March 13, 2007 · Lessig
Educause has published a nice short piece about Creative Commons licenses. Of particular interest to me is question 5 — “What are the downsides?” While I agree there are boundaries to clarify about noncommercial licensing (and more about that soon), I’m not as convinced that there is any ambiguity about the scope of the “share alike” provision. The example considered is of a BY-SA photo included in a report. Does the whole report have to be BY-SA? My view is no — including a picture is not a derivative work of the picture. Some have suggested we expand BY-SA to reach beyond derivative works. We’ll be talking about that more soon on the CC list. Meanwhile, I’m grateful to see such good work devoted to explaining our work.