• http://digitalproductions.co.uk Crosbie Fitch

    Let us hypothesise that one day in the future, your blog accepts monetary contributions from its readers to encourage you to continue to make such interesting and thoughtful posts, especially as you are gracious enough to restore to them their liberty to copy your original work.

    Upon such a day you would similarly feel inclined to reward those authors whose work you included in your posts – to encourage them to produce more great work of their own.

    However, you could not reward the authors of NC works, because they wouldn’t let you publish their work on your blog in the first place – given you would be accepting monetary reward for it.

    The poor NC authors not only deny themselves the publicity of appearing on your blog, but they also deny themselves your monetary reward.

    That’s how crazy NC is.

    And for all this cartoonist’s recognition of how illiberal DRM is, they still fail to see how their denial of another’s reward for publishing their work, can deny them the reward they would have obtained if they had been less illiberal.

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  • Keong

    Actually, Crosbie Fitch, I believe you are quite wrong in this regard.

    The author of the original work can do whatever they please with it. The NC condition applies to a third-party who creates a derivative work (e.g. the blogger creating the blog post in question), not to the author of the original work.

    The third-party cannot use the derivative to make money for themselves according to the NC condition, but that doesn’t stop the third-party from contacting the author and getting permission from the author to create a commercial version of the derivative work. The NC condition doesn’t stop anyone from doing talking to the author or from making new agreements. To be sure, the derivative work is no longer covered by a CC-NC license, just a run of the mill licensing agreement, but then that is no different from the world of licensing agreements before CC existed.

    Nothing has been taken away from the author by using CC.
    Nothing has been taken away from the third-party by using CC.

  • http://digitalproductions.co.uk Crosbie Fitch

    Thanks Keong, for reminding me that copyright doesn’t prevent anyone from reproducing anyone else’s published work, it simply requires them to ask permission first…