Think about how the flexibility around intellectual property enables a digital economy where the creative re-use of online objects and data sources allows for the creation of new objects and products.

Before one can respond to the above question, it is useful to have an understanding of what Creative Commons is about. The video below offers a brilliant explanation of the key objective and value of the Creative Commons as envisaged by its founder, Lawrence Lessig in 2001.

The concept of Creative Commons(CC) where the content provider has the option of deciding the degree of copyright ownership he/she would like to retain offers flexibility in the definition of intellectual property. Rather than “all rights reserved”, Creative Commons offers the option of “some rights reserved” I am inclined to support this new and more flexible copyright system proposed by Lawrence Lessig, especially in the light of the current Read/write age where the ease of collaboration, sharing and publishing is made so much more easy and simple. From information consumers, the internet community has now become active information and knowledge creators. Lawrence Lessig alluded to the fact that in the digital world, making a copy of content is seen less of an exemption than a norm. The full restrictive copyright license may have worked well in the ‘analogue’ age but may not be so applicable in the new digital age. Creative commons allows content creators an option to redefine their copyright and decide how much they wish others to re-use and re-mix their content. It is but an avenue for those wishing to share and those who wish to protect their copyright (‘all rights reserved’) have the prerogative not to participate. Participants of CC provides a ready pool of resources (text, images, podcast, videos) that promotes a richer culture of sharing which will in turn promote further innovation and creation of new objects, idea and services.

The interview with Lawrence Lessig below provides some of his views and insights on 3 keys areas, namely:
1) “Laws in Cyberspace”
2) “Copyrignt in the Future”
3) “To be creative today and tomorrow”

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