[cc-community] Does BY-SA extend to a newspaper?

Benj. Mako Hill mako at atdot.cc
Thu Apr 12 16:23:06 EDT 2007

<quote who="Elizabeth Stark" date="Thu, Apr 05, 2007 at 05:51:06PM -0400">
> Nope. Under the license, it only applies to the photo itself in the context
> of a newspaper. So they used it correctly.

CC seems to have a taken a position that the license basically stops at
the edge of a photograph. Basically, this means that if you don't modify
the content of a photograph, you can basically do what you want with it
under an an SA license (of course, Evan's comments, and a few things he
didn't say, still need to be kept in mind).

This is one reason a number of photographs who upload to Wikimedia
Commons prefer the GFDL and its related to the reason why Larry Lessig
has analogizing NC clauses and copyleft for software -- although I
personally disagree with Lessig's argument in this respect.


Benjamin Mako Hill
mako at atdot.cc

Creativity can be a social contribution, but only in so
far as society is free to use the results. --RMS
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