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Non-free licenses

Posted Sep 2, 2013 10:03 UTC (Mon) by gioele (subscriber, #61675)
In reply to: Non-free licenses by corbet
Parent article: Villa: Thoughts on the CC Summit

> they all seem quite dedicated to educating governments, OERs, and others about transaction costs associated with less free licenses, and many report good results.

This education effort, that I have done in the past and will have to do again the future, would be much easier if the pages for the ND and NC licences would feature a big, red, bold label that says "This licence is not free can severely hinder the usefulness of your work."

To be fair, the licence chooser tool tells you that adding ND or NC will make the license a non-"Free culture" license. However, the simple fact that the licenses are endorsed by Creative Commons makes it hard to argue with non experts that they are "less free" and "less 'common'" than the others.

> The chart linked in that paragraph is also worth a look.

I wonder if the share of free licenses has flattened out during 2010-2013 (the graph shows data only up to 2010).


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Non-free licenses

Posted Sep 2, 2013 16:01 UTC (Mon) by coriordan (guest, #7544) [Link]

> I wonder if the share of free licenses has flattened out

Given the growth of online university courses, and their preference for non-commercial licences, a flattening out is indeed possible.

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Posted Sep 6, 2013 2:59 UTC (Fri) by mlinksva (subscriber, #38268) [Link]

I doubt online university courses would make a dent in the proportions at all; not enough of them, especially considering the recent explosion of massively online "open" courses typically don't offer any license at all.

The numbers in that graph are dominated by photos on Flickr, scraped from http://flickr.com/creativecommons where, just glancing now, there has been almost no change from the last time I looked, http://gondwanaland.com/mlog/2012/12/12/cc-flickr-unchang...

The other component of that graph was link: queries from Yahoo, which are obviously no longer available. That's one reason the graph hasn't been updated.

Other things could be done to characterize changes in license use, but as far as I know nobody's trying. There's nothing obvious that would cause a big spike or shift.

The nearest thing would be a relatively obscure option to use CC-BY on YouTube; if that were counted I'd expect CC-BY's proportion to tip up a bit (with caveat many things are tagged incorrectly on YT...). Other things, like publisher and artist going for CC-BY-NC[-*], wikis going for CC-BY-SA were well established years ago and no reason to expect any significant change.


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