Suggestion Box: Attribution/ShareAlike/ActuallyTellMeAboutIt

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Creative Commons covers almost all use cases apart from one revealed on Twitter this morning: you’ve granted others the right to use and remix your work, but how do you know if someone’s done it? Sure, it’s certainly courteous to do so, but they’re not necessarily under any obligation to let you know about it.

Creative Commons: attribution-sharealike-tellmeaboutit

This post is © Catherine Winters, licensed under CC-Attribution-ShareAlike. Also, let me know.

With that in mind, I propose the Creative Commons ActuallyTellMeAboutIt license. I know I’d like to hear when someone uses my stuff! Plus, hey, the icon’s obvious, right?

On the other hand, CreativeCommons.org defines “Attribution” as: “You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your copyrighted work — and derivative works based upon it — but only if they give credit the way you request.”

So I suppose it is already implied that you would eventually hear of this. Still, it would be nice to codify it somehow without having to post any specifics of the means of attribution.

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