[cc-community] Extending CC into physical space

Alan Cox alan at lxorguk.ukuu.org.uk
Tue Feb 24 09:21:06 EST 2009

I'm trying to work out how to use a CC licence outside of the pure
"information" space.

I produce model kits, and over time various kits cease to sell well
enough to be worth producing as a business but demand never quite hits
zero. So it's a classic long tail.

My first thought was to release the artwork for some of the brass kits
under a CC licence so that people can produce their own copies if they
really really want or can find a group of people together to produce a
set. That bit is fairly easy.

Where it all goes pear shaped is that people will want to make
modifications - to improve it, to produce with different matters, or
different sizes etc.

The CC attribution, sharealike license extends to the artwork but doesn't
cover the results. Thus someone could improve the kit and providing they
don't share the artwork itself take their improvements effectively out of
the CC space.

I can clearly hack something out using the CC+ setup, but its a hack.

Currently this is a fairly obscure area but with the rise in 3D printing
the time before CC needs to have this debate about things like printing
CC furniture or kitchen utensils is not long (at least in legal terms) so
I was a bit suprised that it doesn't seem to be being addressed or even
on anyones radar.

Is there a better way to hack CC to do this or does the world need a GNU
Physical Object Licence or similar ?

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