In this episode, I sit down and talk with my friend and fellow folklorist Jason Baird Jackson to discuss the topic of the “Creative Commons.” Jason’s research touches upon issues of intellectual property and heritage making in native communities in the United States. He points out that the work of the commons tries to provide a greater number of options for rights holders. So why should listener’s to the Artisan Ancestor podcast care about intellectual property rights? Whether you are recording oral histories, writing a family history or sharing your photographs, the Creative Commons allows you to protect your work and while still making it available to the world. In this conversation, we talk about how this approach to sharing your creative and scholarly work.
In addition to being an associate professor in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University, he is the editor of Museum Anthropology Review, a digital journal for museum professionals and material culture scholars. He is also the author of the ethnography Yuchi Ceremonial Life.