Creative alternative to content licensing offered


— 11:45 AM on December 16, 2002

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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
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