Creative commons, a relatively new movement when compared to the long standing methodologies of traditional intellectual property rights, is aimed at providing universal access to research, education, and culture by creating a balance between copyright laws and the freedom of access achieved by the internet. 

Traditional copyright laws were very black and white, with an “all rights reserved” position. What creative commons aims to do is allow a company to retain some rights to prevent commercial infringement, but allows the work to be copied, distributed, edited, remixed, and built upon within 6 different licenses to suit the creators ideals.

Within design creative commons is being adapted based around a “shareware license”, especially in distressed areas, thus creating a cheaper but effective method of increasing quality of life. However in areas of the developed world the consumers would have to pay for it, and the intellectual property rights would be more stringent. An example of this methodology in practice is the “QuaDror”, a structural joint designed by Dror Studios. They have released the design as free to make and replicate within third world countries, but in first world countries, the design and its rights belong to the studio where a more aesthetic finish can be applied.

By utilising methods such as shareware licenses Caru Design would be able to aid in providing a greater quality of living, whilst retaining rights to production.

The final topic is Types of Infringement!

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