in Boston, Massachusetts, and Berlin, Germany.

Creative Commons, at its core, is about facilitating participatory culture. CC works to increase the amount of creativity (cultural, educational, and scientific content) in “the commons” – the body of work that is available to the public for free and legal sharing, use, re-purposing, and remixing. As an international organization, we value openness and connectivity across borders and mediums, and we seek to enable innovation in a digital age. 

We do this by providing free, easy-to-use legal tools that give everyone from individual creators to major companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to pre-clear copyrights to their creative work. CC licenses let people easily change their copyright terms from the default, restrictive “all rights reserved” to a more flexible “some rights reserved.”

Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They apply on top of copyright, so you can modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs. We’ve collaborated with copyright experts all around the world to ensure that our licenses work globally.

If you’ve created something and want people to know that you’re happy to have them share, use, and build upon your work, you should consider publishing under a Creative Commons license. CC’s legal infrastructure gives you flexibility (for example, you can choose to only pre-clear noncommercial uses) and protects the people who use your work (so that they don’t have to worry about copyright infringement, as long as they abide by the terms you have specified).

If you’re an artist, student, educator, scientist, or other creator looking for content that you can freely and legally use, there is a giant pool of CC-licensed creativity available to you. There are many millions of works — from songs and videos to scientific and academic content — that you can use under the terms of our copyright licenses.
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