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What are the broader implications of a culture of open?

Written by Karen Fasimpaur
October 18, 2012

Sharing is good. We learn that as very young children.

On the Internet, many people share rampantly. However, traditional copyright does not fully enable the type of sharing that many intend when they post online. That’s what Creative Commons (CC) and open licensing are all about.

And as we begin to share our intellectual property, like photos or lesson plans, openly, sharing becomes more ingrained in all parts of our life.

When I started sharing my own photos and other content under CC, I did it timidly on only selected pieces and with a relatively restrictive license (CC BY NC SA). Over time, I found that the benefits of sharing far outweighed any possible detriments. Over time, I’ve begun to share more and to share under a more permissive license (generally, CC BY).

Perhaps, open is a portal to all kinds of good things — more openness, sharing, and collaboration will all make the world a better place.

Read on to see how you can share and be more open.

Video credit: Jesse Dylan,, CC BY NC SA

Sharing image credit: Alec Couros, CC BY NC SA

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