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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Creative Commons

Do you have privately made works such as writings, poems, photo images, unique thoughts and many other stuffs that you'd like to stamp with a license? I found a website (I don't know if you've been to this site) that allows you to have your works licensed! Creative Commons Website. However, the site do not or is not permitted to provide legal advice or legal services to assist anyone with enforcing Creative Commons licenses. That is to say that the site is not a law firm that will give your works fully copyrighted. Not totally.

Here are some of the first three of their FAQ

Can CC give legal advice about its licenses or help with CC license enforcement?

No. We are not permitted to provide legal advice or legal services to assist anyone with enforcing Creative Commons licenses. We are not a law firm. We're much like a legal self-help site that offers free form-based legal documents for you to use however you see fit.

However, if you are based in the US, you may be able to find a suitably qualified volunteer lawyer in your area from Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.

Is use X a violation of the Noncommercial clause of the licenses?

Depends. Determining what does and doesn't constitute commercial use is not always easy. We are aware of the complications related to drawing a line between commercial and noncommercial use and are working to clarify the issue.

If you are really in doubt about whether a particular use violates the noncommercial term of a CC license, we recommend that you use works that are explicitly licensed for commercial use (for example, material under our BY, BY-SA, and BY-ND licenses). Alternatively, you may wish to approach the licensor directly to see if you need to discuss a commercial use agreement.

CC is currently conducting a study on the meaning of noncommercial. We hope to announce the results of the study in early 2009.

Does my use constitute a derivative work or an adaptation?

It depends. A derivative work is a work that is based on another work but is not an exact, verbatim copy. What this precisely means is a difficult legal question. In general, a translation from one language to another or a film version of a book are examples of derivative works. Under Creative Commons’ core licenses, syncing music in timed-relation with a moving image is also considered to be a derivative work.

All Creative Commons licenses allow the user to exercise the rights permitted under the license in any format or media. This means, for example, that under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 Unported license you can copy the work from a digital file to a print file, as long as you do so in a manner that is consistent with the terms of that license.

read more of their FAQs

Before Licencining, you must:
  1. Make sure your work falls within the Creative Commons license
  2. Make sure you have the rights
  3. Make sure you understand how Creative Commons licenses operate
  4. Be specific about what you are licensing
  5. Are you a member of a collecting society? If so, does it allow you to CC-license your works?
So, I recommend this site if there are some things that you need to be licensed. Make sure you meet their guidelines. I am also making my personal and private works on their hand. Happy blogging. Have a nice day.