First of all, despite of all the advantages and limitations resulting from either strict or less restriction from copyright and creative commons license, I personally deeply appreciate the protection over intellectual property. Especially, considering whoever has seen this blog post is probably planning to work for creative industry in the future and the comparative neglect of copyright in my own country.
Back to the topic, the example that I want to give to demonstrate the comparison between copyright restriction and alternative option for creative producer is Google. The content output of Google including Google searched website, Google image and Youtube video all belong to creative commons. Apparently, this method used by Google to operate benefits all of its users and doubtlessly reinforces its dominance over today’s global digital environment.
Perhaps, most of us have used Google scholar to find the resources for the essay; in addition, it is undeniable that directly downloading picture from Google image has made the process of making the slide of the presentation way more convenient and efficient. Content produced under creative commons tends to be more generally wide-spread due to the universal access. However, users may unconsciously ignore the importance of the original intellectual property while they find it almost unrestrictedly to transfer any information from Google search engine.
As we are required to give the formal reference of any cited content, in my opinion, increasing public awareness is the most significant solution to prevent intellectual property from being disrupted. Indeed, strict copyright restriction would limit the transmission of the information on Google. Nevertheless, it could possibly raise the public verification of the basic right of creative producers.
Both copyright law and creative commons licenses are not entitled mainly for commercial purpose rather than aiming to effectively protect the intellectual property or maximizing the value of cultural heritage. So I would say, it is just crucial for users to give the respect.