Stop the inclusion of proprietary licenses in Creative Commons 4.0 (freeculture.org)
Posted Aug 30, 2012 1:44 UTC (Thu) by rgmoore
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I think you greatly underestimate the usefulness of copying some kinds of figures. In my field, one of the most common kinds of figures is a schematic representation of an experiment. Some researchers focus on method development and others on applying those methods to more interesting problems. When somebody comes up with a really useful method, it's very common for lots of other researchers to apply the same basic method to a whole host of problems. After a while, the method becomes so well known that people don't need to explain it in depth, but until that happens it would be very useful for people using the method to be able to copy the schematic explanation from the ones who developed it.
I also think that literal copying is probably better as a way of avoiding errors than having each person who wants to reuse a figure create their own version from scratch. Literal copying will only reproduce errors from the original, but copying by recreating the figure will tend to reproduce those errors and provide an opportunity to introduce new errors when the copy is badly done.
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