Not only is Southdown, one of Shannon and Scott Andrew’s Blogathon songs, a really good song, written for a really good cause, it’s also the first really good example of use of a Creative Commons license I’ve seen, at least in my narrow circle. CC licensing of weblogs just didn’t excite me that much, since my (IANAL) feeling is that you could make a good case for republishing single entries in their entirety as fair use, and republishing an entire weblog, archives and all, seems a bit pointless. But thanks to the CC license on Southdown, Eric Ostrom was able to do his own version of Southdown, which is also cool, in a rather different way, and to my surprise made me hear things in the song that I was missing in the original (and, remember, I put a new song by Shannon on repeat until I can feel it vibrating in my bones).
I’m going to have to go back and look at what’s happened around the things that worried me the last time I thought about Creative Commons licenses, because I’m a lot more interested in making them workable, now that I’ve seen what good can come from them.
[via Lawrence Lessig]