Can the movement to try and make things open also make the simplest act of sharing that more complicated?
Do we really need licenses and legal language on everything? Are there not things out there that implicitly we share (air?).
I’m going to likely land way off mark here. I fully understand the reasons for people asking the questions that came below, but it almost seems to leap right over what should be obvious.
This started with (and this is the second or third time someone has asked) when Clint LaLonde asked
— Clint Lalonde (@clintlalonde) August 7, 2012
And yes, there are no explicit licenses or usage statements attached to the ds106 assignment site or the individual assignments. They have been contributed to the site via a web form, so I wonder if anyone who shares an idea this way (much the same way we add comments to web sites, to we attach licenses there?) has to think about putting a license on their ideas?
Just look at a random ds106 assignment http://assignments.ds106.us/randomassignment. Does that really need a license on it for you to share?
Plus, as Jim noted, many assignments are borrowed from elsewhere:
— Jim Groom (@jimgroom) August 8, 2012
I understand the desire to make things sharable, and people would like to see more things inside nicely organized boxes of resources. Believe me, I have built those collections myself. It makes sense.
But do we have to attach legalese to everything? Aren’t we filled with so much “No signs” around (rather then “signs of knowing”) that we do not recognize when it implies “yes”?
Aren’t there things that are intuitively sharable? Like ideas? Sez the man puffing on the cigarette–
Ideas are born from what is smelled, heard, seen, experienced, felt, emotionalized. Ideas are probably in the air, like little tiny items of ozone.
Ideas are in the air. They are for everyone. Do we need little signs to reassure people the air is ok? Is that what it takes to be “open” is to have licenses on everything?
I’m just asking.
FWIW- On the OER Commons site where CLint started his journey, under Conditions for Use, I consider our ds106 Resource as being “No Strings Attached”
No restrictions on your remixing, redistributing, or making derivative works. Give credit to the author, as required. Includes Public Domain, Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY), Creative Commons Public Domain, and any item that explicitly says no restrictions.
(my emphasis added). To address that portion, I’ve augmented our About page to include:
We should say that all of the assignments listed here have been shared freely by participants or just people interested in ds106. Many of them are ideas borrowed from others. While we do not attach any specific license to an assignment, all of them are shared implicitly with no restrictions. That said, it is worth crediting the person who submitted the assignment and linking back to the url where it is found.
The post "License to ________" was originally squeezed out of the bottom of an old rusted tube of toothpaste at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2012/08/license-to/) on August 8, 2012.