[cc-licenses] Alex Bosworth: "Creative Commons Is Broken"

drew Roberts zotz at 100jamz.com
Mon Mar 6 18:28:00 EST 2006


On Monday 06 March 2006 05:53 pm, Mia Garlick wrote:
> but isn't the issue whether the person who makes money to live using
> the NC licensed work does so in a way that enables the person to make
> money from the NC-licensed work? this is focusing on the act. if an
> individual is making money from the actual use of the NC-licensed
> work, then whether their use is NC or not, depends on the guidelines.
>
> in the case where it is a for-profit company that is incorporated by
> a sole shareholder for tax reasons, i guess the relevant question is:
> is it the company acting through the sole shareholder that is using
> the NC licensed work? or is the sole shareholder using that work as
> an individual?

I never said I incorporated for tax reasons. That really is not the case. I am 
not in the USA and where I am from, we don't have an income tax. I 
incorporated for other reasons. I am not sure I even remember them all now.
>
> drew - what kinds of uses of NC-licensed works does your company
> make? do you as an individual ever make use of an NC-licensed work?
> is it possible to distinguish between the two?

I don't make any uses of NC licenced works personally, or through my 
corporation. I still consider them too dangerous to use. I will set up a 
scenario for you as if I didn't though.

My grandfather, who died a few years ago owned a furniture store. They have a 
department that sells audio and musical equiptment. I have in the past 
considered asking them to let our local LUG have a demo system showing what 
can be done in the area of audio recording with Free Software under linux and 
having CDs of some audio capable distribution available for free to their 
customers. (Provided by the LUG, as well as the ability for the customers to 
use the demo system to burn the distro onto their own blanks in case the LUG 
provided disks run short.

I am a big fan of Free Software. I am involved in CC directly as a result of 
my involvement with Free Software. I release my works BY-SA as a result of my 
involvement with Free Software. So, when I get thinking along these lines, I 
often think that it would be a good idea for the LUG to promote CC stuff as 
well. So, The LUG would provide a machine which the store would host and 
power. The stores "customers" would be able to come in and use the machine to 
see how they could use Free Software in making music. They could also got CC 
content to play with at the same time. Sounds like a win-win all around. (I 
may still do it for BY and BY-SA stuff.) Then I start following all the 
different ideas people have re the NC issue. Then one day I remember that 
since my grandfather died that I have a very minor interest in the store. 
(Would that make a difference?) OK, so, if I had no shares in the store, 
would it be OK for them to make CC NC works available to people at no charge? 
I don't know. I do have shares, if it was OK, is it now not? If not, I can 
perhaps get another furniture store or music store to be the host. OK, what 
of a LUG trying to get a publicly traded corporation to agree to the same 
deal? Would ti fail if any member of hte LUG held shares in the company or 
any related company? It is just too much for my brain. If I ever see it 
explained clearly, I may reconsider.

In the mean time, I will give my efforts to finding and promoting people who 
release BY and BY-SA works and to creating works that I will release BY-SA or 
under some other ocpyleft licence.

all the best,

drew
>
> On Mar 6, 2006, at 2:42 PM, drew Roberts wrote:
> > On Monday 06 March 2006 05:34 pm, Mia Garlick wrote:
> >> but for the purposes of determining whether a use is commercial or
> >> not, isn't whether the org is established for the purpose of making
> >> money or not, the only relevant question in answering that question?
> >
> > I don't see why. We know people have to make money to live. Do we
> > say that
> > anyone with an income is not qualified to use NC licenced works?
> > Anyone whose
> > income exceeds his expenses? Anyone not bankrupt?
> >
> > Why is it not properly the act only that counts?
> >
> > all the best,
> >
> > drew
> >
> >> On Mar 6, 2006, at 2:25 PM, drew Roberts wrote:
> >>> Well,
> >>>
> >>> a corporation can be established for other purposes though.
> >>>
> >>> all the best,
> >>>
> >>> drew
> >>>
> >>> On Monday 06 March 2006 05:13 pm, Mia Garlick wrote:
> >>>> what do you mean the definition does not match with reality?
> >>>>
> >>>> an organization that is established for the purpose of making a
> >>>> profit has, as adam stated, the objective of making money & thus
> >>>> everything it does must be assumed ultimately to be connected
> >>>> with a
> >>>> money-making purpose. even if it offers something for free it is
> >>>> doing so to increase it's brand and to cultivate favorable PR...for
> >>>> the purpose of making money.
> >>>>
> >>>> what would be an alternate definition?
> >>>>
> >>>> On Mar 6, 2006, at 2:07 PM, drew Roberts wrote:
> >>>>> On Monday 06 March 2006 04:44 pm, Adam Fields wrote:
> >>>>>> On Mon, Mar 06, 2006 at 04:35:53PM -0500, drew Roberts wrote:
> >>>>>> [...]
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>>>>> so far there have been 2 comments on these.  if you think the
> >>>>>>>>> definition is too vague & CC should do something to clarify
> >>>>>>>>> it -
> >>>>>>>>> let's discuss these guidelines!!!
> >>>>>>>
> >>>>>>> OK, I never before understood that a for profit could never
> >>>>>>> properly use
> >>>>>>> an NC work. Since I read the pdf, I cannot tell you how many
> >>>>>>> people I
> >>>>>>> have come across who see things as I did. (oops, responding in
> >>>>>>> the wrong
> >>>>>>> post.)
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> Curious. Why is that not evident? By definition, everything a
> >>>>>> for-profit corporation does is commercial.
> >>>>>
> >>>>> Perhaps, but definition does not always match with reality. Should
> >>>>> we always
> >>>>> go with definition?
> >>>>>
> >>>>> all the best,
> >>>>>
> >>>>> drew
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