Blogger’s Guide to Creative Commons: In Pictures

Angus Shaw, Cisco, Feb 11, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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This article makes me think about how I would have designed Creative Commons had I been the one (as opposed to, say, a Harvard lawyer) to design it at the outset. I like the Nerdson approach, pictured above, making it clear that every CC license allows people to copy, distribute, digitize and shift the work into other formats. What about the various conditions? I would have made them explicit statements of permission as well. In particular, I would have created icons to allow commercial use, to allow derivatives, to allow unattributed use, and to allow folding into a new license. My version of Creative Commons wouldn't have been 'some rights reserved'. It would have been 'sharing encouraged'. Maybe (just to completely confuse the terminological world) I should call my version 'Free Commons'. Yeah, that's it.

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