The cloud has cleared – I know understand what my fellow students mean by CC BY SA…..
So which license would I choose? Firstly do I have anything worth sharing? For myself, attribution would be the most important factor. Credit for a job done in a field where credit is not always given or received. As a ZZP’r (freelance teacher) my reputation and creativity are vital for ensuring continued work, especially in an environment where most work is by word-of-mouth recommendations.
However as Eric Moller (2005) highlights: free content and its continuation is dependent on a shared set of ideals’ say no to -NC. Unfortunately whilst I encourage the communities that promote and follow these beliefs, there are those who are more reticent about sharing the financial rewards that can be made from public material. Like Moller I do think however that a Share Alike license can help to restrict this in part.
But I can understand why the OU felt NC was required as part of their license agreement. The recent trademark battle over: ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ sadly shows how not having a copyright in place not only opened the door for others to make money on the back of the company who originally brought this (now-overexposed) government morale booster to the public eye; but also almost shut the original producers of this poster out completely.
But for myself, there would be no -NC. Whilst it is annoying to see the (often) 1% benefit from the community-spirited enterprises of others, my personal work view is one that has benefited greatly from sharing ideas with others. And of course, I need to be practical. The simple fact is that for me to chase a company that uses my ideas and creativity for their own gain, would probably be both time and financially consuming. And that’s not how I want to spend my time or my money.