October 27, 2008

All about "Repetition Patterns'" Creative Commons license

Creative Commons

Like a growing amount of artistic work these days, CCLaP's first original book Repetition Patterns by Ben Tanzer is being released under what's called a Creative Commons license. Creative Commons (or CC) is a nonprofit legal group started by Lawrence Lessig, full of people who believe that copyright laws in this country have become too powerful and ripe for abuse, and have derived a series of legal agreements for artists by which they can now share some rights with their fans usually barred by the usual copyright, but not all.

Creative Commons License

For example, Patterns is being released under CC's "Attribution - No Derivative Works 3.0 United States" license (click the little black-and-white icon above to actually read it, in all its overly-written legalese glory). In plain language, that means that Ben and CCLaP are giving you as the reader the right to...

--Own as many copies as you want, for as many different devices as you want.

--Share it with your friends.

--Translate it into a different language.

--Convert it into a different technological format.

--Use it as the basis for a school assignment.

--Make a short film, stage play, Flash animation, full-sized poster, or any other interesting creative interpretation you want, as long as you are not seeking a profit with any of these activities, beyond paying for the project's costs. (In fact, CCLaP would love to know about any project like this you end up doing, so we can promote it at the site; please let us know at cclapcenter [at] gmail.com.)

If you do any of these things, though, you are also agreeing to a few terms yourself, based on this CC license...

--That you will not change any of the content, nor remove the original copyright notice.

--That you will always attribute the stories to Ben Tanzer and CCLaP Publishing.

--That you will in no way seek a profit from any of these activities, including selling ads on web-pages where free files are located.

As you can see, the CC approach is a more common-sense approach to the arts, than the usual draconian-overlord aspect of current corporate-friendly American copyright law; it's more of a friendly agreement between artist and audience, saying, "Sure, of course you can do these simple things that you should've always had the right to do, as long as you're not stupid or greedy about it." I as a publisher feel this is a much better way to treat my customers, a way that shows a lot more respect than the usual lawsuit-happy DRM-obsessed corporate creative outfits these days; that's why all books published by CCLaP will be released under a similar CC license. I urge you to check out more about Creative Commons if you're an artist yourself, and especially donate to the nonprofit cause if you're in a position to do so.

Filed by Jason Pettus at 10:42 AM, October 27, 2008. Filed under: CCLaP Publishing | CCLaP news | Literature |