Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

I appreciated this relatively light and light-hearted look at a number of different licenses and templates developed by the author (a lawyer, but not your lawyer) over the years. They're designed more for software than for content, but they give us a sense of how Creative Commons could have evolved had it been approached differently. For example, Prosperity, which is "a free license for noncommercial use, with a time-limited free trial for potential commercial customers," or the Parity licence for those "who preferred to make their work available free for use in open source, even commercial open source, rather than for noncommercial purposes, open or closed," or even the Patron license, for those "who really wanted a recurring-payment relationship with customers, rather than the one-time-payment structure." Or the Noncommercial license, which doesn't try to define 'noncommercial', but rather, is supplemented with specific 'safe harbors' that clearly cover common personal uses and noncommercial organizations.

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