I’ve recently started a new job, and I hold a lot of sway over certain kinds of decisions the company takes, primarily “technical” in nature. It would probably be best described as I am IT for a non-tech startup.
We create educational materials for young humans, and so of course part of my job is ensuring that our security practices protect our assets, which is our IP.
While I personally find it hard to license works as anything besides CC0, I do not particularly care about advocating for anything besides our default assumption of full copyright for everything our company produces. I am super busy, and I want to keep my social capital for battles that make my life and my coworkers’ easier.
But it kinda bugs me that we are so early in production, and I didn’t even bring it up, and now it will have a momentum working against this idea later. I realize that when it comes to this, I don’t have any tools on how to discuss this.
Compare that to our stance on FOSS, which is much, much easier. Some decisions were made before I got there, and I personally don’t think it is practical to do business using only free software (I don’t know of a company that does, that isn’t also a producer of free software), and I support and deal with them as they come. But now nearly all my decisions are made for free software, largely in part that no one else knows what I am doing, and wouldn’t care if they did.
Hey, look, software freedom has an advantage over content!
I know there are some talking point documents for promoting free software, but what do we have for copyright policy? Is that something worth creating? What available resources are there for employees to advocate for policy changes in their companies/projects/teams?