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Stephen Downes

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Creative Commons makes the following statement: "access to cultural heritage is a fundamental right. And preservation, access, sharing, use, and reuse of cultural heritage are all some of the essential functions that libraries, archives and museums fulfill to enable everyone to enjoy that fundamental right." That's similar to what the British Museum says as it stores half of Egypt's cultural heritage within its walls. Maybe Creative Commons should rephrase: 'access to our own cultural heritage is a fundamental right'. That would allow me to reproduce, say, Group of Seven paintings - which are part of my cultural heritage - while preventing me from converting Indigenous traditional artwork into cash commodities if that's not something they want to allow me to do. Image: A.Y. Jackson, Red Maple, from Wikipedia (had this as a poster as a child).

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