We have had many conversations around holding our ideas secret for fear of someone taking our ideas as their own. For those who choose to participate in having an online presence (blog, website, facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc etc), this really cuts to the heart of why have an online presence at all. Why put one’s ideas out there if anyone can come along and just swipe it, publish it, and make a million bucks? Well, we here at Laura Two Tina, believe that it is very rare that someone would do this. We really do believe there are more good people than bad. This is a difficult mantra to maintain some days given how the media bombards us with negativity, but we are determined to keep our positive wits and attitude about us. Most importantly, we believe that our work is worthy of sharing with you all here. Going back to our original thought of protecting our collaborative ideas we have thought about copyrights, and then we found an even better answer with Creative Commons. We feel strongly that this is more in tune with the current digital culture and most importantly with our personal goals for collaboration.
Check out this video as an introduction. To quote from their website:
“Creative Commons has released “A Shared Culture,” a short video by renowned filmmaker Jesse Dylan. Known for helming a variety of films, music videos, and the Emmy Award-winning “Yes We Can” Barack Obama campaign video collaboration with rapper will.i.am, Dylan created “A Shared Culture” to help spread the word about the Creative Commons mission.”
In the video, some of the leading thinkers behind Creative Commons describe how the organization is helping “save the world from failed sharing” through free tools that enable creators to easily make their work available to the public for legal sharing and remix. Dylan puts the Creative Commons system into action by punctuating the interview footage with dozens of photos that have been offered to the public for use under CC licenses. Similarly, he used two CC-licensed instrumental pieces by Nine Inch Nails as the video’s soundtrack music. These tracks, “17 Ghosts II” and “21 Ghosts III,” come from the Nine Inch Nails album Ghosts I-IV, which was released earlier this year under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license. (See attribution details at this link)
SO, yes we do own all the ideas on this website under the standard copyright laws, but we are allowing some wiggle room for you to try out some of our ideas with your own flavor. Here is what our Creative Commons License indicates (check out our button on the right hand margin of this page):
We hope this clarifies for you who we are and what we hope to be for you. We hope that more people collaborate, share, and co-create and we see this bit of legalize as a way of allowing for that. Please let us know if anything on our blog inspires you to do a similar project of your own with another person and we would like to give you a dedicated blog post. We would really enjoy seeing how you may have folded our ideas into yours.
Tina and Laura