3 Aug 2005 joolean   » (Journeyer)

Re: mako's article, I'm not certified enough to post a comment, apparently, but: It was always my impression that the goal of CC was not expressly to encourage the freest possible exchange of media but to give independent producers an easier way to "free" their work. That is, given the choice between reserving all rights by default on a particular piece of work and venturing out into shaky (from the artist's point of view) legal territory by attempting to dictate the terms of a license on your own (or simply releasing the work into the Public Domain), the artist will choose the easier and safer (and most restrictive) of the two and thus make his/her work less available in the process. The Creative Commons most important tools are its ready-made licenses, which allow media producers, particularly independent ones without the benefit of legal counsel, to offer their work in the freest way they're comfortable with while still enjoying the protections of copyright law (and having the opportunity to make a profit).

That is all.

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