[cc-community] Is it possible for me to use a creative commons licence as an alternative to standard copy write?
jcastro at gawab.com
Thu Jan 12 20:17:54 EST 2006
You have the universal right to dispose of your work as you like. It's
a human right. You just have to be able to prove it is you that did it
In Portugal (probably so in all Europe) to print a CD in a factory you
need to prove you retain the copyright. I believe it is so with books
This is probably why the famous book "Free Culture"
(http://www.free-culture.cc/), wich is sold as a solid book and freely
distributed through the net, is copyrighted © AND has the creative
But times are changing... it's a good timing to start putting pressure
on the printers, editors, sellers and distributers to start accepting
CC and others like copyleft as a legitimate alternative. Better even if
you can cut the middlemen, but that's a whole new subject in itself.
There is one sole problem, wich is not that big. You need an
institution or in some way to have a record in order to be able to
prove the work is yours. Just putting the CC stamp there won't be
enough if someone acuses you of using someone else's work. You need to
have records that show you created it first. At least in Portugal, when
you copyright something you give a copy of your work to an institution
who certify it is yours at that date and hour. There still aren't such
mechanisms to do that with CC - that I know of in Portugal, maybe in
some other countries? This is why CC hasn't been a complete alternative
I don't know of any insititution that certifies the value of CC. If
anyone knows, I'd be glad to hear about it.
Nevertheless, GNU (the first copyleft) is unstopable even without this
process. As well as the netlabels movement.
On 12 Jan 2006, at 10:14 PM, Moore & Reppion wrote:
> My partner and I are looking into producing a magazine at some point
> in the future and we were wondering: would it be possible to use CC as
> an alternative to standard copy write?
> We would be having multiple contributors in each issue of the
> publication and would be aiming to make a financial profit (albeit a
> small one) from the magazine’s sales.
> Would a CC licence protect all of the material from being reproduced
> without our consent?
> Would it prevent others from profiting from the material by reprinting
> or otherwise publishing it after our original publication?
> Would it be okay to make a profit from the magazine under a CC licence?
> I have heard (and this may be wrong) that most small press
> publications retain the copy write on their published materials by not
> making a profit. That is: all contributors retain exclusive rights to
> their material published within that publication so long as it does
> not turn a profit. Is this correct? How does CC licensing compare to
> Have there been any books/magazines/comics already published using CC
> licensing (apologies for my ignorance on this matter) and if so have
> there been any legal problems arising?
> Thanks very much for your time.
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