Anti licensing zeitgeist

Luis Villa: Pushing back against licensing and the permission culture>:

Once an author has used a standard license, their immediate interests are protected – but the political content of not choosing a license is lost. Or to put it another way: if license authors get their wish, and everyone uses a license for all content, then, to the casual observer, it looks like everyone accepts the permission culture. This could make it harder to change that culture – to change the defaults – in the long run.

Are we – particularly authors and evaluators of open licenses – part of the problem of the permission culture? Are we actually responding to the people who use our licenses, if one of their desires is to push back against the need to license? Can we be more creative about expressing distaste for the permission culture, without gumming up the works of sharing too much?

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2 Responses to “Anti licensing zeitgeist”

  1. Crosbie Fitch

    Interesting.

    Would that ‘no license’ did indeed become interpreted as “Fuck copyright – people are free to share and build upon this work, as they are upon all published works”.

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