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02 July 2009 @ 02:04 pm
all sorts of thoughts  

Bryant has got me thinking all sorts of thoughts now, with regards to not only sustainable funding models (I love that phrase. I could use it six times a day!), but also about direct marketing models and, tangently, Creative Commons Licensing.

Essentially, a creative work licensed under CC is an open invitation to play in someone else’s sandbox. There are a variety of licenses available which offer lesser or greater opportunity to play. The most restrictive is a redistribute-only license; the least restrictive is “give me credit on this, and you may go forth and make money from this if you can”.

I think it’s an inherently awesome idea. I’d love to develop something under CC at some juncture (no, it will not be any of my current published works, those are all copyrighted and my publishers really would not understand), just to release it into the wild and see if anybody found something to run with. CENTENARIAN, which I have vague ideas of making my Experimental Development Book, seems like the most obvious potential piece to license under creative commons. It’s a thought, so it is!

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Bryantbryant on July 2nd, 2009 10:43 pm (UTC)
Here's another wacky CC idea, which I came up with by accident while I was thinking about RPGs and Creative Commons.

OK, so you write your novel, right? And you copyright it, and you do not license it. Maybe you do a redistribute-only licenses or something.

THEN you draft a short universe bible, and you license that under something more flexible. And lo, you've just drawn a careful and legal circle around fanfic. You protect exactly as much of your intellectual property as you want to protect, and you give people permission to play with any toys you want them to be able to play with.

Enforcement is maybe a bit of a bear, since people will get it wrong and you do want to defend the protected bits of your work. But enforcement is already a bear, so there's that. Also I am not a lawyer, I don't necessarily know what I'm talking about.

But it's not something anyone's done before.
kitmizkit on July 3rd, 2009 08:21 am (UTC)
I was actually kind of thinking in those terms! Because I'd want a rules set (obviously) for, say, CENTENARIAN if I did it with that, and, well, it'd be more /fun/, at least I think it would be, to work in someone else's world where the rules were already laid out, so a bible would be a cool way to go about it! And that's a clever thought about the different licenses. I'll have to give it a think!
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kitmizkit on July 3rd, 2009 10:01 am (UTC)
That would be made of win. Send me an email or something sometime. :)