Copyright… both the best friend and enemy to individual creators everywhere. Although copyright has the extraordinary ability to protect the work of an individual – which is fantastic I am not saying that it’s not – but it also has the ability to what Ted Mitew would call a Digital Enclosure. A place where information and material becomes so inaccessible that we lose our culture of sharing material and information.
In order to aid young creatives in their pursuit of obtaining and using information in a way that is legal, the Prezi below explains how an individuals could go about finding material that has some rights reserved rather than all rights reserved.[gigya src=”http://prezi.com/bin/preziloader.swf” allowfullscreen=”true” allowscriptaccess=”always” width=”550″ height=”400″ bgcolor=”#ffffff” flashvars=”prezi_id=8hpaciw-vk1a&lock_to_path=1&color=ffffff&autoplay=no&autohide_ctrls=0″ ]
An advocate for the accessibility of information and material is ‘Internet Boy’ Aaron Swartz, who quite cleverly once said “Information is power. But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves.” For those interested in the obtaining of information and the powers who hold that ability, I highly recommend you start by looking into the fights and passions of Aaron.
For now, signing off,