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Should a Default License be Enacted?


Should an overall Creative Commons License be forced?  

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  1. 1. Should an overall Creative Commons License be forced?

    • No, a license should not be forced so strongly
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    • Yes, it keeps licensing of hosted content easier
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    • Depends on a case by case situation. Images no, yet plugins yes.
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Should a general Creative Commons license be forced upon all published works on a forum with rules stating that a license change should result in a change of thread title? This is a rather important poll, and long, good, juicy feedback is more than welcome.

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"A Forum," or "This Forum?"

If this forum, then do you include Plugins in that? (If so, absolutely not, and I will lock this thread immediately).

If you're talking about a forum you personally are running, we can discuss. :-)

 

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Amy: But how did it end up in there?
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River Song: I hate good wizards in fairy tales; they always turn out to be him.

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People generally understand that when they upload things to forums, that forum is given implicit permission as a distributor of that content for the duration of the time that the content is hosted on the forum. As such, I don't think that hosting is made difficult in any way under the current format.

I'm very much against forcing anything. When someone makes something, it's theirs. If they want to release it under a liberal license, that's their choice, but if they want to keep full rights over it, that should be their choice too.

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Yeah. I agree with Dan (or does Dan agree with me?) - it's the author's work. There should be but two requirements for publishing plugins here: That it doesn't break one's computer, and that it doesn't contain a program that does. :-)

 

The Doctor: There was a goblin, or a trickster, or a warrior... A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos. And nothing could stop it, or hold it, or reason with it. One day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world.
Amy: But how did it end up in there?
The Doctor: You know fairy tales. A good wizard tricked it.
River Song: I hate good wizards in fairy tales; they always turn out to be him.

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First off, this is in no way talking about this forum. And now with your suggestions, let me explain why the thought even ran across my mind...

Because the forum I am working on will contain such things as created works, tutorials, plugins, ect... the idea was thrown out to have a safety net of a Creative Commons Non Distributive License for all works published without a noted license. This would [hopefully] stop tutorials, plugins, created works, and more be 'stolen' from their respective holders. We are not exactly wanting to force the same license, just a safety net for those without one. As well, we wont be claiming any published works ours.

The reason I say they are being stolen is because if you simply do a YouTube search of Paint.NET tutorials, there are loads of tutorial rips from these forums. These forums (Paint.NET Official Forums) usually has a 'it is yours, you deal with it policy' so I have been informing individual tutorial authors when I see there work has been ripped. This type of policy I do not want in my forums. So if I license all works that are not licensed by the original author, I can protect the created works and ideas of my user base.

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My thought is that it would be far easier to have "no licence" mean "public domain" - it's far easier to "enforce"

Besides, unless you're a big and rich company you can not reasonably enforce any licence anyway (do you really want to sue all these people?)

I would write plugins, if I knew what kind of plugins were needed.. :(

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If you're worried about protecting the rights of the content producer, why not say that the license of anything posted on the forum is Creative Commons unless otherwise stated by the author?

 

The Doctor: There was a goblin, or a trickster, or a warrior... A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos. And nothing could stop it, or hold it, or reason with it. One day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world.
Amy: But how did it end up in there?
The Doctor: You know fairy tales. A good wizard tricked it.
River Song: I hate good wizards in fairy tales; they always turn out to be him.

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Aha. I was confused; I thought you were saying you would force CC licensing upon them no matter what...

 

The Doctor: There was a goblin, or a trickster, or a warrior... A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos. And nothing could stop it, or hold it, or reason with it. One day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world.
Amy: But how did it end up in there?
The Doctor: You know fairy tales. A good wizard tricked it.
River Song: I hate good wizards in fairy tales; they always turn out to be him.

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Maybe "default license" would be better phraseology. :-)

 

The Doctor: There was a goblin, or a trickster, or a warrior... A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos. And nothing could stop it, or hold it, or reason with it. One day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world.
Amy: But how did it end up in there?
The Doctor: You know fairy tales. A good wizard tricked it.
River Song: I hate good wizards in fairy tales; they always turn out to be him.

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Doesn't matter whether it's read or not; it's legally binding. Post a clearly visible announcement that says "By using these forums, you agree to these terms and conditions..." and include the clause "All work on this forum, unless otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons 2.5 Noncommercial license. This license is superseded by any license (both more or less restrictive) that an author chooses to place upon his or her work."

Something like that should work.

 

The Doctor: There was a goblin, or a trickster, or a warrior... A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos. And nothing could stop it, or hold it, or reason with it. One day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world.
Amy: But how did it end up in there?
The Doctor: You know fairy tales. A good wizard tricked it.
River Song: I hate good wizards in fairy tales; they always turn out to be him.

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David and Ash: Yes that would have been a better name. A default license is the correct terminology here. If the user does not declare a license of any form then another license as stated by The Rules, Terms of Use, as well as an Announcement in all forums for publication would be used.

BoltBait: I am not 'duplicating' anything here. I am reffering to Paint.NET Workshop (Yes, Sabrown, I said it). Because of the amount of students that we want to bring in, we want to be sure there intellectual property is kept safe because you simply can't expect a 14 year old to understand licensing and what not on the Internet.

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