[Foundation-l] Creative Commons identifies "Free Cultural Works" approved licenses

Pharos pharosofalexandria at gmail.com
Thu Feb 21 20:41:38 UTC 2008

On Wed, Feb 20, 2008 at 10:34 PM, Erik Moeller <erik at wikimedia.org> wrote:
> Creative Commons has gone live with a new design for their two free
>  content licenses:
>  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
>  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/
>  This design identifies the licenses as being compliant with the
>  Definition for Free Cultural Works (and links to it).

This is fantastic.  I'm quite surprised actually, that you were able
to convince them to take such a bold step.

It's always annoyed me, the casualness with which many people use the
highly ambiguous phrase "Creative Commons License".  I think it's the
complicated specific names (like
"Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike") that are causing people to
gloss over the differences.

One thing that has occurred to me, is maybe they should consider
color-coding their licenses, like NBC used to due with their different
radio networks in the USA (they had "Red", Blue", "Orange", "Gold" and
"White" Networks ).  This would not be a replacement of the current
names, but rather "nicknames" for colloquial use.

For, example, this is one possible scheme:

Creative Commons Violet (by)
Creative Commons Blue (by-sa)
Creative Commons Green (by-nc)
Creative Commons Yellow (by-nc-sa)
Creative Commons Orange (by-nd)
Creative Commons Red (by-nc-nd)


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