Applying the lessons of open source to ballet
[ http://opensource.com/life/11/7/applying-lessons-open-source-ballet ]
July 11 2011
As I explained, the open source software community has learned some lessons about this that the rest of the world is starting to apply. Open source innovators, whose projects are based on freely sharing their code, realized that the traditional approach to intellectual property would not work for them, and so they created new licensing models, such as the GPL, that encouraged sharing and re-use. That approach has led to incredible growth in open source software. The model is spreading outward to other creative endeavors with such tools as Creative Commons licensing.
Could it be that less IP protectiveness could expand the audience for ballet and bring in new funding? What if, instead of protecting ballet as carefully as possible with copyright, the product was unlocked and made available under a Creative Commons license? For example, if well-produced video of the Carolina Ballet was readily available on the internet without charge, couldn’t that introduce many more people to ballet, with some of them eventually becoming balletomanes?
[PJ: Why not? That's in essence what Luciano Pavarotti did with his free open air concerts, namely build a much larger audience for opera.] - Rob Tiller, Red Hat, on OpenSource
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