Wired is reporting that the Creative Commons, inspired by the GPL, has released a series of new licenses designed to give content creators more control over how their works are distributed over the Internet. Here's a quick summary of the different license flavors:
As an alternative to traditional copyright licenses, what the Creative Commons is offering is certainly interesting. I doubt we'll see signed, mainstream artists flocking to the new licenses, but lesser-known and independent artists should embrace the effort, especially as an alternative to the RIAA.
Attribution. The licensor permits others to copy, distribute, display, and perform the work. In return, licensees must give the original author credit.
No Derivative Works. The licensor permits others to copy, distribute, display and perform only unaltered copies of the work -- not derivative works based on it.
Noncommercial. The licensor permits others to copy, distribute, display, and perform the work. In return, licensees may not use the work for commercial purposes -- unless they get the licensor's permission.
Share Alike. The licensor permits others to distribute derivative works under a license identical to the one that governs the licensor's work.
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