In Episode 22 our hosts discuss Free culture and the successes of Creative Commons and why we’re not yet living in a world where content is vividly shared, re-used and re-mixed. While they are correct in the statement that we have a long way to go there are pockets of this universe where Creative Commons had some impact.
They already mentioned Flickr and the possibility to CC license your photos there (a huge source of imagery for every time I have to write a blog post).
For me one area is mainly missing out: Scientific Publishing. This is the area where Creative Commons licenses met a very specific community and made a large impact in the last years (under the label of Open Access). Some countries even require publicly funded research to be published with an Open Access (often CC) license. Right now there are multiple journals only publishing CC licensed scientific articles - I have published in some of them myself and see this as an important change for opening up research culture.
So why don’t we have more re-use and re-mix? One of the issues are licenses themselves: The CC-ND (no derivatives) or NC (non-commercial) licenses are to call out here. The latter don’t even make it to the Wikipedia. Sadly these licenses seem to be among the ones most used. They inhibit people to actively re-use and re-mix content.
Another body of work I happily plunder is in the Public Domain (check out the fantastic Public Domain Review for a curation). Probably a project like this a “Free Culture Review” curating the best out there licensed openly (AKA CC0, CC-BY, CC-SA, PD) could help as a point to find the fantastic works out there created with creative commons licenses.