Criticism of Creative Commons

Alex Bosworth has written an essay about flaws that he sees in the Creative Commons model. This criticism is similar to those expressed by Richard Stallman in an interview a few weeks ago.

The problem is that, in an effort to afford choice to the creator through a choice of licencing terms, creative commons creates confusion for those that might seek to reuse CC material, while encouraging creators to place their content under more restrictive licenses, something I suspect they might not do if the option wasn’t available to them.

The GNU General Public License had a better approach, there were only two versions of it (the other being the LGPL, a more liberal license intended for code libraries), it always permitted reuse, and it did not discriminate against classes of user (such as commercial users). Despite the lack of options for the creator, the GPL is wildly successful.

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