Creative Commons, although it is a bit scary at times. To license something under the Creative Commons is to put whatever it is out into the world to let it become something else or to be used in some new way.
Ultimately, I believe that ideas must see the light of day, and the Creative Commons structure helps facilitate that.
I belong to a listserv targeted at teachers and administrators at private schools. The listserv is a traditional list, is hosted at Syracuse; the first posts archived by Syracuse are from January 1999. Every post includes a tag at the bottom of the email which reads:
Submissions to (this list) are released under a creative commons, attribution, non-commercial, share-alike license.
Turns out, that's not exactly what some of the list members, and particularly the administrators, thought.
Here's what happened. I took the content of the list and build the ability for each email to appear as a post on a blog, which in turn would feed an RSS feed. That way, people who wanted to follow the content, could get it the traditional listserv method by email, or read it on the blog URL, or read it in a Reader. And, if the blog site has no advertising, then the use can't be commercial; and the posts are clearly marked for attribution purposes, so that the attribution requirement is fully met.
Interesting stuff. Reminds me that today's Internet really is a new world and takes a new way of looking at things.
I'd turned the feed off, but I couldn't turn off the posting to the blog without giving away the farm. The administrators and I exchanged a couple of emails, and then nothing happened for a long while. So I turned the feed back on.
Presumptuous? Oh, perhaps.
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