Friday, November 09, 2007

Creative commons Liscencing

I know a lot of creative people, artists, and writers, and musicians, many jsut starting out. this article is for them.

Cory Doctorow, of Cory Doctorow fame, has published a great article on how to use CC licenses

Creative commons

is a time tested, license that will legally protect your work. Mostly people use CC licenses, if they want to, for instance, allow non-profit re-use for their work, for example, if someone see;s a picture I made, and I copyright it normally, it would be illegal for them to post it in their blog, and go "look how cool this is" without first getting legal,written court verified (and sometimes costly) consent from me.

CC on the other hand works different, as quoted from the article:

All Creative Commons share a set of basic terms. Every license requires "attribution" — subsequent users have to keep your name on your work, and let everyone know that you're the originator of it; and every CC license permits noncommercial sharing of your work — people can make as many copies they want and give them to whomever they want, provided they don't make any money from this activity.

In addition to these terms, you, as a creator, get to choose what freedoms you'll grant with the license to your work. When you visit, you're presented with a simple form that asks you to specify whether:

* Users may make commercial uses of your work — can they charge money or get paid for the things they do with your works?
* Users may "creative derivative works" — that is, can they modify, adapt, remix or otherwise tinker with your work? And, if so, whether:
* Users are required to share their creations on the same terms — that is, if I make a movie from your book, am I required to share my movie on the same terms as your book?

the website has a lot of info
the lsicence specifically
is very easy to setup, with simple check boxes.

now creative commons isn't for everyone, some people need a full regular copyright, but this is a nice alternative, who want, in our current state of copyright mania, to give thier customers/fans/etc, a little more leeway that say the RIAA does.