Years ago when I was still in college studying graphic design, my classmates and I always struggling with finding existing graphic templates, pattern designs and fonts. We found so may open sources online, and then never thought about spending a penny to use those works which have patents or copy rights. Also, as a Taiwanese, I have no language barrier of browsing online resources from China and using them for my own student works. Because of the convenience, the unlimited access of internet, even it was eight years ago, I could hardly believe that people are able to own knowledge and protect it from any forms of transferring. I told one of my classmate, "don't you think one day, the power of sharing will conquer the power of owning?"
Yesterday evening, my school ( Institute of Design, IIT) invited a special guest - the CEO of Creative Commons to talk about open sources and and how the company solve the problem of piracy.
Creative commons is not a new idea, and is also not a comprehensive or perfect solution so far, but it indeed, bring us a new perspective to see the modern world.
How do patent and copy right prevent human civilization? Think about the area of biology, we always believe that scientist are stand on the giant's shoulders, but not anymore, today's scientists or companies can license their research result and directly or indirectly prohibit other people to utilize the research to help the society. Ways to cure orphan diseases could be hidden in somewhere but no one knows. However, If sharing is a better solution, how do we determined what kind of knowledge is supposed to be shared? CEO - Cathy Casserley gave us a very simple answer- whatever the tax payer paid. If sharing is for the good of the whole society, how do we keep balance between capitalism and communism? Cathy said Creative Commons won't impede capitalism, on the contrary, it allows authors to choose how would they like to share their works from the options that CC provides. And, if online resources are so irresistible, What's the future of education? "I think unbundle will be a trend" Cathy said.
Yes, there are way more questions we want to ask. I'm very excited to see what's the next step of Creative Commons.