Creative Commons licenses and the non-commercial condition: Implications for the re-use of biodiversity information

TitleCreative Commons licenses and the non-commercial condition: Implications for the re-use of biodiversity information
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsHagedorn, Gregor, Daniel Mietchen, Robert Morris, Donat Agosti, Lyubomir Penev, Walter Berendsohn, and Donald Hobern
Journal{ZooKeys}
Volume150
Pagination127–149
Date Publishednov
Abstract

The Creative Commons {(CC)} licenses are a suite of copyright-based licenses defining terms for the distribution and re-use of creative works. {CC} provides licenses for different use cases and includes open content licenses such as the Attribution license {(CC} {BY}, used by many Open Access scientific publishers) and the Attribution Share Alike license {(CC} {BY-SA}, used by Wikipedia, for example). However, the license suite also contains non-free and non-open licenses like those containing a “non-commercial” {(NC)} condition. Although many people identify “non-commercial” with “non-profit”, detailed analysis reveals that significant differences exist and that the license may impose some unexpected re-use limitations on works thus licensed. After providing background information on the concepts of Creative Commons licenses in general, this contribution focuses on the {NC} condition, its advantages, disadvantages and appropriate scope. Specifically, it contributes material towards a risk analysis for potential re-users of {NC-licensed} works.

URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.150.2189
DOI10.3897/zookeys.150.2189