Wiki license 0.5 beta
robmyers at mac.com
Sat Mar 26 16:36:18 EST 2005
On 26 Mar 2005, at 20:06, Greg London wrote:
> But my main argument is that if
> a project can succeed without
> attribution per individual contributer,
> then isn't the project better off
> without the extra overhead?
The project is, the contributor isn't. That is; the community is, the
Now, remember that I've been against automatic attribution for "gift
economy" projects at one time or another. My current position revolves
around the idea of the "social contract" of a given creative community.
What is the social contract of wikis? Why do people submit work to
wikis? Do they want people to know who they are? Or are they happy to
be part of the hive mind?
But aside from that, this is a dangerous license. I see a large market
for it, one that I fear CC hasn't seen, even though its first customer
(Lessig) is using the license to do exactly what all its potential
customers want to do (and shame on him!).
This non-attribution license is going to be like crack cocaine for
every organisation that wants that cool "open" aura without having to
give anything away. Here, at last, is the "what's mine is mine, what's
yours is mine" license that big media has wanted for so long. And it's
under a Creative Commons banner.
I predict that this license will become a firm favorite. Just not with
wikis, which are already locked into the GNU FDL.
Seriously bad idea.
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