Creative Commons

I’ve been skeptical of Creative Commons for some time. I’d heard a lot about it. For those who don’t know, it’s a kind of alternate model for copyright, making use of existing copyright law, but providing a means for a creator to license certain rights explicitly, while not exempting them from licensing other rights separately. (Or so that is now how I understand it.)

Cory Doctorow has been one of the more vocal proponents of Creative Commons and argues that it helps actual book sales when you license some of your work under Creative Commons and make it freely available to the general public for noncommercial uses.

When the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) recently came out with a set of copyright recommendations, they recognized Creative Commons in their list of recommendations. It got me thinking I should learn more about it. So this morning I read up on it and I was impressed with the amount of thought put into it. I can’t say that I completely understand it yet. However, being someone who has always admired the concept behind “open source” software, Creative Commons is looking increasingly interesting to me. I need to learn more about it.


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