Thursday, October 20, 2011
Creative Commons and "The" Public Domain
It is a grand idea for sure. But if we examine the idea of open source by its available licenses we will note a spirit of choice allowed by these licenses. These choices give creators a measure of control over their works while still allowing for creative re-use. However this doesn't mean such works meet the qualifications of "public domain".
The CC licenses allow a creator to prevent, (or place restrictions on,) the commercial re-use. As I understand public domain works are works with no restriction.
Of note is the fact that "comments", from either members or non-members, are always treated with a traditional copyright. The website team: owner,web-master, and mods, generate their own standards regarding the "publishing" of these comments.
This chart represents the logic behind my prior comments relating the design of the web to a well structured anti-commons.