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Copyright and the Alternatives Part Three, Free Art License

The third and final option is a Free Art License 1.3 (FAL 1.3) which is defined by http://artlibre.org/licence/lal/en/ as follows:

“Preamble

The Free Art License grants the right to freely copy, distribute, and transform creative works without infringing the author’s rights.

The Free Art License recognizes and protects these rights. Their implementation has been reformulated in order to allow everyone to use creations of the human mind in a creative manner, regardless of their types and ways of expression.

While the public’s access to creations of the human mind usually is restricted by the implementation of copyright law, it is favoured by the Free Art License. This license intends to allow the use of a work’s resources; to establish new conditions for creating in order to increase creation opportunities. The Free Art License grants the right to use a work, and acknowledges the right holder’s and the user’s rights and responsibility.

The invention and development of digital technologies, Internet and Free Software have changed creation methods: creations of the human mind can obviously be distributed, exchanged, and transformed. They allow to produce common works to which everyone can contribute to the benefit of all.

The main rationale for this Free Art License is to promote and protect these creations of the human mind according to the principles of copyleft: freedom to use, copy, distribute, transform, and prohibition of exclusive appropriation.”

The Free Art License, as I understand it, gives you the protection of Copyright, but the freedom of Copyleft. Copyleft being the “freedom to use, copy, distribute, transform, and prohibition of exclusive appropriation.” This is good for persons who are more concerned with the spread of creativity, and ideas rather than protecting their pockets.

Closing Words

We are at the point as a society where copyright is not as relevent as it used to be. Where there once was but one choice, today there are a variety of choices including Copyright, Creative Commons, and the Free Art License. In the end the choice of which one to use is completely up to you.


Sources:

  1. http://artlibre.org/licence/lal/en/
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