It was back in late 2006 I switched my flickr photo creative commons license to the simple, and sharable, by attribution license. I said then:
So I am considering, pondering, swaying that the most free, is the simple BY Attribution license, and until someone strongly can compel me backward, have switched this on my blog and my flickr collections.
I now have been strongly compelled, by Alec Corous’ recent post on Considering CC-Non Commercial. Alec does have a new Amazing Story where his video of him helping his daugher learn to ride a bicycle was found, and licensed by Nokia to be part of a new commercial.
Not just part- it is the crowning last segment in a montage, the one the closes the deal on the commercial’s message- check it our yourself http://stalkr.tv/Media/Nokia.mp4.
The thing is that his use of the BY-NC creative commons license (it can be used in any work if someone provides attributiona nd it is for non-commercial work.
The key here is that this license does not preven commercial use of Alec’s media- it just means someone wishing to gain from a commercial use, they have to seek permission from Alec (and likely compensate him, as what happened with his video). Again, if someone wants to use his video for monetary gain, they need to pay or get approval from the copyright holder; but for everyone else, they can still freely use it without needing to seek permissions.
As Stephen Downes notes in a comment ion Alec’s post
Basically, what the NC provision says is that, if they make money, I make money, and they they donâ€™t make money, I donâ€™t make money. Nice, reciprocal, and fair.
This is not about dreaming of profiteering from sales of my flickr media, and any dreams I have of that are most definitely a fantasy.
So I just flipped my default flickr license in past and future photos to BY-NC. One downside I have noted is that a frequent flickr contact who has harvested a number of my CC flickr photos for WikiPedia articles, tells me that Wikipedia will not accept BY-NC licensed photos. I cannot find the rationale, but I’m willing to flip an image back to BY when Pete asks.
Bye Bye BY!