The Creative Commons Sampling License

In response to my post a few days ago about my Creative Commons Dilemma, Denise Howell pointed out a CC license I had somehow missed. It’s a license designed specifically to permit sampling. The version I am considering reads (in its summary form):

You are free:

  • To sample, mash-up, or otherwise creatively transform this work for commercial or noncommercial purposes.

Under the following conditions:

  • You must give the original author credit
  • You may not use this work to advertise for or promote anything but the work you create from it.
  • For any reuse, you must make clear to others the license terms of this work.
  • You may not perform, display, or distribute copies of this whole work for any purpose.

The formal version is here.

As Denise pointed out, there may be a loophole or two for my purposes, but living with those loopholes might be outweighed by the benefits of remaining within the Creative Commons umbrella.

One thought on “The Creative Commons Sampling License

  1. It’s great that you note this, Dave…but I (or anyone else) would still be (explicitly, no less) violating your copyright if I passed a copy of a great download on to someone else. Is that what you want? Because I respect copyright, and I’ll refrain from doing it…and you’ll net LOSE referrals from me. That just doesn’t make sense intuitively to me.


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