[cc-licenses] Free as in Gru
greglondon.1 at gmail.com
Thu Apr 26 14:28:15 EDT 2007
Can you explain to me why CC should use the
word "freedom" in a place where they could
be talking about something as restrictive as
That isn't freedom. It's a pittance.
It is a token given by the original author
which has no major impact on the community.
The author could just as easily make the work
All Rights Reserved and give they work away
at no cost on his website.
What's that got to do with freedom?
People are seriously kidding themselves
that they're doing some grand service to
the world when they use some of the most
restrictive CC licenses.
They are effectively no different than
making the work ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
and offering them for download at no cost
on the authors website. And yet, no one would
for a second view THAT as having anything
to do with freedom. But playing some license
games, using CC-ND-NC-BY, and doing effectively
the same thing, same result, but through a word game
called a license, people think they're doing something
related to freedom.
CC appears to be encouraging it because it
encourages people to use their licenses.
And apparently, that's CC's priority. membership.
Total number of license users. The types of licenses
used is irrelevent. And the confusion CC's advertising
campaign leads to, apparently, is irrelevant.
All that matters is membership. Which means that
"freedom" has come to mean exactly the same thing
as words like "patriot": i.e. "you belong to our group".
And I think everyone on the list knows ex
On 4/26/07, Björn Terelius <bjorn.terelius at gmail.com> wrote:
> Greg, can you explain to me why you think that the word freedom on the CC
> homepage confuses people. After all, as far as I remember from the
> discussion, nobody said that ND/NC were Free Software or even free (in the
> common sense).
> I think that everybody on this list understand the CC licenses.
> Furthermore, the description of each license is so clear that anybody who
> knows th FSF definition of Free will understand that the CC licenses with NC
> or ND does not qualify as Free Software.
> cc-licenses mailing list
> cc-licenses at lists.ibiblio.org
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