18 Matching Annotations
  1. Oct 2019
    1. Franchise products are governed too much by economic logic and not enough by artistic vision

      Frankly this is because of the licensing issue as we know it. A company buys out a license to use Marvel characters in their films or games; in order to make the most money out of the license, maintain ownership of their license, and to avoid paying a ludicrous sum for it again, the company in question has to make media featuring marvel characters - hence the flow of sequels. Instead of artistic vision, address the licensing issue and the artistic vision will actually have room to flower.

  2. Jun 2019
    1. CC BY-SA

      Actually, I've changed the license to CC-BY-NC-SA. I just thought it might be a good idea to signal my intention that the text should NOT become part of a commercialized "walled garden".

    1. The involvement of for-profit companies like Lumen in the production and distribution of open educational resources remains controversial, since they oftentimes wind up charging students for content that is supposed to be free. Advocates for OER also sometimes worry about whether companies will capture and control student data.

      If more OER content was licensed CC-BY-NC-SA, this might dissuade this type of "capture".

  3. May 2019
    1. the risk that overly onerous and inflexible attribution requirements are simply disregarded

      This seems to be a key point, and this post doesn't really make it clear whether OUR's attribution requirement is onerous. Is the point to make it possible for an educator to find the original source, or to prevent anyone ever viewing a page without a visible attribution? It seems to me those are two very different things.

    1. If big publishers really add value to OER, then open-wrapping is not necessarily a bad thing, said Jhangiani. This is different to "openwashing" where publishers spin a product as open while continuing proprietary practices, he explained. "However, in order for this role to actually be beneficial to the community, they would need to radically change their mentality so that they do not price gouge and do not limit the choices and formats available to students and faculty," said Jhangiani. "They also need to stop behaving like parasites who simply absorb OER into their catalogues and instead also contribute resources back to the commons (like Cengage did a little bit last summer)." 

      To return to a question from an earlier convo, what impact would a CC-BY-NC-SA license on the OER have on the ability of these parasites to use our work?

  4. Nov 2018
  5. Oct 2018
    1. Consequently, the SA condition does not apply to your contributions to modified works including these kinds of changes.

      Examples would really help. I can't imagine a scenario where anyone would care about this. As was pointed out in the comments, making minor corrections to a CC BY-SA work would not enable anyone to reshare that entire work with corrections under a new license. So the case here is if someone wanted to share minor corrections to a work independently of the work itself and license those minor corrections differently? For example: Here are my typo corrections to a published work, outside of the context of that published work? Example please...

    2. In other words, the CC licenses (all of which include the BY condition) enable the creator of a work to prohibit you from attributing them. However, except in the extremely rare cases where the creator explicitly prohibits you from attributing them, you are always required to attribute the creator of a work shared under a CC BY license.

      Except for the semi-famous case of the open resources collected in lardbucket, how often does this example appear in the wild?

  6. Feb 2018
    1. Are comments permanent, and can they be cited? Yes. By making a comment, you agree to grant a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free license to the rest of the world for your submissions to PubMed Commons under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

      This annotation, which appears on PubMed Commons comments imported by Hypothesis, refers readers of those comments to the original licensing policy.

    1. Are comments permanent, and can they be cited? Yes. By making a comment, you agree to grant a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free license to the rest of the world for your submissions to PubMed Commons under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

      This annotation, which appears on PubMed Commons comments imported by Hypothesis, refers readers of those comments to the original licensing policy.

    1. Content license You agree to freely dedicate your public contributions to the public domain or, where that is not possible because of law, to freely dedicate your publications using the Creative Commons CC0 Public Domain Dedication (contributions prior to October 27, 2014 were made without reference to specific licensing terms).
  7. Oct 2017
  8. Aug 2017
    1. In the United States, before 1989 no creative work was protected by copyright unless the creator opted in to protection by reigstering. Open (free + permissions) was the default. It was only in 1989, when the US joined the Berne Convention, that protection of all creative works became automatic and closed became the new default, requiring people to opt-in to sharing.

      Wow, I did not know about this historical shift.

  9. Apr 2017
  10. May 2016
    1. Hence Linux, hence Wikipedia. Because these communities could grow and collaborate without geographic constraint, major work was done at significantly lower cost and often zero price.

      I would argue this was a mistake which we are now paying for structurally.

      If Linux was licensed such that derivative profitable use payed equity to the contributors to Linux, than many more people would share in the profits of Google, Facebook, Amazon, Rackspace, and so many more. If you take Google as an example, the company earns ~4.5M$ in profit per employee, of course 80% of their infrastructure is free software. Now imagine that each project on github was wired up using microtransaction systems and a system for assigning equity to those who contribute to the source code. Then as for-profit use of the application generates microtransactions that revenue is split by the current equity distribution to the equity holders.

      This distribution of revenue would allow for a hybrid between the open and distributed, also a more sovereign participation model of open source and the benefits of economic integration rather than simple exposure to economic exploitation.

  11. Feb 2016
    1. Technically, if you use someone else’s code revision from Stack Overflow, you would have to add a comment in your code that attributes the code to them. And then that person’s code would potentially have a different license from the rest of your code.Your average hobbyist developer might not care about the rules, but many companies forbid employees from using Stack Overflow, partly for this reason.As we enter a post open source world, Stack Overflow has explored transitioning to a more permissive MIT license, but the conversation hasn’t been easy. Questions like what happens to legacy code, and dual licensing for code and non-code contributions, have generated confusion and strong reactions.
  12. Mar 2015
    1. respecting open source licenses to making it easier for engineers to open source code and ensuring we’re giving back to the open source projects we depend on