creative commons – The Power of Open

Creative Commons began providing licenses for the open sharing of content only a decade ago. Now more than 400 million CC-licensed works are available on the Internet, from music and photos, to research findings and entire college courses. Creative Commons created the legal and technical infrastructure that allows effective sharing of knowledge, art and data by individuals, organizations and governments. More importantly, millions of creators took advantage of that infrastructure to share work that enriches the global commons for all humanity.

Download the free pdf book about this success story at their website.


  1. Creative Commons is a fraud that leads people to give up all of their rights in a manner that corporate interests can exploit in any way without any possibility of legal consequences. The “benefits” it offers an author or developer are totally unenforceable. One can create a very simple license setting out terms of use without all of the CC boilerplate that makes enforcing claims of misuse or mis-attribution utterly impractical. Too many people don’t bother reading the fine print on the CC site. It is really only about protecting the large corporations who finance it.

  2. For the Blogger scene CC provides some clarity to which extend something can be used or not. This is currently getting more momentum due to the scary ACTA efforts which the commercial scene is still trying to enforce. I also don’t see/understand your point about protecting the large corporations in context of CC.

  3. Speaking of openness, have you considered open-sourcing your plugins? A copyleft license could help prevent people from “stealing” your work. Maybe you could get a few meals out of a kickstarter as well.

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