Creative Commons Asks How You Define "Non-Commercial"
Dec 05, 2008, 06:03 (0 Talkback[s])
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"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
"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."