[cc-community] looking for better CC instructions
zovirl1_list at sbcglobal.net
Sat May 28 14:39:19 EDT 2005
I've come to the conclusion that the CC website needs better
instructions for content producers wanting to apply a CC license to
their work. On the main CC page there is a big image labeled "publish
your stuff, safely and legally." Unfortunately, it has such terse
instructions that I don't feel I can use the CC licenses safely.
After an hour of digging I found 6 different pages explaining one aspect
or another of how to license my work , and I still have unanswered
questions. Reading through the list archives, it seems I'm not the only
one. There is confusion about what non-commerical really means,
requests for better information on the licenses, and a regular stream of
"how do I license X?" questions.
In comparision, the GPL has a fairly complete FAQ and a howto page 
that make it easy for me to apply the license and feel that I've done it
correctly. With the CC licenses, I feel like I might be applying them
incorrectly and they might therefore be unenforceable. I don't know for
sure if my work is protected or not.
Am I just being paranoid or is this a real problem? Perhaps the content
from the 6 pages I found could be merged together into a single "how to
apply the licenses" area?
wizard for picking a license. Suggests copying it onto your webpage.
explains attributes of licenses
suggests including license on your site, near your work
explains in detail how to license a website
explains how to embed a license in MP3 files
explains how to publish educational material on a website (but not in
links to pages explaining how to put a license in various types of files
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