Creative Commons

Explain why you chose the Creative Commons license that you added to your blog and discuss the relevance (or not) of adding the license.’’

By inserting the Creative Common license into the blog, readers are visually informed through the small image of CC above that they are allowed to develop and distribute the works from this blog by sharing the credit, which is still under the protection of copyright law(Creative commons, 2011).

There is two purposes in the insertion of the Creative Commons license into this blog. The first is to contribute to this piece of work through others. An idea or a research that is developed by me could possibly inspire or assist with the works of others. Thus, time and capital that are needed to be spent on the same research that is used to extend a certain piece of work can be reduced and be committed into other areas of work. Secondly, only by making the work available for others then can the original work receives comments and feedback that can enhance future development. As a result, the blog can be enhanced and its meaning and perspectives can be extended or expanded. In other words, the use of Creative Commons licenses can become a communicating tool for property owners to exchange and advance on each other’s creations, which actively and optimistically generate further development of certain contents.

Henry Jenkins argues that the process of information sharing and distribution among the fans’ community has reflected a “collective intelligence“. Each fan does not necessarily need to follow their idols to know the newest information about them. Instead, fans collect information from other fans or fans’ websites to keep their information up-to-date (Jenkins, 2006, 127). The notion of “collective intelligence” can be applied on the use of Creative Common license, in which  Individuals are allow to develop their own works based on the others’ work without spending more time to do the same research again. However, to share a credit is necessary under the condition of copyright law. Metaphorically, the use of Creative Commons license makes a certain property form the “stagnant water” into the water that flows in the sea, where it is able to feed the fishes with more oxygen and nutrients.

We love creative commons!

Attribution Some rights reserved by steren.giannini

The relevance of adding Creative Commons license to the blog and other media texts that are produced by active online scholars and bloggers for instance, are significant. Properties have been re-situated into an overlapped space between the public domain and the privatized ownerships that are protected by the copyright law.  The situation is quite similar to the market economic in contemporary China where market is control by the government for standardization and is partially opened for free trade. The “mixing” between the commons and original property is still under the control of legislation (copyright law), but the Creative Commons license has made the property more open to the other sources and creators, which contributed to its future transcendences (Lessig, 2005, 352). Furthermore, the use of HTML code in the Creative Commons license has opened up the closed architecture of copyright law, and constructed it with more active motivation towards individuals, and generated the participation for further content development(Lessig, 2005, 358). Thus, the properties are available to flow between individuals who obtained the Creative Commons license, which can eventually change the landscape of digital creations (Creative commons, 2011).


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Giannini,steren. Image of we love creative commons,accessed in 14th May 2011 from

Jenkins, Henry. (2006). Convergence culture: where old and new media collide. New York, NY [u.a.], New York Univ. Press.

Lessig, Lawrence (2005) ‘Open Code and Open Societies’ pp. 349-360 in Joseph Feller, Brian Fitzgerald, Scott A. Hissam and Karim R. Lakhani (eds) Perspectives on Free ad Open Source Software. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

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