All human creativity is the result of social interaction. We produce things using words, images, colors and sounds that we pick up from everyday life, history and our media landscape. A whole, open community produces along with us, albeit unconsciously or semi-consciously. This has always been true for every author and cultural artefact. Homer’s epic poems were co-written by anonymous members of ancient Mediterranean societies. Elizabethan theatre was entirely based on remakes, variations, collective improvisation and feedback from the public. Eighteenth and Nineteenth century serial novels (feuilletons) were constantly re-shaped by newspaper readers. At a most basic level, language itself, if not shared, withers and dies away.
Despite the common process of creativity, copyright is – and always has been – a legal instrument used to control and limit publication. From its English origins in the Stationers’ Company, through the Statue of Anne of 1710, all the way to the recent SOPA and PIPA affairs, copyright legislation has always sought to protect the economic interests of publishers, not authors. Especially when taking into consideration the most recent developments in communication and digital technologies, current copyright laws are clearly outdated, sorely misdirected and draconian.
For these reasons, Paris Lit Up believes that open cooperation is our greatest gift and that creative workers should rebel against traditional copyright. This is why we would like to encourage respectful and free sharing of all our publications and the materials on this site, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Unported License unless otherwise indicated. In other words, please feel free to share, copy, redistribute, mix, mash and use any of our materials for non-commercial purposes – just mention us when you do!
–>To learn more about Creative Commons, please see the community managed Creative Commons Wiki.