[cc-licenses] NC considered harmful? Prove it...
luis at tieguy.org
Thu Mar 8 09:05:28 EST 2007
On 3/8/07, Terry Hancock <hancock at anansispaceworks.com> wrote:
> > You could perhaps measure re-use of
> > samples in ccmixter for a similar study?
> That's the sort of thing I'm looking for. Yes, ccMixter identifies
> sources, doesn't it? I could select samples of works at random,
Presumably CC could give you access to the database, and you could use
all of them, not just a random sample.
> and then
> track their reuse forward in time. It'll be tricky, because NC works
> will logically be over-available simply because there are many more of
> them ("network effect" -- the same thing you mention below for GPL).
I didn't say it was a great data source, just the best one I can think
of- it shows direct ancestry (the least bad measure of
reuse/improvement we have).
> I'm afraid this may not be a great example from the PoV of supporting an
> anti-NC thesis, though. Because of network effects and relatively low
> utility, it may well be that ccMixter is one of the few places where an
> "NC commons" may actually "succeed".
It might be useful to gather the data, whether or not you think it
would support the thesis. At any rate, unless you have another
database which tracks reuse of CC-licensed content, I'm not sure where
else you're actually going to get any objective, measurable data on
reuse, so my guess is that either you do it with ccmixter and see
where it takes you, or you don't do it at all.
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