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Creative Commons announces new Sampling Licenses

posted by Jason Kottke   Dec 16, 2003

Creative Commons announces new Sampling Licenses.

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Jonas!Dec 16, 2003 at 11:28AM

i like the things that creative commons do, but i also feel it’s a waste of time. these things should be implicit, and there’s no need to brand it under this umbrella.

MargaretDec 16, 2003 at 5:28PM

If these things were implicit, there wouldn’t be a need or a demand for licenses such as these.

FirasDec 16, 2003 at 11:38PM

They’re actually explicitly disallowed. Changing the law to make them implicit isn’t a possibility with Valenti and Co. around, and probably shouldn’t be done anyway. Short of putting stuff in the public domain, it looks like a pretty good solution.

Jonas!Dec 17, 2003 at 9:18PM

there are two concerns, practical and legal.

practically, adding the creative commons license doesn’t make a difference. people who’re going to do it are going to do it anyway.

thus, i think you’re talking about legally. it is still dubious on this ground. GPU, the computer programming equivalent of creative common licenses, are being challenged in court right now as having no legal authority. (SCO vs. IBM) so i think that may not be all that useful either.

FirasDec 18, 2003 at 2:17AM

What are you on about? You’re allowed to give anyone any rights to your work. The SCO case rests on very, very shaky legal grounds.

You can sample anyone’s work as long as you license it or it remains within fair use bounds. This CC license is a way for creators to say, ‘ok, I’ve given you the license’ without having each person ask for it.

Those people who were going to “do it anyway” would get sued if they sampled under normal copyright. They don’t if the work has a CC-sampling license.

Jonas!Dec 18, 2003 at 1:30PM

Sued by whom? If the creator is okay with the sampling, then they would not be sued. I am saying that the same effect can be achieved by simply having a line on your website that says “feel free to sample this…” instead of this branding thing.

defeatedDec 18, 2003 at 5:52PM

convinced! i will rescind my creative commons license right away! its too shaky! I WILL NEVER MAKE MONEY BY ALLOWING PEOPLE TO TAKE FREELY AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FirasDec 18, 2003 at 9:25PM

I am saying that the same effect can be achieved by simply having a line on your website that says “feel free to sample this…” instead of this branding thing.


True. I see your point. But I guess it always helps to have a unified language :)

This thread is closed to new comments. Thanks to everyone who responded.