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Creative Commons:
Over at Carrollogos, law prof Michael Carroll makes the case for supporting Creative Commons.
Lighten up Kansas:
It is a great way for artists, musical or otherwise, to do a search for usable samples and material on google. CC is very well received with the DIY and independent content creators. And you don't need a law degree to understand it either!
12.4.2008 5:47pm
einhverfr (mail) (www):
I don't know. When I want to create Free content, I generally just take the FreeBSD Documentation License and adjust the definitions to fit (I abandoned using the GNU Free Documentation License because I decided that it wasn't very Free). There are a number of practical pitfalls that I see with Creative Commons licenses, but these are a matter of practice rather than a matter of copyright law.
12.4.2008 6:32pm
einhverfr (mail) (www):
BTW, the pitfalls I see have to do with use cases, more than with the CC licenses themselves.
12.4.2008 6:33pm
Oren:
Perhaps you could start by licensing your blog posts (which are copyright the authors ATM) under whatever CC license you see fit?
12.4.2008 7:05pm
OrinKerr:
Oren,

I'm not sure I see the point in licensing blog posts, given blog norms, but I have used a CC license for my "How to Read a Legal Opinion" article.
12.4.2008 7:09pm
einhverfr (mail) (www):
The biggest pitfall is:

I won't license work by hyperref to a system I have no control over. This is one of the big reasons work I have done is not under these licenses. I am a big fan of the idea that public copyright licenses should accompany content..... This avoids a number of nasty possibilities where a page is (perhaps maliciously) changed and hence effective copyright terms as expected by the licensee are changed.

This isn't so much a problem with the CC licenses so much as how they are typically used. At least as regard publishable content in print form, there are some other drawbacks that helped push me to the BSD Documentation License.
12.4.2008 7:33pm
Oren:

I'm not sure I see the point in licensing blog posts, given blog norms, but I have used a CC license for my "How to Read a Legal Opinion" article.

Do blog norms really matter in the legal sense? I mean, if I copy one of your posts in its entirety and post it on my webpage (which has advertisements), I have violated your copyright even if such conduct is routine in the blogosphere.

As to the merits of CCing the whole thing (or, say, all of your posts and let the other conspirators do as they will), it's partially symbolic but also preemptive. If the VC goes down, it would be nice to have an archive available and that requires permission.
12.4.2008 7:40pm
jhn:
I've come along to the view that just committing things to the public domain in many cases is best. LibriVox or Project Gutenberg, for instance. It's easier and it pretty much makes little practical difference. Someone might try to make money and strip your name off, but it's unlikely they'll be very successfull.
12.4.2008 7:44pm
NicholasV (mail):
I agree with einhverfr and jhn. I typically use either BSD-style or public domain licenses. I honestly don't know how Creative Commons differs but both of the previously mentioned licenses are trivial for anyone to understand and provide almost total freedom of re-use.
12.5.2008 1:44am

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