Selling Art without Selling Out:
A New Kind of Copyright
for musicians, writers, and creators of all persuasions
The old model of copyright:
- costs huge amounts of money in legal expenses.
- slows the brilliant, dynamic creative process to a crawl.
- fails to do the very thing it was designed to do: Help artists make legitimate profits while sharing their work with a wide, curious audience.
For 225 years, American culture has thrived by letting people borrow, adapt, share, and build on each otherÃ¯Â¿Â½s work. But today, access to everything from Peter Pan (written nearly 100 years ago) to the poetry of Robert Frost (dead for several decades) is restricted.
We need a new model of copyright that allows artists to do what they have always done: Protect their unique work while allowing broad distribution. The good news is: We have that new model. You can use it today, for free, without having to pay an intellectual-property lawyer $300 an hour to scrutinize contracts.
ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s called Creative Commons, and with a CC copyright, you make the rules.
- Want to make your music free to distribute, as long as people donÃ¯Â¿Â½t change it and they give you credit?
- Are you willing to make your work free for educational use, but you want commercial users to pay?
- You can choose from among these and a dozen other options at the Creative Commons website (www.creativecommons.org).
ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s all part of the Free Culture movement. To find out more:
www.free-culture.cc - www.freeculture.org - www.eff.org