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Creativity and innovation rely on a rich heritage of prior intellectual endeavor. We stand on the shoulders of giants by revisiting, reusing, and transforming the ideas and works of our peers and predecessors. Digital communications promise a new explosion of this kind of collaborative creative activity.
But at the same time, expanding intellectual property protection leaves fewer and fewer creative works in the â€śpublic domainâ€ť â€” the body of creative material unfettered by law and, to quote Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, â€śfree as the air to common use.â€ť
The â€śtragedy of the commonsâ€ť is the familiar notion that widespread public use of a commons leads to its inevitable depletion. But some resources, once created, cannot be depleted. In the words of Thomas Jefferson, â€śHe who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine receives light without darkening me.â€ť An idea is not diminished when more people use it. Creative Commons aspires to cultivate a commons in which people can feel free to reuse not only ideas, but also words, images, and music without asking permission â€” because permission has already been granted to everyone.
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