This is the nouveau philosophe invented for Creative Commons:

A re-empowerment of the author as rightful wielder of copyright – not their traditional assigns (publishers) – to be considered as having an inalienable right to determine how their published work may be used by others (even though no such natural right has ever been self-evident).

At best, the CC philosophy is one of utilitarianism. Copyright exists, so empower self-publishing authors to use it. Even though such power can only be enjoyed by the wealthy – but, hey, it’s the thought that counts (and sets the cause for state empowerment).

The power of copyright is obtained by suspending the public’s liberty. It is an unethical power whoever wields it. Copyright should be abolished, and in the interim neutralised by copyleft licenses.