From QuestionCopyright.org. This is indeed very good use of a CC license that does not prohibit commercial use or derivative works (the NC and ND clauses) is fairly rare; rarer still is one that does not even require imposition of a similar license (copyleft, or the SA clause). The most open CC clause that is easy to use and (hopefully) enforceable is the CC-BY license, that requires only attribution but that permits derivative works and commercial uses, without imposing a restrictive share-alike provision (see my post Copyright is very sticky!). This is why I, C4SIF, and the Mises Institute use CC-BY where possible instead of the more restrictive CC-BY-SA. Glad people are moving in an increasingly open direction.
by Karl Fogel on 19 Oct 2011
A very interesting announcement from Blackboard.com:
… Blackboard will now support publishing, sharing and consumption of open educational resources (OER) across its platforms. […] Support for OER enables instructors to publish and share their courses under a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY) so that anyone can easily preview and download the course content in Blackboard and Common Cartridge formats…
What makes this big news is that these kinds of initiatives usually use one of the non-free Creative Commons licenses: one containing either no-derivatives (“ND”) or non-commercial (“NC”) clauses or both. Instead, Blackboard.com bucked the trend and opted for full freedom: by offering CC-BY, they’re encouraging users to choose a truly Free Culture license. Let’s hope others follow their fine example!
Kudos to Blackboard.com. And congratulations to the educators and students who will now be able to share, translate, re-use, and transform educational materials for any purpose, without having to ask permission first.