[okfn-discuss] okfn-discuss Digest, Vol 87, Issue 25

Aaron Wolf wolftune at gmail.com
Tue Dec 18 15:55:38 UTC 2012

Joe, we aren't saying that ND NC has no value. We're saying that it isn't
in-line with the values of Free/Libre/Open culture that we want Creative
Commons to stand for. ND NC has value (A) to the author or publisher who
retains power and control, and (B) to readers to at least have access and
open distribution. That is absolutely clear. But we believe that greater
good comes from being able to utilize works in creative ways, to improve,
to recombine, to build on past culture. We are wanting to make it clear
that when ND NC licenses are chosen, it does not permit this type of
natural and dynamic cultural process.

By using ND NC, you will never know what marvelous developments you may be
blocking, what uses of your work that someone else may conceive that you
cannot even imagine. Now, you may say that they can still come to you and
ask permission, and this is true. But after abut three or four levels of
this, it is impractical for someone to go back and ask permission of many
authors, any one of which has the ability to block the new creative use.


Aaron Wolf

On Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 7:57 AM, <joe at writingcommons.org> wrote:

> Friends,
> I don't understand your reluctance to see the value from the content
> creator's perspective of CC 3.0 NC ND.
> In the case of http://writingcommon.org, e.g., the core text represents
> 320 essays--a book that took me multiple years to write and publish.  Now
> I'm trying to grow the resource and have been getting really good
> readership (over 100,000 unique readers since February).
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