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

drew Roberts zotz at 100jamz.com
Tue Mar 7 07:44:29 EST 2006

On Tuesday 07 March 2006 12:16 am, Adam Fields wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 06, 2006 at 06:14:32PM -0500, Greg London wrote:
> [...]
> > THere is also a problem with getting people to contribute
> > their time and energy for free when someone else is holding
> > the rights to make money off of it. It's a weird sort of
> > thing that makes people not want to give to a thing that
> > could benefit the original author who is holding back
> > comercial rights. Why donate when it will benefit John,
> > the guy who did the original work?
> >
> > Which also brings up the concern of commercial competion.
> > A work licensed NonCommercialOnly could get a gift economy
> > around it, but if it becomes successful and gets picked up
> > commercially, the original holder can use their commercial
> > rights to outrun anything the gift economy did. And then
> > all the contributers will think their contribution did nothing
> > but make someone else famous and rich and no one read their
> > free contribution.
> [...]
> There's a lot of great stuff in your email, and I need some more time
> to digest it all.
> But I did want to comment on this. What about a license that allows
> free NC uses, but also prevents the copyright holder from commercial
> use as well? I don't know if it really makes sense, but it seems to me
> that releasing something under such a license would be the moral
> equivalent of forming a non-profit corp. You're saying - "hey, world,
> do what you want, non-commercially, and in exchange for your
> contributions, know that no one is ever going to put this to
> commercial use, myself included".


I personally would like to see such a licence once the confusion around NC is 
cleared up to my liking. Actually, I would also like it as an option on BY-SA 
(I will never use this work under a non-copyleft licence - something like 

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