by-nc-sa with commercial rights to a collective
kevin at lumiere.net
Tue Nov 18 17:24:07 EST 2003
I am interested in forming a collective of artists (starting with
musicians) who would use an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike
license with an agreement that commercial rights for their works and
derivatives would belong to the collective. The organization would
work at building a system of supporting creative tools for the
collaborators (and file format specifications to maximize
interchangeability) as well as energetically attempt to sell the
The expectation is that eventually, allotting relative authorship
(and distribution of profits) would become impossible (or too much
trouble) to work out, and that we would therefore not attempt to
accurately distribute the bulk of the funds collected, but use them
to enhance the services that the organization could provide to the
I know that a lot of questions arise that would need to be answered
for this to take root and thrive in the real world, but what I am
hoping to get feedback on here is how to approach the licensing.
If we use the by-nc-sa license, then (I assume) each and every person
who participated in the evolution of the work would need to give
approval for the terms of the commercial use. I suppose all members
could agree when joining the collective that any works submitted to
the pool would be licensed with CC's by-nc-sa and that commercial use
of them would be handled only through the collective. Do you think
this is the best approach for realizing what I have in mind?
Would Creative Commons have any interest in a variation of the
by-nc-sa license that allots commercial rights to an entity ("X")
that is to be named in the blank space provided by the license?
Thanks for any help thinking this through.
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