The "non-commercial" (NC) option in the Creative Commons suite of licenses introduces more confusion than it eliminates. I wrote a short essay to sum up the main problem, as I see it. This core problem can get lost in discussion of more technical issues. I'm hoping this short statement will be useful to share with well-intentioned copyright owners considering NC. But this "first draft" could probably use your edits or comments!


@PeteForsyth, agreed. That people are still having this conversation over and over again years after NC's deployment demonstrates that it's unclear in a way that none of the other clauses are. (And I'm including SA, even though I'm not a fan of that one either.)

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