Zero Copyright?


Creativity is not about special people, special places and special ideas as Charles Leadbeater says. When we examine many innovations, it can be seen that they are not based on one’s individual idea. They are usually consequences of collaboration. Nowadays, people can discuss their ideas on internet without knowing each other and create new things or add new things on existing ideas and we start to encounter with many creative common education, software and art platforms. The creative common idea seemed different at first because we are the generation who were grown up with copyrighted TV shows, cassettes, cinema as depicted in the second video.

Let’s explore the operating system Linux, which was created in 1991 by Linus Torvalds under the model of free and open source software development and distribution. Open source software differentiates than the closed source based on the availability of its source code.  Linux is not the only such operating system, although it is the most widely used one. Anyone can view, copy, modify or share the Linux source code. The largest part of the work on Linux is performed by the communities. The programmers around the world use Linux and send their suggested improvements to the maintainers.  Also, there are several different distributions of Linux available to users which clearly show the power of the collaboration and open source platforms. As in the example of Linux, we know its biggest opponent is Microsoft. Although they called Linux as cancer at first, nowadays, Microsoft realized the importance of the open source and decided to implement Linux shell under windows environment to attract more software developers.

What would happen if all the software programs, music, art in short all creative work were open source or under zero copyright law? Basically, in that case, we would need more dedicated people to maintain and support the software codes. Although it is possible to earn money from open source development as well, companies may not have enough money to carry out researches. Moreover, zero copyright law would have serious effects on artists too. They would not generate enough revenue which can be used for another creative work. Eventually, this may cause a decrease in the quality and the reliability of the products.

On the other hand, people could access all the creative work easily and freely.  Number of creative works would definitely increase in short time.  For instance, we needed to use others’ pieces of work during our collage project. With the help of using others’ work, we could create our collage. Otherwise, we would have needed to buy all the photos that we want to use. Undoubtedly, I would love to see more open source platforms and creative common works, however, I am not totally sure whether the zero copyright is an optimal solution for both sides.



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