Attribution. You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor.
I think everyone understands this. But things get more complicated when adding other Creative Commons attributes to the license. For example NC, non-commercial, to protect the work from being used in commercial works, or from being sold for money.
I know many people, including artists and record-labels, who find Creative Commons licenses complicated because of this. Also many people are confused by the term non-commercial.
Why not make things more simple then?
My advice: add some common sense to the licenses! And yes, I am serious.
I would LOVE to use just the BY/attribution attribute in a license because it is simple, clean and everyone truly understands it. The only issue is that it’s perfectly legal to use the works for commercial projects without compensating the artist. So artists who would like to make a living with their music are not in favor of using it!
But what if Creative Commons would add something like this to the license:
“Please use common sense and consider a compensation when using the works for commercial purposes.”
That would be SO simple and so cool. I mean Common Sense – Creative Commons, makes perfect sense.
So the only thing I want from Creative Commons is to add this line of text. It will make the licenses more simple to use while offering common sense to ‘protect’ the works against rippin’. People can still rip your work, but would that make sense and would that make them happy? Some of these people would probably rip people even using the NC license. So BY could become the common sense license, simple, clean and maybe most used license for the comming years. 100% open and the works can be used by anyone. Think about the exposure it generates for these artists! Totally win-win, right?
Please let me know what you think of it. If you can help promoting it, please do so. Blog about it, discuss it, promote pimp it seriously!