- If you want to get something widely used, understood and appreciated, make it freely available (and get credit too).
- If you have benefited from the use of freely available resources, you have an obligation to 'return the favour.'
- It is similar to the GNU license for open source software, which has provided such immense value to computer users.
- Preventing commercial use is very difficult to detect and expensive if not impossible to prohibit.
- What's the problem? You've already said it can be reused. Are you just against filthy lucre and private enterprise in any form?
- The GNU license for open-source software allows commercial reuse and this practice has resulted in many fantastic commercial products, like the Android operating system for smartphones.
- If someone has figured out a way to make money from your CC resource, then maybe you can learn from it and figure out how to do the same thing.
- Also, perhaps not surprisingly, I agree with all of the points made by Moller (2005).
Moller, E. (2005) The Case for Free Use: Reasons Not to Use a Creative Commons - NC License [online]. Available at (Accessed 24-March-2013).
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