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December 16, 2002

Creative Commons Licenses Released

Posted by Mike on December 16, 2002 1:17 PM

Creative Commons released its licenses today. The project allows for people who produce creative content (writing, photography, music, etc.) to share their creative works with others under certain conditions (such as restriction of the ability to produce derivative works, use the material for commercial purposes, or other issues with which people who would like to produce copyleft material find themselves faced).

The language used to describe how things work is clear and well documented. There are several license modules that allow creators to mix-and-match a license for their material.

At first glance, it looks like a great way to share creative efforts in a simple manner that has a lot of backing juice from the people who make the most noise about this sort of thing. Once I've read things over more carefully, I expect I'll license the material in my gallery and assorted journals under something from Creative Commons. It might not be work for the ages, but it's mine, I'm happy to put it in front of others, and I'm pleased to contribute a few eyeballs a month to raising awareness of ways we can share our work with others without compromising its integrity.