Last week we had a really interesting guest speaker here at Pixar, Larry Lessig. Great thing is that you can see the same presentation on TEDtalks, right here. It’s a little dry but I highly recommend listening through it. Lassig has some really great points on how law and copyrights can hinder creativity and culture and how in today’s internet/media centric world, where sharing and remixing is prevalent, we need new standards of law. The main idea behind Creative Commons is making easily understandable rules that everyone can understand, Flickr is one good example of what CC has been doing. You can choose quite specifically to what level you want to share your images on it. CC is not about abolishing copyrights of course, we still need protection for most of our creative properties, but I totally see how some other creative ideas and properties won’t be hurt by sharing and exposure, if anything helped by it.
I see SketchCrawl very much in that light, while I wouldn’t want someone to profit monetarly from it, I want its idea and images (like its logo) to be out there in the world, easily sharable and usable. That is the CC idea of “some rights reserved”. In fact I’d want the SketchCrawl logo to be more easily downloadable and sharable in many ways (will have to get on that). So you can print your own stickers or t-shirts, put it out there. Why not share ideas?