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  • From: Liz Berg <lizb AT>
  • To: cc-licenses AT
  • Subject: Re: [cc-licenses] Third-party licensing of works
  • Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2007 17:06:22 -0400 (EDT)

As I understand from Terry's advice, we should license the right to
distribute the work (we're actually not compensating the artists in any
way, just providing a curated platform for distro), making by-nc or
by-nc-nd conditions for the agreement. Sounds like a great plan that will
cover all bases.

Is there any reason to limit the choices to by-nc and by-nc-nd? Wouldn't
BY-SA and plain BY also work for your purposes? Or am I missing something?

We will definitely accept works licensed under any other CC scheme, as well as public domain material (however, unlike many other CC music sites, ours will be curated). We are only limiting the choices we will offer specific artists that we approach to obtain permissions.

Like I said before, WFMU is going to be approaching bands/artists who may have never heard of CC before. Although some of these folks are bedroom artists with day jobs, etc, many of the bands we plan to approach are actually working musicians who make money from touring and CD sales. In educating these bands about CC, I think that a big point of security for them is the fact that the by-nc license allows music fans to access their songs (good exposure), but prevents say, a car company from using the song in a TV commercial and the band getting nothing.

If an artist who is knowledgeable about CC wishes to ditch the nc caveat on their own accord, great. But I believe that WFMU asking this of a band who doesn't know much about CC in the first place would result in either the band turning us down outright, or being angry later when they hear their song in a car commercial. We want to offer a situation that will be most appealing to an artist who might be skeptical about CC.

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