License that allows private copying?
johnston at vectaport.com
Thu Mar 25 13:31:16 EST 2004
Greg London said:
> Scott Johnston said:
> > I have a peer-to-peer content development tool that I want to sell
> > the internet.
> Then use a CC-FreeAdvertising license, like CC-NonCommercial-NoDerivs,
> and be done with it. If you want to sell something, having a
> LimitedQuantityDistribution license is a waste of time.
Using a license like CC-NonCommercial-NoDerivs would allow someone to
defeat my efforts to make some money by simply posting a copy they
acquired on the net.
I admit it is not easy to draw a distinction between private and public
copying/distribution (with the Internet these two acts are intertwined,
unlike conventional publishing). You can get into games where people
make a public announcement of their "private" club where private
materials can be had. But there are similar games with a
Commercial/NonCommercial distinction, yet CreativeCommons forged ahead.
I can imagine other users of a CC license with a Private clause. An
independent band might want a revenue stream from micropayments for
songs sold over the net, and at the same time want dedicated fans to be
able to e-mail the songs to their friends, to build up their fan base.
I understand that very few people are worried about allowing or
disallowing private copying. But there is a difference between
personal copying and private copying (like the difference between a
personal note and a private correspondence), and to be able to make a
distinction in licensing would be in some parties interest. In the
spirit of CreativeCommons, why not let me decide what I prefer, and
what I think is a waste of time.
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