[IAEP] Powerful ideas in the classroom

Asheesh Laroia asheesh at creativecommons.org
Tue Jul 8 08:04:29 CEST 2008

On Mon, 7 Jul 2008, Edward Cherlin wrote:

> On Mon, Jul 7, 2008 at 9:16 PM, Kim Rose <kim.rose at vpri.org> wrote:
>> When we first published the book in 2003 the situation at Viewpoints
>> Research and with my co-author,  BJ Conn were quite different than they are
>> today.  The olpc initiative, organization and the XO computer did not exist.
>>  At that time we were thinking more traditional "print media" - hence the
>> traditional copyright notice in the printed hard-copy book.
>>  -- Kim
> Would your publisher be willing to put the electronic version under a
> Creative Commons license?

First of all, if you have a separate copyright in the work not given to 
the publisher, obviously don't waste your time talking to them - stick to 
the permission grant you can make for your copyright.

If you do choose a Creative Commons license, please choose one of the more 
liberal ones - http://freedomdefined.org/Definition explains the 
Definition used by the Wikimedia Foundation's projects.  It would be a 
strange situation if (for example) private schools weren't allowed to 
distribute a translated version, or weren't allowed to ask their students 
to offset the costs of a printed version.

I would suggest the Creative Commons Attribution license, which simply 
requires credit ("attribution") be given where copies are made.  The 
Attribution Share-Alike license is another reasonable choice: it has a 
GPL-style copyleft provision where works that are based on yours have to 
be available under the same license.

I'm sure SJ and others on this list could have more to say; I will hope 
that this message suffices and this thread doesn't devolve into "The Joys 
of Licensing".

(Keep in mind that this is a *personal* recommendation, not an official 
recommendation from Creative Commons.  We don't provide legal advice nor 
free houseplants.  I am not representing Creative Commons or the Tennessee 
Valley Authority in this message.)

-- Asheesh.

I told my kids, "Someday, you'll have kids of your own."  One of them said,
"So will you."
 		-- Rodney Dangerfield

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