While I did gather a good deal of information on the intricacies and complexities of copyright law, I was still missing a focus on the importance of sharing work and extending its value through the contributions of others. As we near the stages of completion in our own digital stories, we can certainly see the value in protecting our work and ensuring that we have properly credited the resources from which we drew throughout the creative process. Beyond that, however; the fees, penalties, and restrictions seem to hinder the freedom of creation. Rather than focus on the creative process, we are left to run every source through the “usability” test to ensure that we are able to use certain material in our final product.
To quote from an earlier post, I believe that digital stories come to life through, “… collaborative narratives [that] come to life through an organic and ongoing process of interactivity; its users create and recreate the components and structure of a never-ending story. Stories exist beyond the finality of words on paper to the endless imagination of its revolving creators.” Copyright law’s many restrictions and constraints prevent the interactive process from truly thriving. In a digital world, stories live through countless mediums and the voices of many. The creative process is such that one person’s idea becomes the focus of another becomes the controversy of another becomes the comic relief of another. The availability of ideas and the freedom to rework and rethink ideas allows the interactive process of storytelling to exist and thus ensures a future of collaborative thinking and creating. Initiatives such as “open access” and “creative common sense” prove important tools for ensuring the path to the open exchange of creative ideas remains intact.