Sharing is on my mind this morning for a few reasons. I was uploading some photos to Flickr this morning, and my daughter asked me what I was doing. I told her that I was sharing them, so that family and friends in Philadelphia, California, and other places could look at them.
She protested that she wanted to look at the photos. I told her that I was sharing them in a way that allowed other people to look at them at the same time as her. I managed to stop myself launching into an explanation of the non-rivalrous nature of digital works. She is, after all, only three, and seemed convinced that I wasn’t taking anything away from her in order to share with others.
One of the things I talked about with the students in my Blogging and Business course on Saturday was Creative Commons. I used as an example this blog, which has a sidebar heading Sharing rather than Hands Off.