CC-India … a welcome from BytesForAll December 6, 2006Posted by fredericknoronha in Digital content.
Here’s a note posted to the CC-India mailing list:
Congrats to the proposed CC-India, on behalf of BytesForAll
Our goals run parallel, and you can be assured of all support to your
proposed network. Will share your contact via that network.
At the personal level, I’m also working to create e-books (second one
almost ready) that records local history within Goa. Naturally, as you
would have guessed, these are being put out under the CreativeCommons
2.5 Attribution or parallel licenses.
PS: You can see the first book here:Behind the News: Voices from Goa’s Press by Various – Project … Download the free eBook: Behind the News: Voices from Goa’s Press by Various. www.gutenberg.org/etext/11523
This was in response to a post from Ramakrishnan Diraviyam who commented:
“We are an upcomming network of the community by name The ICT Gateway. we wish to know mare about Creative Commons. –T D Krishna.”
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The project provides several free licenses that copyright owners can use when releasing their works on the Web. They also provide RDF/XML metadata that describes the license and the work, making it easier to automatically process and locate licensed works. Creative Commons also provide a “Founders’ Copyright”  contract, intended to re-create the effects of the original U.S. Copyright created by the founders of the U.S. Constitution.
All these efforts, and more, are done to counter the effects of what Creative Commons considers to be a dominant and increasingly restrictive permission culture. In the words of Lawrence Lessig, Chairman of the Board, it is “a culture in which creators get to create only with the permission of the powerful, or of creators from the past”. Lessig maintains that modern culture is dominated by traditional content distributors in order to maintain and strengthen their monopolies on cultural products such as popular music and popular cinema, and that Creative Commons can provide alternatives to these restrictions.