What does a Creative Commons License do?

Quoting from their website:  “With a Creative Commons license, you keep your copyright but allow people to copy and distribute your work provided they give you credit — and only on the conditions you specify here.”

Reference: http://creativecommons.org/choose/

My question here is: Why would anyone place a Creative Commons license on a pattern for sale?  If I read that correctly, you’ve just given your buyers permission to distribute your work (so long as they credit you).  Is that what you REALLY wanted to do??

Apparently, some are very misguided and think that a Creative Commons license protects items made from their patterns??   Ummmm NO.  Does copyright even cover finished items made from patterns?  To the best of my research and understanding–it does not.  This is a hot topic of debate and many artists place all kinds of selling restrictions on the resale of items made from their patterns.  Putting it in writing doesn’t make it so.  (That goes for me too.)  But~

1.  Has the person making the claim ever spoken with a Copyright Lawyer?

2.  Is there a legal precedent?   http://www.tabberone.com/Trademarks/CopyrightLaw/Patterns.shtml

If one wants to share and protect some rights, Creative Commons is a good option. However; if one wants to protect and sell their works then copyright is the way to go.

Apparently, there’s also no removing a Creative Commons License if one changes their mind:


If I’m reading that correctly, once one gives the material away—it’s gone, gone forever . . .

Earlier this morning, I emailed Nathan Kinkaide at Creative Commons with my concerns. He responded very promptly and while Creative Commons cannot give legal advice (perfectly understandable) told me that “”CC licenses are effectively public dedications.” (Permission to quote given.)

Choose wisely!  Disclaimer:  I am not a lawyer.   It is best to consult with an attorney that deals specifically with copyright law.

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