When I first used CC0, the public domain “license”, on Stories About Things in 2011, I’d only ever seen it in two places: Falkvinge.net (the blog of the Pirate Party founder – no surprise there!) and Your Face is a Saxophone (yeah, that’s as awesome as it sounds.) No basic googling turned up any big time indie writers using it. Not even small-time folk like myself wanted to touch CC0 – most weren’t even aware of it. But it still sounded like a hell of a cool idea, so I went for it.
Turns out I’m not crazy.
Or, well, at least, I’m not alone.
CC0 Heroes: Who’s Afraid of the Big Nice Wolf is the first in a blog series by Leo Kirke on CC0 artists who choose to make art free of the Copyright lockdown. This segment covers the accomplishments of Piti Yindee, illustrator, comic artist and creator of Wuffle: The Big Nice Wolf and how he’s maneuvering the free world of art.
“…Yindee even makes it possible to download Wuffle: The Big Nice Wolf at no cost in one large archive zip file. His website even includes a “Free License” page (declaring “Wuffle Has No Copyright”) in which he explains, in his own words, his reasoning for using CC0. It’s definitely worth reading, as it is a very succinct and direct explanation of why an artist chooses Free Culture. In particular, I love this statement:
‘For arts to become a culture, you have to let it go free.
Let it be shared and copied. A language dies if nobody speaks it.
Same goes with art.
It dies if nobody share or talk about it.’ ”
It’s happening. Culture is opening.