[okfn-discuss] Creative Commons NonCommercial and NoDerivatives Discussion

Peter Murray-Rust pm286 at cam.ac.uk
Tue Dec 18 11:30:06 UTC 2012

On Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 8:51 AM, Bastien <bzg at altern.org> wrote:

> Aaron Wolf <wolftune at gmail.com> writes:
> ...

> This I experimented myself.  Someone sells copies of articles I did
> share under CC-by.  This person just does not care about the content,
> about freedom or whatever.
> So in that case, I'm angry.  Some people anticipate this and don't
> want to be angry, which is quite understandable.
Preparing for this is a fundamental aspect of Openness (OKD,  ODD, etc.).
If you attach CC-BY to your work (or an equivalent software licence) you
have to accept, and possibly - as I do  take delight in, other people using
your work for any legal purpose. They don't have to ask your permission,
they don't have to feed back. I guess that there are hundreds of people
using my code without my knowledge and some are selling it. As long as they
keep my name on it that's OK. If they strip my name I am angry and if I
find out I'll go after them. If they strip my name and replace it by theirs
I will be very very angry.

That's the contract. I and many others believe it works. It may take some
timeto adjust, but after a while you not only accept but enjoy it. And
because of the widespread *acknowledged* use you will get more credit. And
does third party selling of your work disadvantage you? Very possibly it
enhances you as you are in the best position to create ongoing extensions.
But you need to keep working at it...

Peter Murray-Rust
Reader in Molecular Informatics
Unilever Centre, Dep. Of Chemistry
University of Cambridge
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