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Xander Jake de los Santos
Xander Jake de los Santos

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is it possible to use a modified CC license?

could a custom license be used on creative work that's basically CC with one additional condition:

  • payment pointer of the creator must be used with x% revshare?

something I'm thinking about...

Discussion (3)

nicol profile image

I've had the same thought.. especially around CC-BY-NC which you can't monetize without explicit permissions from the owner (and even then there's some questions around if it's in breach). A kind of CC-BY-NC+80% – where you can't exploit commercially unless you share 80% of income with the owner.

As @radhyr tho, any modification to the CC license is in breach of CC so it would be a new license. So nothing to stop you (I think, ianal) from copying a CC license, adding a clause and calling it a Web Monetization license - but you couldn't use the same name, and it wouldn't be OSI approved and it would be another new license to add to the pile. A Stack question around this subject of forking CC.

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Xander Jake de los Santos Author

i like "Web Monetization license". has a nice ring to it xD
could we make that a real thing?

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Radhy • Edited on

Not an expertise on this but I think that would be an entirely different license altogether, since that would fall under royalty usage permission. I guess it will be similar to Unreal Engine in gamedev scene, where it is free to download and create content with it but creators would need to share revenue %royalty to Epic after certain revenue accumulated. But since internet more unrestrained than a company who could use legal force to get royalty from their consumer, something like this would need a sophisticated, automated system to smoothen dispute and to ensure assets owners to get their fair share of the revenue.

I do think that we need one like this, preferably with smart contracts and digital signature supporting as underlying tech to enforce revshare but still freely distributed and applied as easily as one subscribe to a RSS feed. Would be interesting if there's a follow up by someone to make something like this happen in GftW.