<quote who="Sven Manguard" date="Fri, Aug 03, 2012 at 08:50:50PM
In the mean time, I'd like to put free culture on
the Governor's agenda,
albeit in a comparatively minor role. The Governor's official Flickr stream
) releases all work under a
Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 license. The fact that it's a CC
license at all shows that someone, somewhere in the administration is
What I'd like to do is create a petition asking the administration to
release their photographs under a CC-BY (or CC-BY-SA) license, instead of
an NC one. I think it's an eminently achievable goal. The way I see it, we
need a few things to make it happen:
1) Research: We need to know exactly what we're asking for. Are we asking
for an executive order, or something less formal?
I think you would just want them to switch the CC license on their
Flickr stream, right?
Would this apply to future administrations? Who in the
State bureaucracy should we be handing this petition to (i.e. whose
responsibility does this fall under, since I doubt it's going to go
straight to the governor).
Who publishes the Flickr stream? Probably it should be addressed the
head of that office?
2) Petition writing: The petition needs to be well
written. It needs
to explain our argument clearly and concisely. We need to point out
the benefits of making such a change. It needs to be professionally
worded and not sound like a rant. You get the idea.
Why you don't try to right a draft. We can put it on a wiki and others
can help improve it.
3) Rallying: Before we even release the petition to
the public, we're going
to want to make sure that all the signatories we want are on board, and
we're going to want them to be signing it they day that the petition goes
public, or even before then. Momentum is important. Momentum and a list of
names with cachet is even better.
Is anyone else interested in this? Does anyone have any ideas? I'd really
like to run with this, but I can't do it on my own.
It's worth a try. I think leveraging the people on this list would be
a good start. It's totally possible to over think this. Writing a
position and getting it out there is not such a big issue. We should
be worrying about how we're going to get momentum and not afraid that
we're giong to screw up in some way that is going to lead to that
momementum being squandered.
Benjamin Mako Hill
Creativity can be a social contribution, but only in so far
as society is free to use the results. --GNU Manifesto