Creative Commons and the world of the Web

Posted on January 27, 2009 by


Anyone who knows my “other side” (not the Civil War-focused side, but the Web-obsessed side) knows that I’m a nut (“fanatic” sounds too scary… then again, maybe “nut” does too) when it comes to creative expression on the Web. I think I become more so with each passing day. I’m also quite obsessed with what the Web environment means in terms of a wide open “field of expression and interaction” for historians (as opposed to the more limited and rather “conclusive” field of expression in the practice of print). I could go on and on about this, especially the “interaction” part, but as this is a major issue in my thesis, I’ll hold back for now.

Anyway, because of my digital rhetoric course, I have been exposed to some rather interesting subject matter focused on copyright laws and their failings and inability to transfer to practice in the Web. I’ve read Lawrence Lessig’s Free Culture and now I’ve been introduced to Creative Commons. Without giving my opinion or “spilling the beans,” I’ll just recommend to those who aren’t yet familiar, take a virtual walk around the Creative Commons site and see what it means to you in terms of copyright and its applications in the Web. If you don’t mind, drop in a comment to let me know what you think. I’m just curious to see how others think it applies (or does not apply) to their respective practices in the Web.