embargoing and time-sensitive licensing
joshrose at rosenblums.org
Fri Feb 4 17:54:47 EST 2005
General question about constraining the effectivity date of CC licenses.
Suppose I have content, whether music, text, or metadata, which I'd like
to release under a CC license, but with the following caveat:
To help pay for the production of this content, I plan first to release
it in a limited fashion, charging those who place a high value on
freshness of the content. Once the restricted-release period is over,
the content would be released under a standard CC license.
This situation is common in time-sensitive, stream-like media such as
stock quotes or financial news. However, segmenting markets according
to time-sensitivity is also an established way to support the production
of static content. I think combining this with CC may provide proper
economic incentives in some situations while explicitly growing the
As I understand, the only way to shoehorn this into the CC view of the
world would be to release content under some custom license for the
initial embargo period, then re-license it under one of the CC licenses
at a future date. This seems kludgey, and perhaps I'm missing something.
Should CC licenses define effectivity dates, it might address this
problem. In addition, if the licenses internalized this
time-sensitivity, then the content's metadata remains within the purview
of the CC RDF/metadata tools from its moment of release.
I'm curious if the CC community has considered this situation and what
suggestions y'all might make to accommodate it.
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