Fun fact: By licensing your work as Creative Commons, people won't be able to lock it away again using DRM.


One of the many reasons all I create is CC’d or GPL’d etc.

@hay What about Amazon and putting DRM on your work even though you marked it as not to have DRM. (It's a thing I've seen recently with their new format)

@maverynthia Not sure about that one. Though I wouldn't be surprised that when you sign a contract with Amazon, you can't object to your work getting DRMed.
Do they actually allow you to choose?

@hay They do, however it seems the new KPX format automatically DRMs it and it's what the new builds of the Kindle reader use so it's :/
Before it'd leave your work as a .modi instead of an .azw

.narendra .modi? Great extension formats. Also, not use swindles xD paper is way better

@maverynthia No idea about Kindle - can you extract ebooks that were downloaded onto your Kindle via Amazon?

@hay You can as long as they are .mobi. But it's an extra step.

@hay One of the things I love about it. Keep my work accessible!

@hay i don't suppose that works with the license i chose: CC0

@meena Correct. The full legal text is surprisingly short:

I also have the impression Creative Commons doesn't really consider CC0 to be part of their license family. It's more of a "public domain, but practical" license.

This is true for some Creative Commons licenses, but not all of them. I think the copyleft licenses (CC BY-SA, CC BY-NC-SA) and the no-derivatives licenses (CC BY-ND, CC BY-NC-ND) would prevent the addition of DRM, but the other two (CC BY, CC BY-NC) would not. Thanks for pointing out that a licensing tool can be used to combat DRM, though.

@oronymzy It actually protects every CC license, except for CC0.

"The Licensor waives and/or agrees not to assert any right or authority to forbid You from making technical modifications necessary to exercise the Licensed Rights, including technical modifications necessary to circumvent Effective Technological Measures."

This paragraph is present in every single one of them.

You're right. It's also stated several times on the Creative Commons website that their licenses prevent DRM in some circumstances, though they also seem to admit that the protections have limits.

In any case, thanks for taking the time to shed some light on the way these licenses address DRM.

Hello again. Looking back at my comments, I realize that I don't actually know enough about the Creative Commons licenses to make an informed comment about how they relate to DRM, so I retract my original comment. I mostly license my work under CC0, so I haven't looked much at the other licenses. I appreciate you correcting me.

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