Australian Lefty on Politics, Governance, Science and Info Management

CC-NC Survey: Please help

Posted by Dave Bath on 2008-12-04

As many of my readers are (or will be) also content producers, and use content provided by others, I recommend you take the survey at CreativeCommons that is collecting opinions that may refine the CC-NC (Creative Commons Non-Commercial) Licence. (Rationale over the fold)

There are some subtleties I hadn’t thought of, and the survey will take between 5 and 10 minutes.

There was only one question I couldn’t answer truthfully, because the survey only let you indicate your involvement with creative commons as far back as the turn of the millenium – and I’d been releasing work in the public domain before the term was invented, as far back as the 1980’s (and some in the 1970s, although this was only used by teachers in Geelong schools.

You’ll note in the left column of this blog I’ve put my articles under a CC licence (specifically CC-BY-SA) – I hope you’ll look at the various CC options, choose one that suits you, and put your work under it.

The rationale (snipped from CC literature) is as follows:

The study has direct relevance to Creative Commons’ mission of providing free, flexible copyright licenses that are easy to understand and simple to use,” said Creative Commons CEO Joi Ito. “The NC term is a popular option for creators choosing a Creative Commons license, and that tells us the term meets a need.  However, as exponentially increasing numbers of works are made available under CC licenses, we want to provide additional information for creators about the contexts in which the NC term may further or impede their intentions with respect to the works they choose to share, and we want to make sure that users clearly understand those intentions.  We expect the study findings will help us do a better job of explaining the licenses and to improve them, where possible.  We also hope the findings, which will be made publicly available, will contribute to better understanding of some of the complexities of digital distribution of content


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