The Results are In...

Well, here are the results of our little licensing quiz...Hopefully someone will correct me on the things I've got wrong... QUESTION #1: What license should I apply to my dog-training video if I'm cool with releasing openly (and feel everyone should be) but I'd rather my client's puppies not show up in someone's animal cruelty presentation?

RESPONSES: CC-BY-ND-SA (2) BY-SA-NC BY-ND Creative Commons

My intent was for this to be BY-ND-SA. BY is almost inherent in anything not "all rights reserved." The statement about feeling others should be open as well implies a Share-Alike clause and No-Derivatives would protect those puppies from ending up in an unseemly remix. This hypothetical trainer doesn't mention any objections to someone else making money off the video

QUESTION #2: As a director (not playwrite) can I stage a CC-BY-ND play in a different time period or geographic location (eg. 1960s New York instead of ancient Japan)?


A bit of a trick question... staging a play is not a publishing activity. As long as I am not publishing this as an adaptation of the original author's work, I am completely within the rights granted directors, performers, users etc. usually lumped under "creative license."

QUESTION #3: Am I allowed to create an instructional slideshow on Baroque architecture by combining CC-BY-NC photos from Flikr with CC-BY-SA music from Magnatune and my own narration?


Neither of these licenses limit derivative works, and an instructional slideshow (that might not have been very clear--I meant for classroom use) is well within the non-commercial clause of the photos, so I should be fine. Incidentally, depending on the extent of the resources used in my presentation, this kind of use would be acceptable even if the works were under traditional copyright.

QUESTION #4: Which license(s) would I be able to apply to the resulting product?

RESPONSES: CC-BY CC-BY-SA (2) CC-BY-NC-SA None, at least not legally...

If I understand properly, in order to re-mix these resources, their licenses must be not only compatible (which would make CC-BY-NC-SA a viable option) but exactly the same. Practically, we could probably license this BY-NC-SA, but according to the letter of the law, the licenses of the photos and the music are not remix-able.

QUESTION #5: Classify each of the following licenses based on the type of use permitted:


ARR                  :  R - R - R - R BY                      :  R - R - R - R BY-SA               :  R - R - R - R BY-ND-SA        :  R - R - R - R BY-NC               :  R - R - R - R BY-NC-SA        :  R - R - R - R BY-NC-ND       :  R - R - R - R BY-NC-ND-SA : R - R - R - R

Everyone got this one exactly right. I guess that illustrates well the fact that on their own each license and its bounds are pretty's the compatibility issues that introduce the confusion and complexity.

Disclaimer: This was a game. Only a handfull of responses are represented. In no way should any of the following results or analysis be given scientific, statistical, or practical credence of any kind :)

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