Creative Commons for Music: What’s the Point?

Jan 23, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Bill Rosenblatt argues, "Creative Commons is a burglar alarm sign on your lawn without the actual alarm system." I disagree. Creative Commons is a 'private property' sign on your lawn. It isn't about theft and protection from theft. It's about making a statement - or, in the parlance of the field, rights expression. P.S. while he says, "while there are code libraries for generating CC REL code, I have yet to hear of a working system that actually reads CC REL license terms and acts on them," he is probably not aware of my own published work doing just that, Managing Digital Rights Using JSON. Related: Umair Haque, The New Economics of Music.
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