[Cc-uk] CC going mad?

David M. Berry d.berry at sussex.ac.uk
Wed Jun 22 08:09:04 EDT 2005


You seem to be saying 'let's have no dissent'. I would argue that we  
need a rich and critical discussion of all activities that Creative  
Commons gets itself into otherwise grave mistakes (like the Bzzz  
public relations fiasco) will be made. A lot of people invest a lot  
of time and personal work into supporting the Creative Commons, and  
when it starts to act completely authoritarian (like the Sampler  
License rename http://lists.ibiblio.org/pipermail/cc-sampling/2004- 
August/thread.html ) or even plain dumb (like this), then it is  
important that it gets critical feedback from its supporters as well  
as its foes.

Maybe this 'joke' works better over there than over here. I don't  
know. But Creative Commons' actions I sometimes find plain  
conservative and reactionary rather than progressive. The dangers  
with Creative Commons, are their tacit acceptance of copyright  
(indeed their *need* for it) means that it can be used as an argument  
to support copyright extension rather than reject it. In other words  
'copyright works, just look how CC makes the whole thing run  
smoother, who needs term limitations when stuff can be licensed  
anyway'. To read more of our critique see Free Software Magazine:  

Anyway, it's hardly a firing squad, and hardly in a circle, as  
clearly others agree with you and my remarks have generated lots of  
contrary debate - always a good thing.




On 22 Jun 2005, at 10:27, Christian Ahlert wrote:

>> Is it really
>> necessary to arrange this firing squad in a circle?
>> Cory

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