[cc-community] wrong license info / logo
alek.tarkowski at creativecommons.pl
Fri Feb 16 06:12:59 EST 2007
Mike Linksvayer wrote:
> Do you have any ideas about where people are going in Poland when they
> want to use a CC license apart from creativecommons.org/license ?
I'm guessing, but I imagine they do things like copy the logo and the
information from some other page, but not very carefully; sometimes
people don't even use the logo - they just write: "This page is licensed
under a Creative Commons license". And maybe link the words "CC" to the
CC webpage; etc.
I understand there is little that you can do about this on the
infrastructure side, but then a vision of myself trawling through the
internet and checking licenses sounds extremely unpleasant and tedious.
Hackers to the rescue? And CC as well? Would CC be intersted in first
estimating the scale of the problem - this would require taking a sample
of pages that use some common licensing phrase and checking (with some
smart script) whether they a. link properly b. provide metadata. Cause
maybe this isn't a big problem, only one visible to us...
If it is a problem, a similar tool could in general crawl the net, find
pages with problems - and then someone would just have to find an email
address and mail some standard request.
But I also think that this problem shouldn't just be left alone or fixed
- if it really is a problem, then it means that we maybe need to rethink
our 'education' strategy, since our key tool, the licensing engine, is
somehow being ignored by licensors.
ps. the issue with sites like flickr, revver, archive.org, you name it,
doing weird things with licensing is a different but big issue. I'm not
sure there's one site that conforms fully with the CC model. What seems
most annoying to me as a national lead is the inability to use localised
licensing. Let's face it, the big licensing work occurs through sites
like flickr. And what's the point of having localised licenses if people
there use the generic one? I think CC HQ should maybe push harder for
its partners to try to comply - it's a pity that even a flagship project
like archive.org doesn't do this.
koordynator / Public Lead
Creative Commons Polska / Poland
(+48) 889 660 444
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