[cc-licenses] Proposed Non-Commercial Guidelines

Rob Myers rob at robmyers.org
Tue Mar 7 16:01:39 EST 2006

On 7 Mar 2006, at 20:22, Jonathon Blake wrote:

> Greg wrote:
>> Tip jars and voluntary payments are allowed.
>  Interesting. Will read through again and ponder it some more.


Tip jars are not causally involved in you getting the content. You  
don't have to pay, but you can if you want to. Money is not  
automatically generated.

In contrast, showing adverts doesn't require that you pay, but you  
cannot avoid making money when you access the work. Money is  
automatically generated.

Now it might be the case that a popular NC-using site with a tip jar  
makes more money from tips than an unpopular SA-using site showing  
adverts makes from click-through. Or a *really* popular NC site might  
make more than a dire musician would make from selling their work all  
rights reserved.

But them's the breaks. Trying to control these scenarios would be too  
complex. As would making sure iPods could never use NC content (==  
Apple couldn't profit from NC), and that an NC-distributing Napster  
doesn't make millions.

> The guidelines/documentation that Creative Commons has at
> http://oldwiki.creativecommons.org/wiki/NonCommercial_use_cases are
> somewhat different  from those in the PDF.

Those weren't written by CC, they were generated by members of this  
list (mostly Evan if I remember correctly). Possibly we should  
deprecate those in some way now the official guidelines are coming up.

I think that the CC NC guidelines are very good, and I'm very glad CC  
are producing them.

- Rob.

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