Thursday, July 21, 2005
When I first signed up to Creative Commons, little did I cared for the need for such a service. That was the time, I had a course on Intellectual Property, and you know how these stuff that you read in courses can affect you....like the endless search I did for a Laser mechanism after a symposium on Laser in my school...I read almost anything that had the word Laser in it...even if it was like Laser to treat tooth decay, I would read the entire stuff and then conclude that it doesn't have anything useful.
So, the saga of copyrighting started for me thus...I went and registered with the Creative Commons and thought that I can now write stuff in my blog, that I would claim later and rake in the mullah....It was a fairy tale....a dream of making a million in royalty, as IBM does through its patents...
Now, I am having serious second thoughts on the validity of such a service...take for example, who is this Creative Commons?..what is their legitimacy in granting licenses to works?...Are they constitutionally approved?...Is their verdict final?..Is it Valid in a court of law?...Will it override the provisions of a legal enactment?...I never questioned that...
This is a bunch of guys "granting licenses"...now with whom is this license valid...say for example, I post a theory in my blog, that lead to a brilliant discovery(or an invention)..Now, if I find that the inventor had used my idea, would I be able to sue him...If I had not registered my work with the Legal authorities, then will I be able to claim it, just because, I had registered with the Creative Commons?...If that is the case, then is it not a case of parallel power center...Will this be accepted as a licensing authority? Just because, I give the details in Creative Commons, and get a code and a picture to out in my blog, does that mean that I(my work) had been protected?
What mechanism does this have to enforce the licenses?..For example, if someone violates the agreement, will Creative Commons enforce it's authority(if at it has one, then the question of the source of authority is another big headache)...The State gets it's authority from the Laws. The Laws gets it from the subjects they are supposed to represent....but where does Creative Commons gets its authority from?
I am even more skeptical after I read this article. Creative Commons Humbug.
I think the Creative Commons is no more than a status symbol to be put in the blog, to convey that feeling of "belonging" to an invisible, revered elite....Its just that I too belong to that....Just in case! ;-P
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