“authors” not “creators”

So I’m having an interesting discussion in Moodle with my high school class. A student posts –

After reading the first chapter of Free Culture, I came to ponder what creation really is […] What is a creation? Moreover, is it important for the so-called “creator” of a piece of art to be well known?

Sure enough, it takes a nanosecond for the discussion to turn in the direction of chicken-egg philosophy and biblical accounts of the origin of the universe. I had to split the discussion off to a “Philosophical Discourse” forum. Don’t get me wrong, we’re loving that ongoing discussion and I encourage continued participation in it. But the fact is, that discussion has nothing to do with the original post. Stallman has a point.


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