Creative Commons: The Power of Open
by Jon Christian
You know that new wave 80s band, Tears for Fears? The lead singer, Curt Smith, famous for “Shout” and “Everybody Wants To Rule the World,” has sold 22 million albums over the last few decades. But now he distributes his music for free online using an innovative license.
And that’s just one of the real-life stories collected in Creative Commons’ new book, “The Power of Open.”
Creative Commons is a non-profit organization based in California, the main project of which has been the development and promotion of the Creative Commons “license.” Creative Commons is billed as a “some rights reserved” license, which grants artists a number of non-commercial options to reserve rights to a distributed work; they can allow commercial entities to use their work, or restrict it to non-commercial entities, or they can to prohibit all uses. The license is designed in three layers: a legal version, a plain-language description for casual readers and a machine-readable one used by search engines. [Read more]