The evils of the NON-COMMERCIAL restriction revisited
1397 days ago
It seems that I have to remind people of the evils of the NON-COMMERCIAL restriction on Creative Commons licensed content. I am thinking seriously about even dumping the SHARE-ALIKE protection, perhaps even just using a PUBLIC DOMAIN dedication for the things that I do. I will never use NON-COMMERCIAL, unless there is an extremely good reason for it. It is counter intuitive, which makes it seem OK despite the fact that it has bad consequences. It does not do what you think it does. It is like heroin, feels nice, but has horrible side effects.
See also this blog.
Keats, D.W. 2006. Implications of the NonCommercial (NC) restriction for educational content licensed under a Creative Commons license. The Southern African Journal of Information and Communication, Issue 7, 2006, pp. 74-81. URL: http://www.researchictafrica.net/images/upload/074-81-SAJIC06.pdf