“The New Creative Commons License: CC0 1.0 Universal Lets Rights Holders Waive Their Rights”…03.03.09

3 03 2009


(Image: LuMaxArt)

DigitalKoans blog post The New Creative Commons License: CC0 1.0 Universal Lets Rights Holders Waive Their Rights today relates important Creative Commons waiver excerpted here:

“…Are CC0 and CC’s Public Domain Dedication and Certification (“PDDC”) the same?

No. PDDC was intended to serve two purposes—to allow copyright holders to ‘dedicate’ a work to the public domain, and to allow people to ‘certify’ a work as being in the public domain. Our experience with PDDC shows that having a single tool performing both of these functions can be confusing. CC0 is a single purpose tool, designed to take on the dedication function PDDC has been performing, but in a more complete and legally robust way…”


Creative Commons Survey Deadline Extended…12.08.08

8 12 2008

From Cory Doctorow on BoingBoing  [http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/boingboing/iBag/~3/478641929/deadline-extended-on.html]:

Creative Commons has had such a great set of responses to their challenging, though-provoking survey on what constitutes “non-commercial use” that they’ve extended the deadline until Dec 14 — you’ve got six more days to weigh in!

Creative Commons is conducting a study on the meaning of “NonCommercial” and you can weigh in by answering a detailed questionnaire on the subject. We’ve extended the deadline for participation to December 14 (originally December 7) as we’re still getting healthy response via all those who blogged about the questionnaire this week.

NonCommercial study questionnaire extended to December 14

Defining “Non-Commercial Use” in Creative Commons…12.04.08

4 12 2008

From Cory Doctorow on BoingBoing today “What is Non-Commercial Use?” [http://www.boingboing.net/2008/12/03/what-is-noncommercia.html]–inquiring librarian minds want to know, doesen’t everybody?:

Creative Commons is running a study on what ‘non-commercial’ means to different people — creators, remixers, corporations, webmasters, and so on. Many of us give out our works under Creative Commons ‘non-commercial’ licenses (I do!), but there’s a lot of disagreement about where the boundary between commercial and non-commercial lies. Your contribution to the survey will help Creative Commons refine this border and come up with something that we can all point to when a disagreement arises.

As previously announced, Creative Commons is studying how people understand the term ‘noncommercial use’. At this stage of research, we are reaching out to the Creative Commons community and to anyone else interested in public copyright licenses – would you please take a few minutes to participate in our study by responding to this questionnaire? Your response will be anonymous – we won’t collect any personal information that could reveal your identity.Because we want to reach as many people as possible, this is an open access poll, meaning the survey is open to anyone who chooses to respond. We hope you will help us publicize the poll by reposting this announcement and forwarding this link to others you think might be interested. The questionnaire will remain online through December 7 or until we are overwhelmed with responses — so please let us hear from you soon!”

Non-Commercial study questionnaire 

Creative Commons Copyright Licenses Made Simple…12.02.08

2 12 2008

There is a very good Creative Commons copyright license overview entitled “The beauty of ‘Some Rights Reserved’: Introducing Creative Commons to librarians, faculty, and students[http://www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/publications/crlnews/2008/nov/beautyofsrr.cfm] by Molly Kleinman [http://mollykleinman.com/  which is excerpted here:

“…Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that created a set of simple, easy-to-understand copyright licenses. These licenses do two things: They allow creators to share their work easily, and they allow everyone to find work that is free to use without permission. The value of those two things is enormous. Before Creative Commons licenses, there was no easy way a creator could say, “Hey world! Go ahead and use my photographs, as long as you give me attribution.”

Similarly, there was no place for members of the public to go to find new works that they were free to reuse and remix without paying fees. Creative Commons changed all that. As it says on its Web site, ‘Creative Commons defines the spectrum of possibilities between full copyright—all rights reserved— and the public domain—no rights reserved. Our licenses help you keep your copyright while inviting certain uses of your work—a ‘some rights reserved’ copyright.’2

The licenses come in three languages: Human Readable, which is a very brief and easy-to-understand summary of what is permitted and under what conditions; Lawyer Readable, which is a legally binding three-page deed; and Machine Readable, which is the metadata, a little snippet of code that makes it possible for search engines like Google to search by Creative Commons license, and return only those works that are free to reuse.

There are six major Creative Commons licenses that all include different combinations of four basic requirements:

Attribution: You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your copyrighted work—and derivative works based upon it —but only if they give you credit the way you request. This element is a part of all six licenses.

Non-Commercial: You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your work —and derivative works based upon it—but for noncommercial purposes only.

No Derivatives: You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform only exact copies of your work, not derivative works based upon it.

Share Alike: You allow others to distribute derivative works only under a license identical to the license that governs your work…”