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Creative Commons Asks How You Define "Non-Commercial"

Dec 05, 2008, 06:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kristin Shoemaker)

[ Thanks to sakgarg for this link. ]

"The Creative Commons team asks any one willing to take some time and fill out their questionnaire prior to December 7th. The survey is completely anonymous, and the study is open to the general public.

"Joe "Zonker" Brockmeier makes the interesting observation on his "Community, Incorporated" blog that one of the reasons the Open Source Definition doesn't allow clauses restricting commercial use is that "commercial" is a slippery term to define, particularly on the web. I've run into this dilemma more than once. If I need an image for a piece of writing, I either use the Firefox search function for Creative Commons licensed content, or I go directly to a site that I know features this sort of content. While many of the license terms are quite clear (share alike, attribution), others are vague. The definition of a derivative work can be tough, but it's not one I come up against so much. The "non-commercial" is almost always the sticking point."

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